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We love recognizing the outstanding people of the EMU community! The Faculty Development Center hosts a university-wide event called Thank-An-Eagle, where EMU students have a chance to thank an instructor, staff member, coach, GA or mentor who has helped them during their time here at EMU.
The 2023 Thank-An-Eagle event was held on Monday, April 17th, at 3:30 PM. Check back for details regarding the 2024 event as they become available.
Through this informational workshop series, participants heard several experts talk about the various types of Fulbright grants and how to navigate the application process through EMU, as well as personal success stories of recent EMU faculty Fulbright grantees.
Eastern Michigan University provides multiple resources to LGBTQIA+ students and community members. While these are extremely helpful, we also believe that faculty need to grow their knowledge on LGBTQ+ issues to make their classroom inclusive to all.We held three different workshops including LGBTQ+ 101, Infusing LGBTQ+ Issues and Content Across the Curriculum, and Faculty-Student Interactions.
ChatGPT continues to attract a great deal of attention in the world of higher education. Ann Blakeslee and Jeff Bernstein in this conversation, discussed how we can use ChatGPT in our classes and how it can lead us to revisit principles of good practice in creating assignments for our students. Ann and Jeff helped frame the issues, and heard from all of YOU on how we can all adapt pedagogically to this new development.
In March 2023, John invited the EMU community the opportunity to interact with his dog "Kevin," a Toy Fox Terrier. He was also available to discuss the certification process for therapy dogs.
We had a three-part workshop series on caregiving, apologies, and work/life/school balance. These three sessions provided opportunities for faculty and students to share their experiences with the overarching theme of recognizing similarities that both faculty and students faced, and continue to face. Now that we’re moving back on campus, it’s important that we don’t forget these additional challenges we continue to face, although no longer overtly shared in the classroom.
In this workshop series, we intended to assist participants in how to approach controversial issues with respect and understanding. This series served to both introduce participants to the challenges of addressing these issues and offer a toolkit on how to approach these discussions.
Learn more about the Discussing Controversial Issues in the Classroom workshops.
Ann Blakeslee from the Writing Across the Curriculum program and the Writing Center and Jeff Bernstein from the Faculty Development Center hosted an informal discussion on Monday, January 30, 2023, about what ChatGPT is, what it does, and how it can, might, and should affect our teaching practices–and our thinking about teaching.
The Faculty Development Center supported EMU faculty in their applications for Faculty Research Fellowships (FRF) and Sabbaticals by hosting workshops focusing on helping you write a strong proposal.
These workshops focused on planning the travel program and the logistics, including health and safety while you are traveling.
This workshop explored various means of assessing the teaching potential of a job candidate, including guest lecturing in classes, teaching mock classes, pedagogical colloquia, and others. No method is perfect, but we explored the benefits and drawbacks of each, and helped participants to determine which approaches will work based upon what they wish to learn about their candidates.
Learn More about the Teaching and the Hiring Process Workshop
This workshop found effective ways to set and achieve our writing goals, even given the other pressures we all face. We thank you all for attending this presentation and for a good discussion of our best techniques for getting our writing done.
Learn More about Planning Your Scholarly Agenda for the Winter Semester Workshop.
This workshop series served to inform participants about ways to both engage and integrate the anchor principles and core teaching practices into their classroom activities and lessons. Faculty, lecturers, and administration were invited to join one or more sessions.
Learn More about the Secondary Teaching Preparation Program.
In this two-part workshop series, participants examined the microaggressions that many BIPOC instructors and students experience in the classroom and beyond. This series was designed for faculty to effectively recognize and respond to microaggressions in the classroom and other interaction contexts in higher education settings.
Learn more about The Impact of Racial Microaggressions Workshop series.
Watch a recording of Part 1: The Impact of Racial Microaggressions on BIPOC Students.
Watch a recording of Part 2: The Impact of Racial Microaggressions on BIPOC Instructors.
This series of workshops informed attendees on the application process and strategies for writing a proposal. This session gave you an opportunity to hear about how awards are judged, common pitfalls to avoid, and ways to make your application as appealing as possible to the audience that will be evaluating it. We hope that you enjoyed this workshop.
