Events calendar

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




Book discussion series:
How can I Engage the Imagination of My Students?

Initial Meeting: Tuesday, September 23
11:30 am - 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)

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Are you struggling to engage your students in creative and reflective thinking? We are being asked more and more to develop students who are creative, innovative, and reflective thinkers. The new book by Stephen Brookfield and Alison James is designed to help college instructors across disciplines engage students in nurturing creativity and innovation for success within and beyond our classrooms. Join us for a series of monthly discussions through the semester focused on this new book.

Book (will be provided to participants in the series): James, A. & Brookfield, S. (2014). Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers. Jossey-Bass 


Liberal Studies Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, September 25
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University Union, Kaibab Room
Sponsored by Liberal Studies Program and University College

Is Mathematics Communication?
How do we communicate with Mathematics? Is it only about numbers?
Join Dana Ernst, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, Terry Blows, Professor of Mathematics and Nancy Barron, Professor of English and Director of the Interdisciplinary Writing Program, who will answer these questions and more in two stimulating presentations. Attend one or both.
Refreshments will be served.

Mathematics as a Creative Endeavor
1:00 p.m. -1:50 p.m.

Mathematics AS Communication
2:05 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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Community of Practice:
Blended Learning

Organizational Meeting: Thursday, September 25
11:30-12:30 a.m. (brown bag)
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)

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Are you teaching in blended learning settings? This community of practice is meant to bring together fellow faculty members teaching in blended learning modalities to share effective and innovative practices.

We anticipate that this community will meet monthly through the year. 


e-Learning Center Faculty Showcase:
Collaboration and Communication

Friday, September 26
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Health and Learning Center Multi-Purpose Room 2405
Sponsored by e-Learning Center 

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Join us for a discussion on strategies to increase collaboration and communication in your classes. We'll hear from faculty panelists who have successfully implemented active learning approaches to foster increased student engagement. After each panel discussion, you will have an opportunity to ask panel participants your questions, so you can explore ways to apply these techniques in your own classes.  

9:00 a.m. - Welcome, Don Carter
9:05 a.m. - Facilitating Collaborative Learning in a Flipped Classroom
Mark James, Physics and Astronomy
9:40 a.m. - Making Discussions Work
Susan Smiley, Arts and Sciences, NAU-Yuma/Anthropology, Flagstaff Mountain Campus
10:15 a.m. - Collaborative Note-taking Using Google Docs
Benning Tieke, Global Languages and Culture
10:45 a.m. - Follow-up conversations


Designing Undergraduate Degree Program Intended Student Learning Outcomes

Facilitators: Jay Farness, Professor of English, Christy Carlson, Lecturer of History/Social Studies Education, and Sue Pieper, Coordinator for Assessment, Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment
Friday, September 26
10:30 – noon
Faculty Professional Development Teaching Commons (Cline Library 169)
Co-sponsored with the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment

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What do you want students to know and be able to do upon completion of your degree program? How can you articulate your expectations for students, yourselves, and anyone else interested in your degree program? In this session we will discuss characteristics of high-quality undergraduate degree program intended student learning outcomes and demonstrate those characteristics using examples from academic degree programs at NAU. Following the discussion, you will have the opportunity to consult with the presenters regarding your degree program intended student learning outcomes.  


Community of Practice:
Century Club

for faculty who teach large classes

First Meeting: Friday, September 26
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)

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If you are teaching a large enrollment class, this community of practice may be for you. Come join fellow faculty who are teaching large classes to share good ideas, promising practices or innovative teaching ideas that can be used in your large enrollment course(s).

We anticipate that this community will meet monthly through the year.


Please visit: Faculty Learning Communities
for information about upcoming orientation sessions


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