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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.

Advising Resources:

First Year Seminar/Students: National Resource Center for the First Year Experience website.

  • Research:
    • 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:

Akron Rotary Camp

Every summer the Akron Rotary Club hires around 60-70 staff members, mostly college students, to work with at the Rotary Camp. The camp is looking for energetic and enthusiastic staff members to work as camp counselors. The campers all have some kind of special needs - everything from downs syndrome, to cerebral palsy. At camp there is no judgement, for a lot of the campers it is like a second home for them, a place to be comfortable and play with their friends, to try new things and develop their skills. 

The Akron Rotary Camo an overnight camp running from Sunday to Friday for 8 weeks of the summer and have a week long staff training before camp starts. The training week is May 19th-25th, then camp starts June 4th-July 28th. The sessions run from noon on Sunday through till around 5pm on Friday, staff get Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning off, as well as 1 night each week, either a Tuesday or Wednesday night. 

Questions? Email the program director, J.D. Detsch at j.d.detsch@akronymca.org or call 330 644 4512.

Camp general website: www.akronymca.org/rotarycamp/

Info/applications for counselors: www.akronymca.org/RotaryCamp/EmploymentOpportunities/

Annual Teaching Professor Conference

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:

See: www.cic.edu/programs#for-faculty-members.

Muskingum University Faculty Development Grants

  • See "Forms" page.

Muskingum University "Enhancing International Learning Grants."

Muskingum University Summer Muskie Fellow Grants

Summer Muskie Fellow Proposal Memo/Information.

  • 2017 Deadline for Proposals: March 13, 2017 (Traditional Track).

Two Participation Tracks:

  • Faculty-Student Research (Traditional Track).
  • Muskingum County Business Incubator (MCBI).

Muskingum University Faculty Development/Student Success Workshop Series

2016-2017 Workshops:

September 13.
Civic and Service Learning. "Engagement: Campus To Community.” 
- Dr. Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Director of Service Learning, Walsh University.
- 11:00 am in Library 243.


2015-2016 Workshops:

March 15.
Tentative: "Starfish Refresher and Updates."
- Lisa Kasper.
- 11:00 am. Location to be announced.

February 16.
"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.

January 14.
"Library Tech Demonstrations."
- Academic Technology Committee.
- 3:30 pm.

  • Colloquium Center
  • Classroom LIB 242
  • Seminar Room - LIB 212
  • Study Room - LIB 008
  • Collaboration stations

September 15.

  • 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

February 25.
“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.

March 18.
"Writing it Out: Publishing Opportunities for Students and Faculty."
- Vivian Wagner, Associate Professor of Journalism.
- 11:00 am. Caldwell 370.

April 15.
"Blackboard Add-Ons, Blogs and Journals."
- Academic Technology Committee.
- 11:00 am in Cambridge Hall 15.

Fall 2013 Workshops

September 3
"Resources for Faculty and Students: Barnes and Noble."
- Jessica French, Manager, Muskingum University Bookstore.
- 11:00 am. Boyd Science Center 336.

October 1
" Strunk & White Meet Grammar Girl: What Does it Mean to Revise?”
- Jane Varley, English Department Chairperson, Associate Professor of English.
- 11:00 am. Philip & Betsy Caldwell Hall Room 370.

November 12
"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 Statistics"
- Dr Lisa Dierker, Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan University.
- 11:00 am, PBC 370.

February 19
"Advising Transfer Module Students." (Traditional Undergraduate)
- Larry Normansell and Emily Smith.
- 11:00 am, BSC 336.

Fall 2012 Workshops:

November 13
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 Campus."
- Speaker: Mari Norman Sunami.
- 11:00 am, BSC 336.

October 2
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.

September 4
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.

Previous Workshops:

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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