Upcoming Events

Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Organizing for Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) provide students with the opportunity to both engage in hands-on research and develop career-related, transferable skills (ex. teamwork). These classes also help to increase retention in STEAM fields and improve equitable access to research opportunities. Developing thoughtfully designed CUREs requires identifying: 1) a research question that can be translated to an undergraduate classroom, 2) the skills that students will engage in, and 3) methods to report their findings to the broader scientific community (ex. publications). 09/20/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm Online
Designing a Liquid Syllabus Learn how to create an attractive, accessible, multimedia syllabus to engage your students and share class information prior to the term. A 'liquid' syllabus is simple to create, and this session will share not only 'how-tos' but some great examples from faculty. Register 11/17/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm Online
Teaching, Learning, & Student Success: Instruction
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Organizing for Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) provide students with the opportunity to both engage in hands-on research and develop career-related, transferable skills (ex. teamwork). These classes also help to increase retention in STEAM fields and improve equitable access to research opportunities. Developing thoughtfully designed CUREs requires identifying: 1) a research question that can be translated to an undergraduate classroom, 2) the skills that students will engage in, and 3) methods to report their findings to the broader scientific community (ex. publications). 09/20/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Constructing Better Exams Have your students ever told you your exams didn't test what they expected, seemed unfair, or were too hard? Have you had challenges with designing exams for online courses? Exams and quizzes can serve an important role in assessing student learning, however, many tests are unclear, not aligned with course learning objectives, or challenging to conduct online. In this workshop we will examine issues with current testing practices and offer tips and strategies for more successful results. Registration Link 09/29/21 4:00pm to 5:00pm Online in Zoom
Developing Rubrics for Assignments Would you like to use rubrics to better evaluate student work and to more efficiently provide feedback? A rubric is a scoring tool based on the criteria for evaluating the quality of student work and can be used for research reports, essays, projects, performances, and presentations. In this workshop, we will present basic guidelines for creating and using rubrics and participants will spend time developing or revising a rubric for one course assignment. 09/30/21 3:30pm to 4:30pm Online in Zoom
Infographics and Other Visuals as Student Products Looking for opportunities to tap into your students’ creativity? Alternatives to narrative written assignments? Join this session to learn about infographics and other visual productive as effective ways for students to demonstrate their learning. Assessment strategies for these types of assignments will also be discussed. Register  10/13/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm Online in Zoom
Transparent Assignment Peer Review Have you redesigned an assignment based on the Transparent Assignment Template and could use a little feedback on the finished product? Join us in this interactive session during which we will work in small groups to provide each other with feedback. Please be prepared to share your redesigned assignment in a Zoom breakout room. Registration Link 10/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm Online in Zoom
Teaching, Learning, & Student Success
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Building Reflection into STEM Classrooms AppLC Students in STEM classes know they are solving difficult problems, yet they are often less aware of the complex analytical skills that they simultaneously acquire. Furthermore, many traditional STEM assignments favor computational approaches, which may encourage students to focus on memorization and imitation thereby avoiding conceptual connections vital to STEM learning. Student reflection makes this higher-order thinking visible and strengthens connections and expertise across courses and disciplines. 08/23/21 to 11/22/21 3:00pm to 4:30pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Book Club: College Teaching Basics Do you feel like you might need help with the pedagogical aspect of academic life? You're not alone! Join our book to discuss best practices and add tricks and tools to your teaching arsenal. Though we're targeting new faculty, all are welcome! Registration Link The book club will meet from 12:00-1:00pm on the following days: —Monday, August 30, 2021; 12:00-1:00pm —Monday, September 27, 2021; 12:00-1:00pm —Monday, October 18, 2021; 12:00-1:00pm 08/30/21 to 11/29/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Facilitating Difficult Classroom Conversations AppLC Do you find yourself overwhelmed and not sure how to respond when emotions get high in classroom discussions? Do you wonder how to respond when a student makes a statement that you worry might be difficult for other students to hear? Do you worry about how to draw boundaries while preserving relationships with students? 09/02/21 to 12/02/21 3:30pm to 5:30pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Coming to Terms with Campus Controversies AppLC Scholars and teachers in higher ed today contend with a set of conditions, controversies, and conflicts over campus climate, free expression, academic freedom, and the nature and purpose of our work. Should we be as “objective” as possible or should we be devoted to political causes and activist goals? Are we subject matter experts and authorities in our classrooms, or should we be breaking down power inequalities and finding ways to establish solidarity with our students? 09/03/21 to 12/03/21 2:00pm to 3:00pm Online in Zoom
