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AY 2020-2021 

Spring Faculty Lightning Lounges

Monday, April 19, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Yes, it's Finals Week again! The Fall Faculty Lightning Lounge was so popular, we're bringing it back to close out the Spring semester. Drop in to lighten your load and connect with your colleagues. Bring your questions, concerns, tips and best practices, stories, coffee -- even bring your grading! The Spring Faculty Lightning Lounge is an informal place to share, listen and learn, coming and going as it works best for you. We want to help you reflect on teaching successes during the 2020-2021 academic year and exchange ideas for moving forward. No time commitments, we promise. 

  • Facilitators: Faculty Development Fellows and Scholars 

 

IRB Made Easy: Navigating the Submission and Review Process

Friday, April 16, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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Do you have questions about effective submission of your project to the Institutional Review Board (IRB)? What should you know about revisions, protocols, informed consent forms, and preserving confidentiality as you conduct research in a remote environment? Participants joined us at this important, interactive workshop to learn "ways of thinking about an IRB submission...[as] part of crafting a research project rather than as an 'add-on' extra step" (Dr. Jennifer K. Wesely).

  • Facilitators: Dr. Jennifer Wesely, Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Institutional Review Board; and Nicole Sayers, Assistant Director of Research Integrity, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

This event was co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

 


Course Redesign and Syllabus Construction

Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This event was not recorded because it was conducted in Zoom breakout rooms

View the session Powerpoint slides by Andrea Arikawa, Asai Asaithambi, and Kim Cheek

 

The end of the semester is a good time for reflection and future planning. Would you like to give your course and/or syllabus a makeover? This workshop was designed to help you think through the essential elements of course redesign. The facilitators considered questions related to alignment of course activities and assignments with learning outcomes, making purposeful redesign decisions based on student data, designing with all learners in mind, and how to create a syllabus that helps students understand what they will do in the course and why they are doing it.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Andrea Arikawa, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Dr. Asai Asaithambi, School of Computing; and Dr. Kim Cheek, Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

Presidential Professor Lecture / Creativity: da Vinci, Culture, and Covid-19

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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2017-2020 John A. Delaney Presidential Professor, Dr. Dominik Güss, shared three studies arising from his research, all pivoting on the idea of creativity, the driving force of innovation --and a skill that we all have. In his first study, Dr. Güss examined the work of Leonardo da Vinci to reveal the steps of the creative process hidden within. In the second study, he explored ways in which culture influences our creativity. Finally, Dr. Güss argued in his third study that creativity is critical to keeping us well and happy both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in other difficult times.

  • Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Gordon Rakita, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Interim Associate Director for Faculty Development
  • Lecturer: Dr. Dominik Güss, 2017-2020 John A. Delaney Presidential Professor, Department of Psychology

This event was designed and facilitated by David Wilson, Associate Director and Creative Team Lead; Andy Rush, Course Media Developer; and Shelby Scanlon, Web Service Specialist, all from the UNF Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)

 


Research Week / Preparing for Promotion and Tenure: Writing Narratives for Teaching, Research, and Service

Friday, April 9, 2021 from 11:00 to 12:00 noon

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Curious (or concerned) about the promotion and tenure process, especially how to craft your teaching, research, and service narratives effectively? This workshop is for you! During this forum, the facilitators described the characteristics of effective narratives and answered questions about creating these important documents.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Karen Patterson, Interim Provost; Dr. Gordon Rakita, Interim Associate Director for Faculty Development; Dr. James Beasley, Associate Professor, Department of English; Dr. Juliana Leding, Professor, Department of Psychology and Chair of the UNF Promotion and Tenure Committee; and Kally Malcom-Bjorklund, Associate Professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Research Week / RESEARCH NOW: Scholarship in the Public Interest and P&T

Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:15 pm
To view the recorded Zoom webinar, you must be a member of the Virtual Faculty Lounge Canvas site. The recording is found under the CBL module

 

Faculty are finding increasingly diverse opportunities to connect their scholarship with public interests and broader impact. As they pursue quality public and community engaged scholarship, questions emerge about the recognition of such scholarship within the promotion and tenure process. In this panel discussion and webinar, leading scholars discussed the role of public and community engaged scholarship within academia, and the challenges of navigating the promotion and tenure process while highlighting such scholarship.

  • Panelists: Dr. Tim Eatman, Dean of the Honors Living Learning Community and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark; Dr. Angela Mann, Associate of Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Anti-Racist Taskforce in the Department of Psychology, University of North Florida; and Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Professor of Finance and Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida
  • Facilitators: Dr. Dan Richard, Director, Center for Community-Based Learning; Dr. Karen Cousins, Director of Faculty Enhancement and Undergraduate Research; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Development

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) and the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE)

 


Research Week / RESEARCH NOW: SoTL Innovations in COAS and COEHS

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
 

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View the session slides: Physics SoTL innovations, Partnering in SoTL, and Publishing in SoTL

 

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves "systemic inquiry about effective student learning and going public with the results." In other words, SoTL is about intertwining teaching and research to systematically evaluate and improve pedagogical practices with an eye toward adoption or adaptation within the broader teaching community. In this Research Now panel, COAS faculty from the Department of Physics will show how they are integrating Studio Physics into the curriculum as a new pedagogical practice in collaboration with the College of Education and Human Services, whose faculty bring expertise on theoretical undergirdings, assessment, and publication.

