In this inaugural meeting, attendees will mingle with other faculty new to the campus during a breakfast meeting.
We’ll then overview the First Year Program before taking a brief and engaging look (in a game show format) at the history, traditions, myths, and current status of UW-Whitewater. By the end of the session, first year faculty will have a better understanding of:
Few tools serve the contemporary faculty member as readily as technology. It’s a pervasive part of virtually all instructional and non-instructional activities. This session will familiarize faculty with on-line services to assist in managing courses and the host of other professional responsibilities.
Through a series of hands-on and interactive exercises, attendees will meet and work with staff of Instructional, Communication and Information Technology (iCIT), getting an early start on using or refining use of:
During the first of the luncheon meetings, Associate Vice Chancellor Greg Cook will overview the Purple Book process—introducing first year faculty to UW-Whitewater’s vehicle for chronicling professional accomplishments relevant to reappointment, promotion and tenure.
By the end of the session, first year faculty will have a sense of the purposes and timelines relevant to the Purple Book, and have:
When it comes to faculty development, few topics interest instructors more than the issue of student motivation. What can the instructor do to inspire, challenge, and stimulate students to engage, work in the context of the course, and learn?
Dr. Greg Valde, former Director of the LEARN Center and winner of the 1997 W.P. Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching, will lead participants through an engaging examination of those aspects of instruction that research suggests are most likely to enhance student motivation to learn. Attendees will leave the session with:
Teaching requires instructors to make hundreds of planned and impromptu decisions—decisions that directly affect what, if, and how students learn. As such, it is a process that is particularly subject to critical reflection.
Dr. Brenda O’Beirne, winner of the 1999 W.P. Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching, will lead participants through a structured discussion of what it means to be a “reflective teacher.” First Year Faculty will leave the session with:
Acquisitions of extramural funding at UW-Whitewater have grown over 400% in the past 15 years. During that same time, the institution has set new goals and allocated resources to push this figure still higher. Such acquisitions are critical to not only helping the University become increasingly independent, but also essential in permitting faculty freedom to pursue long-term research initiatives and release time.
This session, led by the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will overview and answer attendee questions about:
Tenure-track faculty from across the nation consistently report that the pressure to meet scholarly/creative expectations as the most significant “stress-producing” professional challenge they face.
In this session, first year faculty will break into groups for panel discussions led by some of UW-Whitewater’s most accomplished scholars in the areas of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education and the arts. These scholars will share their perspectives and lead discussions about:
Faculty surveys indicate that evaluating student work and assigning grades is the “most time consuming,” and “least satisfying” part of their job.
This session will begin by looking at the biggest challenges of grading and evaluation, and progress to a discussion of strategies designed to make grading more fair, efficient, and conducive to student learning. The session will also overview the institution’s academic assessment efforts. By the end of the session, first year faculty will: