Upcoming Events

Faculty Development Opportunities

Faculty Commons will be offering three faculty development series for the Spring/Summer 2019.  Our theme for 2019 is relational teaching; however, our presenters will be discussing a wide spectrum of topics from a variety of disciplines, and their approaches and ideas are amazing!


Faculty participation compensation

$500 for completing 5 sessions in a series

Exceptional and Innovative Teacher Series must be completed before April 16, 2019.

Series

inLearning (formerly Lynda.com) on MYJSU will be used in lieu of the Monday morning mentor podcasts.  Completion of five inLearning classes will be counted as 1 session in either the Exceptional Teacher or the Innovative teacher series.  The maximum number of inLearning classes to count toward completion of a series is ten.

Ken Bodiford

February 12, 2019

Dr. Kenneth Bodiford
Director of University Bands

Presents: Successful Student/Teacher Relationships 

Location & Time: Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium – Baseball Meeting Room 212, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Taleah Collum

February 14, 2019

Dr. Taleah Collum
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Presents: Improving Online Learning with Structure and Videos

This presentation will focus on how having structure in an online course leads to better student learning and better relationships with students. It will also focus on how to create lecture videos to improve learning in an online course. 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Michael Boynton

February 19, 2019

Dr. Michael Boynton
Assistant Professor of Drama

Presents: Man, My Professors Are So Lame:  Relational Teaching and “Keeping it Real” with Students Today

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Sara Wofford

February 21, 2019

Dr. Sarah Wofford
Assistant Professor of Biology

Presents: Escaping the Classroom:  Using Games to Build Student Understanding and Relationships

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Gina Mabrey

March 12, 2019

Dr. Gina Mabrey
Assistant Professor and Department Head of Kinesiology

Presents: LEAP:  Relational Teaching

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Emily Sims

March 14, 2019

Dr. Emily Sims
Assistant Professor and Department Head of Secondary Education

Presents: The Real Three R's:  Realize, Reframe, and Reflect 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Raghu Gompa

March 18, 2019

Dr. Raghu Gompa
Visiting Professor, MCIS

Presents: Fostering Higher Order Cognitive Skills through Effective Pedagogy

Abstract:   The speaker will lead discussion on how to be effective in fostering higher order cognitive skills such as critical thinking. One of the strategies the present speaker used in his classroom was to lead the students to be aware of the skills they already possess to enhance their learning and retaining what they have learned.  The presenter will discuss some strategies proven to be successful fostering critical thinking in students.  

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Kelly Painter

March 19, 2019

Dr. Kelly Paynter
Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Library Media

Presents: Building Relationships in the Online Environment

Kelly Paynter, who has taught online (at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels) since 2011, will share with the audience some strategies she uses to build relationships and community with online students. Audience members are encouraged to share their own success stories as we crowd-source ideas to improve our online instruction.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Rebecca Turner

April 4, 2019

Dr. Rebecca O. Turner
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Presents: You have to Start Somewhere, So Start Where the Student Is

Establishing a relationship with students is fundamental to the learning experience for faculty and students. Developing rapport with students, getting to know them, helping them to know you, and creating a learning climate that is safe and supports learning are characteristics of a learning environment that acknowledges the importance of relational teaching. This presentation will provide theoretical concepts and practical approaches to relational teaching for participants consider and perhaps adopt in their classes.

Location & Time: Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium – Baseball Meeting Room 212, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m

Tommy Turner

April 9, 2019

Dr. Tommy Turner
Dean, School of Education

Presents: Relational Teaching

This session will be based on the research indicating that a primary factor in the academic success of students is the relationship between student and teacher.  Discussion will also include the growth of the use of social media and other similar platforms in education, the risk/benefit of this type of technology use, and the professional, ethical, and legal boundaries that must be maintained.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Kimberly Westbrooks

April 16, 2019

Kim Westbrooks
Assistant Professor and Librarian

Presents: Goals:  Purpose-Filled Faculty/Student Interactions

Classroom schedules, lecture topics, assignment details, and graduation requirements often pervade faculty/student interactions. While these interactions are necessary, an acute mindfulness toward the student's life goals can add depth to even the most mundane of interactions. Students can see faculty commitment to their success through engaged listening, directed tasks, and the sharing of professional network connections.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Rodney Bailey

February 4, 2019

Rodney Bailey
Instructor of English

Presents: Relational Teaching Tools for the Tech Savvy Teacher

Constant communication with students is crucial when it comes to building a network of trust, interest and support in the classroom.  In this workshop, we will discuss the different ways that technology can act as a catalyst for you to create a strong infrastructure, allowing your students to thrive in your classroom.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Amy & Ben

February 13, 2019

Amy A. Simon & Dr. Benjamin Boozer
Amy Simon, Center for Economic Development & Business Research
Benjamin Boozer, Assistant Professor of Finance

Presents: Improving Relational Teaching Strategies with Technology: A Focus on Blended and Online Courses

We aim for our presentation to focus on relational teaching strategies that are innovative in nature for online/hybrid educators. 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Allison Newton

February 18, 2019

Dr. Allison Newton
Coordinator of Proposal Development
Director, Research Center for Veteran Support Services