Learn More about the Summer Research Award (SRA) Writing Workshop.
Jeffrey Bernstein (Professor of Political Science and Director of the Faculty Development Center) and Ann Blakeslee (Professor of English and Director of Campus and Community Writing) hosted a conversation about effective syllabi and provided an opportunity for attendees to share language from their syllabus that they like and to borrow language from others as well.
This workshop addressed issues such as how to recognize mental health crises in students, what resources are available toward which we can steer students, how to deal with situations when student share things that concern us (i.e., suicidal ideation, severe anxiety), and other similar issues
Learn more about the Working with Struggling Students workshop.
View the Working with Struggling Students workshop recording.
In this workshop, FDC Director (and political science professor) Jeffrey Bernstein invited participants for some lunchtime conversation about how to make the most effective use of the First Day of Class. Participants were asked to bring good ideas to share with the group, or come to learn from what others are doing.
Learn more about the How to Make the Most of the First Day of Class workshop.
Many faculty and lecturers will be returning to the classroom in the fall, in an ever-changing atmosphere. How do we plan, be flexible, and handle challenges like absences (COVID or non-COVID related), late assignments, student anxiety, etc.? This session featured a faculty panel to discuss what has worked effectively (and, importantly, what has not!). This session asked participants to come prepared to learn from the experiences of others, and to offer their own experiences (or conjectures) as we support each other in preparing to step into the classroom for the fall semester.
Learn more about the Returning to Teaching: Lessons Learned while Navigating the New Normal workshop.
Through this four-part virtual series facilitated by the News Literacy Project and the University Library, faculty were provided with approaches to help students understand bias and identify misleading, inaccurate, and false information. An emphasis was placed on integrating news literacy concepts in the classroom and building a knowledge of today's information landscape. The first three sessions were facilitated by John Silva, Senior Director of Professional Learning at The News Literacy Project.
The FDC in partnership with the Faculty Senate Committee for Action on Intersectionality, AntiRacism and Equity (CAIARE) hosted a workshop highlighting Inclusive Excellence in STEM at EMU. The goal of this event was to provide a venue to share and discuss ideas for tackling equity and inclusion in STEM Departments at EMU. Five STEM Departments shared strategies and initiatives on which they are currently working. These presentations were followed by an open discussion.
This discussion featuring Honors instructors and students, focused on what makes for a successful honors course, and how you can make whatever you are doing (or planning to do) even more successful.
A Fulbright can be life-changing for those who receive one, and we hope to encourage you to apply, and to maximize your chances of winning this award if you do apply.
The Faculty Development Center, in partnership with ORDA, was pleased to host a 2-part workshop series on using R for statistical analysis. These workshops are ideal for those who are interested in or curious about learning to use R. Thank you to Dr. Khairul Islam for facilitating!
A series of Internal Research Award Writing Workshops will be offered again in the Fall. We hope you will join us then. Thank you to Dr. Natalie Dove and Professor Alexis Braun Marks for facilitating!
Thank you to the LGBT Resource Center and the Spectrum Center for coordinating and facilitating this workshop.
We were pleased to offer a 4-part workshop series on Universal Design for Learning. Sessions covered the basics of UDL, UDL in a physical classroom setting, UDL in a virtual classroom setting, and the big picture of UDL in higher education.
Thank you to our facilitators, Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle and Professor Andrew Maniotes, and thank you to all who participated in this informative session.
You can access the presentation PDF here.
Thank you to those that attended one of the Effectively Teaching Honors Classes sessions! An additional thank you to our facilitators Dr. John Staunton, Dr. Audrey Farrugia, and Dr. Jeff Bernstein, as well as our student panelists.
Thank you to all who attended the discussion on Flipping Classrooms and thank you to our facilitators Dr. Anne Casper, Dr. Harriet Lindsay, and Dr. Mark Ragg.
You can access the session recording here.
If you have any follow-up questions questions please reach out to [email protected].
Thank you to all who attended our events on Student Wellness in the Classroom. A special thank you to our facilitators Dr. LaMarcus Howard, Julia Heck, and Sean Woolf.