2019 - 2020 Archived Professional Development Events

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

FALL WORKSHOPS/MEETINGS

Advancing from Associate to Full Professor

Facilitated by Dr. Colleen Swain, Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Online Education

August 20, 2019

Gain Insights into crafting your dossier to highlight your body of work to show strong evidence of your national and/or international reputation in your field as well as strength and meaningful contributions to UT Tyler and the profession in teaching and service.

Coffee Talk with The Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Dates: September 3, 2019, October 1, 2019, November 5, 2019, and December 3, 2019

If you love a good cup of coffee in a morning, we've got something brewing especially for you the first Tuesday of every month. Come share your ideas about teaching and learning.

Faculty 180     

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

September 3, 2019

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.

Not All Classrooms Have Four Walls

Facilitated by The Office of International Programs

September 10, 2019

Leading a faculty-led study abroad program can open many opportunities for our students. Faculty are key to the sustainable success of study abroad at UT Tyler and have tremendous influence on students' learning and development. Learn how you can lead a faculty-led study abroad program this summer.

Library Tools & Services to Support Success

Facilitated by Ms. Sara Norrell, Professional Librarian

September 11, 2019

Join us as we explore the many tools and services the Muntz Library has to support the success of our University members. From events and workshops to OER support and liaison librarians, 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!

Work-Life Balance Faculty Learning Community Workshop/Meeting

Facilitated by Drs. Lauren Kirby, Sarah Sass and Staci Zolkoski

September 12, 2019

The mission of the Work-Life Balance Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is to inspire, motivate, and validate the well being and morale of the whole self within the university community. This FLC meeting will begin with scientific evidence about work-life balance and what institutions can do to support it. Diverse UT Tyler faculty will then share their experiences with sources of work-life conflict, as well as work-life enrichment and open the floor for attendees to join in the discussion.

Advancing from Assistant to Associate Professor

Facilitated by Dr. Colleen Swain, Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Online Education

September 12, 2019

Gain insights into crafting your tenure and promotion dossier to highlight the evidence of your work when making the case for tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor.

Building Student Resilience

Facilitated by Mrs. Kim Harvey-Livingston, Interim Dean of Students and Mr. David Hill, Director of Student Conduct

Handout

September 17, 2019

It can be difficult to understand the reasons why students are succeeding or failing in our classes. Depression and stress are some of the main issues that today’s students face. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back in the face of life’s challenges.This workshop is designed to provide instructors with ways to help students develop the skills needed when they encounter adverse conditions.

Team-Based Learning (TBL) Fundamentals Certification

Guest Presenter: Ms. Judi Bradetich, University of North Texas - Denton Professor

September 20, 2019

Ready for a change in your classroom? Team Based Learning (TBL) is an active learning strategy that motivates students to take charge of their learning experience while growing skills in accountability, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork. Join TBL Consultant and University of North Texas-Denton Professor, Judi Bradetich for TBL Modules 1-5.

Module 1: TBL 101
Module 2: Creating TBL Modules
Module 3: Writing Effective MCQ Questions for TBL
Module 4: Peer Evaluation
Module 5: Facilitation Skills 

Qualtrics Bootcamp

Facilitated by Mrs.Tonya Gaddis, Senior Assessment Coordinator

Qualtrics Beginner Training - September 24, 2019

Qualtrics Advanced Training - October 10, 2019

UT Tyler Qualtrics Information

Join us for workshops designed to get you up and running and Qualtrics. These workshops will walk you through survey design, accessibility, distribution, data
importing/exporting, and reporting. Learn to use this research survey tool to its fullest.

STATS IQ: Using Qualtrics for Statistical Research

Facilitated by Drs. Amy Hayes & Chris Thomas

September 26, 2019

Workshop Handout

Stats iQ™. Powerful statistical analysis. No stats degree required. Meet the world’s most powerful statistical analysis tool—that also happens to be the world’s easiest. Statistics aren’t just painful—they’re polarizing. Either you are a statistician, or you’re not. And let’s be real, most of us are not. Stats iQ changes that, forever. Stats iQ gives everyone from beginners to expert analysts the power to uncover meaning in data, identify hidden trends, and produce predictive models.

