Summer 2016 Professional Development Opportunities

May 3, 2016

Spend time with Faculty Development this summer! In June we are offering two professional development opportunities open to all St. Thomas faculty. Seats are limited so register early. 

2016 Summer Seminar
Mindfulness Meditation in Teaching & Advising

Date/Time: June 21-24 from 9 AM - noon
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Mindfulness Meditation in Teaching & Advising (MMT) is a 4-day intensive seminar on mindfulness-based meditation and its strategic application to effective teaching, research, and service. The MMT summer seminar is comprised of approximately 60% practice and 40% faculty dialogue, strategic planning, and project development.

‌This seminar will be co-facilitated by: Dr. William Brendel, an expert in the field of mindfulness practice trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts; and Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, an expert in mindfulness and performance practice, who performs research and speaking engagements throughout the U.S. on this subject.

Course Design for the Common Good - An Introduction

Date/Time: June 14 (9 AM-1:30 PM); June 15 (online, asynchronously in Blackboard); and June 16 (9 AM-1:30 PM)
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Join colleagues for three days in June to implement a few thoughtful design principles for enhancing the communication of your learning goals and for making assignments more transparent.

Your design choices can help make visible the hidden curriculum and ensure that success in your course is not contingent on possessing particular forms of cultural capital. This is not a ‘dumbing down’ of expectations but rather a dismantling of barriers to success – making academic success available to a wider range of students and strengthening learning for all students in your class.

Course Design for the Common Good is an approach to designing learning experiences that reach and support St. Thomas’ increasingly diverse student population. 

These strategies create the conditions that allow all students to thrive, and that is a big part of the “common good” we strive for as instructors.