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    Information, ideas, and training sessions for how to prepare yourself and your students for the multiple types of courses and technologies you will encounter in teaching for the future.

The WMUx Office of Faculty Development fosters a supportive culture of inquiry and teaching, enabling all learners to succeed and thrive.

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Updates

May - August 2022

WMUx Summer Series

Developed with Graduate Students in Mind

From taking a workshop to brush up on your teaching skills to earning a certificate of completion or a signature designation for your teaching portfolio, WMUx's Summer 2022 professional development series offers something for everyone!

These free, synchronous online training sessions will be held throughout the entire summer. You can pick and choose whichever topics are relevant to you, including developing job market materials, creating infographics and video content for your courses, innovative teaching methodologies, and much more.

The registration period is now open. Sessions will remain open until they are filled, but spaces are limited, so be sure to sign up early! If your schedule frees up later in the summer, be sure to check back later to see if any spaces remain.

Levels of Participation

  1. A la carte: Choose whatever topics interest you and sign up by clicking on the links next to the session descriptions. You're all set!
  2. Certificate of Completion: Take any 5 sessions and we'll keep track of attendance. After finishing your 5 sessions, you'll receive your Certificate of Completion and a letter for your Department Chair and Graduate Director to let them know of your accomplishment. To get started, choose at least 5 sessions that interest you and sign up by clicking on the links next to the session descriptions. You're good to go!
  3. Signature Designation: Add a small project to the Certificate of Completion, and you can earn a Signature designation in Teaching and Learning on your WMU transcript! This designation will stand out to admissions committees and future employers. To get the process underway, sign up for at least 5 sessions that interest you by clicking on the links next to the session descriptions. Then send an email to Dr. Gwen Tarbox (gwen.tarbox@wmich.edu), the Director of OFD, letting her know that you plan to add a Signature Designation to your summer subscription series. She will work with you to set it up.

View the schedule and sign up now  

 

April 2022

Faculty Fellow Opportunity: Part-time Instructor

WMUx is pleased to announce an opening for a faculty fellow position for the 2022-2023 academic year designed to provide a WMU part-time instructor the opportunity to explore topics related to part-time instruction and to offer programming for our part-time instructor community.

All PIO members at any stage of their career are invited to apply. Preferred qualifications include previous experience with professional development and/or inclusive teaching.

The part-time instructor selected for this position will be provided with a one-course buy-out at part time rates in each academic semester (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023) and for either Summer I or Summer II 2023.

Complete applications should include a current vita and a brief letter that clearly addresses the candidate's qualifications for and interest in the position. These materials can be sent via email by April 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. to Tonya Dean at tonya.dean@wmich.edu.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Gwen Tarbox, Director of the WMUx Office of Faculty Development at gwen.tarbox@wmich.edu.

 

February 2022

Open Position: Faculty Fellow

WMUx and Merze Tate College are pleased to announce the development of a joint faculty fellow position for the 2022-2023 academic year designed to advance student success initiatives, including WMU's ongoing Gateways to Completion (G2C) project, focused on improving student success in courses that have high rates of Ds, Fs, Withdrawals, and Incompletes (DFWI).

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February 2022

Open Position: Associate Director, WMUx OFD

The WMUx Office of Faculty Development is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director. Candidates for this position are WMU board-appointed, tenured faculty who are looking to develop as leaders on campus, while helping to make significant contributions to the teaching and learning mission of the university.

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Upcoming Events

  • February 25 Friday, 1 p.m.

Graduate Student Professional Development Series

Developing an Effective Relationship with Faculty Mentors

 Date: Friday, February 25       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

A roundtable of experienced graduate students will share best practices for seeking out a mentor and working with a mentor productively. Open to graduate students.

  Sign up now

  • March 17 Thursday, 3 p.m.

WMUx Book Club

Staying Online by Robert Ubell

 Date: Thursday, March 17       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

The WMUx/OFD Book Club invites instructors to read and discuss timely and relevant books about higher education as a part of the workday. Through these discussions, we can broaden our perspectives, stay up-to-date on current trends, and face the rapidly evolving challenges in academia. Capped at 15 participants; the book is provided free of charge by WMUx. Open to faculty and instructors.

  Sign up now  See the video introduction

  • April 8 Friday, 1 p.m.

WMUx Book Club

The Inequality Machine by Paul Tough

 Date: Friday, April 8       Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

The WMUx/OFD Book Club invites instructors to read and discuss timely and relevant books about higher education as a part of the workday. Through these discussions, we can broaden our perspectives, stay up-to-date on current trends, and face the rapidly evolving challenges in academia. Capped at 15 participants; the book is provided free of change by WMUx. Open to faculty and instructors.

  Sign up now  See the video introduction

Past Events

Video of WMUx: Let's Talk About Writing Circles

Run Your Own Writing Circle or Accountability Group

 Date: Thursday, February 10       Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.      Location: Online via Webex

Want to start a writing accountability group in your department or with your colleagues from across the university (or even at other universities)? This workshop will give you the theoretical background and practical tools to get a writing circle up and running.

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