Annual Events

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CONNECT Conference
The FDC offers a conference where EMU can come together to converse about teaching and share what we do to promote student learning. The 2023 CONNECT Conference kicked off on Thursday, February 9 with a keynote address by Dr. Alison Cook-Sather. Friday, February 10 featured sessions from EMU faculty, lecturers, staff, and students on a wide range of teaching and learning topics. 
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New Beginnings Conference
To better prepare for the fall semester, we partnered with the Office of Campus and Community Writing to host the New Beginnings Conference that took place at the beginning of the fall semester and encouraging participants to ask themselves “Who Do You Want to Be?” during the 2022-23 academic year.

Keep an eye out on our website to find out more information about the 2023-2024 New Beginnings Conference.
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New Hire Orientation
Through this program, we intended to give our new EMU faculty a warm and sincere welcome to the university by providing them with the necessary tools to build their career as a scholar, to support their students in the classroom, and to become an engaged citizen in our community.

To learn more about the sessions that were offered at the New Faculty Orientation,
please view our morning and afternoon programs.
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Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Showcase
We invite all tenured, tenure-track, emeritus, and lecturers to display posters, journal articles, books, artwork, and videos or compact discs (CD) of performing art, etc., that highlight scholarly activities that were disseminated/completed during the 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 calendar years. The Faculty Showcase will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 4 PM - 6 PM. Register here.
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Thank-An-Eagle Program

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 will be held on Monday, April 17th, at 3:30 PM. Nominations are due on Friday, March 31st. Click here to submit a nomination. 

Upcoming Workshops

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LGBTQ+ Programming
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. Join the Faculty Development Center in talking about addressing LGBTQ+ issues in education programming. We will be holding three different workshops including LGBTQ+ 101, Infusing LGBTQ+ Issues and Content Across the Curriculum, and Faculty-Student Interactions. Register for these workshops here.
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More Good Chat About ChatGPT
ChatGPT continues to attract a great deal of attention in the world of higher education. Please join Ann Blakeslee and Jeff Bernstein for more good chat about ChatGPT. In this conversation, we will discuss 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 will help frame the issues, and we would love to hear from all of YOU on how we can all adapt pedagogically to this new development. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 12:30 PM. Please register here.

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