• Deadline for Teaching and Scholarship Fellows Applications Due Jan. 25th!

    This year, the Faculty Center for Innovation is excited to launch two unique fellowship programs available to Park faculty and will be awarding:

    • Teaching Innovation Fellowships (available to all instructors) Learn More HERE
    • Scholarship Fellowships (available for pre-tenure faculty) Learn More HERE

    Deadline for both applications is 5pm, CST on January 25, 2021. For additional questions regarding the fellowship opportunities, please email innovate@park.edu.

  • Calls for Applications

    We look forward to receiving your submissions!

    Teaching Fellows Call for Applications

    The Teaching Fellows Program allows faculty the time and resources to engage in (and experiment with) innovative teaching practices and to contribute to the development of learning across Park University. Three Teaching Fellows will be selected in spring 2021 to serve during the 2021-2022 academic year. All interested faculty (full-time, adjunct, distance, etc.) are invited to apply. Learn more HERE.

     

    Submission Deadline = 5pm, CST on January 25, 2021

    Scholarship Fellows Call for Applications

    The Scholarship Fellows Program is designed exclusively to support pre-tenure faculty along their journey to tenure. In this year-long fellowship, the Fellow is provided with support, structure, resources, and mentoring to create and submit a scholarly manuscript at the conclusion of the year. Fellows share their progress and experience with the academic community at Park periodically throughout the fellowship year. Two Fellowships are available: 1) for a pre-tenure faculty who wishes to produce a manuscript on their disciplinary research and 2) for a pre-tenure faculty who wishes to produce a manuscript on teaching-related research within their discipline or applicable across disciplines (i.e., the scholarship of teaching and learning). Learn more HERE.

     

    Submission Deadline = 5pm, CST on January 25, 2021

    InSight Call for Papers

    InSight articles focus broadly on Scholarly Teaching in the higher education environment. Faculty are encouraged to submit original manuscripts that showcase scholarly teaching processes or critically discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as a scholarship paradigm. While reports of scholarly teaching projects are welcome, InSight is also committed to continuing broader conversations about SoTL’s value as a tool for advancing student learning and demonstrating faculty commitment to teaching. Learn more HERE.

     

    Submission Deadline = All submissions must be received by 4pm, CST on March 1, 2021 to be considered for inclusion in Volume 16. However, submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

    InStruct Call for Papers

    We invite submissions for InSight’s new section, InStruct, that focuses on practical teaching strategies accompanied by short essays associating the instructional material to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL). The purpose of InStruct is to showcase the innovation of all higher education faculty (full-time, adjunct, distance, online, undergraduate, graduate, etc.), and to provide a repository of research-based teaching and learning materials that could be used or adapted by instructors from a wide array of disciplines. The goal is to provide a space to celebrate and share pedagogical content that demonstrates the practical application of SOTL principles. Learn more HERE.

     

    Submission Deadline = InStruct uses rolling submissions. Any InStruct article accepted prior to April 30th each year will have the title, abstract, and link to the full online article included in that year’s volume of InSight. Those accepted after April 30th, will be rolled over into the next year’s volume of InSight.

    Virtual Academic Conference Registration

    On March 13th, 2021, Park instructors, faculty, and staff will come together for the second annual Virtual Academic Conference to explore best teaching practices at our university. From 9:00am to 12:00pm, CST, we will consider ways to create focus and reach students remotely. For more information, please visit the Virtual Academic Conference website, or for additional questions, please email innovate@park.edu.

     

    We look forward to seeing you on March 13th!

     

    Registration Deadline = March 12, 2021

  • Upcoming & Recent Events

    Mark your calendars!

    Retain without the Mundane

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Ann Culton

    Date & Time = Jan. 13th (Wed.) from 12-12:30pm, CST

    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/93243495063

     

    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 = Jan. 22nd (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 Friday, January 22nd, from 11:30am-12pm, CST for an informal social gathering. Topics of discussion in our breakout chat rooms will vary each session 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!

