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Events for Spring 2014

Monthly Calendars

Event Highlights


Monday, February 10, 12-1pm, Library 314 - LUNA: Using Digital Library in Your Classroom (Allison Cywin, Curator of Visual Resources)

Tuesday, February 18, 12-1pm, Library 314 - Best Practices for Timely Assessment of Student Work (Athony Arrigo, English)

Wednesday, March 5th, 12-1pm, OFD Lounge - How to Write More (Often) (Paul Silvia, University of North Carolina)

Tuesday, March 11, 12:30-1:30pm, Library 314 - Filling the Space (Barbara Weatherford, Nursing and Tianxu Zhou, Music)

Tuesday, April 8, 12:30-1:30, Library 314, IBIS in Depth (Thomas Stubblefield, Art History/Andrew Hinote, CITS)

Lightning Sessions

Lightning sessions are events designed to present faculty with numerous ideas about improving their pedagogy. Each event will last one hour, and several faculty will present projects focused on a central theme. At the end of the hour, attending faculty will leave with several concrete ideas they can use in their own classes.

Tuesday, February 11, 12:30-1:30pm, Library 314 -Alternative Teaching Strategies

Monday, March 10, 12-1pm, Library 314 - Flipping the Classroom

Wednesday, April 2nd, 12-1pm, CCB 115 – International Programs

Faculty Conversations

These sessions are designed to connect faculty with common interests across departmental and college boundaries. The atmosphere is relaxed and the discussion tends to be quite lively. Attendees are encouraged to follow-up on issues raised during these conversations. The OFD will facilitate efforts to sustain interest in those issues.

Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm- OFD lounge: Beyond Tenure: Mid-Career Faculty (Lisa Knauer and Stephanie O’Hara)Wednesday, March 26, 12-1pm – OFD lounge: Mentoring Graduate Students (Kathy Miraglia)Monday, April 14, 12-1pm - OFD lounge: Interdisciplinary Teaching for University Studies (Cathy Smilan)

Faculty Writing Workshop

February 19, March 12, April 9, 30 – 12-1:30pm in OFD Lounge

The Office of Faculty Development’s Writing Group for Faculty provides UMass Dartmouth faculty with a structured yet flexible forum for discussing and stimulating their ongoing writing projects. The group will meet every three weeks on Wednesday in the OFD Lounge. Lunch will be provided. Regular participation throughout the academic year is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.

The workshop series will be facilitated by Maureen Eckert, Associate Professor, Philosophy. Please contact Maureen Eckert at meckert@umassd.edu with any questions.

OFD Grant Seekers’ Workshops

Tentative dates/times: February 20, March 4, March 27, April 8, 3-4pm, OFD Lounge

This semester, the grant seekers’ workshops will encourage interdisciplinary approaches to promising research areas. At each workshop, faculty will convene around a common research area or problem (e.g. public health; education) to meet other faculty who approach those same problems and areas from different disciplinary perspectives, and to pool project ideas and information regarding funding opportunities.

For each meeting, faculty who conduct related research but who have not yet pursued or are just beginning to pursue funding are especially encouraged to attend. Faculty interested in proposing a workshop on a particular research area or problem are encouraged to contact Chris Eisenhart (ceisenhart@umassd.edu) to have it added to the schedule.

Mentoring Presentation Skills for Science and Engineering Research Students

Faculty advisors face a constant challenge teaching their research students to present their research results clearly. This group will meet twice monthly to discuss the challenges of mentoring our graduate students to give effective scientific presentations. The spring meetings will discuss readings from Michael Alley'sThe Craft of Scientific Presentations, 2nd Edition. We will also share our own experiences, challenges and strategies for helping our advisees become better technical speakers. The group meets over lunch, on alternating Wednesdays at 12 (2/12, 3/12, 4/9) and Thursdays at 12:30 (2/27, 3/27, 4/24). Please contact John Buck (jbuck@umassd.edu, x9237) to participate. The OFD will provide copies of the book for all participants.

Panel -Advising Undergraduates

- Robin Robinson (SOC/ANT), Catherine Gardner (OUR/WGS), Gláucia Silva (OFD/POR), Robert Drew (BIO), Tracie Ferreira (BNG)

Wednesday, 12-1pm, Library 314