  • Panelists: Dr. Grace Bosse, Dr. Chris Kelso, Dr. Brian Lane, and Dr. Greg Wurtz, all from the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics; and Dr. Dan Dinsmore, Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, and Dr. Brian Zoellner, all from the College of Education and Human Services.
  • Moderator: Dr. Gordon Rakita, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Development 

Research Week / Peer Mentoring: Let's Talk About It!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

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Have you ever wanted to participate in a peer mentoring program as a faculty member? Whether you are an assistant, associate, or full professor, you can benefit from peer mentoring! The Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) is excited to launch a peer mentoring program for Fall 2021, and we are looking for YOUR feedback! Do you have any thoughts, opinions, or advice on how the program should be structured or evaluated? If so, or if you're just curious, come to this interactive session to share your comments and interest.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Dr. Asai Asaithambi, School of Computing; and Dr. Gordon Rakita; Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Development

Writing a Successful External Grant Proposal

Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

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During this interactive workshop, attendees met Dr. Cheresa Boston and Dr. Bridgett Rahim-Williams of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). Dr. Boston gave a comprehensive overview of the services offered by ORSP in support of faculty seeking external grants. Attendees also heard from a group of faculty colleagues, all recent grant recipients, who discussed their experiences and lessons learned, and shared tips for others interested in seeking external funding.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Cheresa Boston, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP); Dr. Bridgett Rahim-Williams, Assistant Director, Research Development, ORSP; Dr. Juan Aceros, Department of Electrical Engineering; Dr. John Hatle, Department of Biology; Dr. Amy Lane, Department of Chemistry; Dr. Wanda Lastrapes, Education and Human Services Administration; and Dr. Mary Lundy, Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences.
This event was co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

 


Preparing for Promotion: A Panel Prep for Instructors and Lecturers

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm

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View the presentation slides by Deb Owen

 

Instructors and lecturers and their department chairs thinking about promotion joined us for an interactive workshop focused specifically on preparing for the promotion panel.

  • Facilitators: Professor Deborah Owen, Associate Instructor of Public Health; Dr. Jeff Michelman, Department of Accounting and Finance; Dr. James Beasley, Department of English; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Interim Vice President of Faculty Development

Discussion Roundtable: How We Teach About Misinformation Now

Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12 noon

 

Join us for a discussion roundtable following Dr. Cailin O'Connor and Dr. Jim Weatherall's presentation pivoting on their 2020 book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread.

  • Roundtable panelists: Professors David Bennett (History); Tricia Booker (Communication); Sean Freeder (Political Science); Hanadi Hamadi (Health Administration); Linda Howell (English, Writing Center); Katryne Lukens-Bull (Public Health); Xudong Liu (School of Computing); and Adam Rosenblatt (Biology)
  • Facilitators: Dr. Laura Heffernan, Associate Professor of English and Director, Digital Humanities Institute; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Development

This event was co-sponsored with the UNF Digital Humanities Institute

 


Spring Research Collaboration: Faculty Speed Dating

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

 

Are you in a committed research relationship? No matter how tight knit your research world is, you can explore your interdisciplinary options by getting to know your colleagues! Following the greetings and introductions which open this unique OFE event, small groups of participating faculty will be placed in individual breakout rooms. Each participant will have 2 minutes to describe their research interests and specialties to the others in the groups (prompts will be provided). The facilitator will rearrange breakout groups so that everyone has the opportunity to "speed date" with every other faculty participant.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Gordon Rakita and Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich

Preparing for Promotion and Tenure: Understanding Journal Impact Factors

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

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View the presentation slides by Gordon Rakita and Stephanie Race 

Journal impact factor, citation count, h-index, altmetrics -- what do these phrases mean? In this workshop, you'll learn how can you make use of a variety of important tools to maximize your publication presence as you prepare for promotion and tenure.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Karen Patterson, Interim Provost and Professor of Special Education; Dr. Gordon Rakita, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology; and Stephanie Race, University Librarian, Head of Research and Outreach

Preparing for Promotion and Tenure: ISQs and Peer Assessments

Friday, March 12, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

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View the presentation slides by Gordon Rakita and James Beasley 

View presentation slides by John White from the 2020 workshop 

 

Presenting evidence for effective teaching is a key characteristic of a successful promotion and tenure dossier. During this interactive forum, the facilitators discussed effective strategies for demonstrating and highlighting your teaching practice and its impacts on students. Participants also learned how to structure peer observations for maximum impact on formative and summative assessments.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Karen Patterson, interim Provost and Professor of Special Education; Dr. Gordon Rakita, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology; Dr. James Beasley, Associate Professor of English; and Dr. Sarah Mattice, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, March 12, 2021 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

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Dr. Cailin O'Connor and Dr. James Weatherall, professors of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine, gave a talk pivoting on their book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread (Yale University Press, 2020). The book has been named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review and Recommended Reading by Scientific American.

  • Panelists: Dr. Laura Heffernan, Associate Professor of English and Director, Digital Humanities Institute; and Dr. Josh Gellers, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration

This event was co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) and the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE)

 


Mentoring Students for Intellectual Development and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

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This interactive session sought to equip participants with proven strategies that harness the power of mentoring to help support and encourage the intellectual development and emotional well-being of UNF students. During the Covid era, the best practices shared in this workshop are more important than ever, and the faculty participants benefited from sharing and learning from each other.

  • Panelists: Dr. Andrea Arikawa and Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Director of the Taylor Leadership Institute

Constructionist Teaching: An Overview

Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

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View the presentation slides by John White and Elizabeth Hale Rozas

 

Are you interested in finding ways to better engage your students in your course content? Seminal educational psychologist Jean Piaget stressed the educational concept of constructivism: the notion that learners do not just absorb new information, but rather build new knowledge from the foundations of prior knowledge and personal experience. Constructivist teachers recognize the need for educators to determine students' previous knowledge on a subject and then create appropriate analogies and activities by which to help them add new knowledge to that foundation. This session will discuss both the philosophy of constructivism as well as some of the practical approaches professors have used to employ it in their classrooms. Part of the session will be devoted to Q&A to brainstorm ways to bring constructivist approaches into the different disciplines.

