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Fall 2020

Faculty Focus Summer and Fall 2020

* All sessions will take place via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

 



Study in America
Thursday, June 18 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | ZOOM
Wednesday, August 5  | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | ZOOM

Presented by: 
Dale Blasingame, Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano, Associate Professor, Department of Biology (8/5)
Kasia Romo, Assistant Professor of Practice, Fashion Merchandising (6/18)
Kamarie Carter, Student Development Specialist II, Office of Distance & Extended Learning
Monica Jeffs, Continuing Education Coordinator, Office of Distance & Extended Learning

Want to elevate your students’ learning to a new level? Study in America provides students with an opportunity to get field experience and earn course credit, all while traveling to exciting locations across the United States. This session provides information about the Study in America program, including how to lead a program or develop your own. Faculty who have led Study in America programs in previous years will share their stories, tips, and tricks on leading a successful program. This workshop supports the university’s goal to promote the success of all students and to offer high-quality academic and education programming.


Overview of the Research Enhancement Program (REP)
Thursday, September 3  | 10 – 11:30 a.m. |  ZOOM
Presented by:  
Dr. Augustine Agwuele, Professor, Anthropology and Chair, Research Enhancement Program
Dr. Mike Blanda, Assistant Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs

The Research Enhancement Program (REP) provides funding for eligible Texas State faculty to support research, scholarship, and creative expression that contribute to the greater body of knowledge in all disciplines. Grant awards are determined through a peer-review process. Attendees will learn about the mission of the REP, the online application and submission guidelines, the review process, and post-award expectations. The informal presentation will be thirty minutes followed by an interactive Q&A for one hour. This workshop supports the university’s goal to achieve significant progress in research and creative activity as measured by national standards.


Developing Outcomes and Methods to Assess Student Improvement
Thursday, September 10  | 10 – 11:30 a.m. Educational Programs and General Education | Zoom
Friday, September 11  | 10 – 11:30 a.m. Academic and Student Services | Zoom

Presented by:  
Dr. Lonnie Olson, Director of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness


This interactive workshop will provide guidance for faculty and staff tasked with developing outcomes assessment reports for SACSCOC accreditation. The workshop will emphasize submitting the first part of the report, which is due on September 30, 2020. This fall, the focus is on revising outcomes and methods based on the analysis of the results collected from 2019-2020. This workshop is designed to be a highly practical, hands-on training, so participants are encouraged work with draft documents of their own reports. The presenters will be available after the workshop for individual consultation as needed. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the session that best fits the program they assess. However, much of the information covered in the sessions 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 by implementing effective planning and continuous improvement for SACSCOC reaffirmation.


Quality Enhancement Plan: Update on Progress
Tuesday, September 22  | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Peter Golato, Professor, World Languages and Literatures
Dr. Alejandra Sorto, Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Lonnie Olson, Director of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness


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.


Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor: Advice for Assistant Professors
Wednesday, September 30 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor, History
Dr. Debbie Thorne, Associate Provost and Professor, Marketing


Assistant professors who are seeking tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor are invited to this interactive and informative session. Attendees will learn the expectations for achieving tenure and promotion, including those related to scholarship, teaching, and service. The session includes ample opportunity for questions-and-answers on a variety of promotion-related topics. This workshop supports the university’s initiative to help improve faculty and staff recruitment, hiring, and retention.


WANTED: VISIONARIES, INNOVATORS & PROBLEM SOLVERS
Friday, October 2 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Walter Horton, Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and Chief Research Officer
Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Director, Materials Science Engineering and Commercialization Program and Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry and PI for The Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship
Dr. J. R. Minifie Director, Service-Learning Excellence Program and Professor, Management and Co-PI for The Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship  

Do you want to take your research to the next level? Would you like to find additional sources of funding? How about turn your research into a successful business? Anyone interested in developing an idea, concept, or technology is encouraged to come to this workshop. Attendees will hear from Dr. Walter Horton, Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, about the university’s goals of increasing external grant funding and applied research efforts, as well as how the university handles intellectual property. Attendees will also learn about how they can participate in Texas State’s National Science Foundation funded Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site for Entrepreneurship that cultivates and supports Visionaries, Innovators, & Problem Solvers (VIPs) by teaching them how to identify novel commercial applications for an idea or technology. Attendees will hear success stories about Texas State I-Corps participants that were selected to participate in nation-wide I-Corps training and compete for federal grant funding. They will also find out how to participate in the Texas State I-Corps cohort training and apply for mini-grants to transition their research.


Pursuing Funding from Foundations and Private Sources
Monday, October 5 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Dan Perry, Assistant Vice President, University Advancement
Mr. Charles Vestal, Major Gift Officer, University Advancement


This workshop will provide gift seekers with information on how to properly research foundations, obtain clearance to apply for gifts, involve college research coordinators, register for PropStart, request TRIP matches, monitor gifts, seek endowed gifts, and pursue other gift-related activities and procedures. The speakers will be available after the workshop for individual consultation. This workshop supports the university’s goal to achieve significant progress in research and creative activity as measured by national standards by expanding support to the research community.


Building an Academic Community That is Diverse, Accomplished, and Collegial
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 1:30 – 3 p.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Valarie Fleming, Professor and Chair, Communication Disorders
Dr. Celeste Domsch, Professor, Communication Disorders


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.
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.

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.


Finding Funding with Pivot
Thursday, October 29 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Evy Gonzales, Director, Strategic Research Initiatives, Research and Sponsored Programs
Kay Hetherly, Coordinator, Strategic Research Initiatives, Research and Sponsored Programs


This hands-on workshop will introduce faculty to PIVOT, a comprehensive database and profile system that contains over $44 billion in funding opportunities and 3 million scholar profiles. The session will begin with an overview of the database and will conclude with sufficient time for individual account set up and the initiation of personalized funding notifications. This interactive workshop is intended for faculty who are interested in conducting research as well as staff who assist faculty researchers in finding funding. This workshop supports the university’s goal to achieve significant progress in research and creative activity as measured by national standards by expanding support to the research community.

 


Examining Social Justice and White Fragility: Lessons Learned by a Tenured Faculty Member
Friday, October 30 | 1 – 230 p.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Janet Bezner, Professor, Physical Therapy and Chair, Faculty Senate


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
Friday, November 6 | 2:30 – 4 p.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Floyd Quinn, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Management
Dr. Rodney Rohde, Professor and Chair, Clinical Laboratory Science
Dr. Pat Shields, Professor, Department of Political Science


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.


ESCALA: Increasing Latinx Student Success
Thursday, November 12 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Zoom
Presented by:  
Dr. Tozi Gutierrez, Clinical Assistant Professor, Social Work
Dr. Candace Hastings, Director of Faculty Development
Dr. Ting Liu, Professor, Health and Human Performance
Dr. Cynthia Luxford, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Alice Olmstead, Assistant Professor, Physics
Dr. Mary Jane Patterson, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Leslie Shroyer, Senior Lecturer, Mathematics
Dr. Cathy Thomas, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Alex White, Professor, Mathematics


ESCALA is the only teaching program in the country that focuses on increasing Latinx student success in Hispanic Serving Institutions. Texas State faculty participants who attended both the ESCALA teaching workshop and long-term coaching on culturally responsive instruction will discuss what they learned from ESCALA and how they have incorporated what they learned into their classes. Faculty will also learn about opportunities to attend ESCALA in 2021. This workshop supports the university’s goal to promote the success of all students.