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Spring 2020


Navigating the External Funding Landscape 
Tuesday, February 4 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Encino 233 and ZOOM
Presented by: 
Evy Gonzales, Director, Strategic Research Initiatives, Research and Sponsored Programs
Yvonne Natoli, Research Coordinator, McCoy College of Business 
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/977119379
This hands-on workshop will assist faculty in developing strategies for identifying and vetting funding opportunities and sponsors. Topics include performing live funding searches, deconstructing sample proposal solicitations, and discussing practical tips for uncovering the priorities of the funding organizations. Following the presentation, the presenters will be available to provide individual consultation.
This workshop supports the university’s goal to achieve significant progress in research and creative activity as measured by national standards.

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Open Educational Resources
Monday, February 10 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location:
Encino 233 and ZOOM
Presented by:
Dana Willett, Assistant Vice President, Distance and Extended Learning
Dr. Gwendolyn May Morel, Director, Distance and Extended Learning
Dianna Morganti, Subject Librarian, University Libraries
Stephanie Towery, Copyright Officer, University Libraries
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/860169701
Learn about the availability of Open Educational Resources (OER), including videos, textbooks, quizzes, and learning modules. Increase the inclusivity of your classroom through specific curation of materials and affordability to low-income students.  Find out how open educational resources can be used in your courses, what others are doing, identify places to find high quality OER materials, licensing, attribution, and accessibility. 
This workshop supports the university’s goal to promote the success of all students and to offer high-quality academic and education programming.

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Promotion to Full Professor: Advice for Associate Professors
Wednesday, February 19 | 10 a.m. – noon
Location: J.C. Kellam 460 and ZOOM
Presented by:  
Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor, History
Dr. Debbie Thorne, Associate Provost and Professor, Marketing
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/286837605
Associate professors who are seeking promotion to the rank of full professor and academic unit chairs and/or directors are invited to this interactive and informative session. Attendees will learn about the policies, best practices, and procedures for pursuing the next rank, including those related to scholarship, teaching, and service. The session includes ample opportunity for questions on a variety of promotion-related topics.
This workshop supports the university’s goal to provide the necessary services, resources, and infrastructure to  support the university's strategic direction.

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Helping Graduate Students Dealing with Procrastination, Perfectionism and Mental Health Issues
Wednesday, February 26 | noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Encino 233 and ZOOM
Presented by: 
Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean, Graduate College and Professor, World Languages and Literature
Dr. Kevin Fall, Professor and Chair, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology
Dr. Katherine Purswell, Assistant Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology
Dr. Kathy Ybanez-Llorente, Associate Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/627553330
Many graduate students struggle with perfectionism, procrastination, and mental health issues.  This workshop not only presents research and statistics on this topic, but also provides detailed information on how to identify those problems, how to address them with students, and where to turn for help on and off campus.  The focus will be on practical guidance that will help faculty members mentor students, while maintaining a focus on academics and progress towards the degree.
This workshop supports the university’s goal to promote the success of all students.

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Quality Enhancement Plan: Update on Progress
Tuesday, March 3 | noon – 1:30 p.m. 

Location: Encino 233 and ZOOM
Presented by:  
Co–chairs of the QEP Committee:
     Dr. Peter Golato, Professor, World Languages and Literatures
     Dr. Alejandra Sorto, Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Lon Olson, Assessment Director, Institutional Effectiveness
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/571993059
Updates on the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focused on undergraduate research will be given by the co-chairs of the QEP committee. As Texas State pursues National Research University status, more undergraduate students are looking for ways to connect with faculty through intellectual inquiry, creative collaboration, and research. Undergraduate research, which encompasses scholarship and creative activity, is recognized as a high-impact and powerful learning strategy. Engagement in these opportunities serves students well and contributes to the university’s mission for innovation, community engagement, and economic development. Please join us for an informative presentation and interactive discussion!
This workshop supports the university’s goal to offer high quality academic and education programming.

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Teaching First-Generation Students: Practical Tips for the Classroom
Tuesday, March 10 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Encino 233 and ZOOM
Presented by:  
Victoria Black, Director, PACE Peer Mentoring, University College
Dr. Nancy Chavkin, Regents Professor & University Distinguished Professor Emerita, Social Work
Dr. Sonya Armstrong, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Cassandra Johnson, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
Dr. Kristen Lew, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/952011066
Almost half of students at Texas State are first in their family to attend college. Some first-generation college students find themselves navigating an unfamiliar academic world. This workshop presents practical strategies faculty can use immediately in their classrooms to help first-generation students be successful. 
This workshop supports the university’s goal to promote the success of all students.

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Examining Social Justice and White Fragility:  Lessons Learned by a Tenured Faculty Member (POSTPONED UNTIL FALL)
TBA | TBA

Location: TBA
Presented by:  
Dr. Janet Bezner, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Chair, Faculty Senate
Zoom Link: 
Social injustices may contribute to the lack of underrepresented minorities in the academy and the experience of students, faculty, and staff. In this interactive session, issues related to social justice will be discussed to identify social injustices that may be operating without our explicit awareness. Concepts including unconscious bias, microaggressions, and white fragility will be discussed. The purpose of this session is to create awareness about these phenomena and to develop strategies that will create a more inclusive and diverse environment.  
This workshop supports the university’s goal to promote the success of all students.

