Spring 2023 Professional Development Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Innovative Screenshot Software for the Classroom PT 2

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

Think you've mastered screenshots? Building off our previous workshop on screenshot software, this workshop will see guest speaker Vandy Dubre back again to discuss how screenshots can be used to elevate and innovate any classroom material.

Thursday, January 12, 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm in LIB 127 & 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, January 17, 11:00 am -12:00 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. Every Month on the First Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom and on the Third Wednesday 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom. We invite our colleagues who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence. “Academy Teaching Topics” are hosted to facilitate the sharing of best practices in teaching across disciplines through a forum that brings together faculty to share opportunities about discovery, teaching, and learning. Please feel free to come and go as you can. We encourage you to join us even if only for a brief time before or after class. We hope to see you this month!

Every Month on the Third Wednesday, January 18, 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom

 

Librarian & Faculty Partnerships: A Panel Discussion

Facilitated by The Muntz Library

What does it mean to partner with your librarian? How does that affect your teaching, classroom, or assignments? Join this panel to hear from faculty and librarians who have perfected this partnership! Panelists will discuss the motivations, expectations, and success stories of their own faculty/librarian partnerships. 

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

 

Work Life Balance PLC Check in Meetings

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

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. 

Monday, January 23, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom

 

Active Learning Strategies for In-Person and Blended Learning Environments with Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

Dr. Honeycutt will return to dive deeper into the active learning strategies of your choice. If you missed her last workshop, you can view it here. Watch the CETL newsletter for a link to vote on the active learning strategies you would like to know more about!

Wednesday, January 25 at 11:30- 12:30 Zoom

 

Advanced Lessons & Tutorials with SoftChalk

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

Picking up where our previous workshop left off, guest speaker Vandy Dubre will explore how to take advantage of all the features SoftChalk offers so you can create and revamp exceptional lessons and tutorials!

Thursday, January 26, 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm in LIB 127 & 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.

Monday, January 30, 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

January 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. Every Month on the First Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom and on the Third Wednesday 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom. We invite our colleagues who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence. “Academy Teaching Topics” are hosted to facilitate the sharing of best practices in teaching across disciplines through a forum that brings together faculty to share opportunities about discovery, teaching, and learning. Please feel free to come and go as you can. We encourage you to join us even if only for a brief time before or after class. We hope to see you this month!

Every Month on the First Thursday, February 2, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom

 

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, February 7, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

Journal Integrity & Your Scholarship

Facilitated by The Muntz Library

In 2015, a study found that there were around 8,000 active 'predatory' open access journals. In this workshop, we will discuss the tactics that questionable publishers employ to exploit researchers and authors. Strategies for evaluating and identifying questionable journal practices, and ways to safeguard your scholarly reputation, will also be covered. This rapid review will also cover journal integrity, and traditional and emerging publishing models, including subscription, hybrid, and fully open access models.

Wednesday, February 8, 10:10 am - 11:05 am in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

College Belonging for Students and Faculty with Dr. Lisa Nunn – The University of San Diego

What are colleges getting wrong about fostering a sense of belonging for students? Why should faculty care? Belonging is more than making friends and joining orgs; and first-generation college students experience particular hurdles and challenges. Understanding how belonging happens in the classroom (academic belonging) and how it happens in the campus culture (campus-community belonging) allows faculty to recognize the important role we play in offering belonging to our students rather than expecting them to go and find it for themselves. Join us to learn more about how the dynamics of belonging work and everyday strategies we can employ to build a stronger academic community for our students and ourselves.

Biography

Dr. Lisa Nunn is a professor of sociology at The University of San Diego. Her "change-making" work stems from her involvement with the Makuleke Village in South Africa as she and her students participate in community engagement. Her interests are on students’ experiences, students’ identities, and students’ academic success and overall wellbeing. She is particularly interested in first-generation college students, those for whom neither parent has a 4-year degree. "When first-generation students succeed in college, it is a sign that higher education is doing something right, something that benefits our entire society by serving as an engine of upward social mobility." She has written numerous articles and books including 33 Simple Strategies for Faculty on teaching first-year and first-generation students and she is the editor of a book series with Rutgers University Press, Critical Issues in American Education.     

Thursday, February 9, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm via Zoom

 

Academic Innovation PLC Meeting

Liaison: Ms. Sarah Norrell

A PLC regular meeting; join us as we prepare for the annual Academic Innovation Showcase and support our PLC innovations thus far!

