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September 12th @ 3pm – Mentoring Kickoff Meeting

September 24th – Junior Faculty interest forms for participation in Cohort 3 due

October 11th @ 2pm – Program Orientation for Cohort 3

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Teaching & Learning

Faculty interested in improving their pedagogy or learning about new ways to motivate students or deal with common issues in the classroom will be given access to high quality webinars focused on teaching innovation and advising best practices. Faculty members who are interested in the topics can watch the webinars on their own and then meet with like-minded colleagues to discuss how to incorporate these exciting new approaches into our classrooms! This is a great opportunity to meet faculty outside your department and become part of the larger campus community

All Brown Bag discussions will take place from 12 – 1 p.m. on the dates listed below. Faculty are to bring their own lunches (hence the term "brown bag"), but water and sodas, along with cookies, will be provided. Faculty are encouraged to attend even if they haven't had a chance to watch the entire webinar for that week. Reminders of the Brown Bag Teaching Discussions will be sent out to all faculty a few days in advance.


November 13, 2019
January 28, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 5, 2020
March 30, 2020


1. Designing A Motivational Syllabus: Communicating Learning Outcomes, Expectations & Support Resources

This webinar is focused on using research-based strategies to enhance syllabi.  In addition to being used to set clear expectations about the course requirements and student behaviors, the syllabus can also be used to motive and support students. Faculty can use the syllabus to get students excited and passionate about courses, and this will likely have positive effects on retention and student success. Participants will walk away with several practical strategies they can use to enhance their syllabi.  Some changes will literally only take minutes to implement.

Designing A Motivational Syllabus Communicating Learning Outcomes, Expectations & Support Resources (Power Point pdf) 


2. Improving Online Course Design To Enhance The End-User Experience

The growth in online learning has been exponential. It has been observed that the "non-traditional" (i.e., online learning) has become the "traditional."  This increase in the customer base for online education has resulted in corresponding interest among colleges and universities to become active participants in the offering of online education.  This webinar will focus on several key components of creating a user-friendly and engaging online course (i.e., Pace and Focus, Social Belonging, Novelty) that can be easily embedded into any online course. 

Improving Online Course Design To Enhance The End-User Experience (Power Point pdf) 


3. Teaching Students How To Learn 2.0: Strategies For Developing Critical Thinking Skills 

This webinar is designed for learning strategists, faculty, and staff who have attended a session on teaching students metacognitive learning strategies – either in person or online – or have read Teach Students How to Learn.  This discussion is targeted to individuals who have already learned about the approaches for teaching students how to learn, and who have even tried them (or intended to try them, but haven't done so yet).  The webinar will present specific "key components" of a successful workshop and the "secret ingredients" that will inspire students to put transformative learning strategies into action.  

Teaching Students How To Learn 2.0 Strategies For Developing Critical Thinking Skills (Power Point pdf)


4. Orienting, Onboarding & Mentoring New Faculty

Onboarding/orienting/mentoring new faculty into the teaching ranks remains one the more important tasks in education.  Our webinar will ask you to consider how your new faculty mentoring program has developed and needs to develop.  While we may not be able to predict the future, we can look for "weak signals."  What do we need to preapre for in two, five, ten, or more years down the road?  Don't miss this practical presentation about promising new faculty mentoring practices. 

Orienting, Onboarding, and Mentoring New Faculty (Power Point pdf)


5. Developing Multiple Choice Test That Assess Higher Order Thinking Skills

With increasing class sizes and emphasis on ensuring students can think critically and analytically, faculty need to compose objective tests that efficiently assess higher-level thinking, as well as recall and rephrasing of course material.  Composing good matching, multiple choice, and multiple true-false items are more of a science than an art in that it follows certain guidelines.  In this webinar faculty will learn how to write cleanly designed items that can distinguish the knowledgeable from the poorly prepared students.  They will also learn how to help students prepare to demonstrate their learning on tests.  

Developing Multiple Choice Tests (Power Point pdf)


6. BIT Case Studies: Handling Disturbing & Concerning Behaviors

Behavioral Assessment Teams are critical to addressing students of concern and their behaviors.  Case studies will be shared to illustrate the need for Behavioral Assessment Teams, demonstrate the array of behaviors addressed and how they are case managed by these cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams.  The behaviors discussed will be representative of challenging situations that colleagues have responded to, such as students who communicate threats of harm, exceptionally aggressive behavior (verbal and physical), persistent and progressively escalating disruptive behavior, emulation of notorious attackers, and exceptionally bizarre behavior. 

BIT Case Studies Handling Disturbing & Concerning Behaviors (Power Point pdf)


2019 Summer Research Assistantships


The Faculty Development for Student Success program is a U.S. Department of Education Title III funded activity that supports faculty development and emphasizes innovation in instruction. One focus of the program is the development of research on faculty approaches to teaching in the faculty members’ individual academic disciplines, known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL research at HBCUs has been very limited, so the summer support for SoTL graduate research assistants is a first step in developing a campus culture that values research into innovative pedagogies in a variety of content areas.


For the summer of 2019, four faculty members were awarded graduate assistants to assist with research on pedagogy in their disciplines and to take part in activities from research design, to data collection, to drafting articles or literature reviews.




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