 


Using Social Media as a Tool to Advance Your Professional Agenda (POSTPONED UNTIL FALL)
TBA | TBA

Location: TBA
Presented by:  
Dr. Rodney Rohde, Associate Dean, College of Health Professions,  Professor and Chair, Clinical Laboratory Science
Dr. Pat Shields, Professor, Department of Political Science
Zoom Link: 
This interactive workshop will explore how social media can be used as a professional tool to positively impact your teaching and scholarship, and how you can navigate unique challenges and ethical issues. The presenters will share their knowledge of best practices, personal success stories, and advice on lessons learned. They will address topics suitable for all levels of expertise such as conducting research via social media, navigating the virtual community, finding your own voice, leveraging social media as a platform to disseminate your research to a wider audience, and enhancing your scholarly trajectory in innovative ways.
This workshop supports the university’s goal to provide the necessary services, resources, and infrastructure to support the university’s strategic direction.

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Assessment Workshop
Thursday, April 2 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. Educational Programs
Zoom Link:
  https://txstate.zoom.us/j/949622738
Thursday, April 2 | 1:30 – 3 p.m. General Education
Zoom Link: 
https://txstate.zoom.us/j/422332420
Friday, April 3 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. Academic and Student Services
Zoom Link: 
https://txstate.zoom.us/j/171445524
Tuesday, April 28 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. Educational Programs and General Education
Zoom Link: 
https://txstate.zoom.us/j/954085386
Wednesday April 29 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. Academic and Student Services
Zoom Link: 
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/370167013
Location: ZOOM
Presented by:  
Dr. Lon Olson, Assessment Director, Institutional Effectiveness
This interactive workshop will provide guidance for faculty and staff tasked with developing outcomes assessment reports for SACSCOC accreditation. It will emphasize preparing reports due on May 15, 2020 that effectively communicate gains realized in student learning outcomes. This spring, the focus is on reporting results of the assessment methods, including analysis of the collected data, preparing action plans, and documenting evidence of continuous improvement. This workshop is designed to be a highly practical, hands-on training. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the session that best fits the program they assess. However, any session can be attended, since much of the information covered will be relatively similar, although the focus will be slightly different.
This workshop supports the university’s goal to provide the necessary services, resources, and infrastructure to support the university’s strategic direction.

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Their Cheating Hearts: Tips for Maintaining Academic Integrity While Teaching Remotely
Wednesday, April 8 | 10 – 11 a.m. 

Location: ZOOM
Presented by:  
Dr. Cristian Lieneck, Associate Professor, School of Health Administration
Dr. Candace Hastings, Director, Faculty Development
Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/554503066
Remote teaching brings new complexities to fostering academic integrity that faculty may not encounter in the face-to-face classroom. In this  collaborative session, we will offer tips and best practices that encourage academic integrity in  learning activities and assessments . Please bring your ideas and questions to share with the group during the Q&A portion of the presentation.

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Building an Academic Community That is Diverse, Accomplished, and Collegial (POSTPONED UNTIL FALL)
TBA | TBA

Location: TBA
Presented by:  
Dr. Valerie Fleming, Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Disorders
Dr. Celeste Domsch, Associate Professor, Communication Disorders
Zoom Link:
Retaining a diverse population of students begins prior to students being admitted. The hard work begins with building an academic community. The Department of Communication Disorders has graduated a majority minority graduate cohort for two years in a row. Currently the undergraduate program is majority minority. Fostering this kind of growth of a program in a profession where only 6% of its members are from an underrepresented group nationally, requires building an academic community that is diverse, accomplished, and collegial. This workshop will present lessons learned and strategies programs can use to support the success of all students from admittance to graduation and beyond.
This workshop will address the university’s stated mission and shared value of promoting a diverse student body and inclusive campus community and its goal to promote the success of all students.

Learner Objectives:
1.            Discuss ways to recruit and retain talented faculty.
2.            Identify ways to diversify the applicant pool for graduate programs.
3.            List ways to help decrease attrition risks for students.
4.            Describe ways to mentor undergraduate students through the pipeline to graduate school.
5.            Connect the importance of engaging alumni with retention and success of current students.

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Best Practices for an Inclusive Faculty Search Process (POSTPONED UNTIL FALL)
TBA | TBA

Location: TBA
Presented by:  
Dr. Scott Bowman, Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
Lyndi Wittekiend, Faculty Employment Manager
Zoom Link: 
This interactive workshop provides a review of the faculty hiring process with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity. Based on the newly-developed Toolkit and Best Practices for Inclusive Excellence in Faculty Hiring and Retention, the presentation will focus on policies and procedures to increase the quality and diversity of applicant pools, reduce inconsistencies in assessing applicants, and eliminate differential treatment.

Specific topics to be discussed include the following: 
• Roles of the search committee chair and members
• Steps in building a recruitment plan
• Advertising and recruiting
• Assessment process
• Candidate visits/interviews
• Candidate selection
• Extending and negotiating an offer

Please join us for a productive discussion to improve Texas State!
This workshop supports the university’s goal to provide the necessary services, resources, and infrastructure to support the university’s strategic direction.

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