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Fall 2014


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Teaching at a University: A Hands-on Workshop for Faculty New to the Teaching Profession

Dr. Nathan Bond, Assistant Director, Academic Development and Assessment

Tuesday, August 13     9:00 am – 3:30 pm     Alkek 105/106


Faculty who are new to the teaching profession or new to Texas State University are invited to participate in this informative and interactive workshop.  The goal is to give participants practical advice for teaching at the university level.  The workshop will focus on four topics: (1) developing a relevant curriculum for your course, (2) delivering engaging instruction, (3) administering assessments that measure student learning, and (4) creating an effective learning environment.  Lunch will be provided.  This workshop will be repeated before each spring and fall semester.  This workshop will be repeated on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.


A Common Experience for Faculty: Forming Discussions Around Coming of Age in Mississippi, the Common Reading Book

Twister Marquiss, Director of Common Reading Program

Dr. Audwin Anderson, Associate Professor, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies

Ms. Billi London-Gray, Lecturer, University College

Dr. Dann Brown, Dean of University College

Tuesday, September 9     12:00 – 1:30 pm     Alkek 105/106


As part of the Common Experience at Texas State University, we are offering faculty the opportunity to read and form small discussion groups around this year's Common Reading book, Coming of Age in Mississippi, the classic autobiography by civil rights worker Anne Moody. The book, which is required reading for all incoming freshmen, serves to inspire campus-wide conversations during the next academic year. 

Those who attend this session will receive a copy of the Common Reading book and a discussion guide. University Seminar faculty and staff will present an overview of the book, its themes and ways to frame civil discourse on difficult topics. There also will be a discussion of ways to incorporate the Common Reading book and Common Experience theme into classes and community activities. Lastly, participants will form small groups and schedule their own times to meet and discuss the book. Groups can meet for one long discussion or schedule multiple meetings -- scheduling is at their discretion. (UAC 124 will be available for groups to reserve at certain times throughout the semester.)

The Common Experience theme for 2014-2015 is "Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration." This theme highlights the 50th anniversary of Texas State's integration. It also marks the 50th anniversary of many of President Lyndon B. Johnson's programs aimed at eliminating extreme poverty and racial injustice.


Overview of the Research Enhancement Program (REP) 

Dr. Michael Blanda, Assistant Vice President, Research and Federal Relations

Wednesday, September 10           3:00 – 4:30 pm              Alkek 105/106


In fulfillment of its mission to contribute to the greater body of knowledge in specific disciplines through research, scholarship and creative expression, Texas State University has instituted the Research Enhancement Program (REP) to support the research and creative activities of its tenured and tenure-track faculty.  Through a peer review process, the REP provides funding for research and creative activities by tenured and tenure-track faculty within all disciplines.  Workshop attendees will learn about the mission of the REP, the submission guidelines, the online application process, the review process, and the post-award expectations.

**This workshop is co-sponsored by the Division of Research and Federal Relations and the Office of Academic Development and Assessment.


Student Learning Outcomes: Where Do We Go From Here?

Dr. Beth Wuest, Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

Thursday, September 11          1:00 – 3:00 pm          Alkek 105/106


Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is required of all academic programs and general education courses.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the requirements, discuss the strengths and areas for improvement in Texas State’s current outcomes assessment, outline the assessment cycle, provide resources, and assist in the revision of student learning outcomes.


Using the Honor Code to Support Academic Integrity in the Classroom

Dr. David Wiley, Professor, Health and Human Performances

Wednesday, September 17     1:00 – 3:00 pm     Alkek 105/106


This workshop will highlight the issues related to academic misconduct on campus and the ways the Honor Code can support academic integrity efforts.  Included in this presentation are “common” academic misconduct issues on campus, advice for avoiding these issues in the classroom, and the process to follow when faced with academic misconduct with students.


Purposes, Administration, and Reporting of Assessments that Measure Student Learning 

(Workshop rescheduled for later in the semester)

Dr. Nathan Bond, Assistant Director, Academic Development and Assessment

Dr. Susan Day, Professor and Chair, Sociology

Dr. Beth Wuest, Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

Thursday, September 18     1:00 – 3:30 pm     Alkek 105/106


The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of assessment, grading, and reporting.  Faculty will learn the purposes of assessment, the differences between objective and alternative assessments, and various types of formative and summative assessments.  In addition, faculty will discuss strategies for administering assessments, managing the grading workload, and minimizing grading issues that may be appealed to a department chair.  Finally, faculty will learn which assessments are useful for accreditation.



