Synergia - Latest News

Get your grant applications in for Fall 2017 semester!
Read More

Center for Faculty Development
The IDEA student feedback system is moving to an online platform for administration beginning summer 2017. Learn about the new system and watch an information session to learn about the changes.
Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of Faculty Development & Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
This is my last column – it’s been an honor to serve in this role and work with our fantastically talented and committed St. Thomas faculty for the past six years. Wishing you a great summer, whether you’re in the lab, taking a seminar here on campus, teaching online, at the lake, or traveling afar. See you in the Fall!
Read More

Brett Coup, Associate Vice President of Academic Technology

Recently, the Provost, Deans and University Technology Advisory Committee (UTAC) have all approved the adoption of the Canvas learning management system as a replacement for Blackboard. The migration to Canvas from Blackboard will happen over the course of one calendar year, and be completed by June 2018. 

What this means for faculty is that at some point during the upcoming year faculty will transition from using Blackboard for any online course materials to Canvas. It also means that any new online or blended courses will be developed directly in Canvas and bypass Blackboard completely. STELAR has planned a lot of support and training opportunities for faculty and students to help with the transition from Blackboard to Canvas.

Read More

St. Thomas Newsroom

Dr. Kristine Wammer has been appointed to the position of director of faculty development, effective June 1. An associate professor of chemistry, Wammer has been on the St. Thomas faculty since 2005, and brings a strong record of teaching and scholarship. We look forward to Kris joining the Center for Faculty Development!

Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Are you interested in exploring leadership? Find out more about the Faculty Leadership Fellows Program. Apply by April 21.
Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of Faculty Development & Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
If you haven’t heard yet: the IDEA student feedback system is moving to an online platform for administration beginning this summer. We have some education sessions planned for April 4 and 11; faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Getting up to speed is especially crucial for anyone teaching a summer course because that’s when we’ll begin implementation.
Read More

Dr. Susan Callaway, Associate Professor of English / Director of the Center for Writing
From carpal tunnel syndrome to headaches, our bodies are probably telling us that we are doing too much as writers. This is ironic, of course, because most of us are trying to write more—desperate to find time to immerse ourselves in our own scholarship. But this will mean more time sitting in front of a screen.
Read More

John Heintz and Merrie Davidson, Libraries
Have you been looking for some more sophisticated citation tracking tools? The Libraries may have part of the answer for you: we recently subscribed to Scopus. The database covers all fields in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of Faculty Development & Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Higher education experts are increasingly concerned about the disconnect between what actually happens in (and out of) the classroom on university campuses and public perception. As it turns out, there’s something we can do about it.
Read More

In case you missed it... here are the highlights from past issues of Synergia.
Read More

John Heintz, E-learning & Data Services Librarian
Zooniverse is a digital scholarship tools available from our colleagues at the University of Minnesota. It is available for St. Thomas faculty to use in your research and teaching.
Read More

Dr. William Brendel, Assistant Professor of Organization, Learning and Development
Tommies Unplugged is a UST wellness movement designed to help college students develop a more mindful relationship with technology in order to enhance personal growth and wellness for success in endeavors during school and after graduation.
Read More

Center for Faculty Development
To kick off the semester, Faculty Development is hosting a public viewing of the webinar, How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities. Please join us on Thursday February 9, 1:00-2:30, in ASC 237.
Read More
Tips for getting your book published.

Dr. Mary Reichardt, Associate Director for Faculty Grants and Writing
Now that you've revised your dissertation or finally completed the last chapter of a monograph it's time to take off your academic hat and put on your sales and marketing hat to get your book published.
Read More

Dr. Mary Reichardt, Center for Faculty Develoment
Faculty Development writing consultations now on the Minneapolis Campus on Sept. 28 and Nov. 16 from 1-4 PM. Consultations also available in St. Paul.
Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of the Center for Faculty Development, Professor of Psychology
Is it a diverse reading list or discussion of controversial topics? In some cases, but it goes deeper than that. Our St. Thomas commitment to diversity includes this phrase: “commitment to diversity means a commitment to the inclusion, welcome, and support of individuals from all groups” – and providing a welcoming climate and support to all requires pedagogical strategies that cut across all disciplines and topics.
Read More