Digital & Media Literacy AppLC Join members of AppState's Digital Literacy Learning Community for conversations about the role of digital literacy in your classrooms and your lives. Topics TBD by participant interest. Register 09/10/21 to 11/12/21 11:00am to 12:00pm Online in Zoom
Book Club: Think Again by Adam Grant Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. 09/10/21 to 09/24/21 1:00pm to 1:45pm Online in Zoom
Organizing for Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) provide students with the opportunity to both engage in hands-on research and develop career-related, transferable skills (ex. teamwork). These classes also help to increase retention in STEAM fields and improve equitable access to research opportunities. Developing thoughtfully designed CUREs requires identifying: 1) a research question that can be translated to an undergraduate classroom, 2) the skills that students will engage in, and 3) methods to report their findings to the broader scientific community (ex. publications). 09/20/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Constructing Better Exams Have your students ever told you your exams didn't test what they expected, seemed unfair, or were too hard? Have you had challenges with designing exams for online courses? Exams and quizzes can serve an important role in assessing student learning, however, many tests are unclear, not aligned with course learning objectives, or challenging to conduct online. In this workshop we will examine issues with current testing practices and offer tips and strategies for more successful results. Registration Link 09/29/21 4:00pm to 5:00pm Online in Zoom
Developing Rubrics for Assignments Would you like to use rubrics to better evaluate student work and to more efficiently provide feedback? A rubric is a scoring tool based on the criteria for evaluating the quality of student work and can be used for research reports, essays, projects, performances, and presentations. In this workshop, we will present basic guidelines for creating and using rubrics and participants will spend time developing or revising a rubric for one course assignment. 09/30/21 3:30pm to 4:30pm Online in Zoom
Infographics and Other Visuals as Student Products Looking for opportunities to tap into your students’ creativity? Alternatives to narrative written assignments? Join this session to learn about infographics and other visual productive as effective ways for students to demonstrate their learning. Assessment strategies for these types of assignments will also be discussed. Register  10/13/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm Online in Zoom
Transparent Assignment Peer Review Have you redesigned an assignment based on the Transparent Assignment Template and could use a little feedback on the finished product? Join us in this interactive session during which we will work in small groups to provide each other with feedback. Please be prepared to share your redesigned assignment in a Zoom breakout room. Registration Link 10/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm Online in Zoom
Inclusive Excellence
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Book Club: How to Be Less Stupid About Race "How to Be Less Stupid About Race" by Crystal Fleming is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. 09/01/21 to 11/03/21 11:00am to 12:00pm Online in Zoom
Book Club: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions Although unintentional, we have all committed subtle acts of exclusion (SAE, a.k.a. microaggressions) which can alienate our colleagues, students, and friends. These actions and phrases often go unaddressed and are harmful. Join us in learning how to spot and address stereotypes, objectification, and other forms of microaggressions that separate instead of uniting. Register  Book: "Subtle Acts of Exclusion How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions", by Tiffany Jana & Michael Baran 09/15/21 to 09/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm Online in Zoom
Part II: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions Book Study Although unintentional, we have all committed subtle acts of exclusion (SAE, a.k.a. microaggressions) which can alienate our colleagues, students, and friends. These actions and phrases often go unaddressed and are harmful. Join us in learning how to spot and address stereotypes, objectification, and other forms of microaggressions that separate instead of uniting. 09/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Book Club: The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music By Nina Sun Eidsheim How do perceptions of race, gender, vocal technique, and timbre influence the ways in which a listener engages with music? How does a listener answer the question “Who is Singing?” when they cannot see the singer? By focusing on the listener (rather than the sound producer), Eidsheim’s The Race of Sound addresses these questions by investigating the ways in which Black American singers have been interpreted and misinterpreted in a variety of musical styles, including opera, jazz, and synthesized music. 09/30/21 to 10/28/21 4:00pm to 5:30pm Online in Zoom
Inclusive Excellence: Campus Community
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Book Club: How to Be Less Stupid About Race "How to Be Less Stupid About Race" by Crystal Fleming is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. 09/01/21 to 11/03/21 11:00am to 12:00pm Online in Zoom
Book Club: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions Although unintentional, we have all committed subtle acts of exclusion (SAE, a.k.a. microaggressions) which can alienate our colleagues, students, and friends. These actions and phrases often go unaddressed and are harmful. Join us in learning how to spot and address stereotypes, objectification, and other forms of microaggressions that separate instead of uniting. Register  Book: "Subtle Acts of Exclusion How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions", by Tiffany Jana & Michael Baran 09/15/21 to 09/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm Online in Zoom
