Alexander Astin contends that higher education is biased toward students who are perceived as smart. As a consequence, the curricular structure and individual courses are designed to reward students who are "smart" and penalize (if not pose insurmountable barriers to) students who are not. This book club will discuss how a bias toward "smartness" affects our own teaching and limits what our students can accomplish. We will also consider Astin's suggestions for what we can do to change our mindsets as instructors and improve the success of more, equally deserving, students. Sign up to receive a free book and a discussion fitting for the USG's "Momentum Year."
Associate Director for Faculty Support & Associate Professor of Political Science
The SoTL Writing Group is an informal gathering of faculty working on projects at any stage of the SoTL process, from idea generation to manuscript publication. In this group, faculty members share their ideas, exchange peer feedback, and receive professional mentoring as they work on individual or collaborative SoTL projects with the goal of enhancing student learning. Faculty may drop in and out of this group as their schedule permits; no registration is necessary.
Associate Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
By registering for the correlated webinar (Part 1), you are responsible for completing all 3 components of the workshop described below. This is part 3 of a 3-part workshop. See Part 1 for full workshop description.
This workshop previews the themes that will be explored in the Momentum Year workshop series for the whole year. We will start reviewing theories of student retention and the conditions they identify for student success. We will offer a preview of how these elements have been translated by the USG into the Momentum Year initiative that all of us are being asked to engage in. Out of all the elements of that initiative, we will focus on the pedagogical ones and how they can be integrated in all our courses.
Were you hired after faculty orientation? Have you been teaching at KSU for years and never attended an orientation? Were you not able to make orientation because of other obligations? Now is your chance! Join us to hear about resources at KSU that can help you to innovate and improve your teaching, ways that various departments at KSU will support you in and out of the classroom, and to network with other part-time faculty members.
Educational Specialist for Part-time Faculty Support and Part-Time Instructor of American Studies
An effective teaching presentation that works for a range of audiences is essential for an academic job search. This workshop is intended to help you design a versatile and powerful teaching demo for the classroom or a job search. This workshop is designed for all graduate students interested in teaching or preparing their materials for a job search.
CETL Assistant Director of Graduate Student Support
This workshop is designed for full-time faculty on the tenure track who will be submitting their portfolios in Fall for a multiyear review. While all the rules, schedules, forms and procedures can be found in the Faculty Affairs website, preparing all the relevant documentation is a momentous endeavor that can generate questions and perplexities. Furthermore, the P&T narrative is a genre few faculty are practiced in. We will review requirements and timelines, as well as share common pitfalls and suggestions for crafting an effective portfolio.
This workshop is designed for full-time faculty on the tenure track who will be submitting their portfolios in Fall for a pre-tenure review. While all the rules, schedules, forms and procedures can be found in the Faculty Affairs website, preparing all the relevant documentation is a momentous endeavor that can generate questions and perplexities. Furthermore, the narrative is a genre few faculty are practiced in. We will review requirements and timelines, as well as share common pitfalls and suggestions for crafting an effective portfolio. Full-time non-tenure track faculty in departments that require a third year review should consult with their chairs to understand the expectations for that review.
Higher education in the United States continues to shift from monocultural to multicultural. Part of this shift is the increased presence of faculty who have lived experiences or cultural identities connected to many parts of the world. International faculty bring rich perspectives and experiences that enhance the learning environment for students and contribute to institutional goals, particularly at a time when global engagement is being emphasized. In this workshop, we will explore the challenges and rewards of being an international faculty member and offer ways in which international faculty can use their cultural identities and experiences to 1) expose students to different worldviews and experiences, 2) expand the scholarship of teaching and learning through different lenses, and 3) create global institutions that match the interconnectedness of a global society.
The Faculty Women of Color Leadership and Advancement Program with generous support from the Kathryn Epps Memorial Fund, the Epps Family, the Faculty Development and Recognition Program, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will hold the Kathryn Epps Faculty Wellness Retreat: Sustaining our Sisters (S.O.S.) on May 8, 2018 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The aims of the retreat are to: (1) introduce practices shown to increase well-being, focus, and productivity; (2) provide a supportive environment where faculty can share their challenges and successes in the academy; and (3) facilitate networking and connection opportunities.
Event Location: Roswell River Landing 245 Azalea Drive Roswell GA 30075