The goal is to bring new full-time faculty together to have conversations about teaching at Kennesaw State University and discuss issues and questions that have arisen over the first year or two at KSU, including how to be successful at juggling responsibilities. Before the event, you’ll be asked to submit questions or issues that you’d like to raise during the retreat.
The retreat is being designed and led by members of a faculty learning community composed of first-year faculty. The members include Jennifer Hutchins (Coles), Adam Williams (CHSS), Daniel Gwirtzman (COTA), Stefanos Milkidis (COTA), Sanjuana Rodriguez (Bagwell), Marielle Myers (Bagwell), Darlene Rodriguez (Wellstar), and Mary Garner (CETL).
How can you build a convincing argument for how effective you are in teaching? What evidence do you need? How do you document growth in teaching and responsiveness to students’ needs? In this workshop, participants will create a plan for how they can collect evidence, respond to students’ comments, document growth, and use a variety of techniques to build and affirm teaching effectiveness.
Interim Associate Director for Faculty Support
Associate Director for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning and Professor of Psychology
In this workshop, we’ll review research-based principles for writing effective rubrics and how rubrics can be used in the classroom to improve student performance and engage students in peer review. Participants will construct a rubric for an assignment from their classroom.
Multiple choice items don’t have to be focused only on lower-level thinking or test-taking skills. Well-written multiple choice items can be used to assess understanding of a wide range of topics, at multiple levels of thinking, and in large classes such items can be used to stimulate active participation. In this workshop, participants will examine multiple choice items from a variety of disciplines, and write multiple choice items they can bring back to their classrooms.
Using the framework of Gerald Amada’s Coping With Misconduct in the College Classroom: A Practical Model, we’ll discuss appropriate responses to everything from sleeping in class or monopolizing discussions, to plagiarism and verbal threats.
Research by Robert Boice indicates that there are certain characteristics of how new faculty handle teaching and research responsibilities that lead to later success in tenure and promotion. We’ll discuss that research and specific recommendations for how faculty can most effectively begin their university careers.