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Designing and Planning Your Own Summer Faculty Institute

7:30am - 9:00am   Registration & Coffee

9:00am - 9:10am   Welcome

9:10am - 10:15am   Using Partnerships to Explore a Theme: How Framingham State Designs Our Summer Institute
Lina Rincón, Professor, Framingham State University
Deborah McMakin, Professor, Framingham State University
Steve Courchesne, Instructional Designer, Framingham State University

The purpose and design of the Summer Teaching Institute has evolved over time in tune with the needs of faculty. The Institute is organized by the Education Technology Office, but the design is shaped with faculty partners like the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service. Faculty do the bulk of presenting around themes like communication in online learning, UDL, and deep learning. Strong relationships help with identifying and working with faculty who are innovating around the chosen themes, to help the presentations and discussions “speak” to each other, and to draw repeat (and new) faculty participants year-after-year. We will focus on how we leverage partnerships with faculty to create the Institute, share how it has evolved, and highlight key lessons learned.

10:15am - 10:30am   Morning Break

10:30am - 11:30am   I'll Catch Up Over the Summer: Providence College’s Faculty Development Initiatives
Laurie Grupp, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Elementary and Special Education
Adam Villa, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Associate Professor of Computer Science
Julie Cicilline, Coordinator, Instructional Technology Development Program 

The summer is a critical time for faculty as they juggle research, writing, summer classes, travel, conferences, residencies, student mentoring, laboratory work, administrative appointments, class preparation, as well as their personal and/or professional development.  Oh yeah, and maybe, rest before a new academic year begins. They rarely have summers 'off'. Summer has become a crucial time for faculty development, even though there is ‘no perfect time’ to offer workshops and professional development. Our panel will discuss some of the development options for faculty at Providence College. In particular we will discuss the Instructional Technology Development Program’s Summer Institute, but we will also touch on writing and publishing retreats, course design institutes, and administrative training.  The ITDP Summer Institute has completed four years. We have learned many lessons and identified on-campus and off-campus collaborators. As we look to the future, we hope to work together to plan collaborative faculty development opportunities, while being considerate of faculty time, resources, and bandwidth. 

11:30am - 12:00pm   Planning Activity

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch 

1:00pm - 2:15pm   Start Small + Think Big: How Union College Created a Culture of Appreciation for Faculty Development 
Panel Facilitator: Denise Snyder, MLA Director of Learning Technologies & Environment

Jennifer Fredricks, Ph.D. Dean of Academic Programs and Departments; Professor of Psychology 
David Cotter, Ph.D. Director of Faculty Development; Professor of Sociology 
Nicole Marshall, Director of College Grants & Sponsored Programs 
Nicole Theodosiou, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Biology 
Jennifer Mitchell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of English 
Stacie Cassat Green, Ed.M. Principal, 64 Crayons + Instructor of Instructional Design, Harvard Extension School 

Even without a formal teaching and learning center, Union College, a small, private liberal arts college in NY is developing enduring faculty development initiatives through pedagogical projects of various dimensions, centering on the lasting effects of exploring new teaching approaches. At the heart of these initiatives is a successful, annual summer faculty development institute where over a third of the Union College faculty have self-selected and participated over the last four years (and continue to engage with ongoing instructional design coaching, as needed). The summer institute is shaped by Union's focus on interdisciplinary programming and helps faculty recognize the affordances of the effective use of new instructional technologies, evidence-based instructional design methods, and student-centered teaching strategies. Combined with other faculty development opportunities throughout the year, programs are designed to reinvigorate faculty members’ own teaching and research interests, with the goal to produce (re)designed modules, courses, programs and even departmental requirements in a way that will elevate teaching practice as a whole at Union. Hear from the “critical friends” at Union College that work together to provide important faculty development opportunities to campus, as well as from three faculty who have directly benefited from these efforts. 

2:15pm - 3:15pm   Planning Activity continued

3:15pm   End



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