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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mctighe two

 Workshop:     

Thursday, August 15, 2013  LIB 307

9:00 – 12:30pm Lecture on Understanding by Design(UbD)
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:00pm Hands-On Syllabus Revision Session
3:00 – 4:00pm Open Q & A Session

Video Conferencing Available, Request by 8/7
Call 786.4644 or email lkmorrison@uaa.alaska.edu

Workshop Leader Bio
Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, Jay was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education where he helped lead Maryland’s standards-based reforms, including the development of performance-based statewide assessments. He also directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching. Well known for his work with thinking skills, Jay has coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. In addition to his work at the state level, Jay has experience at the district level in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state residential enrichment program for gifted and talented students.

An accomplished author, Jay has co-authored 12 books, including the best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. He has written more than 30 articles and book chapters, and has published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and The Developer (National Staff Development Council).

With an extensive background in professional development, Jay is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops. He has made presentations in 47 states within the United States, in 7 Canadian provinces, and internationally in 19 countries on six continents.

Jay received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, earned a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and completed post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was selected to participate in the Educational Policy Fellowship Program through the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., and served as a member of the National Assessment Forum, a coalition of education and civil rights organizations advocating reforms in national, state, and local assessment policies and practices.

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

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 300px-Diverse_FacultyResearch from a variety of sources demonstrates that, regardless of conscious intent, people often hold implicit or unconscious assumptions that influence their judgments. These implicit biases inevitably impact personal and professional processes, including the faculty search process.

A recent Educational Testing Service study points out that over the next 2 years, 80% of the anticipated 2.6 million new U.S. college students will be African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian.  Despite the efforts of many universities, higher education has not seen similar diversification among college faculty. Racial and ethnic minorities remain grossly underrepresented; women fare better, but are radically underrepresented within certain disciplines and attain lower academic rank compared to men.

A diverse faculty has been shown to bring myriad benefits to higher education.  Academic leaders who seek a diverse faculty face two primary challenges:  1) diversifying the applicant pool, and 2) overcoming unconscious biases in the hiring process.  This session will address the second of those concerns.

In this forum, participants will:
*watch a STEM grant-funded theater piece that clarifies how unconscious biases affect hiring;
* discuss steps to ensure truly inclusive faculty hiring processes.

Register 

Lunch included with registration.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE)
APU Office of the Academic Dean
|Southcentral Alaska Women in Higher Education (SAWHE) 
With additional funding provided by:
the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Engagement and Academic Support and Alaska Airlines

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Webinar:  A Synergistic Approach to Higher Education:
Academic and Student Affairs

9:50 am - 11:00 am LIB 307
The Office of Student Affairs and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) are pleased to sponsor a collaborative workshop, A Synergistic Approach to Higher Education: Academic And Student Affairs, for student affairs professionals and university faculty.

Participants will hear from Dr. Lua Hancock, Assistant Provost for Student Success at Stetson University and Dr. Karen Boyd, Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville, in a web-presentation that focuses on a synergistic approach to higher education and our role as integrative educators. Dr. Hancock and Dr. Boyd will examine:
1.       Theoretical foundations that will drive our collaborative work (including cross cultural and partnership theories);
2.       Diverse institutional examples of programmatic and/or systems integration in their concepts of liberal learning through governance and structure, learning outcomes and assessment; and
3.       How we can apply our theoretical and best practice based learning to our own campus climates. This is especially important as each campus is unique and cannot always approach program or systems in the same ways as others.

Participants will then engage in an interactive forum with cross-university partners to discuss insights, ideas, or action steps on the important topic of academic and student affairs partnerships. "The idea is to ensure that as many aspects of the collegiate experiences as possible promote a common sense of learning outcomes-outcomes pertinent to a complex world" (Newell, p. 9, 2010). We hope that you will join us for this special program.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Succeeding at UAA as a Minority Faculty

3:00 - 5:00 pm LIB 307
 
A panel of Alaska Native professors from UAA will discuss their journey to becoming tenured and promoted at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Junior faculty and minority faculty are encouraged to attend.

This event is sponsored by:  the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee, Alaska Native & Indigenous Faculty Subcommittee, and the Office of Campus Diversity and Compliance.

Please RSVP


 
 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CAFE PUBLIC POLLICY DEBATE PHOTO Alaska Village"Does the state have an obligation
to act to prevent climate change?"
Public Policy Debate

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 pm
UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 307



Free of charge and open to the public featuring the award-winning Seawolf Debate Program, a faculty response panel, and a facilitated discussion.  This event is part of a series of debates and discussions sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting their future.

With:
Ray Anthony, Philosophy
Toby Schwoerer, Institute for Social and Economic Research
Paul Ongtooguk, Education
Kristin Knudsen, Justice Center

The State of Alaska is an oil-exporting state, and one which is experiencing the effects of climate change more severely than most.  Does it have an obligation to take actions to prevent the effects of climate change on its own citizens?  On citizens elsewhere?  Join us for this important discussion. This event is part of a series of events sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.

