Workshop to Orient New Southeast Faculty Members Beginning Aug. 6

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 3, 2007 – Thirty-two new faculty members at Southeast Missouri State University will participate in a five-day workshop Aug. 6-10 designed to acquaint them with the University and the Southeast Missouri region.

The Teaching Enhancement Workshop will be held in the University Center Missouriana and Indian rooms. 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.

As part of the workshop, new faculty members will take a narrated bus tour of the University and the Southeast Missouri region Aug. 8, giving participants a flavor for the region from which many of their students come. Dr. Frank Nickell, director of the Center for Regional History, will lead the tour. During the tour, Nickell will provide information about the region’s history and the importance of Southeast’s extended learning programs. The tour will take participants through Delta, Perkins, Randles and Bloomfield, Mo., with a stop planned at Southeast’s campus in Malden, Mo. There, faculty members will tour the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center and participate in an interactive television connection to the main campus in Cape Girardeau. The tour will then continue to New Madrid, and participants will eat lunch at Lambert’s in Sikeston. The afternoon portion of the tour will wind through Charleston, Wilson City and Wyatt, and faculty members will have the opportunity to see the New Madrid floodway at Bird’s Point. The group will then continue on to Cairo, Ill., where they will see the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and Mounds National Military Cemetery just north of Cairo. The bus will stop at the River Ridge Winery in Commerce, Mo., and will pass through Scott City before returning to the Cape Girardeau campus.

In addition to the bus tour, faculty will participate in seminars on teaching strategies, the University Studies program, using instructional technology to support learning, learning styles and assessment, research and grant development, academic advising, student evaluations, Student Development and Kent Library. They will be introduced to University President Kenneth W.  Dobbins and Provost Jane Stephens, receive information about University benefits, and get training on Southeast’s administrative database system. They also will learn about the array of campus services available to Southeast students.

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. 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, professor of biology; and Dr. Tammy Hanebrink, professor of mathematics.