Upcoming Faculty Orientations
We look forward to welcoming new faculty at our upcoming new faculty orientations where you'll meet new colleagues, learn about important campus resources and supports, and begin your journey at UMSL successfully. These sessions are highly engaging and interactive including conversations with the Provost, strategizing about your learning materials, and interactive case study discussions with our panels of student supports from across campus. Our goal is for you to leave with a wealth of new contacts to help you and your students have a successful experience at UMSL.
May 7, 2022: 8AM - Noon: Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Virtual event; Zoom link sent to registered attendees)
August 13, 2022: 8AM - Noon:Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Virtual event; Zoom link sent to registered attendees)
August 16, 2022: 8AM - 4PM: New Full-Time Faculty Orientation (In-person event followed by the Chancellor's Welcome Reception at 6PM at the Chancellor's Residence where new faculty are introduced to the UMSL community.)
August 19, 2022: 1PM - 5PM: Part-Time Faculty Orientation (In-Person event in Express Scripts Hall Room 104, UMSL North Campus)
Upcoming Teaching Assistant Academy (TAA)
The Teaching Assistant Academy (TAA) is a day-long professional development conference for all Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Instructors, and those interested in teaching in the university setting in the future. The Academy provides resource and development opportunities for teaching assistants across all disciplines. Specialized sessions address the needs of GTA's and GI's for surviving and thriving in graduate school and for successful teaching and learning. The Academy is also a great venue to connect with other new and returning Graduate Assistants.
Wednesday, August 17: 9:00 - 4:30 Central Time
In-Person in the JCP Conference Center on UMSL's North Campus
Pat Hutchings, in her book Making Teaching Community Property, defines a teaching circle as “a small group of faculty who make a commitment to work together over a period of at least a semester to address questions and concerns about the particulars of their teaching and their students' learning.” We currently have two teaching circles that meet regularly over the academic year (see below). If you are interested in forming a teaching circle that centers around a particular topic and would like help making connections and launching the teaching circle please contact Erin Whitteck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anti-Racist Educators Group
Through bi-weekly synchronous discussions the group provides a space for faculty across disciplines to share experiences, find common ground, pursue lifelong learning opportunities, and view race and racism from multiple perspectives. We share events, resources, and other work being done on campus with one another. In the end, we aim to brainstorm antiracist pedagogical strategies and think about how to apply this knowledge to our courses.
The group meets every two weeks via Zoom on Mondays from 9:00 -10:00 AM. This is a flexible group, not a committee, and has no attendance requirements. We are always happy to have new members join our group. If you are interested in joining please contact CTL Assistant Director Erin Whitteck at email@example.com.
Statistics Teaching Circle
This group started from a faculty learning community that launched in January 2020. When the FLC completed their work they decided to continue meeting three times per semester and expand the teaching circle beyond the College of Arts and Sciences. This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty members that rotate facilitating a conversation about teaching graduate and undergraduate statistics courses.
The group meets one Monday a month in February, March and April 2022 from 12:00-1:00 PM. This is a flexible group, not a committee, and has no attendance requirements. We are always happy to have new members join our group. If you are a faculty member that teaches statistics and is interested in joining please contact CTL Assistant Director Erin Whitteck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-Time Faculty Teaching Circle
The Part-time Faculty Teaching Circle is an opportunity for part-time faculty to engage with other part-time faculty and tackle those challenging teaching questions pertinent to this group. Our goal is to build a supportive community to help connect you to the campus and campus resources. Topics are selected by our Advisory Group made up of members of the community such as yourself. The Advisory Group meets twice a year to review the success of the previous semester's sessions and set the agenda for the upcoming semester. Interested in joining the Advisory group, email Jen McKanry email@example.com. The agenda of sessions are set at the start of each semester. See current schedule and register.
ACUE Lunch and Learn Series: Open to All Members of Our Teaching Community
Almost 50 faculty at UMSL were selected to participate in ACUE's "Effective Online Teaching Practices" year-long program that wrapped up in April 2021. Faculty participants from last year's program will host monthly Lunch and Learn meetings in 2021-2022 to share what they found to be successful in their courses. These monthly meetings are open to all UMSL faculty, staff, and graduate students to learn more about the innovative work of our colleagues.
The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) "Effective Online Teaching Practices" program provided faculty with an opportunity to learn evidenced-based teaching strategies, apply, and reflect on what they have learned. We have been featuring faculty from the program who employ practices from the program in our CTL newsletters over this past year. Please check out past issues to learn from the creativity of your colleagues.
You will have the opportunity to continue to learn from and with your colleagues through a virtual Lunch and Learn Series where ACUE credentialed faculty will share strategies that have been successful in their courses and then host discussions about how you can employ those strategies in your own context. All members of the UMSL community (faculty, staff, graduate students) are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions please reach out to CTL Assistant Director Erin Whitteck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can register for the Fall ACUE Lunch and Learn Series here.