Reinventing the 21st Century Professor

John Boyer  Keynote Speaker Dr. John Boyer, AKA: The Plaid Avenger, Virginia Tech University

September 27, 2019

Standardized testing, MOOCs, automated systems, complex pedagogies, and adoption of all manner of trendy technologies into every classroom situation are currently presented as the "solutions" to current educational challenges. Nonsense. 21st century students certainly interact and engage in entirely new ways, but great teacher/student communication is still at the core of building great learning environments, be they live lectures or entirely digital online courses. There are tons of great new tools out there to facilitate great communication but they should not all be automatically ignored by older generations, nor immediately embraced as a solution in and of themselves. Professor Boyer will share his two decades of experience with new technologies and evolving student mindset in creating both record-breaking super-large live courses, as well as the transition to fully digital courses that actually increase student engagement and flexibility, while serving 3500-4000 students each academic year. The time has come to totally disrupt the standard operating procedure of the classic college classroom by encouraging educators to find their voice (amplified by selective use of technologies suited to them and their subject matter), to focus on bringing passion and inspiration back to the forefront of their profession.
When it comes to teachers and technologies: EMBRACE not REPLACE! The best teachers will EMBRACE the technologies that help them better communicate with students, but those technologies will never REPLACE human to human interaction. But blending the best communicators with the best technology has to offer will produce some amazing and unpredictable opportunities! 

Global Awareness & Diversity Faculty Learning Community

Facilitated by Dr. Colin Snider, Faculty Liaison

October 1, 2019 and November 14, 2019

The FLC on Global Awareness and Diversity is an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and inclusive cohort of faculty designed to discuss, coordinate, and collaborate on ways to innovate, incorporate, and develop global awareness and cultural diversity in the classroom, with our peers, with students, and with communities on and
off campus.

How to Deal With Classroom Disruptions

Facilitated by Mrs. Kim Harvey-Livingston, Interim Dean of Students & Mrs. David Hill, Director of Student Conduct

October 4, 2019

Managing classroom behavior can be challenging. This workshop will help you be proactive when dealing with difficult students. Learn ways to minimize disruptive behavior in the classroom through effective classroom management, good communication, and organization.

Employment of International Students

Facilitated by The Office of International Programs

October 8, 2019

Employing international students can bring an enhanced perspective to your area. Having a global footprint in the work place is essential to the university. Understanding the complexities of hiring an international student will help make the process easy for your department. With the support of Human Resources and
OIP the hiring process can be a smooth transition.

Assignments with Impact: Innovative Assignments and Feedback Strategies to Engage Students

Jean Mandernach Keynote Speaker Dr. Jean Mandernach, Grand Canyon University

October 11, 2019

With a seemingly endless array of assignment options available to assess student learning, designing engaging, effective assessments can be a challenge. Complicating the issue, faculty must create an integrated, yet varied, approach to assessment that balances an emphasis on student learning with practical barriers associated with grading and feedback. This workshop will help faculty create a holistic assessment plan that simultaneously promotes engagement, measures student learning, and informs teaching… all with time and priority management in mind. We will explore strategies for designing and integrating dynamic, engaging assignments in relation to eight broad categories of learning outcomes (critical thinking; problem solving, performance, personal development, information literacy,
knowledge demonstration, design/creation, and communication). Beyond traditional reliance on exams and papers, this workshop will outline a decision-making process to help instructors identify (and create) innovative assignments and develop efficient strategies for providing meaningful feedback.

 

Academic Innovation Faculty Learning Community

Facilitated by Dr. Danielle Bailey, Faculty Liaison

Dates: September 23, 2019 and October 16, 2019

The FLC for Academic Innovation is comprised of interdisciplinary cohorts of faculty members who ask questions about teaching and learning, try out teaching innovations, assess student learning, create new models of practice, and publish scholarship about their work. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support innovation in the classroom!

Characteristics of a UT Tyler Student

Facilitated by Dr. Colleen Swain, Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Online Education

October 18, 2019

This forum will address the characteristics of students attending The University of Texas at Tyler. We will discuss the challenges both traditional and non-traditional students in east Texas face and identify strategies to better respond to these students’ backgrounds and needs.

