Synergia | Professional Development

Faculty Development internal grant deadlines for the 2018-19 academic year.
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Colin Martin (Biology) and Salina Renninger (Graduate School of Professional Psychology)
There are seven Faculty Learning Communities, supported by the Center for Faculty Development, meeting throughout the 2017-18. This month, we feature one of the seven, the Racial Justice Pedagogy FLC, co-led by Colin Martin (Biology) and Salina Renninger (Graduate School of Professional Psychology).
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Center for Faculty Development
Through our University subscription, all St. Thomas faculty have access to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s (NCFDD) many resources designed to enhance scholarly productivity, including guest expert webinars, writing challenges, and a weekly productivity e-mail.
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Do you have a topic that you would like to explore in depth with colleagues next year? Why not lead a Faculty Learning Community next year? Submit a proposal by June 9, 2017!
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It's time to choose the Faculty Development summer seminar. Voting closes April 28.
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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.
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Are you interested in an opportunity to create and lead professional development for St. Thomas colleagues? And get a stipend for your work? Submit a summer seminar proposal by April 18!
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St. Thomas subscribes to the National Teaching & Learning Forum.
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ChronicleVitae.com

In the September 22, 2016 Chronicle Vitae article, The Mentoring Buck Stops HereTerry McGlynn reflects on his experiences and shortcomings mentoring students, and offers strategies for strengthening your own mentoring and advising relationships with your students. 

The adviser-student relationship is built on the experience of the mentor. As mentors, we are supposed to know which things matter, and we need to pay attention to them — even if they are not problems at the moment. --Terry McGlynn

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Faculty Learning Community participants: Ande Nesmith, Josh Layfield, Bryana French, Lesley Scibora, Afshan Ismat, Kari Zimmerman, and Kathleen Winters.

Get ready to join a Faculty Learning Community! Watch your St. Thomas email for an announcement about joining a community. Which community will you join?
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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.‌
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Spend time with Faculty Development this summer! Registration is open for the summer seminar and workshops. Seats are limited.
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Anecdotally, faculty report gains in both their own learning and in student outcomes as a result of participation in workshops and seminars on teaching. A new book, Faculty Development and Student Learning: Assessing the Connections, highlights the results of a multi-year study two universities undertook to assess the impact of faculty professional development on student learning.

We think Inside Higher Education's review of the recently released book is noteworthy not just because the study provides evidence that faculty professional development, such as Writing Across the Curriculum, has a positive impact on student learning outcomes, but because the study was undertaken by two seemingly disparate institutions -- a small, private liberal arts college (Carleton College) and a large, land-grant institution  -- and found similar benefits at both institutions.

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Dr. Stephen Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair
Two recently published articles call into question the contention that student evaluation of teaching (SET) forms, like the IDEA. form St. Thomas uses, are statistically invalid; that is, that they don't measure the teaching effectiveness they purport to document.
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Submit a proposal by April 1. This is your opportunity to create, organize, and lead professional development for St. Thomas colleagues.
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.
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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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Increasing Scholarly Productivity Through Participation in NCFDD: Dr. Donny Vigil, Assistant Professor of Spanish, highlights how his participation in two of the writing programs offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity boosted his scholarly productivity.
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A recent article in the New York Times, "Why I use trigger warnings" by Kate Manne, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University, argues for the integrated use of trigger warnings in academia, and why it's important for faculty to adopt the practice of providing trigger warnings to students.
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New York Times Sunday Review

Connecting with students in the classroom these days means employing inclusive pedagogy. This article summarizes recent work supporting the value of active learning strategies for reaching the diverse students we teach. We enroll more students of color and international students than ever before. 20 to 25% of our undergraduates are first generation. It’s more important than ever to employ classroom strategies that reach all students and bring those on the margin to the center. Want more information on active learning? Visit the Faculty Development web page on active learning.

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Synergia | Found Wisdom

Faculty Development internal grant deadlines for the 2018-19 academic year.
Read More

Colin Martin (Biology) and Salina Renninger (Graduate School of Professional Psychology)
There are seven Faculty Learning Communities, supported by the Center for Faculty Development, meeting throughout the 2017-18. This month, we feature one of the seven, the Racial Justice Pedagogy FLC, co-led by Colin Martin (Biology) and Salina Renninger (Graduate School of Professional Psychology).
Read More

Center for Faculty Development
Through our University subscription, all St. Thomas faculty have access to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s (NCFDD) many resources designed to enhance scholarly productivity, including guest expert webinars, writing challenges, and a weekly productivity e-mail.
Read More

Do you have a topic that you would like to explore in depth with colleagues next year? Why not lead a Faculty Learning Community next year? Submit a proposal by June 9, 2017!
Read More

It's time to choose the Faculty Development summer seminar. Voting closes April 28.
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

Are you interested in an opportunity to create and lead professional development for St. Thomas colleagues? And get a stipend for your work? Submit a summer seminar proposal by April 18!
Read More

St. Thomas subscribes to the National Teaching & Learning Forum.
Read More

ChronicleVitae.com

In the September 22, 2016 Chronicle Vitae article, The Mentoring Buck Stops HereTerry McGlynn reflects on his experiences and shortcomings mentoring students, and offers strategies for strengthening your own mentoring and advising relationships with your students. 

The adviser-student relationship is built on the experience of the mentor. As mentors, we are supposed to know which things matter, and we need to pay attention to them — even if they are not problems at the moment. --Terry McGlynn

Read More
Faculty Learning Community participants: Ande Nesmith, Josh Layfield, Bryana French, Lesley Scibora, Afshan Ismat, Kari Zimmerman, and Kathleen Winters.

Get ready to join a Faculty Learning Community! Watch your St. Thomas email for an announcement about joining a community. Which community will you join?
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

Anecdotally, faculty report gains in both their own learning and in student outcomes as a result of participation in workshops and seminars on teaching. A new book, Faculty Development and Student Learning: Assessing the Connections, highlights the results of a multi-year study two universities undertook to assess the impact of faculty professional development on student learning.

We think Inside Higher Education's review of the recently released book is noteworthy not just because the study provides evidence that faculty professional development, such as Writing Across the Curriculum, has a positive impact on student learning outcomes, but because the study was undertaken by two seemingly disparate institutions -- a small, private liberal arts college (Carleton College) and a large, land-grant institution  -- and found similar benefits at both institutions.

Read More

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair
Two recently published articles call into question the contention that student evaluation of teaching (SET) forms, like the IDEA. form St. Thomas uses, are statistically invalid; that is, that they don't measure the teaching effectiveness they purport to document.
Read More

Submit a proposal by April 1. This is your opportunity to create, organize, and lead professional development for St. Thomas colleagues.
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

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

Increasing Scholarly Productivity Through Participation in NCFDD: Dr. Donny Vigil, Assistant Professor of Spanish, highlights how his participation in two of the writing programs offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity boosted his scholarly productivity.
Read More

A recent article in the New York Times, "Why I use trigger warnings" by Kate Manne, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University, argues for the integrated use of trigger warnings in academia, and why it's important for faculty to adopt the practice of providing trigger warnings to students.
Read More

New York Times Sunday Review

Connecting with students in the classroom these days means employing inclusive pedagogy. This article summarizes recent work supporting the value of active learning strategies for reaching the diverse students we teach. We enroll more students of color and international students than ever before. 20 to 25% of our undergraduates are first generation. It’s more important than ever to employ classroom strategies that reach all students and bring those on the margin to the center. Want more information on active learning? Visit the Faculty Development web page on active learning.

Read More