Part-Time Lecturer Professional Development Seminar

Apply HERE by Monday, April 11, 2016 by 5:00 pm

Sponsored by: The Faculty Development Center

The seminar will be facilitated by Russell D. Jones, Ph. D - Full-Time Lecturer (B), and Matt Schumann, Ph.D. -Part-Time Lecturer (B)

Participant Eligibility

This seminar is exclusively for Eastern Michigan University Part-Time Lecturers.  To be eligible, you must have at least two complete semesters of teaching experience at EMU.  This seminar is geared towards Part-Time Lecturers who want to move from A-level to B-level or to build on their current B-level expertise.

IMPORTANT:  Participation in this seminar does not guarantee future employment at EMU.

Seminar Goals

The seminar goals are to:

·         Give participants a "teaching toolbox" -- new or improved strategies for active learning within the classroom.

·         Enhance self-awareness so that participants develop more effective teaching and research strategies.

·         Develop an action plan for participants' teaching/learning methods and career trajectories.

In addition to improving teaching and learning, this seminar will also include support in career development and scholarly opportunities for Part-Time Lecturers.  The format of the seminar will include readings, research design, group discussion, active learning exercises, including sharing successful practices experienced in your teaching. 

Making Connections with other Part-Time Lecturers

An additional goal is to build collaborative relationships with other seminar participants and with the Faculty Development Center.

Participant Responsibilities and Support

Together we will create an individual professional development action plan customized to help you accomplish what you hope to achieve over the next year and beyond. Individual consultation will be available through the FDC in the months following the seminar to support successful achievement of your development goals.  Only those of you who are willing to fully engage in active participation of their own professional development should apply (e.g. Participants will be asked to analyze current teaching practices and create an action plan for professional development and instructional improvements to your classes).

An honorarium of $300 will be awarded upon successful completion of your professional development action plan.

Participants will attend 5 two-hour sessions during the Summer I, 2016 semester. The group will meet Friday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 on the following dates: May 6, 13, 20 and June 3 & 10.

Application Process
To apply, please complete the application form (link above) and return to the Faculty Development Center ( by April 11, 2016. The application also includes:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A syllabus from one of your current classes at EMU.
  • An email from your department head/director supporting your participation (nothing elaborate –  “I confirm X has taught in our department for at least two semesters (give the dates) and, I support x in participating in this seminar…” is good enough).

Applicants will be selected based on the first 10 eligible people who submit completed applications.