Workshop to Orient New Southeast Faculty Members Beginning Aug. 12

UCCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 5, 2013 – New faculty members at Southeast Missouri State University will participate in a five-day workshop Aug. 12-16 designed to acquaint them with the University and the southeast Missouri region.

The Teaching Enhancement Workshop will be held in the University Center Redhawks Room, Tribute Room and Ballroom A, and Kent Library. New faculty will have the opportunity to meet and work with each other, get oriented to the University and the region, and explore and discuss teaching and learning issues relevant to Southeast and its teacher-scholar model.

The format of the workshop is highly interactive, reflecting the underlying teaching philosophy of the institution. In a seminar setting, participants will examine techniques and issues associated with such topics as student-centered teaching, the design of effective learning experiences and integration of information technology with learning.

Faculty will participate in seminars on campus construction and renovation, academic advising, career linkages, teaching strategies, research and grants, using instructional technology to support learning, Kent Library, student learning outcomes, student evaluations and the University Studies program. They will be introduced to Interim Provost Gerald McDougall; and receive information about University benefits, sexual harassment prevention, emergency response training, and promotion and tenure. They will also learn about the array of campus services available to Southeast students, visit the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center and attend a reception and dinner hosted by Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins.

As part of the workshop, new faculty members will take a narrated bus tour of the University and the southeast Missouri region on Friday, Aug. 16, giving participants a flavor for the region from which many of their students come. The tour will include a visit to the Southeast Missouri State University – Malden campus and emphasize the importance of Southeast’s growing extended learning programs. At Malden, faculty will participate in an interactive television and webinar session, tour the facility and learn about its history in the area. One of the key objectives of the tour is to provide insight into an important part of Southeast’s service region and to understand the connection the University fosters between the campuses, the student population and how technology is used to maintain an inclusive and dynamic learning environment. The tour also provides an opportunity for faculty members to communicate informally about what they have learned during the week while fostering an atmosphere of collegiality. The bus will return to the Southeast campus after a lunch at Lambert’s Café in Sikeston, Mo

Southeast’s Teaching Enhancement Workshop was launched in 1986 for all 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.

The Teaching Enhancement Workshop is sponsored by the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CSTL), and facilitated by Dr. Dave Starrett, dean of Academic Information Services and director of the CSTL; Dr. Beverly Evans, associate professor of health, human performance and recreation, CSTL faculty associate and workshop coordinator; Dr. Michelle Kilburn, assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology; and Dr. Michael Taylor, assistant professor of biology.