  • Panelists: Dr. John W. White; Dr. Paul Parkinson; Dr. Elizabeth Hale Rozas; Dr. Kim Cheek; and Dr. Madalina Tanase, all from the College of Education and Human Services

Writing a Successful Book Proposal

Friday, February 19, 2021 from 1:00 to 1:45 pm

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The University of North Florida boasts a number of faculty who are scholars of national and international stature. One of them, Presidential Professor Emeritus David T. Courtwright -- whose interests in history, economics, intoxicants, and addictions have coalesced most recently in his 7th book, The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business (2019, Belknap Press of Harvard University) -- shared his thoughts on why one should consider writing a book in this digital age and, if one does decide to write a book, how to craft a successful book proposal.

  • Speaker: Dr. David T. Courtwright, Presidential Professor Emeritus, Department of History

Professional Document Creation Using LaTeX and Overleaf: An Overview

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

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LaTeX is a free software system with which faculty and students can create production-quality documents, including research papers, journal articles, books, posters, and presentations. Overleaf is an online LaTeX editor, particularly useful for collaborative writing and publishing. LaTeX may be the "de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents," but it's not necessarily just for the STEM disciplines! Computer scientist and power user Asai Asaithambi will offer an overview of this versatile system and demonstrate why learning and using LaTeX may help you in today's digital world of academia. To enhance your interactive engagement in this workshop, Dr. Asaithambi invites you to register for a free Overleaf account prior to the event.

Facilitator: Dr. Asai Asaithambi, School of Computing

 


What Faculty Should Know About SASS -- Student Academic Success Services

Friday, February 12, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

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During this important interactive forum, administrative and student leaders from SASS (Undergraduate Studies' Student Academic Success Services) offered a definitive overview of supplemental instruction (SI), the Peer-Assisted Student Success (PASS) program, tutoring, academic coaching, and myriad workshops and resources available to help our students succeed. Faculty currently engaging these services were also on hand to share their SASS experiences and tips and answer faculty questions.

  • Faculty facilitators: Dr. Katherine Hooper, Department of Psychology; Dr. Jason Haraldsen, Department of Physics; Dr. Quincy Gibson, Department of Biology; Dr. Nathan Kunz, Department of Management; and Dr. Oliver Schnusenberg, Department of Accounting and Finance
  • Undergraduate Studies facilitators: Dylan Charles, Assistant Director of Support Programs; Matt Harris, Program Manager; Sydnie Steele, Academic Coaching; and Destiny Lantz, Tutoring

Preparing for Promotion and Tenure: Using Interfolio

Monday, February 8, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

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What is Interfolio -- and how does it dovetail with the promotion and tenure processes at the University of North Florida? During this interactive forum, participants learned from experts how to make Interfolio work for them!

  • Facilitators: Marianne Jaffee, Academic Affairs Executive Assistant, Director of Planning, Interfolio doyenne; Dr. Karen Patterson, Professor of Special Education, Interim Provost; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Development

Teaching Ideas from Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Monday, February 8, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

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Are you curious about Universal Design for Learning -- or are you an experienced practitioner? Participants learned more and shared their own ideas and inquiries during this interactive workshop, when the facilitators offered an overview and demonstrated how basic tenets of UDL -- including, but not limited to, inclusion -- can enhance your pedagogical practices.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management and Dr. Kim Cheek, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum

SOARS 2021 Virtual Conference: Faculty Considerations

Friday, February 5, 2021, from 2:30 to 3:15 pm.

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Last year's UNF Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship -- the SOARS 2021 Virtual Conference -- was organized and held almost immediately after the University went to remote classes and activities due to Covid-19, and it was a huge success. But this year, we all have more time to plan. A great group of faculty joined us during this open forum to learn about how SOARS works online, how students can participate, and why they should. We discussed your role as faculty mentors and addressed issues pivoting on faculty scholarship, intellectual property, and the ongoing availability and archiving of student research posters.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Karen Cousins, Director of Faculty Enhancement and Undergraduate Research; Dr. Judith Ochrietor, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of the Department of Biology; Andy Rush, Course Media Developer, Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) and SOARS Virtual Conference webmaster; and Courtenay McLeland, Head of Digital Projects and Preservation, UNF Carpenter Library

Tweaking Your Remote Syllabus for Student Engagement

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

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The pandemic has posed innumerable challenges -- some of which involve how to spark our students' curiosities and engage their interested attention in learning remotely. Join us for an open forum when faculty colleagues with extensive online and remote teaching experience will lead an interactive discussion about ways to tweak your syllabus and practices to maximize student engagement.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Andrea Arikawa, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Dr. Kim Cheek, Department of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum; and Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich, Department of Leadership, Sport Management & School Counseling

Faculty Self-Care

Friday, January 22, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

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Are you ready for a new semester? During this interactive forum, faculty participants exchanged ideas for stress management and for improving and maintaining mental health. Check out the self-care resources! You might pick up some tips on relaxation and good nutrition!

  • Facilitators: Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Director, Taylor Leadership Institute; and Dr. Richmond Wynn, Director, UNF Counseling Center

Empathy in Strange Times: A Student Faculty Conversation

Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

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This event, part of Mental Health Week sponsored by Student Government, was an empathic and edifying conversation among UNF students and faculty, who shared some of their teaching and learning experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Student panelists: Ally Schneider, Markos Kampouroglou, Nagat Khalifa, Kyriakos Faklis, Anna Schneider, Nique McCloud, Thatcher Hart, Sydnie Steele, Jules Gerstein, and Rachel Meiners
  • Faculty panelists: Gordon Rakita, Carolyne Ali-Khan, Jennie Ziegler, Chris Baynard, Suzanne Ehrlich, Alan Harris, John White, Amanda Pascale, Jennie Stuber, and Karen Cousins

Fall Faculty Lightning Lounge

Monday, December 7, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

 

Yes, it's Finals Week! Drop in to lighten your load and connect with your colleagues. Bring your questions, concerns, tips and best practices, stories, coffee -- even bring your grading! The Fall Faculty Lightning Lounge is an informal place to share, listen and learn, coming and going as it works best for you. We want to help you reflect on Fall teaching successes and exchange ideas for Springing forward after the winter holidays. No commitments, we promise.

