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.
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 discussed the benefits and drawbacks of each, and helped participants determine which approaches will work based upon what they wish to learn about their candidates.
Using a hyflex format, we invited 20 EMU faculty for an in-person one-day workshop, as well as virtual faculty participants from international virtual global learning networks. This international workshop a) introduced new strategies and tools for virtual global learning, and b) gave EMU faculty access to networks of international faculty they could collaborate with to integrate global exchanges and learning in their courses.
Matthew Gregory, Title IX Coordinator, hosted a session that focused on supporting pregnant or parenting students in the classroom setting. There was a short presentation with crucial information about Title IX provisions followed by an opportunity to work through and get advice on individual questions and/or specific cases.
Eric Hemenway, Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, helped educators weave in native history into the classroom, with examples of primary sources, topics and historical events that have significant, native participation. The focus was on the Anishnaabek of Michigan.
Our new coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center, Emma Wuetrich, hosted a discussion on LGBTQIA+ topics on our campus. This was be a roundtable to dialogue about our queer students and what allyship looks like in and outside the classroom. This event took place on Wednesday, October 25th.
This workshop, held on October 18th, was facilitated by Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle and focused on inclusive resources to meet a wide range of needs in relation to neurodiversity in the university setting. If you are interested in viewing the Zoom recording for this session or the PowerPoint slides, please visit the webpage.
Dr. Sarah Walsh, Professor of Health Sciences, hosted this session to help faculty and lecturers set intentions for the semester and workshop practical writing and publishing goals for the new academic year.
Jeffrey Bernstein (Professor of Political Science and Director of the Faculty Development Center) and Hannah Bollin (Doctoral Fellow for Educational Studies) collaborated to bring together a syllabus workshop to kick off the fall 2023 semester. During this event, we offered participants new ideas and language for your syllabi, both to ensure the requirements are met and to inspire, encourage, and better support our students.
This three-part Textbook Affordability workshop series, hosted by the Faculty Development Center and facilitated by Kate Pittsley-Sousa, Julia Nims, and Sara Memmott, hopes to encourage, assist, and develop skills in EMU instructors related to the adoption of free or more affordable course materials.
Faculty are not trained therapists, and we should not act as if we are. But there are things we can do, and should do, to support our students in their time of need. The FDC and CAPS staff came together in this session to talk about student mental health issues, and about what faculty can do to support students. We discussed data, investigated scenarios, and shared ways we can address this challenging, but vitally important, part of our job.
Ann Blakeslee and Beth Sabo from the Writing Across the Curriculum program and the University Writing Center and Jeff Bernstein from the Faculty Development Center hosted two ChatGPT sessions during the summer of 2023. These sessions took place before the fall 2023 semester begins and offered instructors resources to take with them into the start of the year, including syllabus statements, classroom policies, and assignments.
This session brought together campus leaders in inclusive education to share practical guidance on how you can create a positive classroom environment, helping students to feel as if they belong in your class, and that their success matters to you. What can you do - on a syllabus, on the first day, in the first few weeks - to create this sense among your students? How do you use the beginning of the semester to set the right tone?
This program, facilitated by Dr. Dyann Logwood (Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies) and Dr. Sadaf Ali (Professor of Digital Media and Journalism), intended to explore the intersections of race, class, and gender in order to better help BIPOC students navigate their unique challenges and build a sense of community among students and faculty outside of conventional spaces.
Jeffrey Bernstein and Ann Blakeslee held a three-part discussion series surrounding the book Small Teaching, 2nd ed., by James M. Lang. In this book, Lang delves into strategies of small change that can be used to enhance student learning experiences. Readers learned how to help students excel at retrieving knowledge from memory and make meaningful connections to course content, and how to build community and motivation in your classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 our events on Student Wellness in the Classroom. A special thank you to our facilitators Dr. LaMarcus Howard, Julia Heck, and Sean Woolf.