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August Back to School Workshops ~~ August 3-7, 2020

Book Discussion Groups

Dean's Reading List

Mondays from September 14, 2020-April 12, 2021, 1200-1250, Links to Google Meet will be sent out later. Books will be provided to the first 20 people who sign up. 
  • Kate Manne, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny—continued from spring (September 14-October 5, 2020)
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  • Jessamyn Neuhaus, Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers (October 19-November 16, 2020)
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  • Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (March 22-April 12, 2021) 
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Boice Reading Group

Tuesdays from August 25, 2020-April 6, 2021, 1200-1300 ~ Karyn Sproles,  Link to Google Meet will be sent out later. Books will be provided to all who sign up. 
  • This reading group provides on-going orientation for new (and not so new) faculty. During the year we will discuss how to balance teaching, research, and service with the rest of our lives. For help with this difficult challenge we will read Robert Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members and talk with folks from a variety of offices at USNA that support faculty work. Participants are not expected to attend every session—come when you can!
    Click here to register for the Boice Reading Group

Foundations of Teaching

Thursdays from August 13 - November 12, 2020,1200-1300 ~ Karyn Sprokes, Link to Google Meet will be sent out later. Books will be provided to the first 40 people who sign up. 
  • This introduction to teaching is designed for faculty with limited prior teaching experience and for those who would like to explore we can use the growing research on how learning works to teach more effectively. We will read James Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Sessions will be tailored to the group’s need and interests and will topics such as how to handle the first day of class; creating class policies; and designing rubrics, assignments, and tests. Participants are not expected to attend every session—come when you can!  
    Click here to register for the Foundations of Teaching


Educational Technology Workshops and Demonstrations

Educational Technology Workshops 

Mondays - Thursdays, September 15-November 19, 2020 & January 25-April 8, 2021, 1530-1630. 
  • A variety of workshops on instructional technology will be held throughout the year such as using Blackboard, Google Drives, PowerPoint, and other academic resources.

Educational Technology Demonstrations

Wednesdays, September 16-November 18, 2020 & January 27-April 7, 2021, 1200-1300.  
  • Educational Technology Demonstrations including programs such as the Panopto Lecture Capture System, Respondus LockDown Browser, Google Hangouts Meet, Google Classroom, and more!


Formative Analysis of Classroom Teaching (FACT)

Formative Analysis of Classroom Teaching (FACT), September 28- October, 30, 2020 & February 23-March 26, 2021
The most popular program offered!

To assist faculty members with their own reflective teaching by providing them with anonymous mid-semester feedback from their students.

  • Request mid-semester feedback on one of your classes—strictly confidential: no records kept or reports made. Watch your email for more details and a call for requests. Due to growing demand, we can only offer 1 FACT per instructor.
  • The sign up will be posted soon. 

USNA's 6th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning: Tuesday-Thursday, May 18-20, 2021; proposals due: 22 March 2021

Note: Accepted proposals for the 2020 conference will be included in this year’s conference schedule.

Additional Programs

Pop-Up Fridays

Occasional Fridays. Link to Google Meet will be sent out later.
  • Current issues in teaching and learning. Look for emails announcing the topic of the week.

Effective Chairing

Dates, Time and Location to be Determined
  • Informal and confidential discussion of topics facing chairs from evaluation to organizing administrative work. Chairs share challenges and solutions as well as hear presentations on emerging issues.

Trident Days ~ Returning in Spring, 2021 (We hope)

  • Volunteer to have a faculty or staff member come to one of your classes - and sign up to sit in on a class yourself. 

Preparing for P& T Workshop, Tuesday-Thursday, June 1-3, 2021, 10:00-noon

  • This 3-part workshop helps participants prepare for promotion and tenure, including how to create a teaching portfolio.

Leadership in Higher Education

  • A monthly discussion group for Senior Professors and other administrator

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