Faculty Development at Muskingum University
Muskingum University is dedicated to the proposition that both individuals and societies benefit from a disposition towards, and the practice of, life-long learning. The university actively seeks-out, promotes, and develops and implements programs and opportunities that will benefit faculty at all levels of their careers, that will enhance their teaching, research and professional abilities, and will keep the university's classrooms current and envigorated, and its students engaged.
Faculty Development Resources/Opportunities
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Internal Faculty Development Opportunities
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- Faculty Development Workshops.
- Faculty Development Grants.
- Muskie Fellows Information.
- Nomination Deadline (Traditional track): The monday following Spring Break.
- MCBI Track: TBA.
External Workshops and Symposia
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External Grant Information
General Web Resources
- See, also, "Retention" and "Undergraduate Research," below.
- Thought-provoking 2014 article from Inside Higher Ed on e-portfolios.
- "Class-Sourcing" as a Teaching Strategy.
- "Best Teaching Practices," a well-researched resource guide (with extensive reference notes) from the City University of New York.
- "Why Don't Students Like School?"
Excerpt in American Educator (Spring, 2009) from the interesting book of the same name by Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist at the University of Virginia.
- "It's the Little Things that Count in Teaching: Attention to the less 'serious' aspects can make you a more effective instructor." Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2013.
- Strategies for Creating/Maintaining a Positive Classroom Environment.
- Tips from University of Delaware Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning.
- "Positive Classroom Motivational Environments: Convergence Between Mastery
Goal Structure and Classroom Social Climate."
- "Shaping Courses and Activities through an Understanding of the Cognitive, Moral and Emotional Development of Students."
- Michigan State University webpage of Resources.
- "College Student Development: The Journey from Freshman to Graduation." (University of Central Florida)
Information on typical struggles by year, and related issues
such as international student culture shock and adaption, plus suggestions on how to help affected students.
Advice on Syllabi, the Communication of Expectations, and Reducing Grading Controversies.
First Year Seminar/Students: National Resource Center for the First Year Experience website.
- What is it Like to be a First-Year Student These Days?
- Results from UCLA Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Survey.
- "Understanding How First-Year Seminars Affect Persistence."
- "The Impact of First-Year Seminars on Student Involvement
_and Engagement in Good Educational Practices." (Ppt presentation from the National Resource Center).
- NACADA: "Improving the Odds for Freshman Success."
- Helping First Year Students Succeed: "Metacognitive Pestering for Beginning Students."
- Sophomore Year Resources (National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition).
Getting Published: Resources from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Learning Communities: National Resource Center.
Learning Outcomes/Assessment Resources: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) website.
- Preventing Plagiarism: Suggestions for Instructors (Turnitin.com).
- Resources on Plagiarism Awareness for Instructors and Students from Purdue University
- Interesting: "An Assignment that Prevents Plagiarism" from Magnapubs.com
Professional Association Directory.
Resources related to international education/students from the Association of International Educators: NAFSA.
Retention: "Faculty Roles in Student Retention" (Resource Page, Penn State University)
Sophomore Year Resources (National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition).
Undergraduate Research: Council on Undergraduate Research resources for faculty.
- CUR Quarterly. Interesting articles on what others are doing elsewhere.
Upcoming External Seminars/Programs
Websites Listing Conferences, Seminars and Other Opportunities:
- Teaching and Learning Conference Listings from
- Academic Conferences/Seminars/Workshops, World-wide and Online
Lakeside Chautauqua, Summer of 2017
Mid-June through Labor Day.
Lakeside Chautauqua, the second oldest and
second largest independent Chautauqua community in North America, has
provided opportunities for intellectual growth and spiritual renewal for
more than 140 years. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, approximately
90 miles west of Cleveland, Lakeside is a one-of-a-kind destination
offering education, cultural arts, religion and recreation programming
in the summer months.
an effort to provide diverse educational offerings from experts in the
field, Lakeside is issuing a request for proposals to college and
university faculty members to lecture as part of Lakeside’s Chautauqua
Lecture Series. This hallmark program has welcomed speakers from across
the country on a variety of subject matters. Lecturers have found the
opportunity to connect with audiences of life-long learners, while
enjoying the lakefront and Lakeside program offerings with family
members, a rejuvenating experience.
lecturers are asked to review the guidelines included within the
Request for Proposal Form.