  • Host-moderators: Faculty Development (FD) Fellows and Scholars

Teaching in the Time of COVID -- and Beyond: Rethinking Undergraduate Research

Friday, November 20, 2020, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

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Studies show that engaging students in undergraduate research (UGR) is a High-Impact Practice positively correlated with success in college and beyond. And research with undergraduates can be productive fun for faculty mentors as well! But how do we rethink UGR when access to labs, libraries, archives, and the field is not freely accessible? Let's talk about it, and brainstorm with STEM, Humanities, and Health Sciences faculty members who have come up with some truly effective ways to promote undergraduate research despite the pandemic.

  • Facilitator-discussants: Dr. Karen Cousins, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR); Dr. Judith Ochrietor, Department of Biology, Dr. Leidy Barrero, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dr. Michael Hallett, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Research Collaboration Meet and Greet II: Faculty Speed Dating Redux

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Registration was requested for this event

 

The first Research Collaboration speed-dating style, was so popular, we're offering it again!

 

Are you in a committed research relationship? No matter how tight knit your research world is, you can explore your interdisciplinary options by getting to know your colleagues! Following the greetings and introductions which open this "welcome to Fall semester" OFE event, small groups of participating faculty will be placed in individual breakout rooms. Each participant will have 2 minutes to describe their research interests and specialties to the others in the group (prompts will be provided). The facilitator will rearrange breakout groups so that everyone has the opportunity to "speed date" with every other faculty participant.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich
  • Participants: Faculty Development Fellows and all UNF faculty researchers

Teaching in the Time of COVID -- and Beyond / Faculty Mentoring Workshop: An Interactive Discussion on Mentoring

Friday, November 6, 2020, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

 

This interactive discussion will offer an overview of mentoring partnerships among faculty members (visiting, junior, and senior). We will engage in important conversations on mentoring styles and past experiences -- both as mentees and mentors. We welcome faculty members of all levels and from all disciplines as we discuss what types of mentoring experiences have been successful and what experiences you would like to have moving forward. This is a planning workshop, intended to help set up the framework for a broader faculty development mentoring program to be offered in 2021-2022. Please join us in this interactive discussion to help create a sustainable program for both current and new faculty members at the University of North Florida.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, Assistant Professor and Dr. Andrea Arikawa, Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Doctorate Program in Clinical Nutrition

Teaching in the Time of COVID -- and Beyond: Effective Student Assessment and the Impact on ISQs

Friday, October 30, 2020, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

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In this workshop, Faculty Development Fellows Asai Asaithambi and Andrea Arikawa will discuss best practices for developing effective assessments, providing examples from the perspectives of different disciplines. The workshop will also address how such assessments may be related to positive student evaluations. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on barriers and solutions to the effective implementation of student assessments.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Andrea Arikawa and Dr. Asai Asaithambi

Teaching in the Time of COVID -- and Beyond: Teaching with Empathy

Friday, October 16, 2020, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

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During this interactive session, participants will learn about the importance of teaching and leading with empathy in these unprecedented times. Facilitators Kristen Hicks-Roof and Matthew Ohlson will share best practices and tangible strategies for harnessing the power of empathy to increase engagement, improve communication skills, and develop more positive relationships with students. Participants will also be encouraged to share their own ideas for creating teaching and learning environments infused with empathy, which result in a culture of collaboration.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof and Dr. Matthew Ohlson

Teaching in the Time of COVID -- and Beyond: Tips for Exciting and Effective Remote Teaching

Friday, October 2, 2020, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

 

In this interactive session, faculty participants will have a chance to explore the challenges and opportunities created through teaching online by looking at what works and what doesn't, with a particular eye to student engagement. Please join us!

  • Facilitators: Dr. Kim Cheek and Dr. Jeff Michelman

Research Collaboration Meet and Greet: Faculty Speed Dating

Friday, September 25, 2020, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Registration was requested for this event

 

Are you in a committed research relationship? No matter how tight knit your research world is, you can explore your interdisciplinary options by getting to know your colleagues! Following the greetings and introductions which open this "welcome to Fall semester" OFE event, small groups of participating faculty will be placed in individual breakout rooms. Each participant will have 2 minutes to describe their research interests and specialties to the others in the group (prompts will be provided). The facilitator will rearrange breakout groups so that everyone has the opportunity to "speed date" with every other faculty participant.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich
  • Participants: Faculty Development Fellows and all UNF faculty researchers

AY 2021-2022

Tech Tools/ Be a Digital Cowboy: Techniques and Tools for Wrangling Data 

T December 7, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom(unrecorded)

 

Do you have a data set in one format and need to move it to another application? Does your data need cleaning or reshaping? In this workshop, we will explore several tools available to you to help you lasso, herd, and drive your data into a successful analytical sunset. 

  • Facilitators: Dave Wilson, Associate Director, Creative Team, Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT), and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

This event is a collaboration between the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) and the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)

 


HIPs and Student Engagement: Community-Based Learning

F December 3, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom(unrecorded)

 

Community-Based Learning is one of the most vibrant High-Impact Practices at UNF. Please join us for this workshop where you'll meet the CBL staff, hear an overview of what community-based learning is, and find out about the exciting programs and events planned for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Justin Sipes, Assistant Director, UNF Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL); Susan Trudeau, Coordinator of Co-Curricular Engagement, CCBL; Dr. Alarie Gibbs, Curricular Coordinator, CCBL; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Tech Tools / How Technology Services at UNF Can Help YOU with your RSCA (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities)

Th December 2, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

In this workshop, members of the ITS Networking, Systems & Security team will describe UNF’s High-Performance Computing and other IT resources that can assist your RSCA efforts. They will also demonstrate the new, self-serve Local Administrative Rights system. 

