Center for Faculty Development
Programs and Events
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    One of our goals as a Center is to engage SU faculty in conversation around the deeper questions of academic practice, based on national and international research into higher education. Events are open to all SU faculty.

    Please note: Two of the workshops below are tele-workshops organized by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). An SU host will facilitate a brief conversation at the end. Learn more about NCFDD.

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    Faculty Writing Groups: Launch meeting

    Thu, Oct 9 | 12:30-1:30 | Hunthausen 110 | Lunch provided
    Co-sponsored with ORSSP 

    Faculty Writing Groups provide you with camaraderie and accountability to achieve more in your scholarship. These groups are intentionally interdisciplinary so that you remain the expert in your own field throughout. By the end of this session, you will be grouped with two or three other colleagues from across campus and will be ready to meet with your group independently and regularly to help you achieve more in your research – and with less stress.

    Full details on Faculty Writing Groups are on this website at:  


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    Canvas User Forum: Challenges and opportunities

    Tue, Oct 14 | 12:30–2:30 | Student Center 160 (LeRoux Room) | Lunch provided
    Co-sponsored by the Office of University Planning, Center for Faculty Development, and COPE

    At this third Canvas User Forum, faculty presenters will share how they addressed common questions in teaching and learning through innovative uses of the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). 

    What opportunities does the technology provide to improve teaching and learning? Have there been unexpected results in the application of technology – both challenging and remarkable? 

    Each faculty presenter will share their experience and introduce ongoing questions to the group for general discussion. 

    In the weeks following the forum, hands-on workshops will be held to help interested faculty with “how-to” logistics of implementing use of particular tools.

     Register via email to Canvas  (not via Faculty Development)  

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    Overcoming academic perfectionism | NCFDD Tele-workshop

    Tue, Oct 21 | 12:30–1:50 | Casey 500 | Lunch provided
    NCFDD Facilitator: Kerry Ann Rockquemore
    SU Hosts:  David Green & Jacquelyn Miller

    When we’ve reached the heights of academic achievement in our fields, it’s easy to fall into perfectionist traps. We might struggle to share our writing at early stages because it’s not perfect; we feel devastated at criticism of our work; we beat ourselves up every time the tiniest thing goes wrong; and sometimes we even find it difficult to celebrate other people’s success because it reminds us of our own shortcomings.

    If any of these things sound familiar, then congratulations! You’re a perfectly normal perfectionist.

    The only problem is that the nature of the academy is likely to exacerbate our perfectionist tendencies, as opposed to minimizing them. 

    In this tele-workshop, perfectionists will unite to get clear about:

    • The causes and consequences of excessive perfectionism
    • The features of academic life that intensify perfectionism
    • Strategies to identify when your perfectionism is at work, assess whether it is useful or debilitating, and adjust your standards and behavior accordingly.
    • The secret to finding real satisfaction in every step of the writing process

    Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD is President and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. She is the author of two important books as well as over two dozen articles and book chapters on multiracial youth. After becoming a tenured professor in sociology, her focus shifted to improving conditions for pre-tenure faculty by creating supportive communities for writing productivity and work/life balance. Her award-winning work with under-represented faculty led to the publication of her most recent book: The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul


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    Interdisciplinary common ground: A “research sandbox” event

    Wed, Oct 29 | 3:30-5:00 | Faculty Lounge, 6th floor, Lemieux Library | Drinks & appetizers provided
    Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars and the Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons

    This is the first in our “research sandbox” series of events: a chance for us as faculty to meet over drinks and appetizers to think creatively about our interdisciplinary work and hatch plans for collaboration.

    Many of us work at the edge of our disciplines or between disciplines. Either way we have to find common ground between conflicting insights from diverse sources. 

    “Interdisciplinary common ground is one or more concepts or assumptions through which conflicting insights or theories can be largely reconciled and subsequently integrated, thus enabling collaborative communication between disciplines” (Repko, 2012, p. 322). 

    What kind of common ground have you found in your work? How do you enable collaborative communication between disciplines? What collaboration would you like to achieve?


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    Growing into retirement: Senior faculty in the driver’s seat | Roundtable discussion

    Tue, Nov 4 | 12:30-1:50 | Lunch provided
    If you're interested in attending, please contact Jacquelyn Miller directly.

    Retirement represents a critical career stage for any academic, but is one that is very often ignored in terms of long-term planning. This “third phase” of your career involves major transitions in identity, community, and economic security. If the idea of retirement has entered your consciousness as an exciting adventure, as a dreaded inevitability, or somewhere in between, then this roundtable event will benefit you.  

    During this group discussion, you will have an opportunity to reflect on this stage of life and to articulate some of the professional and personal goals that will enable you to make the transition process meaningful and productive. For instance, which areas of your life will give you greatest satisfaction at this stage? What are your greatest worries? Will you want to create a new career path or engage your disciplinary peers through professional service to your field? Or maybe it’s community service or extensive travel that interest you. This roundtable discussion will help you work out how to take control of your new direction so that you feel you’re on the right road.


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    Attention benefit: Class activities to engage everyone

    Wed, Nov 12 | 12:30-1:50 | Casey Commons | Lunch provided 

    Thu, Nov 13 | 12:30-1:50 | Casey Commons | Lunch provided 
    Facilitated by David Green

    The issue of short attention spans is not new: In the 14th-century Italian painting of a lecture shown above, you can see one student with his head on his arm, either bored or asleep.

    And we have also known for a long time that breaking up classes into different types of activity – group work, presentation, pair work, individual reflection – aids attention and keeps students intellectually engaged.

    While we talk about active learning a lot on campus, we don't often discuss the process – the nuts and bolts of how we put it into practice. In this hands-on session, you will get to experiment with active learning strategies both as an instructor and as a participant.  Whether this is new to you or is simply a refresher, you will come away with a handful of techniques and activities that you can adapt for your own courses to vary the pace and keep your students’ attention. 

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    Strategies for dealing with stress | NCFDD tele-workshop

    Mon, Nov 17 | 12:30–1:50 | Casey 517 | Lunch provided
    NCFDD facilitator: Kerry Ann Rockquemore
    SU hosts: Jacquelyn Miller & David Green

    The ivory tower of higher education is no longer the idyll of endless time for thought and learning – if ever it was. As with any workplace, it can provoke anxiety and tension on many fronts.

    By mid-November, many of us may feel stressed. Others feel devastated when their articles and/or grant proposals are rejected. And sometimes the pressure of work, in particular of publishing (on top of our teaching and service commitments), can make us sick. Just think how many of your friends in academia around the country fall ill over the break and only recover in time to teach their next course.

    If any of this sounds familiar and you have difficulty managing the negative energy and rejection in the academic environment, please join us to learn:

    • The impact that stress and negativity can have if they are not managed
    • Identify the most common areas of stress in academic life
    • Concrete strategies for managing the physical, emotional, and attitudinal effects of stress

    Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD is President and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Her abridged biography is provided above.