Faculty Conversation Series: Past Topics

In Spring 2021, we covered the following topics:
Faculty Well-Being for the Long Term (Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.), Special Guest – Dr. Angie Smith, Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development: Are you stressed? We know we are. Let’s come together to discuss best practices to survive and thrive in this difficult teaching and learning environment created by the aftermath of COVID-19.

Ungrading: What is it and how does it work? (Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Special Guest – Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, FT Chemistry Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College: Ungrading is the latest buzzword in academia. The focus of ungrading is to provide extensive feedback to students and then jointly (students and instructors) come to a consensus as to what the grade should be. Come learn more from an experienced practitioner and decide if it might work for you.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as Part of your Teaching Practice. (Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Special Guest – Dr. Diane Chapman, Executive Director, Office of Faculty Development: How does your teaching inform your scholarship, and how do we turn that into published work? Join us for a session filled with tips, inspiration, and information.

Addressing mis/disinformation through systems awareness and information literacy. (Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Special Guests – Anne Burke and Hannah Rainey (NC State University Libraries): Join us for a discussion on critical approaches to understanding mis/disinformation, which were developed for an Honors course. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and challenges with these topics, and collectively brainstorm strategies and methods for addressing them across disciplines.

In Fall 2020, we covered the following topics:

Rebalancing Your Teaching (September 9, 2020, 11:30 a.m.): During this strange semester many of us started in person and had to move online. Others had the unique task of engaging freshmen in an online environment. Let’s come together to examine what is working, what is not, and how to make the rest of the semester work.

The New Face of Student Engagement (October 7, 11:30 a.m.): What are strategies that help us reach all our students in this new teaching landscape? How does trauma-informed pedagogy help us to help them? We will discuss the design and implementation of online pedagogies of care that will help us to finish the semester on a strong note.

Preparing for Spring (November 4, 11:30 a.m.): We hope to have a clearer picture emerging of what the Spring will look like at this session. Let’s review  successful strategies and get together to plan the next steps of this unique academic year.


In Summer 2020, we covered the following topics:

Finding Motivation and Inspiration and Avoiding Burnout (July 8, 2020): What motivates you as an instructor to keep going? How do you find inspiration? How do you re-energize to avoid burnout and build in wellness as we start the new academic year? We need to recharge our batteries. We will all need it going forward, so let’s plan for it. With Jennifer Stanigar, Program Evaluation Specialist, Office of Faculty Development.

Creating a Course-That-Does-It-All: Introducing HyFlex (Hybrid and Flexible) (July 15, 2020): What are the elements that make up a resilient course that can flex according to students’ needs: fully hybrid and flexible online/in-person course? What things do you need to incorporate whether in-person or online? What does this model look like? See examples in use now. How to brand your course as HyFlex? Ask questions about how to make your course more efficient and streamlined to meet all student needs. With Claire Major, University of Alabama.

Engaging Students in Online Courses: Synchronous and Asynchronous Options (July 22, 2020): The things that you may have been doing in person may not work in online environments. Create a course where engagement is built into the structure of the course. There are ways to use the spaces more intentionally so students have to participate. How can we counter the perception that online learning is isolating and not engaging, and instead a place to have rich discussions and form friendships? With Angie Smith, Teaching Associate Professor, College of Education.

Creating Effective Online Assessments That Don’t Require Proctoring (July 29, 2020): How can you shift away from proctored assessments? In this session we will think about assessing student learning in new and different ways. What assessments are practical and efficient to do online? How can you incorporate formative assessment into your online course? How do you deliver and evaluate your new assessments? Distance/remote proctoring will not be covered in this session. With Diane Chapman, Executive Director, Office of Faculty Development.