Friday , February 10, 12:20 pm - 1:15 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. Every Month on the First Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom and on the Third Wednesday 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom. We invite our colleagues who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence. “Academy Teaching Topics” are hosted to facilitate the sharing of best practices in teaching across disciplines through a forum that brings together faculty to share opportunities about discovery, teaching, and learning. Please feel free to come and go as you can. We encourage you to join us even if only for a brief time before or after class. We hope to see you this month!

Every Month on the Third Wednesday, February 15, 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom

 

Library Tools to Expand Your Literature Review

Facilitated by: Ms. Sarah Norrell

This workshop will introduce you to the bibliographic databases Scopus and Web of Science and provide tips that will help you conduct your literature review more efficiently when developing a research proposal.

Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

Student Research Professional Learning Community Meeting

Liaisons: Drs. Kassie Archer and Woonhee Sung

Identifying and recruiting undergraduate and graduate students is a small component of student research. However, once you have student researchers, you must provide meaningful experiences that support their academic and professional growth. In this session, we will discuss our experience of running a research lab, training undergraduate and graduate researchers, and how to be an effective mentor.

Thursday, February 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 am in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

February 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. Every Month on the First Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom and on the Third Wednesday 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom. We invite our colleagues who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence. “Academy Teaching Topics” are hosted to facilitate the sharing of best practices in teaching across disciplines through a forum that brings together faculty to share opportunities about discovery, teaching, and learning. Please feel free to come and go as you can. We encourage you to join us even if only for a brief time before or after class. We hope to see you this month!

Every Month on the First Thursday,March 2, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom

 

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, March 7, 11:00 am -12:00 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, March 23, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

Library eTextbooks & Student Success

Facilitated by The Muntz Library

For the past two academic years, the Muntz Library has continued a program to purchase as many etextbooks as possible each semester. While we started this initiative during the COVID-19 shutdown, we have continued providing this service because the financial picture for students hasn’t changed: Many students report not purchasing textbooks for their classes each semester because they can’t afford them, hoping to get by with lectures notes and sometimes borrowing a book from a classmate. Join librarians Suzanne Abbey and Christine Forisha to learn more about the successes and road bumps of the etextbook initiative, and how you can partner with your librarians to encourage student success with this and other low- and no-cost textbook options.

Wednesday, March 29, 11:15 am -12:10 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom 

Academic Innovation Showcase

Liaison: Ms. Sarah Norrell

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the 2022-2023 Teaching & Learning Award winners! Each winner will provide a brief overview of their innovative experiences and there will be time for questions. All awardee materials will also be available in Scholar Works for future access. 

Friday, March 31, 12:20-1:15 pm in LIB 127 & Zoom 

 

March 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. Every Month on the First Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom and on the Third Wednesday 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom. We invite our colleagues who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence. “Academy Teaching Topics” are hosted to facilitate the sharing of best practices in teaching across disciplines through a forum that brings together faculty to share opportunities about discovery, teaching, and learning. Please feel free to come and go as you can. We encourage you to join us even if only for a brief time before or after class. We hope to see you this month!

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

 

Breaking the teach-repeat cycle: Guides for timely, efficient reflection with Dr. Ashely Waggoner Denton - University of Toronto, Canada

In this workshop we will discuss the importance of reflection in teaching and the different purposes that reflection can serve. Participants will share their own experiences and challenges when it comes to reflection, and I will share some resources and strategies for engaging in reflection at different points in the semester. 

Ashley Waggoner Denton is currently Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at the Psychology Department. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Indiana University in 2012. Ashley is an alumna of the Psychology Department, having completed her Bachelor's degree at U of T where she was a member of the Psychology Research Specialist Program. Ashley currently teaches Introductory Psychology (PSY100), as well as various courses in Statistics and Social Psychology. In collaboration with undergraduate students, Ashley conducts research on topics that lie at the intersection of social psychology and pedagogy and she has published in outlets including Social Psychology of Education and Psychology Learning and Teaching. Ashley is the 2019 recipient of the Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence award given by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2). 

Thursday, April 13, 11:00-12:15 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. Every Month on the First Thursday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in COB 321 & Zoom and on the Third Wednesday 10:10 am – 11:05 am in COB 321 & Zoom. We invite our colleagues who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level to join in these conversations about innovation and teaching excellence. “Academy Teaching Topics” are hosted to facilitate the sharing of best practices in teaching across disciplines through a forum that brings together faculty to share opportunities about discovery, teaching, and learning. Please feel free to come and go as you can. We encourage you to join us even if only for a brief time before or after class. We hope to see you this month!

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

 

April Zoom links and Recordings