  • Facilitators: Jeff Durfee, Director, UNF Networking, Systems, & Security, and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence
This event is a collaboration between the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) and  Information Technology Services (ITS)

Critical Conditions: Developing a Classroom Conducive to Thinking 

F November 19, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Virtual event via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

Critical thinking skills top of the list for desirable classroom outcomes. As important critical thinking might be, there remains a shifting understanding of what teaching critical thinking looks like. What do we expect when we talk about critical thinking as a skill that can be taught and learned? How do we structure assignments to introduce and encourage critical thinking? What methods can we use to evaluate critical thinking? How can assignments be scaffolded to accommodate growing student awareness? How do we encourage the independent mindset necessary for critical thought while tempering it with guidance to keep students on point? What tools do our disciplines rely on to teach and learn critical thinking? This workshop will feature a variety of perspectives on how to cultivate a classroom that provides an environment to allow critical thinking to grow. 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Aaron Creller, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies; Dr. Andy Kozlowski, Assistant Professor of Art, Art, History, and Design; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

P&T / Are You Ready for the Promotion and Tenure Process? 

Th November 18, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401, and via Zoom 

View the recorded Zoom session

 

If you haven't already, it's time to start thinking seriously about promotion and tenure. Please join us for an informative workshop on what to consider in compiling your dossier, how to think about your teaching, research, and service, narratives, and what the various evaluators, including the Provost and the university promotion and tenure committee, will expect. 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Karen Patterson, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs; Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence; Dr. Juliana Leding, Professor of Psychology and Chair, University P&T Committee; Marianne Jaffee, EA and Director of Planning; and Dr. David MacKinnon, Associate Instructor and Assistant Director of the Writing Center  

CIRT and OFE present Innovative Teaching Practices: A Faculty Panel

T November 16, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Virtual event / via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session 

 

Last December, the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) sponsored a panel of six faculty members who shared some of the innovative teaching methods they developed in response to the COVID-19 remote teaching environment. That panel was so exciting and inspiring, and their techniques so adaptable to face-to-face and hybrid modalities, that CIRT and the Office of Faculty Excellence have decided to reprise the panel, this time, with different faculty. Please join us! 

  • Facilitators: Andy Kozlowski, Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Russ Turney, Department of English; Dr. Rob Zeglin, Department of Public Health; Dr. Jen Kilpatrick, Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education; Dr. Sean Davis, Department of Accounting and Finance; Dr. Fatima Reham, Department of Biology; Dr. Deb Miller, Assistant Vice President for Digital Learning and Innovation; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) and the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT)

Syllabus Lab 4 / What Worked and What Didn't? Preparing for Next Time

M November 15, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom 

View the recorded Zoom session

 

In this final Syllabus Lab workshop of the Fall term, we'll explore how to review your courses and syllabi with an eye towards improving them for the next time you teach them. Capturing your thoughts about what worked and what didn't work in your classes now, while the experience is still fresh, is essential to revising them later. 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Linda Howell, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Writing Program, and Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence 

Filling in the Faculty's Backpack with Diversity and Inclusion Activities, Part 2

W November 10, 2021 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm

Virtual event via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

This workshop, part two of two, is aimed at providing faculty with three experiential activities to use in the classroom, each of which is adaptable to different disciplines. The session will: 1) provide support and resources, enabling faculty to facilitate the success of minority students and engage in their advocacy, 2) transform faculty awareness of microaggressions that hurt minority students, 3) actively lessen microaggressions and increase sensitivity, community, and humility; and 4) cultivate a culture of inclusion and grow into openness and appreciation of diversity and more balanced leadership in the classroom. Join us to increase your multicultural competencies and learn about these experiential activities: LGBTQ students / interview and cultural immersion; identifying systemic racism and systemic microaggression; and affirmations on humility and acceptance.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Tes Tuason, Professor, Clinical Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Licensed Psychologist, and Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

The ABCs of Journal Impact Factors: Citation--Analyzing via Publish or Perish

T November 9, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

Publish or Perish is a free software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations from PubMed, Google Scholar, Web of Science, and other citation databases. The program is a useful tool for querying those databases to explore the impact of your scholarship. It can also be used for literature searches and as a resource for exploring the history of publishing in a discipline. Join us in an interactive workshop for an introduction to Publish or Perish. If you wish to follow along and run your own searches, we recommend downloading and installing the software prior to the workshop (https://harzing.com/resources/publish-or-perish/windows).

  • Facilitators: Stephanie Race, Head of Research and Outreach at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and Faculty Excellence Research Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Discussion: The Promises and Barriers of Using the R/Syntax Code Software

F November 5, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Virtual event via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

This discussion-based workshop will explore our current capacity to support an R and syntax code software community at UNF, interest in using these type of tools for research and in the classroom, and how we might create a useful R and syntax code software structure at UNF. You will hear from panelist who are currently using these tools in class and research – and they are hoping to grow their community.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Dan Dinsmore, Associate Dean of Research, External Funding, and Faculty Development, College of Education and Human Services; Dr. Terrie Galanti, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum; Dr. Mandi Barringer, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; Dr. Ramin Shabanpour, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Faculty Learning Assessment Group (FLAG) / Workshop B: Selecting and Developing an Assessment

