August/September 2014 Newsletter

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you all had a restful summer and that the new school year is off to a good start.  We have a lot of information in this newsletter, so please keep reading!

First of all: we welcomed a wonderful group of new faculty to Truman during New Faculty Orientation this fall!

You can read their individual biographes here.

For this semester's Faculty Learning Community, we will be reading the book Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Teaching and Learning Into Practice by Terry Doyle.  Copies of the book will be provided.  We will meet approximately once per month throughout the year to discuss the book.  If you would like to participate, please complete the following form to mark your time preferences: Learner-Centered Teaching RSVP Form.  We may actually have two or three separate groups that meet at different times to accommodate a variety of schedules.  Please complete the form by Friday, August 29 so that we can get the books ordered.

On Thursday, September 11 from 11am-2pm in the SUB Activities Room, we will have our second annual Advising Fair.  Representatives from the Center for Academic Excellence, University Counseling Services, the Office of Financial Aid, Athletics, the Registrar's Office, Residence Life, Disability Services, the MAE Program, the Career Center, and the International Studies and Study Abroad offices will all be in attendance to answer questions.  Academic advisors will be available to discuss TruView, DegreeWorks, and the advising helpline.  Sub sandwiches and chips will be available!  No RSVP is necessary, just stop by and ask any and all questions you have about working with students.  Sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence and the Academic Professional Development Center.

On Tuesday, September 16 at 3:30pm in SUB Georgian Room A, there will be a Safe Zone training. The Truman State University Safe Zone Program was created to have a network of knowledgeable faculty, staff, ans students in order to create safe and open environments for everyone.  Completing the training and displaying a Safe Zone sign indicates they are committed to increasing their knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) issues and challenging homophobic and heterosexist comments or behaviors in an educational and informative manner.  Safe Zone members are able to provide assistance as needed, including referrals to University Counseling Services.  Joe Hamilton, Assistant Director of University Counseling Services, will provide the training assisted by Truman students sharing their personal stories and experiences.   Please RSVP here: Safe Zone RSVP form by Friday, September 12 so that we know how many faculty to expect.  Refreshments will be provided.

On Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 pm in SUB Georgian Room A, we will be watching the Magna Online Seminar Getting Started With Classroom Assessment Techniques.  This is an interactive online seminar that we will be watching live on the large screen. You can read more about the seminar and its content here: Classroom Assessment Techniques seminar. A late lunch will be provided, starting at 12:30pm. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, September 19 via the following form: Classroom Assessment Techniques RSVP form

We will be taking a small group of faculty to attend the Maryville University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference on October 10-11.  More details on the conference can be found here: Maryville Conference.  The deadline for conference registration is coming up quickly!  Some funding is available.  If you are interested in attending the conference, please complete the following form by noon on Tuesday, September 2: Maryville Conference Interest Form. Note that completion of the form does not obligate or guarantee your attendance, but rather will let us know that you would like to be included in the planning discussion.

We have already hired Tara Gray as our speaker for University Conference Day on February 19, so mark  your calendars now!  She will present three separate workshops that day: Excel at Teaching, Publish and Flourish, and Managing Time.  You can read more about Tara at

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