Fall 2022 Professional Development Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Work Life Balance PLC Check in Meetings

Liaisons: Drs. Staci Zolkoski, Sarah Sass and Yonjoo Cho

Tuesday, August 23, 10:00 am– 11:00 am in LIB 127 & Zoom

We will hold an informal meeting to share our plans for activities from the PLC this year, and invite ideas for additional activities. Please feel free to share your ideas for how we can support work-life balance in faculty and staff and how we can partner with others on campus in support of this. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

 

Work-Life Balance Weekly Writing Sessions

Hosted by The Work-Life Balance Professional Learning Community

Every Tuesday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters via Zoom.

Fall Dates: Tuesday, August 23 -- Thursday, December 1, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Faculty 180 Training with Dr. Cheryl Parker

Faculty 180 is a university-wide, web-based information management system enabling the collection, organization, sharing, analysis and presentation of critical data regarding faculty scholarship, research, and service activities. This workshop will show faculty how to maintain their scholarly activity data in the Faculty 180 database.

Wednesday, August 24 10:00 am -11:30 am via Zoom 

August Zoom links and recordings

 

Academy Teaching Topics

Academy Teaching Topics” are presented by the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to advance teaching and learning at UT Tyler. We invite our colleagues across all disciplines who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence.

Every Month on the First Thursday, September 1, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom

 

Not All Classrooms Have 4 Walls

Facilitated by The Office of International Programs

A faculty-led study abroad program isn’t only a trip to a new country, but rather a thought-provoking, inspiring journey for all individuals involved. These opportunities would not be possible without the dedication, passion, and tireless effort of UT Tyler faculty. Faculty are key to the sustainable success of study abroad at UT Tyler and have tremendous influence on students' learning and development. We at OIP understand the idea of planning a study abroad program can be daunting, and that is why we are here for you every step of the way, from program customization to student recruitment. UT Tyler students will discover the world is their classroom. No host country experience necessary! If you are interested in leading a study abroad program, please attend this session to learn more. For questions, contact Cynthia Martinez (cynthia@uttyler.edu) and Jessica Chandarlis (jchandarlis@uttyler.edu).

Tuesday, September 6, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

Post-Pandemic Teaching and Learning: What Stays? What Goes? With Dr. Jean Mandernach

The COVID-19 pandemic forced faculty and students online; this sudden immersion into virtual education spurred a plethora of instructional innovations. In this session, you will examine lessons learned from pandemic-induced shifts in teaching and learning with an emphasis on instructional strategies that will shape (and benefit) our return to the face-to-face classroom.

Longer Description:
Despite the challenges inherent in the pandemic-induced shift to remote teaching and learning, this forced venture into virtual education spurred a range of instructional innovations and insights. As institutions return to their post-pandemic normal and students come back to the physical classroom, faculty must consider the most effective strategies to support student learning. The reality is that teaching during the pandemic forced us to reconceptualize the fundamental meaning of teaching and learning, utilize technology in new ways, and redesign learning experiences. Now that the pandemic is nearing an end, it is essential to re-evaluate these instructional strategies to determine which changes should be incorporated into our campus-based teaching and which adjustments are no longer valuable when students are back in a shared physical space. While we look forward to returning to the normalcy of campus teaching, we must consider how our face-to-face instruction can benefit from this newfound pedagogical knowledge. In this session, we will explore lessons learned from pandemic teaching and discuss emerging research to answer the questions: What stay? What goes? 

Thursday, September 8, 11:30 – 1:00pm in The UC Ballroom & Zoom (Registration Required)

 

Understanding our Undergraduate Students: They’re Here with Dr. Colleen Swain

Look at the various descriptive statistics of our undergraduate students including breakdown of FTIC and transfer students, ethnicity, gender, first generation, Pell eligible, and average credits attempted this fall. We’ll look at this information for all undergraduates and then break this down by each college and school. 

Friday, September 9, 2022; 1:25 pm – 2:20 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Yoga with Work-Life Balance PLC

Facilitated by Drs. Jessica Rueter and Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani

Would you like to reduce stress and anxiety? You may have heard about research studies showing how practicing yoga can reduce stress and anxiety while increasing well-being. You may have wondered about practicing yoga. In this workshop, you will go through a yoga practice with Drs. Rueter and Gopalakrishna-Remani, who have been actively practicing for years.

Monday, September 12, 10:00 am – 11:00 am in HPC 2110

 

Increasing Student Engagement with Dr. Colleen Swain

When our students are highly engaged, they learn more, and it is a better experience for the instructor. A true win-win situation. Learn 10 strategies (5 for online, 5 for face-to-face) to increase student engagement in your course. 

