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Faculty Development Center


FALL 2014



Friday, September 12th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University Center, Ballroom

We are excited to announce the rescheduled date for the first Provost's Teaching and Learning Symposium here at UMBC on Friday, September 12th, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm in the University Center (and assorted classrooms). As you may remember, this event was snowed out in January. This symposium, part of the Hrabowski Innovation Fund initiative, will bring together UMBC faculty to present and discuss pedagogical innovations on campus and plan for future directions. We will be recognizing innovators and inviting faculty to serve on panels to share approaches that promote student success. Groups that will be presenting include:

Hrabowski Innovation Fellows and Awardees
Teacher Scholars
Course Redesign Leaders
iCubed Grant Leaders
Digital Humanities Innovators
Breaking Ground and Civic Engagement Leaders
First Year Seminar Representatives
Pedagogical Innovation Leaders

In addition, all faculty are welcome to submit proposals for poster presentations. Please contact Linda Hodges, Director of the Faculty Development Center at or 410-455-1829 for more information.

The day will be full of exciting ideas, chances to brainstorm with colleagues about teaching, and good food to fuel our efforts. Please mark this day on your calendar and plan to attend as your teaching schedules allow.

Registration will close on September 3, 2014.

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The Art of Teaching with Discussion

September 4th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Commons 329

Do you find that your class discussions often consist of a dialogue with one enthusiastic student? Or at best, a ping-pong conversation with a handful of students? Do you struggle to get students to prepare for a meaningful discussion in the first place? Do you find it difficult to get students to dig deeper into ideas? In this session, three faculty share their strategies for getting students to prepare for discussion and engaging them in ways that deepen and expand their understanding. Lunch is provided. Panelists include:

Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies
Robin Farabaugh, English
Tim Phin, Ancient Studies

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Designing Effective and Engaging Writing Assignments

September 5th, 12-1:30 p.m., Commons 329

Are you frustrated with the quality of students’ output on written assignments? Bored with reading yet another uninspired, perfunctory term paper? Pulling your hair out over the fact that your students failed to address some of the most important elements of the course project in their written report? If you would like to create assignments that students can really sink their teeth into—assignments that not only give you a clear sense of their grasp of the material and their ability to apply key concepts, but will also engage them in a meaningful learning experience, then join us for this workshop. We will go through the process of designing and writing, then considering how to support and assess, a writing assignment. Completing this process should yield an assignment that will be clear and comprehensible to students and will enable you to evaluate their understanding of important course concepts. Please bring an assignment that you’d like to rework or ideas for some concepts/content that you’d like your students to write about. Lunch will be provided.

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

September 16th, October 15th, & November 20th
12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114 B

Do you sometimes find yourself wondering about how students learn in your class? Have you ever analyzed your students’ assignments/-conversations/emails looking for clues about that? Are you interested in finding out whether a change you make in your teaching improves your students’ learning? If so, then join your colleagues for a continuing discussion about all aspects of planning, executing, and disseminating a scholarship of teaching and learning project. The sessions will all include ideas for asking good questions, gathering meaningful evidence, and reporting results, though the emphasis on each of these topics will cycle through the semester. Sessions will also include brief presentations of faculty projects. Participants attending any session will receive a copy of the book, Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish by Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler, Stylus Publishing, 2012. Lunch will be provided.

Register, September 16th

Register for October 15th

Register for November 20th

Writing a Compelling Proposal for the Hrabowski
Innovation Fund

September 18th, 2:30-4 p.m., Commons 329

In this workshop, you’ll gain insights into what makes a Hrabowski Innovation Fund proposal compelling to reviewers and begin to outline and draft your own proposal. We’ll share tips for what reviewers are looking for in a proposal, helping you to understand what constitutes an innovative idea to enhance teaching/learning. We’ll also break the proposal down into parts, discussing the purpose of each section of the proposal and the types of language to use to convey your ideas clearly and compellingly. You will have the opportunity to share and get feedback on your ideas, as well as draft an outline for your own proposal. Two selection committee members and FDC staff will facilitate this session.

