Sept. 20: Teaching Tuesdays Faculty Spotlight: Mark Geil

September 12th, 2016 by Kenya Hudson

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Room 146, Robinson College of Liberal Arts Building

This series spotlights the innovative teaching strategies and methods employed by Jackson State University faculty.  The teaching acumen of the presenters has been recognized by their deans, chairs, students and, sometimes, external actors.  Professor Geil will give an engaging presentation followed by the lively give-and-take of questions and answers.

Professor Mark Geil
Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts

Photographing Democratically When Everyone Is A Photographer

If everyone is a photographer, what makes a “good” photograph?  Increasingly, photography serves a fundamental and accessible form of expression in every dimension of life including education.  Being able to make a strong, compelling photograph is more important than ever. At the same time, being able to read a photograph and, more broadly, being able to read imagery is integral to critical thinking. As a teacher of photographer, one of Professor Geil's most significant challenges is finding ways to radically change the way students already photograph in their daily lives.


Thursday, September 15, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
JSU INNOVATE Classroom, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

Photo of Erin DolanJoin us as we explore approaches to and methods of mentoring undergraduates as part of course-based and extracurricular undergraduate research programs. Erin Dolan is the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Innovative Science Education in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department at the University of Georgia.  Her research group investigates scalable ways of engaging students in science research and mentoring of undergraduate researchers from a social capital perspective.  

She is PI or Co-PI on more than $6 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other agencies as well as Editor-in-Chief of CBE-Life Sciences Education, the leading biology education journal.  Dolan was the founding director of the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Sciences, an undergraduate teaching initiative of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas Austin.

Registration is requested so we can plan for your presence.

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Sept. 8: FEAP: Tenure & Promotion Discussion

August 29th, 2016 by Kenya Hudson

Thursday, September 8, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Theater, 2nd Floor of the JSU Student Center

Join us for presentations by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and a panel of experienced reviewers from various colleges.  An informal question and answer session follows the presentations.  The event's goals are (1) to familiarize faculty with department, college and university tenure and procedures and timelines; (2) to explore best practices for documentation and record-keeping; (3) to discuss approaches to compiling and organizing the tenure application and dossier; and (4) to consider optimal approaches to balancing conflict demands and allocating their time and resources.

This event is designed for probationary tenure-track faculty and associate professors seeking tenure and promotion.  We encourage faculty applying for tenure and promotion in the 2016-2017 cycle and the 2017-2018 cycle.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
JSU INNOVATE, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

This interest meeting acquaints participants with the learning strategies and opportunities offered by the Academy for Research & Scholarly Engagement.  Faculty will be able to talk with personnel from the Center for University Scholars and Sponsored Programs about their research ideas, potential funding matches and best practices for compiling a compelling application for the Academy.  Refreshments will be provided.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Holden Reading Room & Division of Research & Federal Relations Satellite Office
4th Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

Join us for the first of several face-to-face ScholarsWrite writing circle meetings!  Bring your writing project ideas and writing device (i.e. computer, tablet or pen and paper).  We will provide coffee and light refreshments to fuel your work and collaboration.  All faculty are welcome to drop in anytime between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. to participate.

In this first meeting, we will facilitate the formation of small writing groups of like-minded colleagues with similar projects or writing goals.

Registration is requested, but not required.

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Workshop: Planning Productive Summers (Apr. 7)

March 24th, 2016 by Kenya Hudson

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
JSU INNOVATE Classroom, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library


Designed to help faculty think through their goals and activities for the upcoming summer term, this workshop covers the difference between goals for the summer and those during the academic year; types of experiences including summer programs, conferences or institutes that impacted your productivity; impact of summers on your energy and enthusiasm for research and teaching; and on- and off-campus collaborations for the summer.

Light refreshments will be provided.



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10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
JSU INNOVATE Classroom, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library


Designed to help mid-career faculty understand and consider positions of academic leadership (e.g. departmental chair and program or center director), this workshop explores the traditional and "people" skills needed for success as an academic leader, considerations in strategically selecting service and leadership roles that can lead to success in future academic leadership positions, duties and responsibilities of departmental chairs, the workload of departmental chairs and the challenge of maintaining work-life balance, the extent to which faculty can and do maintain their own active research/creative agendas while in academic leadership positions, and changes in relationships with colleagues who one now supervises and/or evaluates.

Light refreshments will be provided.