2023 Series of Conversations
Exploring the indigenous cultures and histories that shape our work at UMSL
Learn more about Nino Rodriguez
Learn more about Dr. Patricia Cleary and the session
Learn more about the Anti-Racist Educators Group
Registration is not required, but is appreciated. You can register here!
Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference
This conference is an amazing opportunity for faculty, higher education administrators, and other staff involved in course and curriculum development or academic technology support to come together to share and learn collaboratively. The conference offers a dynamic keynote speaker, faculty innovation idea-sharing, technology workshops, and vendor presentations.
The FTTC will be held both virtually and in person this year.
September 29 - Virtual & October 6, 2023 - in person at UMSL.
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 email@example.com.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about some the work of the ARE group, please see their site: Building a Culture of Acknowledgement at UMSL
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 once a month. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The agenda of sessions are set at the start of each semester. See current schedule and register.
Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) Workshops
Whether you plan to have a career in academia, industry, business, education, public service, or the health professions, UMSL's graduate Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) will be of value to you. Nearly all professional roles require pitching, presentation, or instruction. This program, jointly sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Graduate School, is open to all UMSL graduate students - both Master's and doctoral candidates.
Registration in the CUT program is required to participate in these workshops. Contact us for more information.
Unit F 2022 dates:
- September 2, 9, 16, 23
- October 7, 14
- November 3, 11, 18
- December 2
- October 28: Kick off session
- October 29th-December 8th: Asynchronous Canvas work
- December 9th: Wrap up session
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.
First Friday of the month, 1PM-2PM: New Full-Time Faculty Extended Orientation Sessions (Fridays in October, November, February, March, April, and May)
August 12, 2023: 1PM - 5PM: Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Virtual event; Zoom link sent to registered attendees)
August 15, 2023: 8AM - 4PM: New Full-Time Faculty Orientation (In-person event including the Chancellor's Welcome Reception at the Chancellor's Residence where new faculty are introduced to the UMSL community.)
August 18, 2023: 1PM - 5PM: Part-Time Faculty Orientation (In-Person event)