Faculty Development presentations

Upcoming Faculty Development events may be viewed on the calendar.

Training sessions on developing student engagement

Eight faculty who participated in the Title V STEM grant training on techniques for creating more student engagement in their classes will present a four-part series to share what they have learned. The sessions are appropriate for all faculty and staff with a teaching role in any discipline.

All Sessions:
Noon – 1 p.m.
La Mesa/SUB Banquet room

  • Thursday, Feb. 11
    Session 1: “What does it mean to be an HSI?”
    By Dr. Comfort Cover & Dr. Tony Weathers
  • Monday, Feb. 29
    Session 2: “Aren’t learning goals just a waste of time? A tale of two converts”
    By Dr. Renee Beeton & Dr. Adam Kleinschmit
  • Wednesday, March 9
    Session 3: “Active Learning techniques to engage your students”
    By Dr. Matt Steffenson
  • Thursday, March 17
    Session 4: Active Lecturing
    By Dr. Jared Beeton, Dr. Chris Adams, & Dr. Rob Benson

Workshop on culturally and linguistically diverse students

“Meeting the post-secondary needs of diverse learners through a culturally responsive lens” will be presented on three separate dates with facilitators Luis Alvarez MA, LPC and Javier Gonzalez MA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. The presentation explores culturally responsive teaching practices to enhance the educational experience of students from varying backgrounds.This workshop will include case studies and group discussions.It is appropriate for both staff and faculty – anyone who interacts with our students. Meals will be provided.

All sessions are 8 a.m. – 1p.m. in McD 243

  • Friday, March 4
  • Saturday, April 2
  • Friday, May 27


FDC Update

  • Eight faculty and staff attended the Lilly Conference on Evidence-based Teaching and Learning, held in Austin in early January:
    • Dr. Leslie Alvarez
    • Dr. Rob Benson* – presented “Student sketching of complex geological processes improves long-term memory retention, application and synthesis.”
    • Geoff Johnson
    • Dr. Alex Leontyev* – presented “Constructing a concept inventory: A case of stereochemistry”
    • Gustavo Plascencia*
    • Claire VanDerPlas*
    • Yusri Zaro*
    • Dr. Brian Zuleger

*The Faculty Development Committee funded conference attendance.

  • Thirty-six faculty, staff, and administrators attended the third annual Faculty Development Committee retreat, “Paws-itive Pathways: Using our Strengths to Create Personal and Institutional Change,” held at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, Jan. 22. Funding for the 1.5 day event, was provided by Title V.
  • Thirty-eight faculty and staff attended the Jan. 22 workshop, “Practical advice for discovering and nurturing the master teacher within you,” presented by renowned teaching and learning expert, Dr. William Buskist, of Auburn University. The event was funded by Academic Affairs, Dr. Ed Crowther, and Title V.

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