The Study of Student Writing FLC 

Facilitated by Dr. Annamary Consalvo, Faculty Liaison

Dates: September 18, 2019 and October 23, 2019

The FLC for The Study of Student Writing is a space for faculty members to inquire, learn, and consider various aspects of student writing pertaining to academic writing, that is, writing classes. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support growth in student writing at our university.

Scholar Works

Facilitated by Mrs. Terra Gullings, Head of University Archives and Special Collections

October 24, 2019

Increase your Scholarly Impact: how Scholar Works at UT Tyler can help Learn about the benefits of Open Access scholarly publishing and how Scholar Works at UT Tyler can increase the impact of your work.

Culture Shock and College Success

Facilitated by The Office of International Programs

November 5, 2019

International students face challenges everyday as they transition into American life. Recognizing these challenges will help us ensure our international students are successful in and outside the classroom. Listen to first-hand experience from an international student and the challenges they are faced with. Understanding these obstacles can help us ensure our international students are successful.

How To Feel As Bright And Capable As They THINK You Are: Why Capable People Suffer From Impostor
Syndrome And How To Thrive In Spite Of It

Valerie Young  Keynote Speaker Dr. Valerie Young, Impostor Syndrome Expert

Date: November 8, 2019

Have you ever felt like a bit of a fraud and everyone is about to find out, especially when you are take on something new? Dr. Valerie Young, an internationally recognized expert on the impostor syndrome and author of the award-winning book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, knows you are not alone. In this workshop, Valerie will share her knowledge, insights and strategies from speaking to and coaching tens of thousands of executives in technology, consumer goods, consulting, and more, about transforming the impostor syndrome into greater courage, capacity, and confidence. Valerie has spoken to tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff at 90 colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Japan, and the UK. Boeing, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Ernst & Young, Apple, Chrysler, Facebook, Harvard, Stanford, Society of Women Engineers, and The Conference Board are among the many organizations to host this engaging program. You will not want to miss the opportunity to meet Dr. Young. Previous clients and attendees consistently describe this program as “engaging,” “informative,” “funny,” and “life changing." 

Increasing Accessibility for All

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian

November 12, 2019

Accessibility means so much more than wheelchair ramps and closed captioning. This workshop will explore multiple ways to increase the accessibility within the classroom, workplace, or any other setting.

Student Research Faculty Learning Community

Facilitated by Drs. Kassie Archer & Christopher Thomas

Dates: October 10, 2019 and November 13, 2019

This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for Student Research is comprised of interdisciplinary faculty and staff members who are dedicated to providing research
experiences for students. FLC members will also be invited to participate in the Lyceum for Student Research.

Peer Learning and Sharing (Teaching Triangles)

Moderated by Dr. Debbie Koslover, Senior Lecturer

November 19, 2019

This workshop will help you understand the peer evaluation process, with the purpose of assessing and improving the quality of teaching. In addition, learn more about how you can create peer collaboration models in your department which facilitate inquiry, risk-taking, and collaboration.

Librarian & Faculty Collaboration – the Sky’s the Limit!

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian

November 19, 2019

Are you interested in partnering with the library, but aren't sure what that looks like or how to begin? Join us for this interactive workshop as we review current faculty and librarian partnerships, discuss examples from other institutions, and collaborate to build projects and examples for your current or future courses. Participants are encouraged to bring any syllabi, projects, or other ideas they would like to use for collaboration.

Service-Learning FLC Meeting

Facilitated by Drs. Rochell McWhorter and Jessica Rueter

November 21, 2019

The mission of the FLC strives to promote service-learning that engages the students, the faculty, and the community members in a mutually beneficial learning paradigm which produces a robust experience in order to prepare students to be more competitive in today's job market. This workshop is for faculty and graduate students interested in exploring the nuts and bolts of designing and implementing service-learning enhanced coursework.

SPRING WORKSHOPS/MEETINGS

Coffee Talk with The Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Spring Dates: January 14, 2020, February 4, 2020, March 3, 2020, April 7, 2020, May 5, 2020

If you love a good cup of coffee in a morning, we've got something brewing especially for you the first Tuesday of every month. Come share your ideas about teaching and learning.