    How to Win Students and Influence Faculty - Communicate with Carnegie

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Lacey Finley
    Date & Time = Jan. 27th (Wed.) from 12-12:30pm, CST
    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/97653823476

     

    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! Learn new ideas by watching a brief video, self-enroll in the "How to Win Students and Influence Faculty" Canvas course, and join us as we share best practices for communicating.

    Teaching Essentials Roundtable Discussion (Module 1: Planning Class Sessions)

    Roundtable Discussions

    Presented by Devina Beatty
    Date & Time = Jan. 27th (Wed.) from 7:30-8:30pm, CST
    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/96980320814

     

    Would you like to refresh your teaching and start the new year and the new term with confidence? Would you like to connect with fellow instructors and unpack ideas about teaching and learning? If so, then we invite you (and all Park instructors) to join us for the first Teaching Essentials Roundtable Discussion for “Planning Class Sessions”.

     

    Devina Beatty, from the Cherry Point campus center in North Carolina, will facilitate the open discussion to unpack and discuss lessons learned and strategies for improved teaching. The featured topic of discussion on “Planning Class Sessions” will draw from the Module 1 of the Teaching Essentials program - a self-paced, fully online, certification program that is available for free to all Park instructors.

     

    (Note. Please complete Module 1 of the Teaching Essentials Certification before this session in order to actively participate in the discussion – approximately 15 min. to complete)

    Authentic Teaching & Engaged Learning in a Digital World​

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Amy Wolf & Leslie Umstattd
    Date & Time = Feb. 10th (Wed.) from 12-12:30pm, CST
    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/95196665584

     

    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.

    Writing Directions for Digital Learners

    Digital Learning Lab

    Presented by Lauren Lovvorn
    Date & Time = Feb. 18th (Thur.) from 2-3pm, CST
    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/97330206628

     

    Integrating technical writing, linguistic theory, and pedagogical experience, the presenter will introduce effective techniques for writing clear directions in an online class. At the conclusion of this session audience members will understand the importance and need for clearly-written directions and will have applicable tips for writing directions in the digital environment.

    The Dark (and Bright) Side of Human Communication

    Special Interest Group Reflect and Respond

    Presented by Samantha Quinn
    Date & Time = Feb. 24th (Wed.) from 12-12:30pm, CST
    Offsite = Link coming soon!

     

    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 happier and more empathetic employees, facilitating a greater understanding of human behavior, increased respect between colleagues and greater employee and student morale. Learn new ideas by watching a brief video (coming soon!), self-enroll in "The Dark (and Bright) Side of Human Communication" Canvas course, and join us as we share best practices for communicating.

    Teaching Essentials Roundtable Discussion (Module 2: Facilitating Discussions)

    Roundtable Discussions

    Presented by Scot Cates
    Date & Time = Feb. 24th (Wed.) from 7:30-8:30pm, CST
    Offsite = https://park.zoom.us/j/92805430578

     

    Would you like to refresh your teaching and continue the term with confidence? Would you like to connect with fellow instructors and unpack ideas about teaching and learning? If so, then we invite you (and all Park instructors) to join us for the second Teaching Essentials Roundtable Discussion for “Facilitating Discussions”.

     

    Scot Cates, from the Ft. Bliss/El Paso campus center in Texas, will facilitate the open discussion to unpack and discuss lessons learned and strategies for improved teaching. The featured topic of discussion on “Facilitating Discussions” will draw from the Module 2 of the Teaching Essentials program - a self-paced, fully online, certification program that is available for free to all Park instructors.

     

    (Note. Please complete Module 2 of the Teaching Essentials Certification before this session in order to actively participate in the discussion – approximately 15 min. to complete.)

    Writing Directions for Digital Learners

    Monthly Virtual Coffee House

    Presented by FCI

    Date & Time = Feb. 26th (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 Friday, February 26th, from 11:30am-12pm, CST for an informal social gathering. Topics of discussion in our breakout chat rooms will vary each session 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!