28th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning (2022)

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
L.V. Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

The Fall Conference kicks off a year-long series dedicated to campus-wide student success conversations and features a keynote presentation by Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). We will engage around the topic of becoming a more-student ready institution. Inspired by the book, Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, 2nd Ed., we will shift the conversation from student preparedness for college to one where we address more pragmatic questions of what we are doing to prepare for students entering our institution. We invite you to learn more about Dr. McNair and explore her writings and projects on the AAC&U website.

The keynote presentation (8:30–10 a.m.) will be followed by faculty-led breakout sessions and lunch. 

Learn more by visiting our Fall Conference webpage.

REGISTER for the Fall Conference!

Dr. Tia Brown McNair

DR. TIA BROWN MCNAIR



New Faculty Orientation--August 10-12, 2022

WELCOME TO GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY!

We are excited to welcome new faculty this coming Fall (2022) and are delighted to be offering this program IN-PERSON for the first time in two-years.  We are still in the planning process for this event so check this page regularly as we'll update it frequently and as information becomes available. Should circumstances require we move this event to a virtual format, we are prepared to do that but remain hopeful that we can gather together in-person this coming August.

Orientation will focus on engaging new faculty in a collaborative learning experience focused squarely on student success, community building, and exploration or campus resources for both faculty and news students.

  • Highlight critical information about the university, guiding new faculty to construct for themselves a greater understanding of (a) the mission, vision, and values of Grand Valley State University, (b) what is meant by student success, and (c) the hallmarks of a successful new faculty experience
  • Model learner-centered teaching strategies (including interactive discussions, experiential learning, case studies, special topic choices)
  • Foster a sense of community and build relationships among new faculty  
  • Motivate new faculty to see themselves contributing to a supportive, collaborative campus community

We look forward to meeting and engaging with our new faculty soon!


NCFDD Guest Expert Webinar Series

The Art of Saying No
Thursday, July 14 from 2-3:30pm
Facilitated by Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles

  • Are you confused about when to say "yes" and "no" to other people's requests?
  • Do you often say "yes" to requests without realizing the impact that response will have on your time and productivity?
  • Do you find yourself feeling angry and resentful during the academic year because you've said "yes" too often?

You're not alone! Many faculty (pre and post-tenure) find it incredibly difficult to sort out when, why and how to say "NO."

This webinar will cover various topics including the biggest mistakes faculty make in responding to requests, how to identify and disrupt problematic patterns, and strategies that you can implement immediately so you can add "no" to your vocabulary.

Did you miss this one?  No problem—there's a recording you can access!

Mentorship: Efficient and Effective Practices
Tuesday, July 19 from 2pm-3pm

Facilitated by Dr. Adaira Landry

The pandemic has clarified the value of time, the importance of connecting, and the demands of our job. One task that intersects these three realizations is mentoring. Mentorship is often uncompensated and undervalued; it is also an easy task to be cut when our plates are full. Most professionals are interested in mentorship -- to help others and to create a sense of purpose. But can we do this meaningfully with limited time, energy, knowledge? In this lecture, you will learn how to mentor efficiently. You will learn to protect yourself before and while you help others. You will learn that by implementing deliberate strategies, you become more engaged with your job. As a byproduct of the lecture, you will also learn how to become a better mentee as well. This lecture will review some data, some theories, some anecdotes. But it will otherwise be largely strategic.

Did you miss this one?  No problem—there's a recording you can access!

Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors & Collaborators
Thursday, August 11 from 2-3:30pm
Facilitated by Dr. Rosemarie A. Roberts

  • Do you have a reliable and strong network of mentors?
  • Are you struggling to cultivate mentoring relationships?
  • Do you know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?
  • Are you moving to a new stage of your career and wondering how to find new mentors and sponsors that are appropriate to the next level?

If so, join us for a webinar that will help you:

  • Map your current mentoring network
  • Identify your unmet needs
  • Plan how to expand your existing network to meet your current needs

Did you miss this one?  No problem—there's a recording you can access!

Equitable, Accessible, and Inclusive Teaching Practices
Tuesday, August 23 from 2pm-3pm

Facilitated by Dr. Saili Kulkarni

 

This session will provide strategies and supports to ensure teaching is equitable, accessible, and inclusive for ALL students, including (but not limited to) multilingual learners, students with disabilities, and first-generation students. The session will begin by providing the objectives and principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), how UDL contributes to anti-racist and anti-ableist practices, and end with examples of equitable, accessible, and inclusive course delivery methods and assignments.

Did you miss this one?  No problem—there's a recording you can access!

NCFDD Discussion Panel: “What I Wished I Would Have Known as a New Full-Time Faculty Member
Tuesday, August 30 from 2-3pm

Facilitated by a panel of NCFDD Experts

As many universities and colleges prepare to start the new academic year, many scholars are preparing to transition into the role of a new full-time faculty member. In this session, a panel of Assistant Professors from different disciplines and institutions will share their experience, insight, and advice to help support the success of new full-time faculty members.

Did you miss this one?  No problem—there's a recording you can access!


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August 11, 2022 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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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.



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