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September 2013


September 1   - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.


September 3   - Funding for 4-VA: Success Stories and Lessons Learned
Location: Rose Library 5211; refreshments will be provided.

Register Here


Looking for scholarly funding opportunities at JMU? Attend this roundtable to learn about the 4-VA program and hear the success stories (and pitfalls) of faculty who have been awarded 4-VA grants for a broad range of initiatives. The 4-VA program fosters collaboration among four distinguished universities (James Madison University, George Mason University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia). 4-VA collaborative efforts center around four key initiatives: shared courses, course redesign, collaborative research, and degree completion. Come to learn about the program, funding levels and deadlines, tips on establishing collaborations across 4-VA institutions, utilizing 4-VA facilities, writing tips for 4-VA proposals, and so much more. The upcoming deadline for 4-VA grants is at the end of October.

This roundtable is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Learn about the 4-VA program from grant submission to grant evaluation;
  • Explore benefits and challenges to collaborations with colleagues at other 4-VA institutions;
  • Engage with past awardee recipients to ask questions related to pitfalls and successful application components; and
  • Receive tips for 4-VA proposal writing and review process.

Facilitator: Nick Swayne, Ph.D., College of Education

Faciltator: Lori Britt, Ph.D., Communication Studies

Faciltator: Anne Henriksen, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Authentic Partner: 4-VA Program



September 4   - Sparking Active Engagement with Interactive Learning
Location: Rose Library 5211; coffee & refreshments will be provided.
This event is also offered on FRI, 05 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


Lecture can be an effective tool for conveying information in a short period of time, and it remains a dominant pedagogical method in the University classroom.  However, research persuasively demonstrates that information retention is best when students are active learners, not passive listeners.  This workshop will investigate interactive lecture, which enhances and punctuates lectures to create an interactive classroom experience while maintaining lecture as the primary content delivery mechanism.  Beginning with a reflection on participants’ experiences as lecturers, we will explore the principles of interactive lecture and learn engagement triggers and activities that allow students to work in class with the material being.  We’ll practice several interactive techniques, evaluate their inclusion in the lecture setting, and consider their role in informal assessment of student learning.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Examine lecture as a standard teaching practice;
  • Identify engagement triggers and interactive lecture techniques to enhance lecture; and
  • Evaluate interactive lecture as informal assessment.

Facilitator: Carole Nash, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Faciltator: Michael Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Computer Science



September 5   - Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute
Location: Student Success Center (EPIC) 4041
Dates: Fridays Sept 5 - Oct 10, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Lunch will be provided on the first and last days of the institute (9/5 & 10/10).

Apply by Thursday, August 21 at 5pm.


How might we use digital technologies to spark innovation in our classrooms and at the same time build upon the core skills and pedagogies within our disciplines?  This six-week institute explores this question by introducing instructors in the humanities and social sciences to an array of theories, methods, and technologies associated with the digital humanities.  

Through readings, discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops, participants will:

  • Become conversant with digital humanities methodologies and pedagogies;
  • Gain working knowledge of popular digital tools such as online publishing, social media, and cloud-based collaboration technologies; and
  • Collaborate with fellow institute members, instructors, CIT and CFI staff  to design a fully-realized class-based assignment using digital humanities tools and methodologies.

With the help of the instructors, CIT staff and CFI faculty, and fellow institute members, participants will mobilize digital humanities tools and methodologies to design a fully realized assignment for one of their classes.  Participants will receive a $400 stipend, contingent on full participation in the institute (attending all sessions, completing assignments, and participating in discussion).  One of the guiding principles of the Digital Humanities is that the knowledge we produce needs to be freely accessible.  Accordingly, the work completed by participants will be made publicly available on the institute website.

Facilitator: Seán McCarthy, Ph.D., School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Facilitator: Andrew Witmer, Ph.D., Department of History

The institute is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Letters, Center for Faculty Innovation, and the Center for Instructional Technology.


