Spring 2021 Professional Development Events

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

January Professional Development Session Descriptions

 

Tuesday Teaching Talk with The Academy of Distinguished Teachers

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. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Every Tuesday throughout the semester - starting January 19, 2021
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

What is Innovation in the Classroom? An Exploratory Panel 

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

January 2021 Zoom Meeting Links and Recordings found on the Canvas UT Tyler Faculty Development Course

 

February Professional Development Session Descriptions

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

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

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 such as Powtoons & Toonley, how they work, and how you can get started in creating videos that are fun to make and enjoyable for your learners.

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Read & React Book Group: Academic Innovation

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Book Title: A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity, and our Mutual Humanity by Steve Burghardt, Kalima DeSuze and Linda Lausell Bryant. During this meeting we will discuss the second half of Part II.

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time: 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Global Awareness and Diversity Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaison: Dr. Colin Snider

The FLC on Global Awareness and Diversity is designed to help faculty members incorporate global perspectives and diverse voices in the classroom in varying ways, from course material and content to students’ voices themselves. This FLC will also support faculty members in diversifying and transforming their classroom, even while it reaches out to the community to bridge the gap between the world, the community, and the campus. Members of the new FLC will meet regularly with one another to plan upcoming events, share ideas, receive support in bringing global content to their courses, and promote global awareness and diversity throughout UT Tyler.

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Student Writing Faculty Learning Community Workshop/Meeting

Liaison Dr. Annamary Consalvo

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. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Library and Student Success

Facilitated by Ms. Sarah Meisch-Lacombe, Professional Librarian

The library has myriad resources for students in every academic discipline, but many students use only a small fraction of these resources. What is stopping students from making the most of the library? How can we better incorporate the library into the UT Tyler student experience? We will discuss reasons students don’t use the library, strategies for familiarizing students with library resources, and how libraries support student success.

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

February 2021 Zoom Meeting Links and Recordings found on the Canvas UT Tyler Faculty Development Course

 

March Professional Development Session Descriptions

Faculty 180

Facilitated by 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. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Read & React Book Group: Academic Innovation FLC

Liaison: Dr. Danielle Bailey

Book Title: A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity, and our Mutual Humanity by Steve Burghardt, Kalima DeSuze and Linda Lausell Bryant. During this meeting we will discuss Part III. 

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time: 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Alone No More: Engagement Strategies to Enliven the Online Classroom

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jean Mandernach

The online classroom offers a plethora of instructional opportunities. So many, in fact, that it may interfere with teaching effectiveness. The ubiquity of the online classroom combined with an ever-evolving list of instructional technologies, limitless educational resources, and a plethora of pedagogical tasks (facilitating discussions, grading, feedback, content development, one-to-one communication, etc.) often leaves faculty struggling to prioritize their limited teaching time.  While research supports the value and relevance of fostering an engaging, personalized, interactive online classroom, it stops short of explaining HOW to create this experience. In this session, we will explore practical, doable instructional strategies to enhance student engagement without overburdening faculty workload. You will learn incremental, intentional instructional strategies to connect with your students, motivate learning, and foster student success in both the synchronous and asynchronous online classroom.

Date: Thursday March 4, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaisons: Drs. Rochell McWhorter and Joanna Neel

The FLC Service-Learning Initiative strive to promote service-learning that engages the students, the faculty, and the community members in a mutually beneficial learning paradigm that produces a robust learning experience that prepares students to be more competitive in today's job market by providing real world experiences as part of their learning process and degree plan.

Date: Friday March 5, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

How Reducing Student Resistance Leads to Better Learning and Happier Faculty

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anton Tolman

Instructors encounter resistance when teaching, but for those seeking to implement active learning strategies, it can be especially visible. Often, instructor responses do not address underlying causes and can lead to increased frustration for all. By developing a comprehensive understanding of resistance, instructors can enhance their ability to effectively respond and create opportunities for student learning.  Participants in this workshop will be able to understand and reduce their own reactivity to resistance, explain the interacting factors contributing to student resistance, and develop a plan to assess and intervene to lower student resistance and enhance motivation to learn in their courses while improving their own satisfaction with their teaching.

