January 2014 Newsletter

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope your semester is off to a good start.  

We have some great events planned this term, including the return of the Baldwin Lecture to University Conference Day!  Remember that you can always check the Calendar link for the dates and times of upcoming events, and the Upcoming Events link for event details and RSVP links.

Here are some details on upcoming events and opportunities through the APDC:

TODAY (Tuesday, January 21) at noon in SUB Georgian Room A, we will present an online seminar from Magna Publications titled Helping Introverts Thrive in an Active Learning Classroom.   A more detailed description can be found here: http://www.magnapubs.com/catalog/helping-introverts-thrive-in-an-active-learning-classroom/ .  This is a live online seminar and will begin promptly at noon.  While the RSVP window for lunch has passed, we have had a couple of cancellations, so please email me at apd@truman.edu if you would still like to join us.  

On Wednesday, January 29 at 11:30 (room TBA), there will be an APDC Lunch on Advising Answers.  Advising has become more important and more complex than ever before in the face of growing concerns about retention and student wellbeing.  In this session, Center for Academic Excellence and Student Affairs professionals will discuss how the Any-Time, Any-Student early warning system works, what the Students of Concern team is all about, and what you can do to help advisees who are struggling (whether they are on probation or not).  Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here: RSVP form by Monday, January 27 at noon if you plan to attend.

We will be restarting the monthly meetings of our faculty learning communities next week, with one group meeting Mondays at 3:30 and another meeting Tuesdays at 3:00 to discuss Ken Bain's book, What The Best College Teachers Do. Specific meeting dates for the semester can be found on the Calendar.  Even if you did not participate in the fall discussions, it is not too late to join!  Please RSVP here: RSVP Form by Friday, January 24 with your preference for meeting days.  Books will be provided.

At this year's University Conference on Thursday, February 27, we will be welcoming Dr. Stewart Ross to campus.  More information about Dr. Ross can be found here: Dr. Stewart Ross . Dr. Ross will be presenting this year's Baldwin Lecture as the luncheon keynote address: The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well.  This will be followed by an afternoon workshop on course design:

When is the last time you experienced real joy in your teaching?  What were the circumstances that led to this joy?  What are the responsibilities of teaching well that might lead to more opportunities to experience joy in our teaching?  These questions and others will be explored in a keynote at Truman State University to be followed by a three hour workshop on integrated course design.  The keynote not only works through these important questions for faculty but provides a foundation for why integrated course design is necessary if we want our students to be able to do more than pass tests on information and content of courses.  Looking at student outcomes using a significant learning taxonomy can make all the difference in our teaching and student learning.  Come and learn more about a powerful way of designing and redesigning courses in higher education and the responsibilities we have in this endeavor.

While the luncheon keynote requires no preparation and is open to all faculty and staff, faculty who plan to attend the afternoon workshop are encouraged to download and read the self-directed guide prior to the workshop.  Registration information for the luncheon and the workshop will be available soon through the Provost's office.  We look forward to welcoming Dr. Ross to campus!

Other opportunities:

Johns Hopkins University is offering a free MOOC on University Teaching that may be of interest to early-career faculty.  More details can be found here: University Teaching 101