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Fall 2020 NCFDD Guest Expert Webinar Schedule
DR. DELLA MOSLEY
Bracing for and Embracing the Fall as a Blkademic
DR. BRANDY SIMULA
Building and Leading Successful Research Teams
DR. ROSEMARIE ROBERTS
How to Engage in Healthy Conflict
DR. PAULINE MAKI
Women's Brain Health at Midlife- What Does Menopause Have to Do With It?
DR. CARLITA FAVERO
How to Manage Stress, Rejection, & the Haters in Your Midst
DR. KERRYANN O'MEARA
Developing a Career as a Community Engaged Scholar
20F NCFDD Webinar Calendar
Effective Teaching: Classic and Contemporary Thought
NEW FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY (FLC) SERIES COMING FALL 2020!
This ongoing series will feature two FLCs each semester, one delving into a foundational text of progressive educational philosophy (e.g. Rousseau, Dewey, Hooks), the other providing a contemporary lens and practical approaches to confront today's pedagogical challenges. All faculty are welcome to join one or both FLCs.
FLCs inaugurating the series this fall (Fall 2020):
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire. In our current situation, Freire's 1968 classic is as relevant and indispensable as ever. Freire sheds light on the oppressive power dynamics inherent in what he calls the "banking model of education," in which the all-powerful and all-knowing instructor's role is to dispense intellectual capital to passive students, who are denied agency in their learning. As a solution, Freire discloses how teachers can engage in partnership and dialogue with students, empowering them to realize their potential. Facilitated by David Eick, Modern Languages and Literatures and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow.
- How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose et al. How do students' brains function? What must happen in order for learning to occur? In this FLC instructors will glean applicable tips drawn from research in cognitive psychology, anthropology and neuroscience. Facilitated by David Eick, Modern Languages and Literatures and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow.
The Winter 2021 installment of this series includes:
- Emile (Rousseau) What can twenty-first century instructors in a crisis glean from this Enlightenment treatise designed to educate citizens for democracy? "Perhaps the most prominent educational radical of all" according to Susan Blum , a key influence on Maria Montessori, Rousseau proposed learning approaches we would characterize today as experiential, student-centered, and deep in Emile: or On Education (1762). Upon its publication Rousseau was forced to flee France for England, and the work was placed on the Vatican's Index of forbidden books, where it remained until 1966. Facilitated by David Eick, Modern Languages and Literatures and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow.
- What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain. What do the best college students do, and how can we empower GVSU students to adopt similar approaches? In What the Best College Teachers Do Ken Bain and his research team identified commonalities in the approaches of successful instructors and distilled them into practical tips the rest of us can follow. He similarly discloses common threads in What the Best College Students Do: imbued with a growth mindset, they take risks, shrug off failures, follow their intellectual curiosity, and aim even higher than straight A's. Participants in this FLC will glean ways in which to support students in cultivating fruitful habits for academic and lifelong success. Facilitated by David Eick, Modern Languages and Literatures and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow.
Learn more about these FLCs and the others opening this Fall at our Current Faculty Learning Communities webpage. Interested in joining an FLC? Submit an FLC Application through our online grants system.
Fall FLCs are OPEN!
Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) bring faculty together to foster a 1-2 semester-long conversation on a topic of mutual interest and encourage an application of the knowledge gained. Each FLC consists of a facilitator and a group of at least four faculty. Click the linked titles below to learn more about these exciting Fall topics!
- How Learning Works
- Internships: Approaches, Strategies, and Best Practices (year–long)
- Making Time, Making Change
- Making Waves in the African Diaspora—Part Two: Watery Graves and Wake Work (year–long)
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- The Miracle of Mindfulness: How to be Calm, Slow Down, and be More Present in a Fast-Paced World
Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit
NEW RESOURCE—Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit
ACUE just introduced a set of FREE resources—including videos and downloadable planning guides—that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students. These practices are tailored for online teaching but are also relevant to the physical classroom. By implementing inclusive teaching practices, faculty create learning environments where all students feel they belong and have the opportunity to achieve at high levels.
The Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit was developed in collaboration with Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode, Senior Manager, Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
Grand Valley State University has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources. Our Institutional Membership begins May 1, 2020.
The subscription entitles ALL faculty, academic staff, post doc and graduate students access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance. These tools include:
- The weekly Monday Motivator
- Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
- Monthly Guest Expert and Multi-Week Course Trainings
- Access to the 14-Day Writing Challenge each semester
- Access to the Dissertation Success Curriculum for advanced graduate students
To access this resource, you need to register:
- Go to www.facultydiversity.org/join
- Under "Select Your Institution," choose "Grand Valley State University"
- Select "Activate my Membership"
- Complete the registration form using your GVSU email address
- Check your GVSU email account to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click "Activate Account" in the email.
Please contact Dana Munk (email@example.com) if you have questions or concerns.
September 24, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
September 25, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Twitter feed for @GVSU_PewFTLC
The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center serves as a catalyst for promoting a culture of teaching excellence at Grand Valley State University. Rooted in a liberal education tradition and informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning, we advocate innovative teaching and student-centered pedagogies. We partner with faculty as they prepare students to contribute meaningfully to their professions and societies.
Promoting a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supporting reflection on professional practice, encouraging growth at all career stages, and rewarding innovation in teaching.