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From the Director - May 2015

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Ann Johnson Headshot From Director SynergiaUsing IDEA: Reflections after five years

As you prepare your year-end teaching reflection/narrative, take control of the interpretation of your IDEA data. Use it to inform your own self-evaluation and plans for the following semester, and to contextualize your teaching performance for those evaluating it.

We've been using the IDEA system for managing the student feedback process now for five years, and the Committee on Teaching Evaluation is analyzing a recent faculty survey gathering your impressions. I've been keeping an eye on expert recommendations regarding the use of student feedback and have pulled together some observations and advice, hoping it might help inform ongoing conversations about uses and misuses of IDEA.

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Professional Writing Services

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Faculty Development expands professional writing services! We are happy to announce that Dr. Mary Reichardt is joining Faculty Development as Coordinator of Professional Writing Services. Mary is working closely with UST's Grants and Research Office to provide integrated services for faculty involved in grant writing and other projects.

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Captioning Your Videos

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IRT has developed a new resource guide to orient you to the options available at UST for video captioning‌ your lectures, the ways you can increase the accessibility of YouTube or Vimeo videos through captioning, and finding and using captioned videos from UST's Media Resources Collection.  If you are already streaming your videos through Ensemble and are ready to increase the accessibility of your lectures through closed captioning watch this short (captioned!) video to learn how you can use CaptionSync to automatically create captions for your videos.

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Faculty Development Grant Deadlines

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Upcoming Faculty Development grant deadlines for AY 2014-15.

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Did You Know @ UST Libraries:

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Welcome to “Did You Know @ UST Libraries” where we’ll highlight a feature of UST Libraries of particular interest to faculty.

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Sabbatical Leave Awards for AY 2015-16

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Forty-three faculty awarded Sabbatical Leave for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Adjunct Professional Development Grant recipients

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The following UST faculty received an award from the Adjunct Professional Development Grant. Applications are still being accepted.

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Announcing the Adjunct Professional Development Grant

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This program supports Adjunct faculty who would like to participate in a conference or workshop, or receive funding to improve their teaching. All proposed travel or teaching enhancement projects must be reviewed by the applicant’s department chair and dean (or in the case of Engineering, Social Work, Law, and School of Divinity faculty, only the dean).

Funding is available for travel related to professional development (travel to a local, regional, or national conference to present research or complete an intensive teaching workshop) or to carry out a teaching enhancement project. Maximum award for travel is $1200 and maximum award for a teaching enhancement grant is $1000.

Information about and application forms for the Adjunct Professional Development Grant is available on the Internal Grants section of the Faculty Development web site. 

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International Education Center Travel and Seminar Grants for UST Faculty

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In conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs, I am pleased to invite applications for a pair of grants to support faculty initiatives to internationalize the University of St. Thomas. The international grants are from the University of St. Thomas International Education Center (IEC) and are combined with additional support from a faculty member's dean.

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2014-15 Research Grant Recipients

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The Research Grant supports faculty engagement in and continuation of current scholarly work, in new directions in scholarship, or for large, multi-year projects. Congratulations to the 18 faculty who received a Research Grant for the 2014-15 academic year.

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