Building Faculty Credentials and Documentation for Promotion
Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, Provost
Dr. Cynthia Opheim, Associate Provost

Friday, September 19     1:00 – 3:00 pm     Alkek 105/106


This workshop is designed for (1) tenure-track faculty and faculty seeking promotion to the rank of professor and (2) faculty and administrators mentoring and assisting candidates.  Topics to be covered include:


  •      Tenure and Promotion Review (PPS 8.10)
  •      Development / Evaluation of Tenure-Track Faculty (PPS 8.01)
  •      Texas State Vita


Project-based Instruction (PBI): A Dynamic Strategy for Motivating and Engaging Today’s Students

Dr. Gail Dickinson, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Tuesday, September 23     1:00 – 2:30 pm     Alkek 105/106


Project-based Instruction (PBI) is receiving lots of attention in education because it engages students in active learning to solve real-world problems.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn what project-based instruction is, how it can be applied to various disciplines, and how it contributes to students’ understanding and problem-solving skills.  Participants will craft driving questions, final assessments, and grading rubrics.  In addition, participants will discuss strategies for managing the projects so that students contribute equally.


Mentoring Faculty and Mentoring Students

Dr. Marian Houser, Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts and Communication Studies

Dr. Rodney Rohde, Chair and Professor, Program in Clinical Laboratory Science

Dr. Anne Ngu, Professor, Computer Science

Friday, October 3    1:00 – 3:00 pm     Alkek 105/106


**  Dr. Houser received the 2013 Muir Mentoring Award at Texas State University.


Recent research describes mentoring as the heart of university work.  Experienced professors mentor new colleagues, and all professors mentor graduate and undergraduate students.  These efforts not only improve performance but also enhance perceptions of the academic climate.  Is there anything in it for the mentor?  The goal of this workshop is to present examples of how mentoring has helped shape our careers at Texas State University.  In a group discussion format we will cover mentoring in the department and the classroom, in research and writing, and in navigating the academic environment.


Getting Published:  Advice from Editors of Scholarly Journals
Dr. Moonis Ali, Professor, Computer Science
Dr. William Brittain, Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr.  Eric Paulson, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Developmental Education
Dr. Duncan Waite, Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology

Wednesday, October 8     10:30 am – 12 noon     Alkek 105/106


The purpose of this workshop is to give researchers information about the publishing process.  The editors of four scholarly journals will discuss the review steps and the criteria used to evaluate submitted manuscripts.  They will also offer advice for improving manuscripts so that they receive favorable reviews and are accepted for publication.


Teaching Large Classes:  Successful Strategies for Engaging Students

Dr. Joe Falocco, Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Amy Meeks, Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Thursday, October 9     2:00 – 3:30 pm     Alkek 105/106


Teaching large classes poses unique challenges for even the most experienced professor.  In this workshop, professors from various departments who teach large classes will share some successful strategies to engage all students in learning.  The strategies are applicable to all subject areas.


Reference Management Software for Research

Dr. David Caverly, Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Developmental Education

Friday, October 10     9:00 – 11:00 am    Alkek 148


This workshop will provide professors with an overview of electronic bibliographic databases, such as EndNote and Zotero.  Attendees will learn how to use these databases to collect sources, manage them, and use them to create citations and reference lists / bibliographies.  Bring your laptop for a hands-on experience.


Developing Objective Assessments

Dr. Nathan Bond, Assistant Director, Academic Development and Assessment

Dr. Amy Russell, Assistant Professor, Social Work

Mr. Mike Dickinson, Instructional Designer, Instructional Design Support

Thursday, October 16     1:00 – 3:30 pm          Alkek 105/106


This workshop is designed to teach faculty how to create effective objective assessments.  Faculty will learn how to develop questions using the five question types (multiple choice, matching, true-false, short answer, and essay), create lower and higher order thinking objective questions, and administer these assessments on TRACS.  Faculty are asked to bring materials and/or existing tests to revise.


