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About the FDC:
Faculty Development Center
109 Bruce T. Halle Library
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Programs and Seminars
At EMU we strive to prepare our students for a lifetime of continuous learning. At the FDC, we strive to offer the same continuous learning opportunities to our faculty. Our programs invite commitments that span over one or two semesters where participants learn together, develop new skills and plan new curricula or projects. FDC programs come from the grass-roots: they are inspired by faculty suggestions and are run by faculty fellows in the FDC. If you have a suggestion or proposal for a program, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Note: It is our policy to give priority to faculty and lecturers for most programs. However, if openings remain available, and graduate students are often welcome. Please feel free to inquire if interested.
For a list of all current workshops and one-time events, please visit the Events Page.
For a list of handouts from recent FDC workshops, click here
Seminars Currently Accepting Applications
Visit our Events page to register for the New Faculty Learning Community, Global Learning, or SOTL
Other Seminars Routinely Offered by the FDC, not currently in progress
Effective Instructional Practices
This seminar for Faculty will provide you with an opportunity to discuss teaching strategies, critical issues, and best practices to improve your effectiveness as an instructional leader at EMU. If you would like to improve your student evaluations, this seminar is for you. Led by Professor Wendy Burke.
Global Learning Seminar
Participants learn about initiatives for global learning in various higher education institutions throughout the country, engage in conceptual discussions about global learning, and brainstorm ideas and pedagogical strategies to be implemented in one of their courses. At least one of the courses to emerge from the discussions will be a structured interdisciplinary course with 3-4 faculty members from different disciplines addressing one large theme. This seminar is being led by Margaret Crouch from History and Philosophy and Solange Simoes from Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology.
Infusing Sustainability into the EMU Curriculum
The purpose of this project is to collaborate with a small group of 8-10 EMU faculty and lecturers on teaching strategies integrating concepts of sustainability into one of their courses, or creating a new course. A secondary goal for this project is to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches into the new or revised courses.
LGBTQ Studies Course Development
A new seminar, which started in Fall 2011, offered with support from the Provost's ABBR Program Development Initiative. Participants create and fine tune syllabi that either focus entirely on LGBTQ issues and communities or devote substantial time and assignments to LGBTQ issues and communities. Participants will also discuss readings addressing the current state of the field and workshop each other's syllabi. Concurrent with this seminar, the seminar leader will teach a special topics course titled Sexual Identities, Norms and Spaces that will be workshopped with seminar participants and will ultimately be one of the core requirements for the minor. This seminar is being led by Beth Currans from Women's and Gender Studies.
Reacting to the Past (RTTP)
All who teach at EMU are invited to apply for this seminar. Reacting to the Past (RTTP) seminar participants will be trained in the Reacting pedagogy and provided regular mentoring with experienced instructors. The aim is to enable more EMU faculty and instructors to use the Reacting method of elaborately-designed interdisciplinary role-playing games in their classes. more: Reacting to the Past at EMU
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
This seminar will give faculty the tools to develop and implement their own Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects. Faculty will spend the fall term engaging in seminar-style discussions of the SOTL literature and about how their own work may fit into this area. Faculty will spend the fall term engaging in seminar discussions of how to engage in SOTL within their discipline and include it as part of their own research agenda. Next program tentatively Fall 2012
Teaching in Context - Placing EMU in Southeast Michigan
Participants read, discuss and explore the social, historical and political context of Southeastern Michigan, develop a project (course or research proposal) that strengthens connections to the region of Southeast Michigan through classroom teaching, research or collaboration in a grant or community effort. This seminar is being led by Social Work professors Lynn Nybell and Sylvia Gray.
Writing to Publish When There is No Time
This seminar is designed for faculty and full-time lecturers who wish to learn the process of getting to publishing by working on their research continually in available time periods of 10-30 minutes per day, rather than leaving it for one long period (which never happens). Led by John Dunn, of the English Department, we will learn tips for writing in short spurts, how to create a writing circle for support, checking off milestones, finding the right venue for publishing, etc. This seminar is being led by John Dunn from English Language and Literature.