Presents: Cayuse424 Training

JSU is now using Cayuse 424, an online grants management system that is anticipated to help us streamline the process - both internally and externally - as we develop and submit grant applications/proposals to external funding agencies. This session is designed to familiarize JSU faculty with the new and innovative online grants management system.  We will practice entering a ‘mock’ proposal intent which will give users a hands-on experience with Cayuse242. Please bring your laptop or other mobile device as we will be logging into Cayuse424 through the MyJSU portal.  Internet Browser Settings will be sent to all those registered to attend one week prior to the session.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Gordon Harvey

February 20, 2019

Dr. Gordon Harvey
Professor of History and Department Head of History and Foreign Languages

Presents: “I’m just a professor, standing in front of a class, asking them to get me:” Reflections on Relational Teaching from a Senior (i.e. old) Professor

 Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Vinson and Matthew

February 27, 2019

Vinson Houston & Matthew McFall
Chief Information Officer & Director of Technology Support Center

Presents: Office 365 Training 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Allen & Tom

March 4, 2019

Dr. Allen Gilbert & Dr. Tom Anderson
Allen Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Tom Anderson, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Presents: Practitioner Based Philosophy:  Practical Experience Approach to the Sport and Recreation Industries

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Benjie Blair

March 6, 2019

Dr. Benjie Blair & Dr. Chris Murdock
Benjie Blair, Professor of Biology
Chris Murdock, Professor Biology

Presents: Appealing to Students with Multiple Disciplines using Both Study Abroad and Projects in Fermentation

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

matthew mcfall

March 13, 2019

Matthew McFall & Andrew Higgins
Director of Technology Support Center & IT Systems Consultant

Presents: IT Showcase

Location & Time: Room 130 Martin Hall, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Vinson and Matthew

March 18, 2019

Vinson Houston & Matthew McFall
Chief Information Officer & Director of Technology Support Center

Presents: Office 365 Training 

Location & Time: Room 355 Ayers Hall, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Lori Hill

March 18, 2019

Dr. Lori Hill
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Presents: Characteristics of Relational Teachers

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Brent Helms

March 20, 2019

Dr. Brent Helms
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Presents: Hands on Minds on Learning

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Tanveer Islam

April 1, 2019

Dr. Tanveer Islam
Associate Professor of Emergency Management

Presents: Teaching in the online environment: challenges and best practices

The presentation focuses on relational teaching, challenges and best practices, particularly in the online environment. I will discuss how to develop rapport and demonstrate support for students through online courses. Also, will share my insight regarding the challenges and best practices for online instruction.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Teresa Gardner

April 3, 2019

Dr. Teresa Gardner
Associate Professor of Special Education

Presents: Connecting with Students Online

Students often think of online classes as not “real” classes. Lack of faculty presence and failure to engage with the class turns students off to the online environment. The purpose of this session is to discuss how moving to an online class environment forced me to change my approach to connecting with students.

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Andy Green

April 8, 2019

Andy Green
Director of Community Engagement

Presents: TBA

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Vinson and Matthew

April 15, 2019

Vinson Houston & Matthew McFall
Chief Information Officer & Director of Technology Support Center

Presents: inLink Demo 

Location & Time: Room 208 Self Hall, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Allison Newton

March 8 - April 19 (All on Fridays)

March 8, March 15, April 5, April 19, April 26

Dr. Allison Newton
Coordinator of Proposal Development
Director, Research Center for Veteran Support Services

Grantwriting 101: Getting from an Idea to a Proposal - A 5-part Professional Development Series

This 5-part professional development series will lead you through the pre-award activities of proposal development beginning with the development of your idea for an externally funded proposal, narrative writing, budget development, finishing touches, the peer review and editing steps, and finally entering a final project into Cayuse424. Fully completing all 5 sessions along with the final project are stipulations of receiving the Faculty Development Stipend. The course will also provide a general review of the internal JSU policies and procedures for developing and submitting an externally funded grant proposal.

Location & Time: Self Hall Room 208, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Christie Shelton

April 11, 2019

Dr. Christie Shelton
Dean, School of Health Professions & Wellness 

Presents: General information session on new Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

Location & Time: Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium - Baseball Meeting Room 212, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Christie Shelton

April 12, 2019

Dr. Christie Shelton
Dean, School of Health Professions & Wellness 

Presents: General information session on new Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

Location & Time: 208 Self Hall, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m

Erin Rider

April 30, 2019

Erin Rider
Associate Professor, English 

Presents: Introduction to Activity Insight; Organizational Strategies for Portfolio Submission; and Organizing CVs

Location & Time: 208 Self Hall, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m

John Bauer Graham

May 1, 2019

Dr. John-Bauer Graham
Dean, Library Services

Presents: Getting Published and Conducting Quality Research

Location & Time: 208 Self Hall, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m

Andy Green

May 6, 2019

Andy Green
Director of Community Engagement

Presents: Discipline Specific Service and Significance of Community Engagement

Location & Time: Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium - Baseball Meeting Room 212, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

*** More sessions will be added.  Please check back regularly.