Preparing Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet

Dr. Cindy Royal, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Tuesday, October 21     2:00 – 3:30 pm     Alkek 105106


Today's graduates have to learn current concepts but must also be prepared to grasp new ideas and quickly apply them to their careers. Educators are training students for jobs that don't exist yet, and graduates are expected to be proactive in defining and shaping these new roles. Entrepreneurship is valued both inside and outside of organizations. How can we best prepare students to be successful in an environment that requires flexibility and innovation? And how can anyone apply this model throughout a career? How can educators encourage a mindset for learning that goes beyond an emphasis on specific tool training or a particular skill set? Cindy Royal, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who recently completed the Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, will offer advice to both students and faculty on innovative teaching and learning approaches.

**This workshop is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication for its Mass Communication Week and by the Office of Academic Development and Assessment.


Research Cash Advances and Payment of Human Subjects

Dr. Michael Blanda, Assistant Vice President, Research and Federal Relations

Mr. James Webb, Director of Accounting

Wednesday, October 22          3:00 – 4:30 pm              Alkek 105/106


The workshop will provide an overview of the UPPS that addresses research cash advances for both research expenditures and payments for human subjects. Instructions for completing all associated forms, in particular the request and reconciliation forms, will be presented. Some best practices will be offered as well.


**This workshop is co-sponsored by the Division of Research and Federal Relations and the Office of Academic Development and Assessment.


Theory Construction and Model Building – Analysis

Dr. Larry Price, Professor, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research Design and Analysis (IIRDA)

Friday, October 24     1:00 – 3:00 pm     Alkek 119


This course builds on the foundational material presented in Theory Construction and Model Building – Foundations.  Specifically, this course teaches participants how to match analytic techniques to a model specific to their research interest.  The focus is on the rationale, process and application of statistical techniques to answer associated research questions.  Emphasis is on conducting data analyses using IBM SPSS AMOS and Mplus.  The workshop also includes examples and discussion on how to structure and write results for peer-reviewed journal articles and analytic strategies for competitive grant proposals.  Participants should have a rental copy of AMOS or free trial copy of Mplus on their laptop for the workshop (Texas State does not have these programs on the Alkek classroom computers).


**This workshop is co-sponsored by the Testing, Research-Support, and Evaluation Center (TREC); the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research Design and Analysis (IIRDA); and the Office of Academic Development and Assessment (ADA).


Writing Grants: What Every Professor at Texas State Should Know First
Dr. Michael Blanda, Assistant Vice President, Research and Federal Relations
Ms. Evy Gonzales, Associate Director, Federal Relations

Tuesday, October 28     1:00 – 3:00 pm     Alkek 105/106

Are you interested in writing a grant to support your teaching and scholarship? This workshop will give professors information about the reasons for writing a grant, places to find grants to fit their professional needs, the steps that should be taken when planning to seek a grant, and the many resources available at Texas State University to assist faculty in successfully obtaining a grant. 


Creating Significant Learning Experiences for Your Students

Dr. Dee Fink, University of Oklahoma

Friday, October 31     9:00 am – 4:00 pm     Alkek 105/106


After students complete your course, what impact will it have on their lives, i.e., how they think, act and feel - in their personal lives, professional lives, civic or social lives?  In this interactive and hands-on workshop, Dr. Fink will show professors from all subject areas how to design courses that give students significant learning experiences.  His model combines research-based teaching practices with active student-centered instruction that yields powerful learning for students. Faculty are asked to come with a particular course in mind that they would like to review and perhaps redesign.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 


**This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Development and Assessment and the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies.


Fulbright: A World of Opportunity
Jordanna Enrich, Assistant Director of the Fulbright US Program
Wednesday, November 19     3:30 – 5:00 pm     Alkek 105/106

Note:  This is a new date. Originally, the workshop was scheduled for Thursday, November 13.


A representative from the Institute for International Education, Washington D.C., will discuss highlights of the Fulbright program from a faculty perspective.  Workshop attendees will learn about the various types of Fulbright appointments, the elements that comprise a Fulbright call for proposals, and the requirements of a Fulbright application.  Attendees will have a unique opportunity to discuss the current goals and nature of the Fulbright program with a member of a staff member from the organization that supervises the Fulbright program.