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August Back to School Workshops ~~ August 9-12, 2021

Book Discussion Groups

Dean's Reading List

Mondays from September 13 - March 7, 2022, 1200-1250, Mahan 220. Books will be provided to the first 30 people who sign up. 
  • Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (September 13-October 4) ~~ Karyn Sproles
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  • Tara Gray, Publish and Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar (October 18-November 1) ~~ Karyn Sproles
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  • Gebriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris, editors, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (January 24-March 7) ~~ Karyn Sproles
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Boice Reading Group

Tuesdays from August 24, 2021-April 7, 2022, 1200-1300 ~ Karyn Sproles. 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!

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Foundations of Teaching

Thursdays from August 19 - November 18, 2021,1200-1300 ~ Karyn Sprokes. 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!

    • Teaching in a Culturally Responsive Classroom ~~ Sharika Crawford (History), Silvia Peart (Languages and Cultures), and Judith Rosenstien (Leadership, Ethics, & Law)

    • August 9, 2021 (Tuesday): "Syllabus Design Tips: how to foster inclusion and diversity in the classroom”

    • September 2, 2021:  "How to Navigate Difficult Conversations with Students in the Classroom: Instructional Tools and Approaches" (Tentative title)

    • October 21, 2021: "Strategies for Leveraging Students' Background through Conscious Leadership" 

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Educational Technology Workshops and Demonstrations

Wednesdays, 1200-1300, Thursdays, 1530-1630, September 15-November 18, 2021

Formative Analysis of Classroom Teaching (FACT)

Formative Analysis of Classroom Teaching (FACT)October 4- October, 29, 2021 and February 22-April 1, 2022 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.
  • Sign up for FACT

USNA's 7th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning: Tuesday-Thursday, May 17-19, 2022; proposals due: 25 March 2022

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.

Weekly Writing Group ~ Mondays 3:30-4:00 ~ Starting August 30. 

  • No sign up necessary
  • In Robert Boice's  Advice for New Faculty Members, he notes that many struggling writers too often "work in isolation" and think writing can only be done in large blocks of time. This informal writing group is a silent community in which to work regularly. We have been amazed at how much we can do in 30 minutes. Drop in with your laptop and start writing!

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 ~ October 18-22

  • 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, May 31-June 2, 2022, 10:00-noon

Safe Space ~ TBA



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