Pew FTLC: Late February 2022
Pew FTLC: Late February 2022
Grand Valley State University
Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center
February 25, 2022

Director's Note

Earlier this week, I was planning on sharing a host of resources with you. Suffice it to say that things have changed and the state of the world at the moment invites brevity, focus, and a fresh helping of both compassion and action. So, four items of note:

  • We have a few spots remaining in today's Creating Video with Visual Literacy session (11am–12:30pm). This virtual workshop will be really helpful to any instructors that use video in their teaching.
  • There are also a few open spots for this afternoon's excellent session with Vicki L. Baker, author of Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors (1–2pm).
  • Burnout is real. Some of you have been sharing stories; I am seeing more in print on the subject. What I appreciated about this New York Times piece from last week is that I felt see and I came away with some surprising and practical strategies. Other posts that have come across my feed emphasized creating time for focused work. Here are a few that I am trying: close apps, turn off email notifications, pause your inbox, block distracting websites, and/or structure your time with Tomato Timer. So, as I have said before, stay strong, give yourself some grace, know that you are not alone, and consider giving something new a try. You never know what might provide a bit of relief.
  • No matter what subject you are teaching, your students bring with them a host of contexts, experiences, concerns, beliefs, understandings...Well you get the point. If you aren't sure what is on your students' minds, why not ask? Not sure how to talk about Russia and Ukraine? Not sure if you should even bring it up? Here is a short piece from Inside Higher Ed this morning. We have also have a teaching resources page, Responding to Critical Incidents, that might also be of use.

Take good care.

– Christine Rener

Developing Your Voice and Crafting a Compelling Narrative
with Vicki L. Baker
TODAY (Feb. 25) from 1–3pm

In Fall 2021, the Pew FTLC ran a Faculty Learning Community entitled "Charting Your Path to Full Professor" for female-identifying associate professors contemplating full professor. We are excited to announce that we will once again be hosting Vicki L. Baker, author of the book, Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors, today!
This two-part event will offer a first session (from 1–2pm) that focuses on an introduction/refresher to the persuasion techniques featured in Chapter 7 of Dr. Baker's book, Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors. The second session (from 2–3pm) offers a deeper dive of this topic in which participants explore and commit to post-workshop actions they can take.
***Unless you were a participant in the Fall 2021 Charting Your Path to Full FLC, you must participate in Session I before you can participate in Session II.***

Visual Literacy and Critical Thinking 

On a daily basis, our students negotiate a myriad of visual media, within and beyond the classroom. How can we support their engagement with these materials in nuanced and informed ways? This series offers participants an introduction to core concepts and practices associated with visual literacy. The sessions can be taken independently, but also are designed to complement one another. Consider combining two or more workshops bridging theory with practice to support student learning. See the list below of upcoming workshops and topics.  Visit our Visual Literacy: Concepts and Methods webpage for full details.
Creating Video with Visual Literacy
TODAYFebruary 25, 2022 from 11am–12:30pm
Visual Literacy: Engaging Context in the Classroom
February 28, 2022 from 10:30am–12pm

Apply for our Teaching Innovation Grant by March 15

Our Teaching Innovation Grants (TIG) are intended to support faculty in pursuing innovative projects that enhance teaching and learning. These projects range from cutting-edge, research-based teaching and learning innovations, to innovations that are new to one's field or new to the individual faculty member. The Teaching Innovation Grant encourages and supports the launching of NEW ideas. 
The deadline to apply is midnight on March 15, 2022.  Learn more about the Teaching Innovation Grant and our other grants—Faculty Conference Grant, Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant and more, by visiting our Grants Overview webpage.  Apply online today!

Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning
ACUE Micro Course
Begins May 16, 2022

In partnership with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), faculty have the opportunity to participate in this micro-course focused on the learning and implementing of research-based practices, each shown to improve student success.  This online micro-course will be professionally facilitated and will allow the cohort of faculty to share insights and ideas and is FREE to GVSU faculty!
Participants in this micro-course can expect to explore the following:
  • Managing the Impact of Biases
  • Reducing Microaggressions in Learning Environments
  • Addressing Imposter Phenomenon and Stereotype Threat
  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Designing Equity-Centered Courses

There's still time to join the Promoting Active Learning Online ACUE Micro Course too!  Although the course started on Feb. 14, 2022, the add/drop period goes through Feb. 28, 2022.  Visit our ACUE Mini Courses for Faculty webpage to learn more.
REGISTER for the Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning ACUE Mini-Course

Featured Upcoming Partner Events

Addressing Academic Misconduct
March 8 from 10–11am (virtual event)

Addressing academic misconduct is one of the many responsibilities of the faculty and staff at GVSU. These conversations with students can be difficult and it is important to follow outlined procedures. This session will equip faculty and staff with tools needed to address academic misconduct.  Learn more by visiting our Upcoming Events webpage.

Student Scholars Day (SSD) Keynote Speakers Announced!

Soul Work: Find Your "Why" Through Scholarship
April 12 from 5–6:30pm
Dr. Jakia Marie (GVSU, '13 & '16), assistant professor of Sociology at Bellarmine University works to explore race, gender, ethnicity, and identity intersections within social and educational constructs in Africa and across the African Diaspora.
Being Human in STEM: Shaping Inclusive Spaces
April 13 from 5–6:30pm
Dr. Sheila Jaswal, associate professor of Chemistry and member of the Biophysics and Biochemistry Program at Amherst College, will be talking to the transformative power of inclusive spaces in STEM.
Learn more by visiting
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