Global Awareness & Diversity Faculty Learning Community

Facilitated by Dr. Colin Snider, Faculty Liaison

Date: January 21, 2020; February 27, 2020

The FLC on Global Awareness and Diversity is an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and inclusive cohort of faculty designed to discuss, coordinate, and collaborate on ways to innovate, incorporate, and develop global awareness and cultural diversity in the classroom, with our peers, with students, and with communities on and
off campus.

Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Facilitated by Dr. James Newsom

January 28, 2020

In this workshop, you will learn how the magic of creating and telling stories can motivate and engage your students. Tips, challenges, and guidelines will be discussed to help you be more creative and use stories to further teaching and learning.

Faculty 180     

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

January 30, 2020

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.

The Study of Student Writing FLC 

Facilitated by Dr. Annamary Consalvo, Faculty Liaison

Spring Dates: January 31, 2020 and February 19, 2020

The FLC for The Study of Student Writing is a space for faculty members to inquire, learn, and consider various aspects of student writing pertaining to academic writing, that is, writing classes. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support growth in student writing at our university.

Academic Innovation FLC

Facilitated by Dr. Danielle Bailey, Faculty Liaison

Meeting: February 3, 2020

 

The FLC for Academic Innovation is comprised of interdisciplinary cohorts of faculty members who ask questions about teaching and learning, try out teaching innovations, assess student learning, create new models of practice, and publish scholarship about their work. Please come and share your ideas, get feedback on current practices, and support innovation in the classroom!

Librarians as Partners: Information Literacy in the Classroom & Across Campus

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian

Date: February 4, 2020

Fake news, plagiarism, source bias; these are all extremely relevant concepts for the 21st century student. Librarians are charged with teaching students how to search and locate appropriate, trustworthy sources in an information age. In this workshop, learn how librarians teach these skills, what information literacy instruction looks like in your field, and how partnering with a librarian can benefit not just your students, but you as well!

Creating Animated Videos - A Quick Start Guide for the Creatively Challenged

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

February 12, 2020 

Ever wonder how to make animated educational videos?  Think you aren't creative enough? Worried you don’t have the technical skills? Then join this session to get an overview of different applications, how they work, and how you can get started in creating videos that are fun to make and enjoyable for your learners.  For an example of what we will be learning – check out this sample (2:30 music but no narration) https://youtu.be/VVqtnQH9Kng 

Work-Life Balance Through Mindfulness

Facilitated by Drs. Sarah Sass, Staci Zolkoski, and Lauren Kirby

February 13, 2020

Would you like to reduce stress and increasing resiliency? You may have come across numerous research studies showing how Mindfulness reduces anxiety, increases cognition, and increases well-being. You may have felt curious about the what and the how of Mindfulness.This workshop is designed to help you to understand the essence of Mindfulness practice and to incorporate it into your daily life. 

Digital Tools to Empower 21st Century Learners

 Keynote Speaker Dr. Torrey Trust, University of Massachusetts Amherst

February 25, 2020

Discover how to ignite student creativity, increase communication and collaboration, support student-driven learning, and increase overall engagement in your courses through digital tools, apps, and teaching strategies. The workshop will begin with a quick overview of effective pedagogical techniques for enriching learning with technology, such as using the Universal Design for Learning principles to open up access to learning for all students. Then, you will discover 20 digital tools and apps that you can incorporate in your classroom right now. The workshop will conclude with a discussion about finding, evaluating, and implementing digital tools and apps to enrich teaching and learning.

Biography
Torrey Trust’s research focuses on how technology can support K-12 teachers and higher education faculty in designing contexts that enhance student learning. Her research interests include instructional design, teacher professional development, social media, web 2.0 tools, online communities of practice, professional learning networks, online teaching and learning, makerspaces, and 3D printing. Her research on teacher learning in online networks and communities has been published in Computers & Education, the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, the Journal of Research on Technology in Education, the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, and Professional Development in Education.

Panel Discussion: Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Textbook Alternatives

Moderated by Dr. Kyle Gullings

Panelists: Terra Gullings, Drs. Kerrie Camp, Richard Helfers and Vivek Pandey

March 3, 2020

This workshop will allow you to discuss how the use of OER and affordable textbook alternatives can help students succeed using high-quality, low-cost materials.
Discussion will be followed by Q & A .