The deadline for proposal and CV/resume
submission to be considered for the 2017 summer Chautauqua season is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
All topics will be considered, especially those related to the following subject matters:
- Racism in America
- World War I
- Scientific Discoveries
- International Affairs
- Social Justice
- Art, Literature & Music
- Self-Awareness & Wellness
Contact: Jeanne Mauriocourt, Lakeside Chautauqua, Director of Educational Programs.
Annual Teaching Professor Conference
- June 3-5, 2016
- Washington, D.C.
These annual three-day conferences offer hands-on workshops,
plenary sessions with insightful keynote presenters, dozens of
concurrent sessions, and emerging-research poster presentations. Past participants from Muskingum University have found the conferences to be not only exciting and inspiring, but also productive and very useful in equipping them with new ideas and strategies for enhanced success and skills in the classroom.
Each year, the Teaching Professor Conference features sessions around these seven topical areas:
- Instructional Design
- Activities that Engage Students
- Teaching Specific Types of Students
- Instructional Vitality: Ways to Keep Teaching Fresh and Invigorated
- Teaching and Learning with Technology
- Creating Climates for Learning
- Faculty Development
For complete information about the Teaching Professor Conference - including how to propose a session - click here.
CIC Workshops and Symposia:
Seminar on Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom
Nomination Deadline: February 5, 2016
CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies will cosponsor an Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom seminar on the “Histories of Herodotus.” The seminar will take place in Washington, DC, July
25–31, 2016, and is open to full-time faculty members in all fields at
CIC member colleges and universities. Generously supported by the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation, the seminar will offer faculty members a superb
opportunity to extend their knowledge of ancient sources and develop
strategies for incorporating them into general education courses.
Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding
Nomination Deadline: February 19, 2016
Offered by CIC and the Interfaith Youth Core, Teaching Interfaith
Understanding is a multidisciplinary seminar for full-time faculty
members at CIC member colleges and universities. The seminar aims to
equip faculty members with the knowledge and perspectives that will help
strengthen the teaching of interfaith understanding, develop new
courses and resources, and encourage the development of an expanding
network of faculty members who are committed to teaching this subject.
The seminar will be held in Chicago, Illinois, July 31–August 4, 2016,
and is generously supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Muskingum University Faculty Development Grants
Muskingum University "Enhancing International Learning Grants."
Muskingum University Summer Muskie Fellow Grants
2015 Summer Muskie Fellow Proposal Memo/Information.
- 2016 Deadline for Proposals: To Be Announced.
Two Participation Tracks:
- Faculty-Student Research.
- Muskingum County Business Incubator (MCBI).
Muskingum University Faculty Development/Student Success Workshop Series
Civic and Service Learning. "Engagement: Campus To Community.”
- Dr. Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Director of Service Learning, Walsh University.
11:00 am in Library 243.
Tentative: "Starfish Refresher and Updates."
- Lisa Kasper.
- 11:00 am. Location to be announced.
"First Year Research Skills.".
- Nicole Arnold, Kristin Cole, Linda Hatfield.
- 11:00 am. Room 243 of the Roberta A. Smith University Library.
- Information and Registration: http://muskingum.libcal.com/event/2300848?hs=a.
"Library Tech Demonstrations."
- Academic Technology Committee.
- 3:30 pm.
- Colloquium Center
- Classroom LIB 242
- Seminar Room - LIB 212
- Study Room - LIB 008
- Collaboration stations
- Due to a schedule conflict on the part of the external presenter, September's workshop presentation will be re-scheduled for another time.
Spring 2014 Workshops
“Teaching Writing and Reading in English to Non-Native Speakers.”
- Meri Linn McCollum, Director of International Admission & Immigration Services Operations,
Coordinator of Study Abroad, English Support Program Coordinator.