For information:  eroderick@uaa.alsaka.edu or 786-4605

 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Facilitating Collegiality at UAA:
Strategies for Success - A workshop for faculty

8:30 - 11:30 am LIB 307(continental breakfast 8:30 -9:00 am)
We all know that negative behaviors can create work environments that are toxic or hostile. 
Faculty can miss work, avoid interactions or perform poorly because of ongoing conflict with colleagues. 
Ensuring a collegial environment at UAA helps everyone.
Faculty, please join us for this important session!


Collegial department Book

With Bob Cipriano, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus,
Southern Connecticut State University, 
author of Facilitating a Collegial Department
in Higher Education

A recent faculty/staff satisfaction survey at UAA pointed to a need to do a better job of creating collegial work environments and responding more effectively to individuals who engage in bullying or other toxic behaviors within departments. Language has been included in the new Promotion and Tenure Guidelines that speaks directly to the importance of collegial behavior. Join us for an interactive presentation based on the book “Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education” which has launched important conversations about collegiality in universities nationwide.
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Dr. Cipriano’s interactive presentation will address questions such as:

•    What is collegial behavior and what is it not?
•    Can we develop guidelines to foster collegiality without discouraging productive and positive dissent or simple diversity?
•    Are there proven methods to objectively assess collegial behavior in the selection of new faculty members as well as in the faculty evaluation process?
•    How have U.S. courts ruled concerning the role of collegiality in P and T and termination decisions?
•    Can “lack of civility” be used as a basis to terminate a full-time faculty member?  Should it?

REGISTER


"Individuals appointed to the faculty are expected to possess the intellectual and professional integrity associated with the exercise of academic freedom and shared governance; to show respect for the opinions of others; to maintain accepted standards of civility and professionalism; to cooperate effectively with others; and to consider the welfare of the total institution."  (UAA's Promotion and Tenure Guidelines, 2013) 

Questions?  Libby Roderick eroderick@uaa.alaska.edu   or Liisa Morrison 786-4644 lkmorrison@uaa.alaska.edu
Co-sponsored by CAFE, the Provost’s office, and United Academics



 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Facilitating Collegiality at UAA:
Strategies for Chairs (for chairs only)

11:30 - 3:00pm  (lunch 11:30 - 12:00 pm)
"Department chairs' greatest job dissatisfaction emanates from colleagues in conflict.  Bob Cipriano teaches and guides us, first in how to deal with toxic colleagues and then how to turn your department into a collegial environment."Walter Gmelch, Dean, School of Education, University of San Francisco
Co-author, The Department Chair as Academic Leader and Chairing an Academic Department

Collegial department Book

With Bob Cipriano, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus,
Southern Connecticut State University, 
author of Facilitating a Collegial Department
in Higher Education

A recent faculty/staff satisfaction survey at UAA pointed to a need to do a better job of creating collegial work environments and responding to individuals who engage in bullying or other toxic behaviors within departments. Chairs play a vital role in the culture and climate within their departments.  Higgerson (1996) found that "a chair's daily communication with faculty, staff, and students can do a lot to minimize destructive confrontation and set the stage for more effective conflict management when differences surface within the department." Join us for this important lunch, presentation and discussion.


Dr. Cipriano’s interactive presentation will address questions such as:
•  be clear in communicating your goals and expectations for the department and faculty performance;
•    establish ground rules for airing disagreements;
•    anticipate conflict areas and be ready to intervene when needed;
•    know when and how to confront and/or initiate conflict;
•    recognize which conflicts are yours to manage; and
•    more!

Schedule:
11:30 – Noon – Lunch (for Chairs)
Noon – 2:00 pm -  Chair's Workshop (LIB 307)
2:00 – 3:00 pm –drop in sessions for Chairs (LIB 307):
     2:00 – 2:20 pm- Motivating an Unmotivated Colleague
     2:20 – 2:40 pm- Coaching an Underperforming Colleague
     2:40 – 3:00 pm- Managing Conflict in the Department- A Proactive Approach
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Individual consultations (LIB 304)
 
REGISTER


Co-sponsored by CAFE, the Provost's office, and United Academics

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

smoke free"UAA Should be a Smoke-Free Campus"
Public Policy Debate

Thursday, February 20, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 pm
UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 307



Free of charge and open to the public featuring the award-winning Seawolf Debate Program, a faculty response panel, and a facilitated discussion.  This event is part of a series of debates and discussions sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting their future.

With UAA faculty panelists:

Gabriel Garcia, Public Health
Kyle Hampton, Economics                   
Gloria Eldridge , Psychology
Cindy Knall, WWAMI


UAA currently permits smoking outdoors on campus only in designated smoking areas at least 20 feet from the least-used entrance to any building. UAA students will vote this April on whether or not UAA should be a completely smoke-free campus.  Join us for this important discussion.

This event is part of a series of events sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.

For information:  eroderick@uaa.alsaka.edu or 786-4605

 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Accountability, Productivity & Support:  Setting up a Writing Group

1:00  - 2:30 pm LIB 302A

Eighteen months ago, three UAA colleagues formed a writing group that significantly increased their scholarly productivity. In this workshop, they share strategies that foster disciplined writing, engagement with work, enthusiasm for writing and research, and personal growth. Participants will learn about different types of writing groups, identify practical strategies for creating them, meet faculty and staff with shared interests, and receive resources for organization, motivation, and accountability. The workshop incorporates opportunities for reflection, self-assessment and goal-setting.

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