Part II: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions Book Study Although unintentional, we have all committed subtle acts of exclusion (SAE, a.k.a. microaggressions) which can alienate our colleagues, students, and friends. These actions and phrases often go unaddressed and are harmful. Join us in learning how to spot and address stereotypes, objectification, and other forms of microaggressions that separate instead of uniting. 09/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Book Club: The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music By Nina Sun Eidsheim How do perceptions of race, gender, vocal technique, and timbre influence the ways in which a listener engages with music? How does a listener answer the question “Who is Singing?” when they cannot see the singer? By focusing on the listener (rather than the sound producer), Eidsheim’s The Race of Sound addresses these questions by investigating the ways in which Black American singers have been interpreted and misinterpreted in a variety of musical styles, including opera, jazz, and synthesized music. 09/30/21 to 10/28/21 4:00pm to 5:30pm Online in Zoom
Career Support & Advancement: Faculty & Staff Associations
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Infusing Creativity Through Arts-Based Practices Members of the AppState-based community of practice and research group, The Creativity Collaborative, will facilitate this one hour workshop. You will hear about how they have infused creativity through the use of arts-based practices (ABP) into their pedagogy and scholarship, and how ABP has enabled them to establish a sustainable wellness routine. You will also have an opportunity to interact with the group in an informal Q&A session following the presentation. Registration Link  09/29/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm Online in Zoom
Office of Research: Grants Resources and Services
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Develop Your Research Agenda This brief workshop will serve as an introduction to developing a new research agenda for both new and seasoned faculty members. During this session, we will define "the research agenda" and discuss why it is important and various ways to establish and implement it successfully. Registration Link 09/22/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm Online in Zoom
Grant Proposal Writing Overview This workshop will provide an overview of writing a grant proposal, including the essential components required in most grant proposals. We will go over what makes an effective proposal, the abstract, the project description, defining the problem, identifying goals and objectives, the evaluation, and sustainability. We will also identify common grant proposal writing mistakes and pitfalls. Registration Link 10/14/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm Online in Zoom
Book Clubs
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Book Club: College Teaching Basics Do you feel like you might need help with the pedagogical aspect of academic life? You're not alone! Join our book to discuss best practices and add tricks and tools to your teaching arsenal. Though we're targeting new faculty, all are welcome! Registration Link The book club will meet from 12:00-1:00pm on the following days: —Monday, August 30, 2021; 12:00-1:00pm —Monday, September 27, 2021; 12:00-1:00pm —Monday, October 18, 2021; 12:00-1:00pm 08/30/21 to 11/29/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Book Club: How to Be Less Stupid About Race "How to Be Less Stupid About Race" by Crystal Fleming is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. 09/01/21 to 11/03/21 11:00am to 12:00pm Online in Zoom
Book Club: Think Again by Adam Grant Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. 09/10/21 to 09/24/21 1:00pm to 1:45pm Online in Zoom
Book Club: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions Although unintentional, we have all committed subtle acts of exclusion (SAE, a.k.a. microaggressions) which can alienate our colleagues, students, and friends. These actions and phrases often go unaddressed and are harmful. Join us in learning how to spot and address stereotypes, objectification, and other forms of microaggressions that separate instead of uniting. Register  Book: "Subtle Acts of Exclusion How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions", by Tiffany Jana & Michael Baran 09/15/21 to 09/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm Online in Zoom
Book Club: The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music By Nina Sun Eidsheim How do perceptions of race, gender, vocal technique, and timbre influence the ways in which a listener engages with music? How does a listener answer the question “Who is Singing?” when they cannot see the singer? By focusing on the listener (rather than the sound producer), Eidsheim’s The Race of Sound addresses these questions by investigating the ways in which Black American singers have been interpreted and misinterpreted in a variety of musical styles, including opera, jazz, and synthesized music. 09/30/21 to 10/28/21 4:00pm to 5:30pm Online in Zoom
Learning Communities
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Building Reflection into STEM Classrooms AppLC Students in STEM classes know they are solving difficult problems, yet they are often less aware of the complex analytical skills that they simultaneously acquire. Furthermore, many traditional STEM assignments favor computational approaches, which may encourage students to focus on memorization and imitation thereby avoiding conceptual connections vital to STEM learning. Student reflection makes this higher-order thinking visible and strengthens connections and expertise across courses and disciplines. 08/23/21 to 11/22/21 3:00pm to 4:30pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Facilitating Difficult Classroom Conversations AppLC Do you find yourself overwhelmed and not sure how to respond when emotions get high in classroom discussions? Do you wonder how to respond when a student makes a statement that you worry might be difficult for other students to hear? Do you worry about how to draw boundaries while preserving relationships with students? 09/02/21 to 12/02/21 3:30pm to 5:30pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Coming to Terms with Campus Controversies AppLC Scholars and teachers in higher ed today contend with a set of conditions, controversies, and conflicts over campus climate, free expression, academic freedom, and the nature and purpose of our work. Should we be as “objective” as possible or should we be devoted to political causes and activist goals? Are we subject matter experts and authorities in our classrooms, or should we be breaking down power inequalities and finding ways to establish solidarity with our students? 09/03/21 to 12/03/21 2:00pm to 3:00pm Online in Zoom
Mid-Career Revision AppLC As faculty reach mid-career, their professional development needs can change.  The goals of tenure, promotion, or long-term contracts may no longer be guiding metrics, and career paths may not be as clear.  Mid-Career faculty may find themselves over-tasked with the demands of their students, the university, and their disciplines and struggle to carve out time to re-evaluate their goals. 09/09/21 to 12/09/21 12:00am Online in Zoom
Digital & Media Literacy AppLC Join members of AppState's Digital Literacy Learning Community for conversations about the role of digital literacy in your classrooms and your lives. Topics TBD by participant interest. Register 09/10/21 to 11/12/21 11:00am to 12:00pm Online in Zoom
Workshops
Name Description Date(s) Time Location
Organizing for Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) provide students with the opportunity to both engage in hands-on research and develop career-related, transferable skills (ex. teamwork). These classes also help to increase retention in STEAM fields and improve equitable access to research opportunities. Developing thoughtfully designed CUREs requires identifying: 1) a research question that can be translated to an undergraduate classroom, 2) the skills that students will engage in, and 3) methods to report their findings to the broader scientific community (ex. publications). 09/20/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm 218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222
Develop Your Research Agenda This brief workshop will serve as an introduction to developing a new research agenda for both new and seasoned faculty members. During this session, we will define "the research agenda" and discuss why it is important and various ways to establish and implement it successfully. Registration Link 09/22/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm Online in Zoom
Infusing Creativity Through Arts-Based Practices Members of the AppState-based community of practice and research group, The Creativity Collaborative, will facilitate this one hour workshop. You will hear about how they have infused creativity through the use of arts-based practices (ABP) into their pedagogy and scholarship, and how ABP has enabled them to establish a sustainable wellness routine. You will also have an opportunity to interact with the group in an informal Q&A session following the presentation. Registration Link  09/29/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm Online in Zoom
Part II: Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, & Stop Microaggressions Book Study Although unintentional, we have all committed subtle acts of exclusion (SAE, a.k.a. microaggressions) which can alienate our colleagues, students, and friends. These actions and phrases often go unaddressed and are harmful. Join us in learning how to spot and address stereotypes, objectification, and other forms of microaggressions that separate instead of uniting. 09/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Constructing Better Exams Have your students ever told you your exams didn't test what they expected, seemed unfair, or were too hard? Have you had challenges with designing exams for online courses? Exams and quizzes can serve an important role in assessing student learning, however, many tests are unclear, not aligned with course learning objectives, or challenging to conduct online. In this workshop we will examine issues with current testing practices and offer tips and strategies for more successful results. Registration Link 09/29/21 4:00pm to 5:00pm Online in Zoom
Developing Rubrics for Assignments Would you like to use rubrics to better evaluate student work and to more efficiently provide feedback? A rubric is a scoring tool based on the criteria for evaluating the quality of student work and can be used for research reports, essays, projects, performances, and presentations. In this workshop, we will present basic guidelines for creating and using rubrics and participants will spend time developing or revising a rubric for one course assignment. 09/30/21 3:30pm to 4:30pm Online in Zoom
Infographics and Other Visuals as Student Products Looking for opportunities to tap into your students’ creativity? Alternatives to narrative written assignments? Join this session to learn about infographics and other visual productive as effective ways for students to demonstrate their learning. Assessment strategies for these types of assignments will also be discussed. Register  10/13/21 12:00pm to 1:00pm Online in Zoom
Grant Proposal Writing Overview This workshop will provide an overview of writing a grant proposal, including the essential components required in most grant proposals. We will go over what makes an effective proposal, the abstract, the project description, defining the problem, identifying goals and objectives, the evaluation, and sustainability. We will also identify common grant proposal writing mistakes and pitfalls. Registration Link 10/14/21 12:00pm to 1:30pm Online in Zoom
Transparent Assignment Peer Review Have you redesigned an assignment based on the Transparent Assignment Template and could use a little feedback on the finished product? Join us in this interactive session during which we will work in small groups to provide each other with feedback. Please be prepared to share your redesigned assignment in a Zoom breakout room. Registration Link 10/29/21 3:00pm to 4:00pm Online in Zoom