- DISCOVERing Strategies for Successful Student-Centered Teaching. In accordance with the University Strategic Plan, Faculty Commons is committed to supporting faculty as they DISCOVER, ENGAGE and REACH their fullest potential in the classroom. In the first of this multi-semester professional development series, presenters explore pedagogical concepts and strategic goals designed to help our students succeed.
- The JSU Essentials Series. In this micro-workshop series, Faculty Commons joins forces with important services, programs, and departments that positively impact the University's learning environment to highlight the wealth of beneficial resources that faculty have access to at Jacksonville State University. Strengthening the partnerships between JSU faculty and various divisions across campus directly impacts how engaged faculty feel in the campus community and provides faculty with the support to reach our students, retain them, and ultimately, impact their long-term success.
- Special Research Presentations. This series is dedicated as needed to faculty presenting research conducted as part of sabbatical leave.
Mastering Creative Commons and OER: How to Develop and Share Engaging Resources for the Hybrid Classroom
This session focuses on creating and using open/free resources for our hybrid classes. In this session, we discover ways to Creative Commons license your classroom material and how you can adopt Creative Commons licensed material from other instructors. We also examine the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and find ways to utilize them in the hybrid classroom to engage with our students creatively. OERs allow us to reach a greater number of students and increase inclusion in the classroom.
Libraries are your lifesavers in an overwhelming world of information! Learn how to use tools that will save precious time and energy. Get support for any lesson. Find resources to energize any classroom.
Dr. Christie Shelton, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs gives an overview of the promotion and tenure process, timelines, resources, and more.
This session provides a brief highlight of the Honors Program and introduces faculty to the opportunity to teach 3-hour academic honors classes as well as 1-hour university honors participation classes. An explanation of the faculty benefits of honors by contract is provided as well as the need for faculty-led thematic presentations on-campus and at regional locations. Short-term and long-term plans for faculty to lead study away (domestic) and study abroad are also profiled.
Jan Case, Kimberly Westbrooks, and Karlie Johnson
Did you know that Faculty Commons has escape room kits to create a game for your classes? These kits can be used to teach a lesson, used in place of a test, or even given as a final exam! Find out how to make use of ready-made games and create your own customized escape rooms during this presentation. We will work together to create an escape room experience during this workshop as well. Be sure to join us to see if you can breakout!
Assessing writing assignments like research papers and reports can be a huge time-suck for faculty and can also fail to provide meaningful feedback for students if the grading is not aligned with course and program learning objectives. In this workshop, Dr. Smith, a published online writing instruction expert, walks faculty through the process of identifying and building learning outcomes for a major writing project, before building detailed analytic rubrics from those outcomes. These rubrics cut down on the time spent grading, standardize assessment across the class, and create transparency for students to understand what they are being graded on and how they can improve.
Lauren Findley and Noelle Stovall
JSU is growing in enrollment and reputation. Each faculty member at JSU plays an important role in both recruiting and retaining students. You are invited to join this micro-workshop to learn how the Undergraduate Recruitment team connects potential students to their future journeys at JSU. This session covers JSU's approach to recruitment, the application/enrollment process, and how faculty can become better equipped to help recruit new students into their programs.
Writing for the Disciplines: Upgrading the Academic Research Paper: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Formal Writing Assignments
Teaching a Writing-Intensive course? This workshop is for you! Research has proven that students learn best when given problem-based assignments that promote critical thinking and active engagement. Specifically, student engagement correlates with student writing, demonstrating that deep learning occurs when students are given good written assignments. This workshop defines the parameters for a well-developed, formal written assignment and explores practical ways that faculty may implement formal assignments situated in the specific rhetorical contexts of their discipline.
Dr. Paul Hathaway, Associate Professor of Emergency Management & Public Administration and current Faculty Senate President discusses the benefits of providing students with important/complex concepts early in the semester, allowing them more time to understand the “hard stuff” and to gain a better understanding of all other topics covered during the rest of the semester. He also discusses the importance of Faculty Senate and updated workshop attendees on the Spring 2022 goals and plans for Faculty Senate.