2014-2015 USM Teaching Forum Announcement
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
OFFICE OF THE PROVOST
The Office of the Provost is inviting applications from faculty members interested in leading the 2014 - 2015 USM Teaching Forum. We anticipate selecting two outstanding teachers in Hattiesburg and one in Long Beach who will become “Teaching Forum Leaders” to organize and moderate the monthly sessions. An honorarium of $1,500 per semester will be provided to each of the faculty members selected for this leadership role.
Based upon the positive comments received from attendees of the 2013-2014 forums, these discussions are a valuable addition to the discussions of pedagogy at USM. The purpose of the forum is to expand discussions of pedagogy at USM and to provide faculty with the opportunity to discuss effective teaching strategies and share best practices for primarily classroom teaching. The overall goal of the Teaching Forum will be to help faculty improve classroom instruction through discussion of learning styles, best practices, and use of emerging technologies. Teaching Forum sessions will be held in both Hattiesburg and Long Beach.
The Teaching Forum will consist of monthly sessions for new and experienced faculty to discuss pedagogy, share ideas for improving classroom teaching based on their experiences, and learn from each other. Each forum will have a focus or theme that will be announced in advance. Each of the sessions will include a short presentation from an individual or from panelist followed by an extensive open discussion. It is anticipated that faculty who have won excellence in teaching awards would participate in panel discussions at one or more of the meetings. Ideas for meeting topics will be solicited from the faculty and organized by Teaching Forum Leaders.
Teaching Forum sessions will be held during the day and in the evening (alternating) to enable the largest number of faculty to participate. The forum will be part of our faculty development initiative and first year and non-tenured faculty will be strongly encouraged to participate along with their faculty mentors. Material from the sessions will be disseminated via a Teaching Forum section of the Provost’s web site. New faculty may be required to attend a number of sessions.
To apply to become a Teaching Forum Leader, complete the application and send it, along with a brief resume of no more than 2 pages, to your academic chair/director for review. The academic chair/director should then forward the completed application documents, along with an endorsement of your application, as a single PDF file, by electronic mail to by April 16, to Allison Gillespie, Assistant to the Provost for Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The academic deans will review the applications and make a decision by May 5.