New Southeast Faculty Members Getting Acquainted With University, Southeast Missouri Region

New faculty in classroom at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center

Fifty new faculty members at Southeast Missouri State University visited the University’s Malden campus Aug. 12, where they participated in an interactive instructional television presentation. This opportunity allowed the new faculty to see and experience, first-hand, the variety of ways in which their future students will receive instruction.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug.14, 2008 – Fifty new faculty members at Southeast Missouri State University are participating in a five-day workshop through Aug. 15 designed to acquaint them with the University and the Southeast Missouri region.

The Teaching Enhancement Workshop, launched in 1986, occurs annually for all newly hired faculty members.  It provides faculty with an opportunity to meet and work with each other and to explore teaching and learning issues especially relevant to Southeast. The Workshop is punctuated with a bus tour of the region on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Under the guidance and narration of Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History, the tour explores the University’s service region, its rich cultural history, and the importance of Southeast’s extended learning programs. After the new faculty had a chance to soak in the southeast landscape, the bus stopped at Southeast Missouri State University-Malden, located in the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center for an interactive instructional television presentation. This opportunity allowed the new faculty to see and experience, first-hand, the variety of ways in which their future students receive instruction. The faculty also visited the Bootheel Youth Museum, a collection of exhibits exploring math, science, human relations, natural resources and the arts.

University President Kenneth W. Dobbins and Vice Provost Fred Janzow formally welcomed them to the University community on Aug. 11. For the rest of the week, faculty participated in seminars focusing on various aspects of the teacher-scholar model and activities designed to enhance excellence in teaching and learning.  The seminars address teaching strategies, learning styles and assessment; using instructional technology to support learning; the University Studies program; research and grant development; academic advising; student evaluations; Student Development and Kent Library. They also receive information about University benefits, and they learn about the array of services available to Southeast students.

Past participants have said the Teaching Enhancement Workshop is an 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.

The Teaching Enhancement Workshop is sponsored by the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CSTL), and facilitated by Dr. David Starrett, dean of the School of University Studies and Academic Information Services and director of the CSTL; Dr. Brian Smentkowski, professor of political science and CSTL faculty associate; Dr. Allen Gathman, Director of the Center for Writing Excellence and professor of biology; and Dr. Tammy Hanebrink, professor of mathematics.