New Southeast Faculty Members to Get Acquainted with University, Southeast Missouri Region

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 5, 2009 – Thirty new faculty members at Southeast Missouri State University will participate in a five-day workshop Aug. 10-14 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. 12. 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 members have a chance to soak in the southeast landscape, the bus will stop at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston for an interactive instructional television presentation. This opportunity allows the new faculty to see and experience, firsthand, the variety of ways in which their future students receive instruction.

University President Kenneth W. Dobbins will formally welcome them to the University community on Aug. 10. For the rest of the week, faculty will participate 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. Beverly Evans, assistant professor of recreation.