September 5   - Sparking Active Engagement with Interactive Learning
Location: Student Success Center 1075; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on THURS, 04 Sept 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Register Here


Lecture can be an effective tool for conveying information in a short period of time, and it remains a dominant pedagogical method in the University classroom.  However, research persuasively demonstrates that information retention is best when students are active learners, not passive listeners.  This workshop will investigate interactive lecture, which enhances and punctuates lectures to create an interactive classroom experience while maintaining lecture as the primary content delivery mechanism.  Beginning with a reflection on participants’ experiences as lecturers, we will explore the principles of interactive lecture and learn engagement triggers and activities that allow students to work in class with the material being.  We’ll practice several interactive techniques, evaluate their inclusion in the lecture setting, and consider their role in informal assessment of student learning.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Examine lecture as a standard teaching practice;
  • Identify engagement triggers and interactive lecture techniques to enhance lecture; and
  • Evaluate interactive lecture as informal assessment.

Facilitator: Carole Nash, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Faciltator: Michael Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Computer Science


September 5   - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.

September 5   - POD
Location: Godwin Hall 356
Dates: Fri 9/5, 10/3, 10/31, 12/5
Times: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Register


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:



September 8   - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.

September 8   - Benefits, Pitfalls and Strategies for Team Teaching
Location: Student Success Center 1075; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on FRI, 12 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


On the surface, team teaching may seem like a no-brainer for sharing workloads and delivering more complete and balanced content to students.  In reality, though, successful team teaching requires shared goals, open communication about roles and responsibilities, careful planning, respect for the contributions of all team members, and a consistent approach in the classroom.  In this workshop, facilitators will present strategies for making the most of the team teaching experience in order to reap its benefits: peer support and mentoring, expansion of content and pedagogical expertise, and development of new viewpoints, among others.  Participants are encouraged to attend with their potential teaching colleagues and explore best practices through short case studies and exercises.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Identify the factors that lead to successful team teaching;
  • Explore the challenges that undermine successful team teaching; and
  • Formulate goals for team teaching experiences.

Facilitator: Amanda Biesecker, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Facilitator: Stephanie Stockwell, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology



September 10 - POD Group 2
Location: Rose Library 5230
Dates: Wed 9/10, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3
Times: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Register


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:


September 10 - POD Group 3
Location: Rose Library 5230
Dates: Wed 9/10, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3
Times: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Register


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:



September 11 - Telling Your Story: How to Document Effective Faculty Performance
Location: Rose Library 5211; bagels and coffee will be provided.
This event is also offered on FRI, 12 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


The ever-growing emphasis in higher education on performance accountability means faculty must both strive for excellence in their careers and be able to provide solid evidence of the quality of their teaching, research, and service. This workshop introduces faculty to an evidence-based portfolio model for documenting the effectiveness of faculty performance. Participants will leave with a framework to help guide the collection of key data documenting progress in professional development.
This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Explore conceptual framework of evidence-based portfolio model for documenting effective faculty performance;
  • Identify relevant forms of evidence to document faculty performance and effectiveness; and
  • Discuss various approaches to faculty performance documentation with colleagues.

Facilitator: Douglas Harrison, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation & Department of English



September 12 - Telling Your Story: How to Document Effective Faculty Performance
Location: Student Success Center 1075; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on THURS, 11 Sept 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM.

Register Here


The ever-growing emphasis in higher education on performance accountability means faculty must both strive for excellence in their careers and be able to provide solid evidence of the quality of their teaching, research, and service. This workshop introduces faculty to an evidence-based portfolio model for documenting the effectiveness of faculty performance. Participants will leave with a framework to help guide the collection of key data documenting progress in professional development.
This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Explore conceptual framework of evidence-based portfolio model for documenting effective faculty performance;
  • Identify relevant forms of evidence to document faculty performance and effectiveness; and
  • Discuss various approaches to faculty performance documentation with colleagues.

Facilitator: Douglas Harrison, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation & Department of English


September 12 - Benefits, Pitfalls and Strategies for Team Teaching
Location: Rose Library 5211; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on FRI, 12 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


On the surface, team teaching may seem like a no-brainer for sharing workloads and delivering more complete and balanced content to students.  In reality, though, successful team teaching requires shared goals, open communication about roles and responsibilities, careful planning, respect for the contributions of all team members, and a consistent approach in the classroom.  In this workshop, facilitators will present strategies for making the most of the team teaching experience in order to reap its benefits: peer support and mentoring, expansion of content and pedagogical expertise, and development of new viewpoints, among others.  Participants are encouraged to attend with their potential teaching colleagues and explore best practices through short case studies and exercises.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Identify the factors that lead to successful team teaching;
  • Explore the challenges that undermine successful team teaching; and
  • Formulate goals for team teaching experiences.

