One of our goals as a Center is to engage SU faculty in conversation around the deeper questions of academic practice, based on national and international research into higher education. Events are open to all SU faculty.
Please note: One of the workshops below is a tele-workshop organized by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). An SU host will be available to facilitate a brief conversation at the end. Learn more about NCFDD.
Wed, Oct 16 | 12:30-1:30 | Student Center 130 | Lunch provided
If you would like structure and support to move you forward with your writing and scholarship, please consider joining a Faculty Writing Group. At this informational meeting, we'll explain the structure and process of Faculty Writing Groups, discuss why this process works, and organize groups. Learn more about Faculty Writing Groups.
Jointly sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Projects (ORSSP).
Tues, Oct 29, 2013 | 9:00 – 11:00 am | Chardin 143 | Breakfast providedNCFDD Facilitator: Kerry Ann RockquemoreSU Hosts: Jacquelyn Miller and David Green
Do you often feel drained by departmental drama? Do you feel unclear about how to handle conflicts that arise in your department? Are you unsure when, where, and how to manage conflict ?
Academics are notoriously conflict avoidant, and the inability to manage conflict can result in negative physical, emotional, and relational consequences for faculty. So why not learn early in your career to master the SKILL of healthy conflict so that you can effectively manage conflicts as they arise and avoid carrying around all of the negative energy, anger, and resentment in your mind and body. In this workshop, you will learn
Tues, Nov 5 | 12:30-1:50 | Casey Commons | Lunch providedPanel discussion facilitated by Jacquelyn MillerPanelists:Richard LeBlanc, Chair, Computer Science & Software EngineeringErica Lilleleht, Chair, PsychologyFiona Robertson, Chair, Finance
Might your future involve a stint as a department chair or a program director? If so, do you look forward to taking on this role or dread it like the plague? In this frank Q&A discussion, you’ll meet a panel of former and current chairs and directors to discover what these roles entail and how they can contribute to the smooth functioning of your area and the university. Learn about some of the possible pitfalls and hidden pleasures of chairing to help you figure out whether, for you, this really would be the short straw or a rewarding opportunity.
Tues, Nov 12 | 12:30-1:50 | Student Center 130 | Lunch providedorWed, Nov 13 | 12:30-1:50 | Student Center 130 | Lunch providedFacilitated by David Green
When did “superior work” – an A – become viewed as commonplace? How do we reset our students’ expectations so that they achieve more in their assignments and so that everyone comes away feeling that genuine learning has taken place? As university professors, many of us grapple with these questions, and with the thorny issue of how to “frame” assignments to motivate students while remaining challenging.
In this workshop, we’ll explore an approach to assignments that combines our desire for academic rigor with a constructive use of grading schemes—probably unlike ones you have seen before. This alternative approach encourages students to be more imaginative, critical, and ambitious in their studies; it means they’ll have to stretch themselves to earn that “superior” A, and that a B returns to its rightful place as the label for “good work.”
Remember to bring an assignment or two with you so that you can work on your own courses during the workshop.
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