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CTRL Faculty Summer Institute

A Collection of Seven Workshops

May 10 - May 19, 2016

Tuesday, May 10 | 9:30am-3:30pm | MGC 247

Promoting Inclusive Classrooms
Co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Life & Dean of Academic Affairs Office

Amanda Taylor (Professorial Lecturer, SIS) and Leena Jayaswal (Associate Professor, SOC)

The changing demographics (race, class, gender and political diversity) of the AU student body require culturally responsive pedagogy for effective teaching and learning. This workshop will help faculty identify tools for creating inclusive classrooms. The focus will be responsive to timely issues affecting our students and campus learning environment such as: 

  • Micro-aggression in the classroom and implicit bias
  • Reducing stereotype threats
  • Building course content to ensure diversity of perspectives and viewpoints
  • Managing difficult conversations and conflicts
  • Diversity and inclusion statements
  • Assessing relevance of course materials
  • Creating a pro-social classroom

Wednesday, May 11 | 1:00pm-4:00pm | Hurst 202

Teaching with Wordpress

Lindsay Murphy (CTRL Coordinator of Faculty Technology Initiatives) 

Running a course blog or assigning student-created websites can support unique and engaging learning experiences if carefully planned and integrated into your curriculum. This session will discuss best practices for developing and grading web-based assignments and explore both student-created and faculty-created sites. Equipped with an introduction to the pedagogy of course websites, you'll learn how to use WordPress to create your own course site or assign student websites.



Thursday, May 12 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Hurst 202

Using Stata Software for Data Analysis and Visualization

Assen Assenov (CTRL Associate Director for Research Support) and Angel Bogushev (CTRL Academic Technology Applications Trainer)

Stata is a computational software application commonly used in social science research. The capabilities of the software, enhanced through user-created packages, include a wide variety of specialized statistical techniques.

This is a full-day function-oriented workshop, focusing on the fundamentals of using Stata from typical basics and working up through introductory and advanced data analysis. Participants will learn the Stata basics of reading and transforming data, descriptive statistics, data visualization, data analysis, and effective presentation of analytical results. In addition, sessions will cover using the Stata menu system and commands to do a wide range of statistical step-by-step analyses such as discrete choice models, time series, panel data, survival analysis, cluster analysis, geospatial mapping, as well as running Stata on a high performance computing cluster for big data management and analytics.



Friday, May 13 | 9:30am-12:30pm | MGC 200

Faculty Development: Expanding Professional Horizons

Mary Clark (Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost), Naomi Baron (CTRL Executive Director), Paula Warrick (Senior Director, Office of Merit Awards), and Kelly Alexander (Director of Public Relations, University Communications)

Summer offers faculty some mental breathing space to reflect on professional directions and aspirations. This workshop explores multiple pathways for growth in the areas of research, teaching, and life as a public intellectual. Topics will include applying for (and winning) individual fellowships, designing (and following) a research or writing agenda, and developing strategies for sharing the results of scholarship in the public arena.



Tuesday, May 17 | 9:30am-3:30pm | MGC 3&4

Leveraging Instructional Technology for Your Classroom

Lindsay Murphy (CTRL Coordinator of Faculty Technology Initiatives), Anna Olsson (CTRL Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Resources), Marilyn Goldhammer (CTRL Associate Director of Pedagogy), Sarah Grace (CTRL Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant), Fernando Gracia (CTRL Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant) and Brienne Thomson (CTRL Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant)

Identify and learn to use the most beneficial instructional technologies for your classroom at this day-long workshop, which is designed to give you a chance to not only identify, learn about, and get hands-on experience working with a new instructional technology of your choice, but to make the selection thoughtfully, with your course’s learning outcomes as well as the needs of your students in mind. 

The day begins with a broad conversation about the role of technology in higher education and how it can most efficiently be used to align with course goals and learning outcomes, while being accessible to all students.You will then be able to sample what’s out there at our luncheon Technology Tasting, with short introductions to a variety of instructional technology tools, and with time to ask questions and see what some of these tools can accomplish. In the afternoon, you will delve deeper into one tool of your choice by attending a hands-on workshop that goes into detail about its use in the classroom.



Wednesday, May 18 & Thursday, May 19 | 9:30am-3:30pm (Two-Day Session) | Butler Conference Room (May 18) & MGC 247 (May 19)

Community-Based Learning Faculty Institute

Marcy Campos (Director, Center for Community Engagement & Service)

This Institute provides an opportunity for AU faculty to learn about best practices in community-based learning pedagogy and use this knowledge to revise and strengthen a course syllabus. Through the new “CB” course designation, the Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP) add-on credit and the Community-Based Research Scholars program, this pedagogy is gaining traction on campus and nationally. Faculty practitioners will serve as guest speakers to provide practical resources such as articulating learning outcomes, designing project-based vs. direct service approaches, weighing assignments to account for engagement in the community, and tips on including reflection. The first day of the session will be on campus while the second day will begin in a neighborhood nonprofit setting. Strategies for working with community partners and incorporating neighborhood learning will be shared during the visit.

This program is relevant both for those who have experience with CBL but want to refine an existing course and those who are exploring this approach for a forthcoming class.



Thursday, May 19 | 9:30am-3:30pm| Hurst 202

Quantitative Research Methods: Pairing Research Techniques with Practical Examples

Betty Malloy (Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, CAS) and Assen Assenov (CTRL Associate Director for Research Support)

This is a hands-on refresher workshop for those who have had quantitative research methods training in the past or a fast-paced introduction to basic quantitative research methods for beginners. Participants will learn the basics of describing different types of data by using statistical measures such as percentages, averages, frequency and standard error. In addition, sessions will cover various hypothesis testing and regression analysis techniques appropriate for the research data and research questions asked. All of the quantitative research methods will be accompanied with step-by-step guides on how to apply them and examples to illustrate the use of these techniques. This full-day workshop will help participants develop an understanding of how to successfully match appropriate research design with available data and, consequently, choose a correct statistical approach for data analysis and visualization.