Faculty Conversation Series

The Office for Faculty Excellence’s Faculty Conversation Series is designed to engage faculty in conversation around relevant topics that will be helpful as they teach. For each session, faculty will read a relevant article/paper about the topic (optional), receive question prompts, engage in conversation around the topic with other faculty members, and reflect on how the conversation may have changed thinking on the topic.

All conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFE SoTL Faculty Fellow.

By participating, faculty will

  • have the opportunity to listen to others, share their experiences, receive insights and feedback from peers, engage in important, timely, and relevant conversations with other faculty who are interested in these topics
  • be provided with readings to learn more about the issues that are the focus of the conversations, and
  • build professional and social connections with other faculty.

Space in each conversation is limited, so register now via REPORTER.


Fall 2021 Sessions

Beyond Student Engagement:  Persistence and Success Online and in Person (Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 11:30-12:30 p.m. via Zoom), Led by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFE SoTL Faculty Fellow: Are you looking for strategies to motivate students to maintain attention in your online or in-person classes?  Do you wish they were more engaged?  Do you want to help them persist but are unsure how to forge a connection with them?  Let’s chat and discuss proven strategies. Suggested Reading: Darby, 2020.

The Adaptive Instructor and the New World of Teaching (Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:30-12:30 p.m. via Zoom), Led by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams OFE SoTL Faculty Fellow:  This past year many of us made massive adaptations in our fall courses.  If you are feeling close to your adaptive capacity, take a deep breath and chat with us about some practical tips and resources to help you keep up in our current environment. Suggested Reading:  Evans, 2020.

How to Create an Inclusive Classroom (Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 11:30-12:30 p.m. via Zoom), Led by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFE SoTL Faculty Fellow: Some practical considerations to help you become a more inclusive educator.  Tips to redesign your courses to be inclusive and accessible for all students.  Suggested Reading:  Scott, 2020.


Learn About Past Sessions Here