Past Events: Fall 2020

Faculty Commons is committed to supporting our faculty during this challenging semester.  We are offering six workshops for the Fall 2020 semester.  To view each session and to register for the workshops, please click on the drop-down box below.  All of the sessions will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams.  Once you register, a calendar invite will be sent to you before the session begins.

Mica Mecham, Instructor of English

September 30, 2020

Mica Mecham
Instructor of English

Presents: Doggy Paddling in the Deep End: Staying Afloat in 2020

2020 has presented faculty with many unique teaching challenges including web-enhanced learning, online synchronous class meetings, mandatory mask wearing, and socially distanced classrooms. These extra demands have taken a toll on both students and teachers, causing many to struggle to adjust to the extenuating circumstances of the semester. Join me in a virtual discussion about the challenges many faculty are facing simply staying above water in the classroom. We will talk about ways to better engage with and connect to our students, many of whom are also struggling to adjust, particularly when it comes to learning and understanding web-enhanced course materials. Discussion will include best practices for incorporating technology in the classroom, effective communication strategies and combatting the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Location & Time: Teams Virtual Meeting, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

View the Video Archive of Mica Mecham's FD Workshop

David Thornton, Professor of Computer Science

October 7, 2020

Dr. David Thornton
Professor of Computer Science

Presents: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

This session will contain tips about setting up and monitoring small teams work, flipping the classroom, personalizing curriculum, and keeping students engaged.

Location & Time: Teams Virtual Meeting, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

View the Video Archive of David Thornton's FD Presentation

Taleah Collum, Associate Professor of Accounting

October 14, 2020

Dr. Taleah Collum
Associate Professor of Accounting

Presents: Student Engagement in a Virtual Classroom

Location & Time: Teams Virtual Meeting, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

View the Video Archive of Taleah Collum's FD Presentation

Andrew Higgins, IT Specialist

October 21, 2020

Andrew Higgins
IT Systems Consultant

Presents: Staying Engaged in the Classroom Using Microsoft Teams

Location & Time: Teams Virtual Meeting, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

View the Video Archive of Andrew Higgins' FD session

Kimberly Hudgins, Coordinator of Retention Technology

October 28, 2020

Kimberly Hudgins
Coordinator of Retention Technology

Presents: Navigating with Our Students

JSU Navigate is a student success management system that links administrators, advisors, deans, faculty, staff, and students in a coordinated care network designed to help proactively manage student success and increase graduation rates.

During this one-hour training, faculty will learn how to sign into JSU Navigate, basic navigation on the platform, how to text students, how to issue an at-risk alert, how to record class attendance, and how to run basic reports for a class using Navigate's Advanced Search feature.

Location & Time: Teams Virtual Meeting, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

View the Video Archive of Kimberly Hudgin's FD session

Arlinda Wormely, Assistant Professor of Nursing

November 6, 2020

Dr. Arlinda Wormely, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Presents: Interactive Learning Activities as a Supplement to Student Learning & Engagement

Location & Time: Teams Virtual Meeting, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

View the Video Archive of Dr. Arlinda Wormely's FD session

Staci Stone's photo

Andrea Porter's photo

Katelyn Williams' photo

November 17, 2020

Dr. Staci Stone, Dean of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Andrea Porter, Department Head of English

Katelyn Williams, Instructor of English


Writing Across the Curriculum: An Open Conversation about Writing Practices, Writing-Intensive Course Syllabi, and Faculty Needs

As we develop a broader understanding of the Writing Across the Curriculum program aims and goals at JSU, faculty who will be teaching "Writing-Intensive" courses within their disciplines can better determine how classroom practices fit into the context of these larger ideas. "An Open Conversation" will address the outcomes for Writing-Intensive courses, providing faculty with a foundation for course development, and, specifically, syllabi creation. Further, faculty will have the opportunity to identify areas of interest and needs as they establish their own WI courses.

Location & Time: Teams Virtual Meeting, 3:00 p.m.

View the Video Archive of Dean Stone, Dr. Porter, and Ms. Williams' workshop session