• Meet the Team!

    Led by faculty for faculty across the University, we encourage you to connect with the FCI team, Faculty Fellows, and the Faculty Advisory Council.

  • Innovation Amplifiers

    Meet the 2020-20201 Faculty Fellows (below)

  • Ann Culton

    Adjunct Faculty, Communication

    Retain without the Mundane

    Lacey Finley

    Assistant Professor, Business

    How to Win Students & Influence Faculty - Communicate with Carnegie

    Samantha Quinn

    Assistant Professor, Communication

    The Dark (and Bright) Side of Human Communication

    Leslie Umstattd

    Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Education

    Co-Fellowship: Authentic Teaching & Engaged Learning in a Digital World

    Amy Wolf

    Associate Professor, Education

    Co-Fellowship: Authentic Teaching & Engaged Learning in a Digital World

  • Upcoming & Recent Events

    Mark your calendars!

    Discussion Boards 2.0: Increasing Student Engagement

    Digital Learning Lab

    Presented by Lauren Lovvorn & Robbie Park

    Date & Time = Oct. 20th (Thurs.) from 10-11am, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/96280045515

     

    In this one-hour workshop you will get hands-on practice writing discussion questions that invite students to excitedly engage in scaffolded, collaborative learning with their peers. We will explore student perceptions of effective discussion questions and steps to go from a simple question to a question inviting a deeper level of thought that fits with the other assignments within the unit. Finally, we will discuss formatting the discussion within Canvas.

    Digital Learning Team's Office Hours

    Digital Learning Lab

    Presented by Robbie Park & Leslie Umstattd (Canvas); Melanie Kinney & Lauren Lovvorn (Educational Technology Tools); Valorie Engholm & Karen Bleier (Copyright & Resources)

    Date & Time = Oct. 21st (Wed.) from 10-11am, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/92803195925

     

    In this one hour time frame, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a come and go time. We will have three breakout rooms ready for you to jump into that cover Canvas content questions, tools questions, and resource/ copyright questions.

    Retain without the Mundane

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Ann Culton

    Date & Time = Oct. 21st (Wed.) from 11:30am-12pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/7260330522

     

    Teaching in a classroom can be challenging, no matter the modality. The layers of complexity intertwine as we attempt to help students learn new content in a welcoming and intriguing environment. The goal should be to have students experience transformative learning while moving them closer to their final goal - graduation. This SIG will focus on teaching strategies to retain students’ through comfort, connectedness, and engagement while eliminating mundane practices. Learn new ideas by watching a brief video, self-enroll in the “Retain without the Mundane” Canvas course for resources, and stay tuned for some interesting statistics, engaging conversation, and practical application.

    Virtual Coffee House

    Monthly Virtual Coffee House

    Presented by FCI

    Date & Time = Oct. 23rd (Fri.) from 11:30am-12pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/522928591?pwd=bnVjbWlQTUhOTGhXOHQ5UUI0MkExdz09

     

    Feeling isolated? Miss connecting with your colleagues? Or just want to talk to someone other than your dog? All faculty are welcome to join us every Friday through the end of the semester from 11:30-12:00pm CST for an informal social gathering. Topics of discussion in our breakout chat rooms will vary each week and will develop based upon your interests. Bring your own beverage of choice and join us for some brief social exchange. Hope to see you there!

    Authentic Teaching & Engaged Learning in a Digital World

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Amy Wolf and Leslie Umstattd

    Date & Time = Oct. 29th (Thurs.) from 12-12:30pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/96150630832

     

    The proportion of students taking online courses (exclusively) continues to grow each year, especially in the time of COVID 19. Park University continues to be a front runner in the digital learning arena, and as we chart new paths, our hope is to provide students with an innovative and engaged learning experience. This SIG aims to further conversations and “try on new ideas” for authentic teaching and engaged learning toward that goal. Learn new ideas by watching a brief video, self-enroll in the “Authentic Teaching and Engaged Learning in a Digital World” Canvas course for resources, and join us in the conversation as we set the stage for specific “go and do challenges” that can be applied to your own course work.

