Spring 2018 Professional Development Opportunities

Spring 2018 Professional Development Opportunities

Communities of Practice in Teaching as Scholarship

The Brown Bag Time-Out for Lunch programs are designed to empower and engage educators within Communities of Practice. Teaching and Learning Center, Faculty Associates and staff work to develop and deliver individual and small group faculty/professional staff development workshops covering issues related to teaching, learning, and assessment.  Associates may also facilitate work groups on focused topics.

In previous years, these workshops have included: the Collaborative Learning, Blended Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Student Reflections and Community Engagement, Assessment Certification Workshops, Grading Rubrics and other forms of Assessment.The Brown Bag Time-Out for Lunch Programs are a 60-90 minute session designed to allow in-depth coverage of a topic along with discussion among the facilitator and the participants.  Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with their questions and ideas for sharing.

Time-Out-for-Lunch Program:  Spring Programming
Register for program(s).

Critical Thinking: Continuing the Conversation
Facilitator: Lou Jensen, Occupational Therapy
(Wednesday, February 28; 8-9:30; Skutt SC, Room 105)

Enhancing critical thinking was the focus of several faculty and staff development sessions during the Fall 2017 semester.  During this hands-on session, participants will continue the conversation around critical thinking and actively plan a classroom or co-curricular activity to promote critical thinking.  


Engaging Millennial Students:  Active Learning Strategies Beyond the Lecture
Facilitator: Kimberley Begley, Pharmacy
(Thursday, Mar. 15; 11:30-1; Skutt SC, Room 104) 


There is no question that students have changed over the last two decades.  As a result of being surrounded by technology, they seem to have different learning preferences, styles, and goals than students of the past.  Faculty seek to understand and support student engagement in the classroom because increased engagement is associated with better outcomes.  This roundtable discussion brings several examples of how faculty are integrating different methods of engagement in the classroom and participants will get to experience these hands-on activities.


Tune Up Your Syllabus, then Supercharge it!
Facilitator: Brian Kokensparger, Journalism, Media, and Computing Department
(Wednesdays, Mar. 28 & Apr. 4; 11:30-1; Skutt SC, Room 105)

Contract, guidebook, or work of fiction?  Which describes your course syllabus?  This program will be offered in two parts.  In Part I, the presenter joins University Assessment Committee members to discuss the uses of course syllabi in the different colleges and schools, provide information regarding a University policy on syllabi (currently being developed), and introduce participants to a new syllabus tool kit.  In Part II, the presenter joins with other University faculty members to introduce participants to the creation and use of an Interactive Syllabus, which will more effectively engage students in your course.


Purposeful Global Engagement
Facilitators: Naser Alsharif, Pharmacy
(Wednesday, April 11; 11:30-1; Skutt SC, Room 104)


This panel discussion by a diverse group of campus colleagues will address "What is purposeful global engagement? What it is not? What it should be?"  The panel will also explore the implications of purposeful global engagement as a Jesuit institution, and as faculty/staff preparing our students for educational success.