Take a break and enjoy the Sun Issue of the Faculty Affairs Newsletter
Take a break and enjoy the Sun Issue of the Faculty Affairs Newsletter
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Faculty Affairs Newsletter

28 April 2020 | volume 1 issue 3

The Sun Issue

We hope you will take a break and enjoy this issue of F.A.N. 
Scientists observe the sun in different wavelengths, as noted by the collage at left. Other sources note the sun is a warm white color, which is all colors mixed together, and give that color a hex value of #fff5f2. To bring some cheer, we warmed up the background from the regular digital white and varied each background to reflect the diversity of the sun's light as we perceive it on earth.
This issue features an interview with Dr. Erin Hambrick, three things that help by Tammy Welchert, an opportunity for input we hope you share with your students, and other assorted resources and diversions

-The Faculty Affairs Team 

“The Sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the Universe to do.” — Galileo Galilei
photograph of Tammy Welchert
Three Things that Help
The Faculty Affairs Newsletter is sharing faculty members’ unique take on the question “what are three things that help?” This issue, Tammy Welchert shares her three things.
read Three Things that Help
Interview: Cognitive Bandwidth and Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning  
An Interview with Dr. Erin Hambrick about her experience as a facilitator of a Faculty Learning Community during spring semester 2020. FLCs are cohorts of faculty members, across all ranks, including non-tenure track, from different disciplines or fields of study. The community provides a supportive environment where faculty can tune into a variety of activities and experiment with new approaches to teaching, share successes and challenges, launch scholarly work, and disseminate instructional practices and tools. 

read the interview
Roo Connection
A new student-focused newsletter, Roo Connection, helps students engage with campus, this semester since moving online, and for future semesters. FAN will share links to the most recent Roo Connection in each issue.

Issue 2

Zoom Virtual Backgrounds: Show Your Style

All of the UMKC newsletter outlets featured campus and Roo inspired zoom virtual backgrounds. For those looking for something to showcase personal style, here is a collection of virtual backgrounds from Seinfeld's apartment to outer space. 
view Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Dear Students, Please Tell Us What You Think

The Teaching Evaluation and Teaching Enhancement Task Force, chaired by Steve Dilks, recently completed an appeal for students to share what they think about this semester and how the move to all online learning is affecting them. Students may get the link on Canvas. Please encourage your students to share their thoughts. TETE plans to share the results with you and will design tailored learning opportunities to help faculty best support student learning this upcoming fall and spring.
Ask Your Students to Tell Us What They Think


We all could use some these days. Teaching and Learning Continue is an online, searchable archive of all of the resources trailing through the inboxes of the Faculty Affairs team that are not date specific. Have some to add?  

TLC | visit the online archive


Good Night Zoom

A multi-media parodist, "finding the best in a collectively bad situation," redesigned well-known children's books covers. 

Getty Museum Challenge

The Getty Museum issued a challenge to their followers on Twitter to "recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home." Art lovers have been sharing their masterpieces for the last month.

Undergrad You Preliminary Results
Add your undergraduate experiences. It's not too late - we are keeping it open until we reach 250 responses.
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