Events calendar

The Faculty Professional Development Program offers numerous on-and off-campus enrichment opportunities, including:

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January 2017

6th Annual Teaching Day 2017
"Sightlines: Uncovering Perspectives That Can Strengthen Engagement in Learning
What? So What? Now What?"

Thursday, January 12
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
duBois Conference Center
*Please contact 928-523-8883 to confirm if there are seats still available.*  
Lunch will be provided.

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We see the components of a course or curriculum from our perspective, or sightline, and seek to communicate those perspectives about content, learning and success to our students. Students see the same things from their own sightline(s). We often assume that our sightline is received and understood, of not shared by our students. Acknowledging that there are multiple sightlines is a process for both teacher and student to open up another avenue for communication about the shared responsibilities necessary for achieving significant engagement in learning. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Shadiow, will help us to understand the importance of understanding and using sightlines to enrich the learning environment.

Following the keynote presentation and lunch, we will be hosting a series of breakout conversations to explore the concept of sightlines in our teaching. Topics include: 

  • Spark creativity and innovation in our courses
  • Help our students understand why we teach what we teach
  • Foster practical metacognition in learning
  • Engage in culturally responsive teaching and many more.

Dr. Linda Shadiow is the Former Director of Faculty Professional Development and Emeritus Professor in Educational Foundations
and author of "What Our Stories Teach Us".

This event is organized and convened by the NAU Teaching Academy with support from the Office of the Provost and
the Faculty Professional Development Program.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop

Friday, January 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Franke College of Business Room 344
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Lunch will be provided

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What is course quality?

  • Join us as we identify the critical elements of the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) course quality assurance program. This one-day workshop will focus on the QM Rubric in order to frame a peer-to-peer conversation on some of the components of course quality.
  • Dialogue with your colleagues on best practices for online and blended class design
  • Devise definitions of course quality
  • Discover ways of supporting our diverse students in online and blended classes
  • Discuss the importance of course learning objectives for planning a well aligned and effective course
  • Design your class according to research-based best practices

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This event is sponsored by the e-Learning Center.

Lunch & Learn Topics in Diversity:
Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues

Tuesday, January 24
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
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Bring your own lunch and share bi-monthly conversations on topics in diversity with others revolving around a chosen article from the "Faculty Focus, Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom" report. Download the report here to obtain the focus article.

Focus Article: "Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues" (Pg 6-7)
Facilitator: John Tingerthal, Acting Director, Faculty Professional Development Program

How do I start my semester strong by establishing rapport with my students?

Wednesday, January 25 
9:00 - 10:00 am
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
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Participants in this workshop would learn multiple empirically validated tips and suggestions for improving course evaluations, student perceived learning, attendance, and engagement in classes of various sizes. Participants will also have a chance to learn additional strategies NAU students consider important in promoting rapport.

Facilitators: Meliksah Demir, Psychology and Fetiye Ozis, CECMEE

Creative Confidence
*NEW* Faculty Learning Community for Spring 17  

Wednesday, January 25
9:00 am -10:30 am
All meetings will be held in the Dream Lab
(University Union, north of the Hot Spot in the old Starbucks space)
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This session is an orientation meeting to the spring Creative Community Faculty Learning Community. Creativity and the ability to innovate are mindsets and active approaches to finding new solutions to the problems and challenges we face. Gaining the confidence to unleash our creative potential gives us the courage to make a difference in the world around us and inspires us to combine breakthrough ideas with action in a way that improves the way we (and our students) learn, our approach our work and improve our lives. Join us in this faculty learning community to think about how we can gain creative confidence and unleash our creative potential and that of our students. This faculty learning community will meet every three weeks through May 3. 

Facilitator: Jacob Dolence, First Year Seminar

“Minds Online” by Michelle Miller
Semester Long Book Discussion

Wednesday, January 25
2:30 am -3:30 pm
University Union Walnut Room
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This book discussion group will meet on consecutive Wednesdays from 2:30- 3:30 from January 25 through April 12 to read and explore the concepts of learning research and cognitive psychology as these relate to learning in the online or blended world. Participants in this book discussion group will receive a copy of the book. A limited number of spaces is available for this discussion. 

Facilitator: John Tingerthal, Acting Director, Faculty Professional Development Program

“Small Teaching” by James Lang
Semester Long Book Discussion

Thursday, January 26 
9:30 - 10:30 am
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
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This book discussion group will meet on consecutive Thursdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am from January 26 through April 13 to read and discuss James Lang’s new book Small Teaching. The book argues that we can make small changes in our teaching, based on research in the learning sciences, that create incremental--but very powerful--changes in how we help students learn. Participants in this book discussion group will receive a copy of the book. A limited number of spaces are available for this book discussion group. This book discussion group is available to faculty working in distance locations via Collaborate Ultra.

