Teaching Forums

The 2017-18 Teaching Forum series is hosted by the Center for Faculty Development and coordinated by Dr. Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong. These sessions address issues of pedagogy, whether you teach face-to-face, online, or via IVN. 

Each event will be held in the International Center, Room 319.  

Seating is limited, so please register early for each session! 


Open Educational Resources and USM's Open Textbook Initiative

Tuesday, October 3, 2017  |  IC 319  |  3:45 - 4:45 pm  

Panelists: Mr. Josh Cromwell, Institutional Repository Coordinator, University Libraries; Dr. Mike Vera, Physics; Emileigh Sones, Mathematics; Dr. Alan Thompson, Criminal Justice

As textbook costs continue to rise, many faculty members across the country have turned to more inexpensive options that can both ease the financial burden on their students and be more tailor-made to address the learning outcomes of the course. In particular, open educational resources (OERs) have risen to prominence on many campuses because they are both free to use and have demonstrated an improvement in student performance in courses that utilize them.  



Encouraging Diversity and Inclusiveness in Your Classroom

Thursday, November 2, 2017  |  IC 319  |  3:45 - 4:45 pm  

Panelists: Dr. Holly Foster, Educational Research and Administration; Dr. Kari Kozlowski, Anthropology and Sociology; Dr. Jennifer Regan, Biological Sciences 

With demographic changes and societal challenges, it is critical that college students learn with and from diverse peers.  Many students arrive ill-prepared for the broad array of values, customs, and perspectives in higher education.  Consider ways to establish safe and civil learning environments and to advocate respect in your classes.



Toolkit for Getting Students Engaged

Thursday, February 15, 2018  |  IC 319  |  9:30 - 10:30 am

Panelists: Dr. Brigitte Burgess,Marketing and Merchandising; Dr. Renee Rupp, Nutrition and Food Systems; Dr. Lindsay Wright, Child and Family Studies 

The purpose of this workshop is to give USM faculty a tool box to help them engage students in their courses. These techniques are suitable to use for the beginning, middle, and end of class and are helpful to promote active learning, a sense of community, and a deeper engagement with course content.  



Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 |  IC 319 |  9:30 - 10:30 am

Panelists: Ms. Kelly Lester, Dance; Dr. Webb Parker, Music; Dr. Holly Huye, Nutrition and Food Systems 

Both critical and creative thinking are buzz words in the academic world. However, how a faculty teaches students to understand and practice critical and creative thinking is sometimes unclear. This workshop focuses on helping students integrate this type of thinking to allow them to be successful in their future careers. 




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