Th November 4, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

This workshop is designed for faculty who have either completed FLAG Workshop A: Introduction to Assessment or conducted an assessment plan in the past and who are committing to carrying out an assessment plan in spring 2022. Building on our foundational understanding of the assessment process and participants’ assessment goals, this practical workshop will guide participants in the selection or drafting of an assessment tool to implement in their local context during the spring 2022 semester as the beginning of an assessment strategy. Participants are encouraged to attend with one or more partners from their home departments to collaborate on an assessment plan.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Brian Lane, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Physics, Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Enhancing Communication in a Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Th November 4, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Virtual event/via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn and discuss various communication modes and styles. This session is designed for faculty and instructional staff who currently participate (or plan to participate) in mentoring relationships, either as a mentee or mentor. Participants will better understand these communication styles and how to enhance communication in mentoring relationships. This workshop is required for the Faculty Excellence Peer Mentoring cohort.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and FE Scholar of Peer Mentoring; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

HIPs and Student Engagement: Undergraduate Research

F October 29, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom

View the session PowerPoint slides or Zoom session

 

In this interactive workshop, the second in the HIPs series, learn how the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports students and their faculty mentors, and get advance information about SOARS 2022 (the Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship).

  • Facilitators: Kaitlyn Minnicks, Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Research, and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence
  • Panelists: Dr. Andrea Arikawa, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Dr. Tom Pekarek, Department of Physics; Dr. Anne Pfister, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; Dr. Clayton McCarl, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Dr. David Hoppey, Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education; Dr. Cigdem Akan, Department of Civil Engineering

Faculty Learning Assessment Group (FLAG) / Workshop A: Introduction to Assessment 

M October 25, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

How can we, as faculty, gain insight into what our students are learning and developing? The process of assessment can be intimidating, but faculty already possess many of the skills necessary to engage in this activity. This workshop serves two purposes: (1) to introduce faculty to the concepts, tools, and practices of assessment, and (2) to form a learning community -- FLAG -- that will meet two additional times to develop and implement assessment plans for their local contexts. Participants are encouraged to attend with one or more partners from their home departments to collaborate on an assessment plan. Faculty who complete Workshop A: Introduction to Assessment will be invited to participate in a follow-up workshop to further develop and carry out their assessment plan.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Brian Lane, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Physics, Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Headstands in Class? Nope, Just Flipped Classroom

F October 22, 2021 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401

 

Students and faculty alike hate homework (admit it). Flipped classroom is an alternative to the traditional method of teaching in class and then sending students off to complete homework. Instead, the students attend lecture at home and complete the homework in class, having your guidance and support available to them along the way. Plus -- and here is the important part -- it is less tedious grading for you! And it looks good as “teaching innovation” in those P&T dossiers (we see you, junior faculty). This workshop will provide an overview of flipped classroom methodology and then provide an opportunity to brainstorm and plan flipped classroom activities. Come check it out. Bring your thinking caps. 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Rob Zeglin, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Tech Tools / Leveraging Microsoft OneDrive and Teams to Facilitate your RSCA (Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities)

Th October 21, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode L=pL6lbX

 

Whether you are working on a project solo or collaborating with colleagues around the globe, Microsoft’s OneDrive and Teams applications can ease the burdens of secure file storage and sharing. Come learn from Chris Petrello (ITS Director of Service Management) about the features of these handy applications. 

  • Facilitators: Chris Petrello, ITS Director of Service Management; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence
This event is a collaboration between the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) and Information Technology Services (ITS)

Filling in the Faculty's Backpack with Diversity and Inclusion Activities, Part 1

W October 20, 2021 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm

Virtual event/via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

This workshop, part one of two, is aimed at providing faculty with three experiential activities to use in the classroom, each of which is adaptable to different disciplines. The session will: 1) provide support and resources, enabling faculty to facilitate the success of minority students and engage in their advocacy, 2) transform faculty awareness of microaggressions that hurt minority students, 3) actively lessen microaggressions and increase sensitivity, community, and humility; and 4) cultivate a culture of inclusion and grow into openness and appreciation of diversity and more balanced leadership in the classroom. Join us to increase your multicultural competencies and learn about the Poverty and Privilege Walk of Life; 'Soup' Activity on microaggressions experienced and done; and the Fish Bowl Exercise to expose bias, prejudice, and oppression. 

  • Facilitator: Dr. Tes Tuason, Professor, Clinical Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Licensed Psychologist, and Faculty Excellence Fellow

The ABCS of Journal Impact Factors: Beamplots

T October 12, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode ?v%+.0%$  

 

Join us for the second in a three-part series on understanding journal impact factors. Beamplots is a new visualization tool that showcases the range of a researcher's publication and citation impact. Learn how to use your Beamplot to show the volume and impact of your publication citations over time. 

  • Facilitators: Stephanie Race, Head of Research and Outreach at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and Faculty Excellence Research Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence 

Mindfulness Practices to Help You De-Stress in 15 Minutes or Less

F October 8, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Virtual event/via Zoom (unrecorded)

View the session Mindfulness Handout

 

Join us for this workshop and learn quick and easy mindfulness practices to help you relax and de-stress as you go about your day. This event is facilitated by Dr. Sarah Mattice, who is a certified meditation teacher who has had a meditation practice for more than twenty years. 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Sarah Mattice, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Excellence Scholar of Wellbeing

Fighting Mis- and Disinformation: New Approaches to Teaching and Research in an Age of Lies

T October 5, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30pm

Virtual event/via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

Dr. Alice Marwick, a co-founder of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP), will facilitate a Zoom workshop on the best ways of combatting mis- and disinformation through research and public discourse. Dr. Marwick is a co-creator of CITAP’s “Critical Disinformation Studies” syllabus, which emphasizes the surprisingly long history of disinformation and its disproportionate impacts throughout U.S. history on marginalized groups. Participants will learn of ways to promote greater equality at UNF and in society as they confront mis- and disinformation.  

  • Facilitators: Dr. Bart Welling, Associate Professor of English and Faculty Excellence Fellow

HIPS and Student Engagement: What/Who/How?