Facilitator: John Tingerthal, Acting Director, Faculty Professional Development Program

“How Can I Learn What Works?
Beginning to Research My Teaching

Monday, January 30
2:30-3:30 pm
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
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How can we move from curiosity about the impact of our teaching on student learning to a researchable question? This session will engage participants in what scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) entails, and in how the process can move us forward to a more systematic study of student learning.

Facilitators: Meliksah Demir, Psychology

How to Create Rubrics That Work

Tuesday, January 31
9:30 - 11:30 am 
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
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Faculty from across the disciplines are increasingly using authentic assignments and rubrics to assess what students know and can do. At the same time, faculty often ask, “How can I create rubrics that work?” In the first half of this workshop, you will learn about factors to consider when creating a rubric, including your course intended student learning outcomes, your teaching/learning context, and the characteristics of your students. You will also learn about different kinds of rubrics and how to design a rubric that will best fit your course. In the second half of the workshop, you will apply what you’ve learned by creating your own rubric for an assignment of your choice—a rubric that works for you and your students.

Facilitator: Sue Pieper, Office of Curriculum & Assessment

February 2017

Running a Faculty Led Program Abroad: Where to Start? 

Thursday, February 2
11:30-1:00 pm
CIE Conference Room Blome Building 

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NAU faculty take hundreds of students abroad every year to teach their favorite subjects. Have you heard about these amazing programs and wanted to learn more about how to run one yourself? This session will cover all you need to know to start planning your own faculty-led program in consultation with CIE and Education Abroad. We will be discussing all the steps needed from the planning stage (picking a course and country) to the implementation stage (recruiting and running the program). This session will be held in the Blome Hall (Building # 2, Conference Room) Center for International Education. To register contact

Facilitator: Zachary Tobin, Center for International Education

Productive Beginnings Session 5 "Creating Your Support Network:

Friday, February 3 
2:00 -3:30 pm
Health and Learning Center Room 2405
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What kinds of peer relationships will help you in our work and career? How can you create allies to help you in your career plans? Join us to learn about how you can help create networks of support that help you achieve your work and career goals.

Facilitators: John Tingerthal, Acting Director Faculty Professional Development Program
Brooke Whitworth, Center for Teaching & Learning
Gene Moan, College of Education: Educational Psychology

Strategies for Reflexive Learning:
How Social Identity Perpetuates Power and Privilege

Friday, February 24
11:00 - 2:00 pm
University Union Kaibab Room
Lunch will be provided.
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This highly interactive session will model a series of teaching activities that can be used in the classroom to foster deep learning about how our individual identities (either knowingly or unknowingly) contribute to social identities which perpetuate power and privilege. Deep learning occurs through reflexive activities, collaborative endeavors, understanding the sedimented view, and engaging in an analysis of personal responses. Participants will learn how to assist others to reframe how they perceive themselves in relation to the world.

The activities in this workshop focus on individual reflexivity concerning social identity, power and privilege that will result in shared growth and increased mutual understanding. This workshop will challenge participants to personally examine our own social identities and status and to think about how our personal connections can help us foster deeper relationships with others to affect institutional change concerning issues of diversity and inclusion.

Facilitator: Samantha Clifford, Student Learning Centers

Century Club Community of Practice 

Fridays: February 24, March 31, & April 28
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
2:30-3:30 pm
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The Century Club is a community of practice that seeks to share knowledge and experiences of faculty members teaching large enrollment courses. Members meet to share effective or promising practices and discuss how they teach their large courses. Century Club will meet the following dates in Spring 17, February 24, March 31, April 28. All meetings are held in the Teaching Commons Cline Library Room 169, unless noted otherwise.

Facilitator: John Tingerthal, Acting Director, Faculty Professional Development Program

Productive Beginnings Session 6

"Wrapping up your first year … and thinking ahead to the next year"

Friday, April 14
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: University Union Havasupai Room A/B
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The Productive Beginnings series was created with the new faculty member in mind, but these sessions will contain information of relevance to all faculty. Please consider joining the session if the topic is of interest to you. Participation in earlier sessions in the series is not a pre-requisite.

Series information here

*Programs will be added to the calendar as dates and times are confirmed. Please check back frequently.