Anton Tolman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Clinical Psychology in 1991.  After spending several years in private practice and in leadership positions in a state psychiatric facility, he joined the academy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2000.  He is past-Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, Professor of Behavioral Science, and Faculty Fellow for the Office of Teaching and Learning at Utah Valley University.  His areas of scholarly work focus on student metacognition, student resistance to learning, faculty metacognition, and issues of power in the classroom.  He is senior editor of the recently published Why Students Resist Learning:  A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students.  He is married with two grown children living in California (one an attorney and one the Prince in the Squatty Potty commercials), and is an avid reader and board gamer.

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Work - Life Balance Faculty Learning Community Check-In

Liaisons Drs. Lauren Kirby, Sarah Sass, and Staci Zolkoski

We will hold an unstructured virtual meeting to see how folks are handling our new normal. Feel free to share what has been working well for you or vent about the difficulties with childcare or other lifestyle changes. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Date: Friday,March 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Textbooks, the Pandemic, and How You Can Help Your Students

Facilitated by Sarah Meisch-Lacombe and Christine Forisha

Rising textbook costs have been a concern for years, and 2020 showed how tenuous student finances can be. The Library has attempted to mitigate these costs by purchasing access to e-textbooks where possible, but our efforts can be much more widespread and cost-effective when we partner with faculty. Join librarians Sarah Meisch-Lacombe and Christine Forisha for this look at how the process works, why the library can purchase some texts and not others, and how to work with your liaison to identify free or low-cost options for your class.

Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Student Research Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaisons: Drs. Kassie Archer and Christopher Thomas

During this meeting, we will discuss our online repository for information related to student research, our efforts to better understand faculty needs related to student research, and the upcoming Lyceum research showcase. The meeting will also include student panelists who will share their thoughts on the benefits and barriers of engaging in student research.

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Global Awareness and Diversity Faculty Learning Community Meeting

Liaison: Dr. Colin Snider

The FLC on Global Awareness and Diversity is designed to help faculty members incorporate global perspectives and diverse voices in the classroom in varying ways, from course material and content to students’ voices themselves. This FLC will also support faculty members in diversifying and transforming their classroom, even while it reaches out to the community to bridge the gap between the world, the community, and the campus. Members of the new FLC will meet regularly with one another to plan upcoming events, share ideas, receive support in bringing global content to their courses, and promote global awareness and diversity throughout UT Tyler.

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The Mis-Education of Intersectionality: Understanding Power, Oppression, and Identity

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Perkins

Intersectionality. A term that has been used in many ways and in many spaces---and not always in the right way. This interactive workshop will discuss Kimberlé Crenshaw's theory of intersectionality to understand its true meaning in relation to power, systems of oppression, community, and identity. This workshop will also look at historical examples of intersectional social movements from past to present and where the future of intersectionality can take us to creating more equitable spaces in our world. Sponsored by The Academic Innovation Faculty Learning Community and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
 
Jeff Perkins (he/him/his) is an educator, writer, artist, and social justice advocate from Kansas City, Missouri. Jeff is passionate about empowering marginalized communities through higher education and the creative arts. He is interested in work that deals with educational equity and college access, specifically looking through an intersectional lens of race, ethnicity, class, and LGBTQ identities. He received both his BA in English-Creative Writing and MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jeff loves to educate and empower youth of color with tools for self-advocacy, leadership, and self-awareness. He has designed and facilitated many social justice workshops around inclusion, intersectionality, power and privilege. Jeff has presented his work at local, regional, and national conferences such as NCORE and NASPA. He approaches his work by focusing on community––inviting in others to not only be learners, but teachers in the space as well. Jeff loves to think about the many ways people navigate communities and what their individual needs are. When not engaging with youth leaders, you can find Jeff collecting vinyl records, writing poetry, practicing his DJ skills, going to used bookstores, or spending time with his mom and friends. He believes in the power of a good playlist with lots of Beyoncé and radical creativity.


Date: March 25, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Student Writing Faculty Learning Community Workshop/Meeting

Liaison Dr. Annamary Consalvo

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. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). 

Date: Friday, March 26, 2012
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

March 2021 Zoom Meeting Links and Recordings found on the Canvas UT Tyler Faculty Development Course

April Professional Development Session Descriptions

Excel for Educators - 5 Tips for Easy Data Analysis 

Facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Parker

Do spreadsheets make your eyes cross?  Does the thought of filtering & conditional formatting make you run for the hills?  Join this session for Cheryl's 5 top tips for easy data analysis.  By the end of this session, you will learn to love filtering and conditional formatting or your money back!

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

April 2021 Zoom Meeting Links and Records found on the Canvas UT Tyler Faculty Development Course