Laura Hansen, Research and Instruction Librarian
Do you use RefWorks? Do you encourage your students to do so? For those not in the know, RefWorks is an online citation management tool we subscribe to here at St Thomas for the use of faculty and students alike. Over the summer, a “New RefWorks” was rolled out, and all users will need to migrate their accounts to it this fall from what we’re calling “Legacy RefWorks,” or have their accounts automatically migrated in January 2017. Continue reading for some highlights of the New RefWorks, or find out more about on Getting Started subject guide.
Read More

For three years, Bethany Timmerman has been helping undergraduates develop critical thinking, reading, writing, and discussion skills in St. Thomas' English department. Looking for extra support, guidance, and incentive to put her new ideas into practice, Bethany applied for and was awarded the Adjunct Professional Development Grant in Fall 2015. The grant includes an opportunity for faculty to work with instructional designers to help plan for and achieve teaching and learning goals.
Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of the Center for Faculty Development, Professor of Psychology
Wishing you a wonderful, relaxed, rejuvenating summer full of good reading and plenty of downtime.
Read More

Newsroom - University of St. Thomas

To help professors keep up with a changing educational environment, the Center for Faculty Development (FDC) fosters strong communication among professors through the Open Classroom Project.

The Open Classroom Project encourages professors to learn teaching techniques by observing each other in the classroom. FDC director and psychology professor Ann Johnson said the idea came about partly because she took a French class, and discovered she learned a lot more than language skills.

“I was just blown away by how much I could learn from my colleagues by just sitting in class and watching how they teach,” Johnson said. “Even though we teach very different subjects, I really picked up a lot of good ideas, and it was just very inspiring.”

Read More

Do you have a topic that you would like to explore in depth with colleagues next year? Consider applying to lead a Faculty Learning Community next year.‌
Read More

Spend time with Faculty Development this summer! Registration is open for the summer seminar and workshops. Seats are limited.
Read More

Newsroom - University of St. Thomas

Fifteen plastic, purple swivel chairs fill a Murray-Herrick Campus Center second-floor classroom on a Tuesday afternoon. A St. Thomas faculty member works her way through a slideshow in the hour-long class, calling for participation and feedback at different points.

“Does anybody have an example they would be willing to share?” she asks about 10 minutes in. A few seconds of silence drag out. “Hmm, quiet group.”

A hand reluctantly makes its way into the air, and a comment that kicks the conversation forward follows. Over the next 50 minutes the room flits from lecture and questions to general and small-group discussions, gaining momentum and openness before it adjourns at hour’s end.

This scene plays out countless times each semester across St. Thomas, but this session was noteworthy in that the 15 chairs weren’t filled by students. They were filled by faculty members, who – in this particular workshop – were being schooled on how better to gain and understand formal feedback from students.

Teachers being taught is a common theme for the Center for Faculty Development (FDC), which, through its wide range of offerings, supports faculty in becoming better at everything they do.

Read More

Center for Faculty Development
Congratulation to faculty awardees of the Teaching Enhancement Grant and the Research Grant for 2016-17.
Read More

New! Faculty-led Interdisciplinary Group Grant: Supports interdisciplinary faculty groups who wish to study a particular topic, learn a new skill, or pursue a project of mutual benefit to the teaching or scholarly life of the participants. Applications due April 1.
Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of the Center for Faculty Development / Professor of Psychology
I recently attended the IDEA Center-sponsored annual training meeting with Angela High-Pippert, our Coordinator of Classroom Consultation services, and we were impressed with the positive changes taking place – both in the content of IDEA tools and format of reporting to faculty.
Read More

Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of Faculty Development, Professor of Psychology‌‌
I am excited to announce that UST has established an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), as part of our strategic initiatives related to diversity. That means we can provide you with a free membership and access to a variety of its benefits.
Read More