- 11:00 am. Caldwell 370.
"Writing it Out: Publishing Opportunities for Students and Faculty."
- Vivian Wagner, Associate
Professor of Journalism.
- 11:00 am. Caldwell 370.
"Blackboard Add-Ons, Blogs and Journals."
Academic Technology Committee.
- 11:00 am in Cambridge Hall 15.
Fall 2013 Workshops
"Resources for Faculty and Students: Barnes and Noble."
- Jessica French, Manager, Muskingum University Bookstore.
- 11:00 am. Boyd Science Center 336.
White Meet Grammar Girl:
it Mean to Revise?”
- Jane Varley, English Department Chairperson, Associate Professor of English.
- 11:00 am. Philip & Betsy Caldwell Hall Room 370.
"Teaching Writing to Science Students."
- Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, Assistant Professor of Biology.
-11:00 am. Location to be Announced.
Spring 2013 Workshops
March 19 (Two Workshops)
Presentation by Academic Technology Committee.
"Technology at Muskingum, 2013."
- 11:00 am, MH 200.
Also: "Teaching for Opportunities: Better Access, Experiences and Outcomes in
Dr Lisa Dierker, Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan
- 11:00 am, PBC 370.
"Advising Transfer Module Students." (Traditional Undergraduate)
- Larry Normansell and Emily Smith.
- 11:00 am, BSC 336.
Fall 2012 Workshops:
Special Program Sponsored by the Human Relations and Minority Affairs Committee, 11:00 am in BSC 336.
- "Making Change: Transformative Opportunities for Addressing Diversity on
- Speaker: Mari Norman Sunami.
- 11:00 am, BSC 336.
Academic Technology Committee.
- “Blackboard Ins and Outs: Entering Grades, Hosting Discussions, and ... More.”
- 11:00 am, BSC 336.
EXTRA - September 26
Writing Unit Training Workshop (Vivian Wagner)
- 5:00 pm to 6:30 in Cambridge 109 (Gooding Seminar).
- Faculty members who have not yet taken this workshop and would like to
designate one or more of their courses as writing unit courses are
invited to attend. In order for a course to be designated as a writing unit course, the
instructor of the course must have completed a training workshop. Workshop attendees need only bring a pen and paper; refreshments will be served.
Using the GradesFirst Student Advising Software (Jeff Zellers and Lisa Kasper), 11:00 am in BSC 336.
- GradesFirst is a system that is designed to improve the efficiency of
acdemic-related communications with students. Enhanced, and timely, communication
has been shown to improve academic performance and increase student retention and graduation. GradesFirst provides a central communications node for information sharing that can help us
to better assist our students and advisees to succeed. GradesFirst users may include faculty,
academic advisors, coaches, tutors, and students. Learn how the GradesFirst
system was used during our pilot semester in Spring 2012, plans for its expansion this year, and how you and your students can benefit from its use.
April 3, 2012
Workshop on the Zotero Research Browser Tool (Stacy Parker and Nicole Robinson).
March 13, 2012
Advancing English Proficiency and Academic Success: Supporting English
Language Learners Enrolled as Degree Candidates at Muskingum University (Jean Morris and Panel), Caldwell 370.
February 7, 2012
Promoting Undergraduate Research - Muskie Summer Fellows Program and Other Undergraduate Research Programs (Bil Kerrigan).
November 8, 2011
Student Emergencies and Active Intruders.
February 1, 2011
Using Learning Objectives to Create Effective Class Assignments
April 13, 2010
Advising the Advisors: Students Share Their Perspectives on Academic Advising
On-Line Learning: Delivering a Balanced Course
March 16, 2010
Course Learning Objectives
February 2, 2010
Conducting the Advising Appointment: Hands-On Workshop Session for New Advisors
November 17, 2009
Tips and Tricks for Managing the Nuts and Bolts of Advising
On-Line Teaching/Learning: The Student Perspective
October 13, 2009
Advising: Helping Students Find Their Way
On-Line Teaching/Learning: Is it for You?
Policy (APAP 220.5A)
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