    Introduction to Zoom

    Digital Learning Lab

    Presented by Melanie Kinney & Leslie Umstattd

    Date & Time = Nov. 3rd (Tue.) from 2-3pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/my/mkinney

     

    Even faculty using an on-ground classroom for face-to-face meetings in the fall will want to be comfortable with facilitating face-to-face class meetings on Zoom in the case of campus closure. This workshop will review the basics of Zoom such as: configuring user settings in Canvas, generating links, using screen sharing, creating break out rooms for small-group discussion, recording Zoom sessions and posting them to Canvas. The workshop will also provide tips for maintaining student engagement on Zoom.

    Digital Learning Team's Office Hours

    Digital Learning Lab

    Presented by Robbie Park & Leslie Umstattd (Canvas); Melanie Kinney & Lauren Lovvorn (Educational Technology Tools); Valorie Engholm & Karen Bleier (Copyright & Resources)

    Date & Time = Nov. 4th (Wed.) from 10-11am, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/92803195925

     

    In this one hour time frame, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a come and go time. We will have three breakout rooms ready for you to jump into that cover Canvas content questions, tools questions, and resource/ copyright questions.

    How to Win Students & Influence Faculty - Communicate with Carnegie

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Lacey Finley

    Date & Time = Nov. 4th (Wed.) from 11:30am-12pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/96304757312

     

    Receivers of messages construct their attitudes towards others based on nonverbal communication more than actual words spoken (Mehrabian, 1971). How do we build influence and drive exceptional communication when only a small percentage of our overall communication messages are conveyed with the words we use? Is it time to press the rest button on how we engage with students and peers?
     

    Self and intrapersonal awareness is the cornerstone to exceptional communication and influence. This Special Interest Group will encourage participants to discover their strengths, gain connection with people, handle conflict productively, communicate with influence and congeniality and spark enthusiasm!

    Advanced Zoom

    Digital Learning Lab

    Presented by Melanie Kinney & Leslie Umstattd

    Date & Time = Nov. 17th (Tue.) from 2-3pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/my/mkinney

     

    Intended for faculty comfortable using Zoom, this advanced workshop will hone in on strategies for promoting active learning with Zoom, such as using the whiteboard, co-constructing documents, designing effective break out room activities, transitioning facilitation responsibilities to students, etc.

    Digital Learning Team's Office Hours

    Digital Learning Lab

    Presented by Robbie Park & Leslie Umstattd (Canvas); Melanie Kinney & Lauren Lovvorn (Educational Technology Tools); Valorie Engholm & Karen Bleier (Copyright & Resources)

    Date & Time = Nov. 18th (Wed.) from 10-11am, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/92803195925

     

    In this one hour time frame, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a come and go time. We will have three breakout rooms ready for you to jump into that cover Canvas content questions, tools questions, and resource/ copyright questions.

    The Dark (and Bright) Side of Human Communication

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Samantha Quinn

    Date & Time = Nov. 18th (Wed.) from 11:30am-12pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/96474321107

     

    The overall goal of this SIG is to arm faculty and staff with knowledge about common “dark side” communication issues (e.g. jealousy, envy, conflict, social aggression, deception, etc.), how these issues manifest at work and in the classroom, and how such issues can be constructively addressed, ultimately turning them into “bright side” learning and growing opportunities. Seeing the “bright side” of stereotypically negative issues, can have a significant impact on Park University culture, such as cultivating a happier and more empathetic employees, facilitating a greater understanding of human behavior, increased respect between colleagues and greater employee and student morale.

    Virtual Coffee House

    Monthly Virtual Coffee House

    Presented by FCI

    Date & Time = Nov. 20th (Fri.) from 11:30am-12pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/522928591?pwd=bnVjbWlQTUhOTGhXOHQ5UUI0MkExdz09

     

    Feeling isolated? Miss connecting with your colleagues? Or just want to talk to someone other than your dog? All faculty are welcome to join us every Friday through the end of the semester from 11:30-12:00pm CST for an informal social gathering. Topics of discussion in our breakout chat rooms will vary each week and will develop based upon your interests. Bring your own beverage of choice and join us for some brief social exchange. Hope to see you there!

  • Faculty Instructor Hub (i-Hub)

    Providing a venue for all instructors at Park University to connect and learn