2014-2015 is a brand new year with brand new things to think about, discover, and experience. This year, communication is high on my list. In fact, I hope to communicate so much that you get sick of it! Well, in a good way.
Frequent, open, honest, and useful communication regarding our campus community and the various happenings is one of the big steps in reinforcing our commitment to transparent decision-making. My plan is to post meeting materials and summaries of various happenings and discussions on this blog. As you know, sometimes it is hard to get information to every person on a campus…sometimes this is due to size, sometimes time of year, or maybe simply forgetting to share what we hear at meetings. We all know how our days sweep by in academia: winter break will be here in about two minutes! It is easy to forget from meeting to meeting, class to class, and even just walking across campus what we wanted to “be sure to remember.”
So to begin my campaign for more communication, I want to start by announcing a series of brown bag meetings planned for our new faculty (though all are very welcome). Our TLT folks always have plans for another series of short meetings focused on using technologies, and I heard that we are considering another series of professional development opportunities for folks who support departments and various offices around campus. Watch for more information in the allemployee listserv.
If YOU have an idea for professional development and information sharing, let me know.
For now, check this out. Everyone welcome!
2014-15 New Faculty Brown Bag Series
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Professional Development Plan (PDP)
Dr. Ralph Townsend and Dr. Charla Miertschin will discuss the nuts and bolts of PDP. The session is open to all, although its target audience is newly hired IFO faculty. Maxwell 158 (Rochester Location TBD) from 12noon through 1pm.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Internal Funding Sources
Dr. Ralph Townsend and Dr. Peter Miene will share internal funding sources available to IFO faculty. All interested are welcome. Maxwell 158 (Rochester Location TBD) from 12noon through 1pm.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Course Evaluations
Dr. Bill McBreen, Dr. Hamid Akbari, and Dr. Tarrell Portman will facilitate the discussion on various aspects of course evaluations, including their significance to the Professional Development Report, best practices at WSU, and technical assistance available from TLT and IPAR. Open to all. Maxwell 158 (Rochester Location TBD) from 12noon through 1pm.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 IRB Policies and Procedures for Faculty and/or Student
Dr. Tarrell Portman will lead a discussion on the IRB policies and procedures at WSU. Open to all. Maxwell 158 (Rochester Location TBD) from 12noon through 1pm.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Professional Development Report (PDR)
Dr. Charla Miertschin and Dr. Ralph Townsend will discuss the nuts and bolts of PDR. The session is open to all, although its target audience is newly hired IFO faculty. Maxwell 158 (Rochester Location TBD) from 12noon through 1pm.