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Teaching to Avoid Plagiarism: How to Promote Good Use of Sources

September 24th, 12:00-1:30 p.m., UC, Ballroom Lounge

Most faculty will encounter plagiarism at some point in their careers and many believe that it is a growing problem in student work. The University has clear policies and procedures for reporting academic misconduct when it happens, but there are proactive steps we can take to try to prevent plagiarism from occurring in the first place. In this session, we’ll discuss the reasons why students plagiarize, what resources are available on campus to help students learn how to use sources appropriately, and how you can support students to learn to use sources effectively in your discipline. Presented by FDC staff with support from co-facilitators Anissa Sorokin, Writing Center, and Joanna Gadsby, Library.  Lunch will be provided.

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Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers, by Alison James and Stephen D. Brookfield, published by Jossey-Bass, 2014

Wednesday Section, September 17 & October 1,
12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114B

Tuesday Section, September 23 & October 7,
12-1:30 p.m., Commons 329

From the publisher: “In Engaging Imagination, two leading educators help college instructors across disciplines engage students in nurturing creativity and innovation for success beyond the classroom. Alison James, an expert in creative arts education, and Stephen D. Brookfield, bestselling author, outline how creative exploration can extend students’ reflective capabilities in a purposeful way, help them understand their own potential and learning more clearly, and imbue students with the freedom to generate and explore new questions. This book:

• shows why building creative skills pays dividends in the classroom and in students’ professional lives long after graduation;
• offers research-based, classroom-tested approaches to cultivating creativity and innovation in the college setting;
• provides practical tools for incorporating “play” into the college curriculum;
• draws on recent advances in the corporate sector where creative approaches have been adopted to reinvigorate thinking and problem-solving processes; and
• includes examples from a variety of disciplines and settings.

Faculty are invited to participate in either Tuesday or Wednesday sections of this book discussion as their schedule allows. The first session of each section (either September 17th or 23rd) will deal primarily with ideas found in the first half of the book. The second session (either October 1st or 7th) will deal primarily with ideas in the second half of the book. All participants will receive a copy of the book ahead of time. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday Section, September 17th & October 1st,
12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114B
  Register Here

Tuesday Section, September 23rd & October 7th,
12-1:30 p.m., Commons 329
  Register Here




A New Faculty Member’s Guide to Research and Funding
Dr. Ralph Pollack, Office of the Vice President for Research

October 9th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., UC Ballroom Lounge

As new faculty members you are faced with an enormous number of things to do. You must develop new courses, become proficient at teaching, initiate a research program, take part in departmental and university activities, advise students, learn a new culture, and conduct your personal life, all in an atmosphere that is unfamiliar and with little or no training for such activities. Research is a long-term endeavor compared to some of the other demands on your time and can too easily be delayed and left for later. However, research productivity is a critical part of the tenure decision. How then do you develop a research program in these circumstances? How can research become an integral part of your academic life? How can you get funding for a research program? In this presentation, Dr. Pollack will discuss setting professional goals and planning, the nature of significant research, how to develop a research idea, and how to plan for funding that work. All faculty are welcome. Lunch will be provided.

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Managing Time and Getting Things Done
Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

October 16th, 12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114B

Do you ever feel as if there are not enough hours in the day? Do you find that your plan for work during the day gets overtaken by routine tasks? Do you have a big project looming that will challenge your time management skills? Beth Wells, a Board Certified Coach, presents tips on how to manage your time effectively, plan projects for completion in the time that you have, and keep your stress levels under control.  All faculty are welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

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Our Mission

The Faculty Development Center supports faculty and instructors in their teaching role at the University by providing a comprehensive program of services and resources.

All consultation services provided faculty are confidential and are not used by administrators or committees in making personnel decisions.