Facilitator: Amanda Biesecker, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Facilitator: Stephanie Stockwell, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology


September 12 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.


September 15 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.

September 15 - Assessment: Before and Beyond Examinations
Location: Student Success Center 1075; refreshments will be provided.
This event is also offered on FRI, 19 Sept 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM.

Register Here


Faculty sometimes wonder what their students are thinking when they give an off-the-mark answer.  What led them down that path? Why are they not doing well on exams when the instructor has so artfully conveyed information to them?  If these questions sound familiar, then it might be time to learn about what assessment can do.  Examinations are just one way…but wouldn't it be nice to figure out what students know before they take that test? This workshop will be a hands-on exploration of different assessment techniques, including Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) that are simple and fast. Participants will focus on choosing the correct assessments for assignments and will also explore alternative forms of assessment. 

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Develop a plan to use a Classroom Assessment Technique;
  • Initiate the process of aligning objectives with assessments; and
  • Learn how to explain the difference between assessment and tests to a colleague. 

Facilitator: Patrice Ludwig, Ph.D., Departent of Biology



September 19 - Assessment: Before and Beyond Examinations
Location: Rose Library 5211; refreshments will be provided.
This event is also offered on MON, 15 Sept 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

Register Here


Faculty sometimes wonder what their students are thinking when they give an off-the-mark answer.  What led them down that path? Why are they not doing well on exams when the instructor has so artfully conveyed information to them?  If these questions sound familiar, then it might be time to learn about what assessment can do.  Examinations are just one way…but wouldn't it be nice to figure out what students know before they take that test? This workshop will be a hands-on exploration of different assessment techniques, including Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) that are simple and fast. Participants will focus on choosing the correct assessments for assignments and will also explore alternative forms of assessment. 

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Develop a plan to use a Classroom Assessment Technique;
  • Initiate the process of aligning objectives with assessments; and
  • Learn how to explain the difference between assessment and tests to a colleague. 

Facilitator: Patrice Ludwig, Ph.D., Departent of Biology


September 19 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.


September 22 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.


September 25 - Marriage Dilemmas of Urban Indian Women
Location: Rose Library 5211; lunch will be provided at 12.

Register Here


Young educated urban women in contemporary India are caught between growing aspirations and opportunities offered by the globalizing world and the traditional cultural expectations related to marriage. Join visiting scholar Dr. Shagufa Kapadia who will present findings from in-depth qualitative research with emergent adult women in Baroda-India. This scholarly talk will explore how Indian women negotiate marriage related personal wishes with family expectations in a landscape that fluctuates between cultural continuity and discontinuity.

This scholarly talk is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Gain perspective on the Indian cultural worldview and gender issues in the contemporary context of flux;
  • Be motivated to explore non-Western perspectives in social sciences; and
  • Appreciate an academic presentation based on in-depth qualitative research.

Facilitator: Shagufa Kapadia, Ph. D., Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies Research Center, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India


September 25 - The Principles and Practices of Effective Classroom Discussions
Location: Student Success Center 1075; light breakfast will be provided.

Register Here


The best classroom discussions involve the exchange of ideas and a process of discovery that, when they work, can seem effortless and natural to students. But for effective classroom discussions to happen, they almost always require careful planning and thoughtful reflection. What role does discussion play in the learning process? What are the component parts of a discussion and how do faculty members balance the need for order and freedom in creating a discussive space for learning? This workshop explores the conceptual anatomy of classroom discussions, examines the best practices in designing and deploying discussions in lesson plans, and provides participants the opportunity to work together to find practical responses to the common pitfalls of discussions in the classroom. 

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Explore the cognitive and operational phases of classroom discussions;
  • Examine best practices in creating and cultivating discussions with students; and
  • Identify effective responses to common challenges of classroom discussions

Facilitator: Douglas Harrison, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation & Department of English



September 26 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.


September 29 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.

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