Higher Education Centers Holding Orientation for New Faculty Members Aug. 16-18

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 5, 2005 – Southeast Missouri State University’s higher education centers in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett, Mo., will be holding orientation sessions Aug. 16-18 for new faculty planning to teach at those locations this fall.

The sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden, Mo., at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center and at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Kennett Area Higher Education Center.

Dr. Brian Smentkowski, faculty associate in the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning who is coordinating the training, said the sessions are designed to “put them in touch with the institutional ethos of Southeast Missouri State University.” It is hoped that faculty who participate in the sessions will learn to convey the same educational and institutional values as those delivered by faculty on the main campus in Cape Girardeau, he said.

The training sessions will be divided into three sections on teaching and learning styles, technology, and library services. In the first section, faculty will learn about Southeast’s teaching methodology and the educational culture at Southeast. Faculty also will learn assessment techniques, including student and peer evaluations, and University policies. During the technology section, faculty will learn about University software and hardware capabilities, attendance and grade reporting, and using technology to teach. In the section on library services, participants will learn about holdings in Southeast’s Kent Library, digital acquisitions and resources available to faculty for teaching and research.

Training session leaders will be Smentkowski; Waleed Malik, technology support technician in the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning; Michelle Dubaj, instruction librarian in Kent Library; and Melissa Muth, assistant professor in Kent Library.

The faculty orientation sessions are an extension of Southeast’s Teaching Enhancement Workshop, offered by the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, which was launched on campus in 1986 and is held every August for all nearly newly hired faculty. Past participants have said the workshop is a good opportunity to share with their colleagues insights about teaching and learning, and is a rich, rewarding experience, as well as an opportunity to develop close, lasting relationships with other new faculty members.