2014 Faculty Retreat | Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions A

  • Confronting the Cost of Textbooks with Educationally-Sound Strategies
  • Crossing boundaries: Working across departments/schools/colleges
  • Developing Relationships with Research Funders
  • NCURA Report: What is its impact?
  • Retention and Diversity
  • Unconscious Bias
  • What Advisors Wish Faculty Knew
  • Whose Property is it?

Concurrent Sessions B

  • Crossing boundaries: Working across departments/schools/colleges
  • Did the winners of the Scholar/Teacher Award have a life?
  • Framing the Balance between Liberal Arts and Life Skills
  • How can the Faculty Increase the Reputation of the University?
  • Increasing the Impact of Faculty Research
  • New Trends in Graduate Education at AU
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET)
  • Transitioning from Career to Retirement
  • Who are our Undergraduate Students?

Concurrent Sessions C

  • Developing Relationships with Research Funders
  • Framing the Balance between Liberal Arts and Life Skills
  • How do Faculty Best Leverage AU’s location to Benefit of Graduate Students?
  • Increasing the Impact of Faculty Research
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET)
  • Unconscious Bias
  • What Advisors Wish Faculty Knew
  • Who are our Undergraduate Students?

 

Concurrent Session Descriptions

Title Description
Confronting the Cost of Textbooks with Educationally-Sound Strategies

Course materials are a growing part of the cost of higher education, especially when it comes to hefty survey “textbooks” costing $100 or more.
Today’s session will discuss strategies faculty can employ in constructing course reading lists that are both educationally effective and fiscally mindful.

Crossing boundaries: Working across departments/schools/colleges

This session focuses on challenges encountered and support provided or needed at AU when faculty work across school and/or disciplinary boundaries or establish interdisciplinary centers. It continues the Friday morning plenary discussion through more detailed conversations with the AU 2030 project directors.

Developing Relationships with Research Funders

In this session, faculty with experience in securing external funding for research will discuss funding organizations and project; how they’ve developed relationships; what made their funding search successful; and tips for applying for external research funding.

Did the winners of the Scholar/Teacher Award have a life?

Constantly juggling schedules of teaching, scholarship and life, this panel will examine how leaders in the AU community face the challenges of balancing their personal and professional lives. This panel will explore the notion of what “all” actually means and how to maintain productivity in all areas of life.

Framing the Balance between Liberal Arts and Life Skills

There is increasing interest in the relationship between the professional requirements of the workplace and the tradition of the liberal arts. How can we meet employers' expectations about the skills our graduates need in the workplace and at the same time stay true to our commitment to a liberal arts education. What are the curricular implications of trying to offer both a liberal arts education and at the same time provide students with appropriate professional skills."

How can the Faculty Increase the Reputation of the University?

The reputation of a university is made up of many components. Some are scholarly having to do with the awareness of our peers and the impact of our research. Others are more about how broader audiences understand AU. This session will discuss these venues and what faculty can do to increase AU’s reputation in both.

How do Faculty Best Leverage AU’s location to Benefit of Graduate Students?

Participants will discuss the opportunities, resources, and strategies that help enhance graduate-level training while capitalizing on our unique location. Panelists will share their experience in organizing client-based projects and community partnerships, assigning practitioner interviews, inviting alumni panels and guest speakers, and teaching “working students.” The panel will also address leveraging AU’s location for the new online programs.

Increasing the Impact of Faculty Research

This session will focus on ways that AU can assist faculty to increase the impact of their scholarship and creative activities, drawn from discussions that occurred as part of the High Impact Research Taskforce during fall 2013 and spring 2014.

New Trends in Graduate Education at AU

Graduate education around the globe is changing rapidly, becoming more professionally oriented, more tightly focused, and much less dependent on traditional face-to-face classes.  Join Deans Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Peter Starr and Carola Weil for a wide-ranging discussion of AU's responses to this trend, including the addition of certificate programs and a presentation on the new cross-school Modular Master's Program.

NCURA Report: What is its impact?

This session will focus on the process followed during the spring 2014 National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Peer Review Site Team visit to AU, as well as the recommendations in the subsequent Final Report. A report card, with progress to date, will be reviewed. 

Retention and Diversity

This session advances the retention conversation to consider factors other than irreversible aspects of students’ race, culture, family, upbringing, and previous schooling as determinants for success. The panelists will present a framework that emphasizes the institution’s role in producing equitable retention outcomes, and discuss the effects that institutional actions have on student experiences. The session will incorporate testimonies from surveys and interviews to provide context.

Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET)

The proper content and use of Student Evaluations of Teaching are perennial issues. An Ad Hoc Committee of the Faculty Senate has recently proposed significant recommendations for revising the existing SET system and for “moving beyond SETs” in the evaluation of teaching. These recommendations provide a comprehensive basis for a thoughtful faculty discussion of this important topic.

Transitioning from Career to Retirement

AU human resources will review benefits available at retirement. Financial consultants from TIAA-CREF will discuss a range of topics, including evaluating retirement readiness, determining retirement income sources and expenses, and general retirement planning.

Unconscious Bias

Natural preferences, or unconscious biases, influence our decisions around hiring, purchasing, promotions, and job assignments, as well as interactions with peers and colleagues. In this introductory session, participants will understand the affects and realities of unconscious bias; identify challenges and opportunities in the workplace through the lens of our natural preferences; and identify techniques to increase self-awareness and better management of biases.

What Advisors Wish Faculty Knew

AU's academic advisors are on the front lines of working with all of our students, and therefore "advising" goes far beyond the degree requirements. During this session advisors will share their experiences in working with students, and the panelists will explore how faculty and advisors can partner to best serve our campus community.

Who are our Undergraduate Students?

Did you know that a quarter of our undergraduate students belong to a fraternity or a sorority? Or that nationwide the number of students seeking help for serious mental health problems is increasing? This session gives insights three segments of AU’s undergraduate population--the Class of 2018, AU’s Greek community, and students with mental health issues--and how you can help them succeed.

Whose Property is it?

It takes substantial effort and expertise to design a successful new course and creative faculty members are justified in having a proud sense of “ownership” for their work. But pedagogical and technological innovations such as online and hybrid courses complicate questions about intellectual property rights. This session explores the above question and discusses the experiences of AU faculty teaching in innovative programs.