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Upcoming OFE Events for the 2020-2021 academic year

Unless otherwise noted, all OFE events take place in the Virtual Faculty Lounge located in Canvas. If you haven't yet joined the Virtual Faculty Lounge, we warmly invite you!

October 2020 


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

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



Meeting ID: 949 3721 8692


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.

  • Host: Karen Patterson
  • Facilitators: Kristen Hicks-Roof and Matthew Ohlson
  • Interactive participant discussion

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.


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.

  • Host: Karen Patterson
  • Facilitators: Andrea Arikawa and Asai Asaithambi
  • Interactive participant discussion

November 2020


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.



Meeting ID: 987 2413 5996


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.

  • Hosts: Karen Patterson and Karen Cousins
  • Facilitators: Kristen Hicks-Roof, Assistant Professor and Andrea Arikawa, Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Doctorate Program in Clinical Nutrition


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

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


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 the 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 and humanities faculty members who have come up with some truly effective ways to promote undergraduate research despite the pandemic. 

  • Host: Karen Patterson
  • Facilitator: Karen Cousins
  • With a panel of experienced faculty remotely mentoring undergraduate researchers