F October 1, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Virtual event/via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session 

 

This is the first of several planned workshops on High-Impact Practices. Please join us as we kick off the series in an introductory session where we'll explore what High-Impact Practices (HIPs) are generally within the university setting and, more particularly, which HIPs are vibrant at the University of North Florida. Are you curious to know who is engaging in them? If HIPs correlate to student success nationally and specifically at UNF? Come learn why faculty in all disciplines should consider integrating HIPs into their teaching and research worlds! 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Amanda Kulp, Director of Assessment

Syllabus Lab 3 / We Need to Talk about Plagiarism

T September 28, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

In the In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 and via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode kDb4c?p? 

View the session PowerPoint slides

 

Plagiarism can be the cardinal offense in academic settings. Let’s consider the definition, context, and consequences of plagiarism, but also let’s figure out ways to emphasize the values of citation, the importance of source investigation, and the standards of evidence-based writing that students may not understand, but are the foundations of professional and academic success. Let’s talk about how we can revise our policies, assignments, and lessons in ways that make plagiarism improbable.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Linda Howell, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Writing Program, and Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Smile! Using Photovoice in the Classroom

F September 24, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

In the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401

 

Our students have cell phones. Cell phones have cameras. Cameras take pictures. Pictures can be used to facilitate learning. Ok…wait…hear us out. Photovoice, a pretty common qualitative research methodology, can be used in the classroom to inspire student creativity while meeting course objectives. Using Photovoice, students take photos in their everyday life of objects, people, places, things, and any other nouns that they feel represent the material. These photos are then used to facilitate learning. Come learn more about it in this workshop. Bring your cell phone.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Rob Zeglin, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Best Practices for Tenure-Track and Associate Professors: A Conversation with Michael Bugeja, Ph.D.

Th September 23, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Online guest presentation, viewed as a group in the OFE, Building 1, Room 1401, or on your own, via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode Q.4xqM=v

 

Dr. Michael Bugeja, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Studies at Iowa State University of Science & Technology, Greenlee School of Journalism, is a widely-published specialist in media ethics and technology and social change. Dr. Bugeja has twice won the prestigious Clifford Christians Award for Research in Media Ethics. He's also a well-known media commentator in Inside Higher Ed and the the Chronicle of Higher Education, writing and speaking on topics such as creating a culture of mentorship, curricular creep, and how to achieve promotion from associate professor to professor -- and beyond. Please join us for his thoughtful presentation focused on being a member of and advancing within the professoriate, but full of insights for all instructional and administrative staff.

  • Host and facilitator: Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Tech Tools / Immersive Virtual Reality for Education and Research

T September 21, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

In the Virtual Learning Center, 3rd floor, Thomas G. Carpenter Library Registration required

 

Join us in the beautiful new Virtual Learning Center (VLC) to learn how to use immersive Virtual Reality (VR) to help students achieve learning goals, foster empathetic thinking, and give them hands-on experience in hard and soft skills. Additionally, we will provide insight into how VR can be used for research, and how the VLC can support such research. Want to know a little bit more before you go? Check out the VLC webpage!

  • Facilitators: Kelly Hovinga and Adam Chalmers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence 

This event is a collaboration between the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) and the Thomas G. Carpenter Library


Faculty Excellence Peer Mentoring Program Kickoff and Cohort Meet-and-Greet

M September 20, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Networking event via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

The OFE is delighted to sponsor a new Faculty Excellence Peer Mentoring Program for UNF faculty, instructional staff, and librarians led by mentoring expert and Faculty Excellence Scholar Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof. The program will run in a cohort from September to April each academic year. Are you interested in participating in a project-based, reciprocal mentoring relationship to enhance your teaching, research, and/or service? Please see the detailed description on the OFE's FE Peer Mentoring Program webpage, fill out an application, and join us for this Kickoff and Meet-and-Greet! Questions? Please contact Kristen Hicks-Roof at Hicks-Roof@unf.edu.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and FE Scholar of Peer Mentoring; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence


Teaching and Modeling Leadership in the Classroom

F September 17, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm 

Virtual event via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

What does leadership look like in the classroom, and how can you model it in meaningful ways for your students? Join us for a presentation of best practices and an interactive discussion. 

  •  Facilitators: Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management, and Director of the Taylor Leadership Institute; Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Gregg, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management; Dr. Amanda Pascale, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sports Management and FE Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence
  

This event is a collaboration between the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) and the Taylor Leadership Institute (TLI) 


New Faculty: Getting Started in Interfolio

Th September 16,2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Location OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 or via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode 2WVATZ$W

 

Join the Office of Faculty Excellence to learn what Interfolio is, how to start preparing for promotion and tenure, and begin compiling materials for your dossier.

  • Facilitators: Marianne Jaffee, executive assistant, director of planning and Interfolio doyenne; and Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

The ABCs of Journal Impact Factors: Altmetrics

T September 14,2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Location OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 or via Zoom

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode 2qA.W4Mx

 

This workshop is the first of a three-part series on understanding academic journal impact factors. Altmetrics are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics and can tell you a lot about how often publications are discussed and used. Learn how to use the Altmetric bookmarklet to identify the attention and influence of your research through mentions on social networks, in public policy documents, citations on Wikipedia, inclusion on blog discussions or mainstream media coverage, or Mendeley bookmarks.