Monday, September 12, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Faculty Selected Works

Facilitated by The Muntz Library

In this workshop you will learn how to create a build a Selected Works page. Selected Works pages expand your global readership and visibility, making it easy for others to see the full breadth of your research, teaching, and service. You can highlight posters, papers, presentations, books, grants, awards, courses taught, and more – and be included in UT Tyler’s online Selected Works Gallery and Expert Gallery. Selected Works pages are also indexed in Google and Google Scholar, and individual metrics allow you to track how often, and from where your profile is being viewed.

Friday, September 16, 10:10 am – 11:05 am in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Faculty + Student Engagement = Persistence with Joshua Neaves and Christine Forisha

You thought Student Engagement was just another department on campus, but it’s actually something we can all do! In recent years, the concept of “student engagement” has become an important buzzword in discussions of persistence and retention. Faculty know it is important, but may not know what that really means. Join Joshua Neaves, Director of Student Engagement, and Christine Forisha,  chair of the Student Engagement Advisory Committee, for an more expansive look at what it means to have engaged students and how you can influence their persistence.

Tuesday, September 20, 12:30 pm -1:30 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Academy Teaching Topics

“Academy Teaching Topics” are presented by the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to advance teaching and learning at UT Tyler. We invite our colleagues across all disciplines who teach at the undergraduate and  graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence.

Every Month on the Third Wednesday, September 21, 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom

 

Recognizing and Addressing Pandemic Related Stress Among Faculty in Higher Education with Dr. Mary McNaughten -Cassill, UT San Antonio

Much has been written about the negative impact of the pandemic on the mental health of college students. But what about the faculty who facilitated the switch to online instruction, and became student’s primary contact with the University while dealing with their own Covid related stressors? This presentation will discuss ways to recognize and address signs of stress, burnout and compassion fatigue in yourself, and your colleagues. Much like parenting, we have to take care of ourselves if we want to be an effective source of support for others. 

Thursday, September 22, 11:00 -12:15 via Zoom

 

Global Awareness PLC Meetings

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

The Global Awareness & Diversity PLC  helps faculty members incorporate global perspectives and diverse voices in the classroom in varying ways, from course material and content to students’ voices themselves. During our PLC meetings, we plan upcoming events, share ideas, receive support in bringing global content to our courses, and promote global awareness and diversity throughout UT Tyler.

Wednesday, September 28, 11:15 am - 12:20 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Academic Innovation PLC Meeting

Liaison: Ms. Sarah Norrell

A PLC regular meeting; join us as we kick off the new academic year, discuss our upcoming goals as a Professional Learning Community, and share our classroom innovation ideas and tools!

Friday, September 30, 12:20 pm -1:15 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

September Zoom links and recordings

 

Inviting J-1 Exchange Visitors

Facilitated by The Office of International Programs

Faculty have the opportunity of inviting scholars, researchers, and professors from other countries to visit the United States for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange. Exchange visitors are invited by departments at UT Tyler. The purpose of their visit is to engage in collaborative academic projects. These activities include teaching, lecturing, observing, consulting in connection with a research project, departmental research, researcher training, or demonstrating a special skill. Exchange visitors are encouraged to voluntarily participate in activities that provide them with an opportunity to share their language, culture, and history with Americans. If you are interested in inviting a J-1 Exchange Visitor, please attend this session to learn more. For questions, please contact Cynthia Martinez (cynthiamartinez@uttyler.edu). 

Tuesday, October 4, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

How to Present with Slides More Effectively with Dr. Norman Eng

Most slide presentations disengage audiences, whether they are students, conference attendees or various stakeholders. The reason? We have never learned how to present effectively. We think it’s about delivering content when actually it’s more about getting audiences from Point A to Point B efficiently. Dr. Norman Eng, author of Presenting: The Professor’s Guide to Powerful Communication, reminds us that presenting is, yes, about communicating; and in this presentation, he shows professors a novel way to think of (and craft!) presentations that resonate. 

Thursday, October 6, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm via Zoom

 

Academy Teaching Topics

Academy Teaching Topics” are presented by the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to advance teaching and learning at UT Tyler. We invite our colleagues across all disciplines who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence.

Every Month on the First Thursday, October 6, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom

 

Innovative Screenshot Software for the Classroom

Facilitated by Academic Innovation Liaison Ms. Sarah Norrell with guest speaker Ms. Vandy Dubre

Screenshots can make a huge difference in lessons and tutorials, but they shouldn't be difficult to create or edit! Guest speaker Vandy Dubre will join our PLC workshop on innovative screenshot software that will change the way you think about (and use) screenshots.

Friday, October 7, 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Yoga with Work-Life Balance PLC

Facilitated by Drs. Jessica Rueter and Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani

Would you like to reduce stress and anxiety? You may have heard about research studies showing how practicing yoga can reduce stress and anxiety while increasing well-being. You may have wondered about practicing yoga. In this workshop, you will go through a yoga practice with Drs. Rueter and Gopalakrishna-Remani, who have been actively practicing for years.

Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 am – 11:00 am in HPC 2110

 

Academy Teaching Topics

“Academy Teaching Topics” are presented by the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to advance teaching and learning at UT Tyler. We invite our colleagues across all disciplines who teach at the undergraduate and  graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence.

Every Month on the Third Wednesday, October 19, 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom

 

Creating Lessons & Tutorials with SoftChalk

Academic Innovation Liaison Ms. Sarah Norrell & guest speaker Ms. Vandy Dubre

Tired of the standard lesson or tutorial format? Looking for a way to create interactive lessons? Join this workshop as guest speaker Vandy Dubre introduces how to do all this and more using SoftChalk!

Friday, October 21, 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Global Awareness & Diversity Course Designation Discussions

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Are you teaching about global issues in your classroom? The Global Awareness & Diversity PLC would like to create a formalized certification process for courses including global learning and/or addressing diversity issues. This process would work similarly to the Service Learning course designation, which is shown on the student transcript once a course is approved as an SL course. Join us for this discussion as we brainstorm what a global awareness course should include and determine the certification process. 

Thursday, October 27, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

October Zoom links and recordings

 

Understanding & Supporting International Students

Facilitated by The Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs (OIP) supports all F and J visa international students. Both F and J Academic Student Visas allow students to enter the United States to attend an academic institution for a degree of study or language training program. These nonimmigrant visa categories present many benefits for students, such as internship and employment opportunities. Attend this workshop to learn more about international student experiences, visa regulations and benefits. This workshop is recommended for all departments university-wide that provide services to students. For more information, email oip@uttyler.edu or call 903.565.5960.

Tuesday, November 1, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Using Principles of Cognitive Science to Facilitate Student Success with Dr. Stephen Chew, Samford University

Many of the obstacles to student success are not related to academic ability, but have to do with problems of student mindset and misconceptions about how people learn. Even the most capable students have to make a transition to learning in college, and the transition is often more difficult for less well prepared and first-generation students. For traditional aged students, college is structurally and culturally different from high school. Thus, most learning strategies that are effective in a high school context are not effective in a college setting. Ironically, the success students experience with their learning strategies in high school will make it more difficult for them to recognize when they are having academic difficulties in college and how to respond effectively. In this presentation, I will discuss and demonstrate some key cognitive principles that teachers, support staff, and students need to understand to facilitate student success.

Thursday, November 3, 11:30am – 1:00 pm in The UC Ballroom & via Zoom

 

Academy Teaching Topics

Academy Teaching Topics” are presented by the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to advance teaching and learning at UT Tyler. We invite our colleagues across all disciplines who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence.

Every Month on the First Thursday, November 3, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom

 

Canva for the Innovative Classroom Pt.2 -Lunch & Learn

Liaison: Ms. Sarah Norrell

Catch part 2 of last year's popular Canva workshop to build on your skills! This lunch & learn workshop will focus on using Canva features to build assignments, lessons, and more for your classroom. If attending in-person, feel free to bring your own device for the opportunity to learn in real time, practice, and ask questions!

Friday, November 4, 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm in LIB 128 & Zoom

 

Teaching Underprepared Students with Dr. Colleen Swain

The pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. Learn some insights into help your students who are underprepared for your course content. There are strategies you can use to help underprepared students – and it will also benefit your on-level students

Wednesday, November 9, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Yoga with Work-Life Balance PLC

Facilitated by Drs. Jessica Rueter and Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani

Would you like to reduce stress and anxiety? You may have heard about research studies showing how practicing yoga can reduce stress and anxiety while increasing well-being. You may have wondered about practicing yoga. In this workshop, you will go through a yoga practice with Drs. Rueter and Gopalakrishna-Remani, who have been actively practicing for years.

Monday, November 14, 2022 10-11 in HPC 2110

 

Academy Teaching Topics

“Academy Teaching Topics” are presented by the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to advance teaching and learning at UT Tyler. We invite our colleagues across all disciplines who teach at the undergraduate and  graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence.

Every Month on the Third Wednesday, November 16, 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom

November Zoom links and recordings

 

Liaison Library Services

Facilitated by The Muntz Library

Did you know you have a specialized librarian available to assist you? Join librarian Vandy Dubre to explore the many tools and services your liaison librarian has to support your success, as well as that of your department and students. From events and workshops to OER and course support, this workshop will review our well-known services, and introduce some new ones. Like the librarians always say: give us a few minutes, we'll save you a few hours!

Thursday, December 1, 12:30 pm -1:30 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Academy Teaching Topics

Academy Teaching Topics” are presented by the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Fellows to advance teaching and learning at UT Tyler. We invite our colleagues across all disciplines who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence.

Every Month on the First Thursday, December 1, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom

December Zoom links and recordings