  • Facilitators: Stephanie Race, Carpenter Library head of research and outreach and faculty excellence research fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

The Post Pandemic University / Lessons and Legacies of COVID-19

F September 10,2021 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Virtual event / via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

A conversation on "The Post-Pandemic University: Lessons and Legacies of COVID-19" will be facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Ammons, Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature at Tufts University; Dr. Bart Welling, UNF English associate professor and faculty excellence fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, distinguished professor of anthropology and AVP of faculty excellence. The discussion will focus on what a more equitable, fulfilling, and effective post-pandemic UNF might look like.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Elizabeth Ammons, Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature at Tufts University; Dr. Bart Welling, UNF English associate professor and faculty excellence fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Faculty Learning Assessment Group (FLAG) / Workshop A: Introduction to Assessment

Th September 9,2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Location OFE, Building 1, Room 1401 or via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

This workshop will introduce faculty to the concepts, tools and practices of assessment as well as form a learning community (FLAG) that will meet two additional times to develop and implement assessment plans for their local contexts. Participants are encouraged to attend with one or more partners from their home departments to collaborate on an assessment plan. Faculty who complete "Workshop A: Introduction to Assessment" will be invited to participate in a follow-up workshop to further develop and carry out their assessment plan.

  • Facilitators: Dr. Brian Lane, physics visiting lecturer and faculty excellence fellow, and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of faculty excellence

Generation Z at UNF

Th September 2, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm 

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode: 7zXL#.79

View the session PowerPoint slides, the referenced Rickes article, and the Schwieger-Ladwig article

 

Research suggests that every 20 years or so, a new generation of young people emerges. These students often share common characteristics and historical experiences. The Millennial students are now our colleagues, and Gen Z has arrived on campus. Join us for an overview of the research on Gen Z college students and a discussion on how we can adapt our teaching and learning practices. Plus -- you might be the lucky winner of a free copy of Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace's Generation Z Goes to College

  •  Facilitators: Dr. Amy Lorenz, Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Faculty Excellence Peer Mentoring Program

2021-2022 Inaugural cohort 

Applications opened on F August 27, 2021

 

The Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) is delighted to provide an opportunity for UNF faculty, instructional staff, and librarians to connect in project-based reciprocal mentoring relationships facilitated by Faculty Excellence Scholar for Peer Mentoring, Dr. Kristin Hicks-Roof. For more information, see the OFE Faculty Excellence Peer Mentoring webpage

  • Questions? Email Kristen Hicks-Roof at Hicks.Roof@unf.edu

Reflections on Remote Teaching: Praxis and Practicalities 

F August 20, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode: 8Ss.8Z7u

 

Join us for an open forum to discuss our remote teaching experiences and what the next normal will look like in higher education. We'll collectively reflect on the last year and what we have learned about teaching -- as well as what we discovered about our students and ourselves. We'll also take a look at student data to identify what students would like to see post-COVID and share practices we intend to carry forward into the upcoming semester and beyond. 

  • Facilitators: Mitra Asgarinik and Katie Commissaris, Instructional Designers from the Center for Instruction and Research Technology, and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

This event is a collaboration between the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) and the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) 


Syllabus Lab 2 / Building a Faculty-Centered Syllabus

W August 18, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm 

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode: 9Uj0b@6e

View the session PowerPoint slides, prep sheet 1, and prep sheet 2

 

It's not too late to tweak, design, or redesign your course syllabus. In this interactive Syllabus Lab, come think with us from the faculty viewpoint about workload issues (your calendar, and balancing teaching and scholarship or creative activity); assessment, academic tracking; early academic alerts and midterm evaluations; and documenting how you've changed the course from the last time your taught it (documenting for your evaluation) and whether it worked or not. Rather than an administrative document, how does your syllabus guide you through accounting for this class? Let's talk about it. 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Linda Howell, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Writing Program, and Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Syllabus Lab 1 / Building a Student-Centered Syllabus

T August 17, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

View the recorded Zoom session

Passcode: Kw#@z9Xm

View the session PowerPoint slides

 

It's not too late to tweak, design, or redesign your course syllabus. In this interactive Syllabus Lab, come think with us from the student viewpoint about your course objectives; articulating content; grading schemes, student workloads, and how students can be successful; why students should care about your course; and about making it fun -- or how to energize your students (and yourself in the process). 

  • Facilitators: Dr. Linda Howell, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Writing Program, and Faculty Excellence Fellow; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

P&T / Interfolio Brown Bag: The Last Bite of the P&T Apple

F August 13, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Via Zoom (unrecorded)

 

Are you coming up for tenure and/or promotion? Is your electronic portfolio ready? If you are, but it's not, join us for the last Brown Bag where you bring a snack and questions. This is a hybrid event, so come in person to the OFE's new faculty lounge. 

Via Zoom (unrecorded) 

  • Facilitators: Marianne Jaffee, Interfolio doyenne, and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence

Fall Koru Mindfulness and Meditation Series for UNF Faculty and Staff

Eight-week series runs via Zoom on Wednesdays, August 25 through October 13, 2021 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Koru Series is limited to 15 participants
Registration opened on Th July 29, 2021 at 7:00 am. This series is full.

The Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE) is delighted that FE Scholar of Wellbeing and certified mindfulness and meditation instructor Dr. Sarah Mattice (who many of you know in her role as an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies) will offer Fall and Spring sessions of the Koru Mindfulness and Meditation Series for UNF Faculty and Staff during the 2021-2022 academic year. Koru Mindfulness and Meditation is a secular, evidence-based curriculum designed for adults who are connected to higher education. Over the course of eight 90-minute classes (1x/week), faculty and staff participants will learn practical skills and techniques for managing stress and being more present. In randomized clinical trials, participants reported feeling calmer, improving their mindfulness, feeling more rested, and having greater self-compassions. Does that sound good to you? Join the Fall class! 


P&T / Interfolio Brown Bag: Bring Your Lunch and Questions 

T July 13, 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Via Zoom (unrecorded)


Are you coming up for tenure and/or promotion? Is your electronic portfolio ready? If you are, but it's not, join us for an online Brown Bag where you bring your lunch and questions. 

  • Facilitators: Marianne Jaffee, Executive Assistant, Director of Planning, and Interfolio doyenne; and Dr. Gordon Rakita, Professor of Anthropology and AVP of Faculty Excellence