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Throughout the year the Faculty Professional Development Program offers a variety of learning opportunities with the collaboration and expertise from NAU faculty and departments across campus.
Explore the learning opportunities we will be offering for the 21-22 Academic Year. Please check our events calendar regularly for registrations or subscribe to our monthly schedule of events email to access dates and times.
For Faculty in their First Year Accordion Closed
Orientation for new faculty will be held on August 17, 2021, from 8:30 to 3:30 pm via in-person and Zoom. If you are new faculty with start dates in January of 2021 or August 2021, tell us about yourself and register here. All event details will be emailed to you after registration.
Productive Beginnings: Resources for Your First Year
A series for new faculty
This monthly series is designed to assist new faculty throughout the first year at NAU. This series is designed for faculty members new to teaching at NAU and is by invitation only. Topics vary each month. This series meets monthly on Fridays in Cline Library Room 169 and remotely via Zoom. By invitation only.
*The 21/22 New Faculty cohort will be sent an invitation to join Productive Beginnings.
Fall 2021 Dates: 9/10, 10/8, 11/19, & 12/10
Spring 2022 Dates: 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, & 4/8
For Faculty in Years 2 – 5 Accordion Closed
This faculty series focuses on and addresses the specific needs of faculty in their first 5 years at NAU. This series meets twice a semester on Fridays.
Fall 2021 Dates: 10/1 & 11/5
Spring 2022 Dates: 2/18 & 4/1
Book Discussions Accordion Closed
Our book discussions gather a group of faculty members to read a book about students, pedagogy, or other relevant topics then discuss their learning with other faculty across campus. Book discussions are generally 1 hour in length and meet every other week for a semester. Book discussions close after the first meeting. Books are provided.
Upcoming Book Discussions:
- Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It Hardcover by James Lang
- Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) by Kevin Gannon
- Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization by
FAAR Retreat and Open Lab Accordion Closed
Join experienced faculty for FAAR (Faculty Activity and Achievement Reporting) / Faculty 180 question and answer, or use the time to make updates in the system to be ready for the next evaluation process. The FAAR Retreat meets remotely via Zoom.
Fall 2021 Dates: 12/13 & 12/14
The “Focus on” Series Accordion Closed
Watch for workshops and sessions under these categories in our monthly schedule.
A Focus on Faculty Series
This series supports the whole faculty member as they work toward meeting their expectations in teaching, scholarship and service and strive for work-life balance. This series is open to all faculty members at NAU.
A Focus on Research Series
This series is designed for faculty who are dedicated to enhancing their scholarly productivity. In this series, we explore key practices for collaborating, writing, and disseminating scholarly works, and securing grant funds. This series is open to all faculty members at NAU.
A Focus on Students Series
This series is designed to orient NAU faculty to the students we see in our classrooms. In collaboration with campus partners, we will explore the ever-evolving characteristics—strengths and challenges—of our students.
A Focus on Teaching Series
This series is designed specifically for faculty who are dedicated to enhancing their teaching and student learning. In this series, we explore key teaching strategies that are linked to student success. This series is for all faculty members at NAU.
A Focus on Technology Series
This series is designed to assist faculty to enhance their teaching and student engagement through the use of technology. This series is for all faculty members at NAU.
First Generation Student Success Series Accordion Closed
A collaboration between NAU Faculty Development and the First Generation Learning Community. This series is designed to assist faculty to better understanding the First Generation Student and explore the best practices that support the student’s learning. Sessions occur monthly Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Register for location.
Fall 2021 Dates: 9/14, 10/12 & 11/16
Spring 2022 Dates: 2/22, 3/21 & 4/19
Faculty Mentor Program Accordion Closed
This program fosters purposeful matches between faculty members. Each faculty member requesting a mentor is paired with an experienced faculty member who shares her/his interests (usually from a different discipline). Purposeful, mutually enriching matches are made between faculty requesting mentoring and their experienced faculty mentors at the beginning of the fall semester or as requested during the year.
Learn more about the mentor program, request a mentor, or become a mentor.
The Monday Morning Mentor Weekly Webinar Accordion Closed
The 20-minute Monday Morning Mentor weekly webinar series is presented by respected academic peers, covers timely and relevant topics, and provides practical information. Each webinar is a critical topic that affects the higher education landscape and is effectively and efficiently covered. Topics include assessment and learning goals, classroom management, student engagement, teaching and learning, teaching online, and others.
Subscribe to the Monday Morning Mentor
Interdisciplinary Writing Program Certificate Accordion Closed
Purpose of the Certificate
The Faculty Professional Development Program and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program are pleased to offer a certificate in Effective Writing Instruction. Faculty and GTAs from all disciplines who currently incorporate writing activities and assignments into their courses or who are interested in incorporating writing into their courses are encouraged to participate in this certificate program.
To complete the certificate, faculty must attend one multiple meeting session (book discussion, workshop series) and three additional sessions, as well as complete a consultation with the Interdisciplinary Writing Program Director to discuss the writing curriculum in your course(s). Sessions will address a variety of topics, such as strategies for efficient grading, preventing plagiarism, developing engaging writing assignments, incorporating writing into large classes, writing in the disciplines/disciplinary writing conventions, and writing for digital platforms. Faculty are free to choose which sessions to attend. Visit Faculty Professional Development Program Events Calendar to view IWP sessions.
GTA Professional Development Series Accordion Closed
This series is designed specifically for Graduate Teaching Assistants dedicated to enhancing their teaching and student learning. In this series, we explore key teaching strategies that are linked to student success and can be applied in or adapted for all disciplines. This series is open to all GTAs at NAU. Note to faculty: this space is reserved exclusively for graduate students.
Meets monthly on Thursdays via Zoom. View full schedule with registration links.
Fall 2021 Dates: 9/9, 10/14, & 11/18
Spring 2022 Dates: 2/10, 3/10, & 4/14
- Building Rapport with Students
- Strategies for Engaging Your Learners
- Develop a Teaching Statement
- Respond to Your Student Opinion Surveys
- Evidenced-Based Strategies for Effective Lectures
- Design for Novice Learners
Consultation Accordion Closed
Visit our Consultation on Teaching & Scholarship page to complete a consultation request.
Learning Communities Accordion Closed
We will be offering a variety of learning communities this year. Some learning communities require membership and others are available to join by the meeting with no membership required. Learning communities and membership requirements are noted below.
AY 21-22 Learning Communities
Teaching the Big Classes: Large Enrollment Courses
This learning community brings together faculty teaching large-enrollment courses to share ideas and effective practices. This group meets monthly on Fridays in Cline Library Room 169 and remotely via Zoom. No membership is required, come for one meeting or all. Meets on Fridays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm via Zoom.
Fall 2021 Dates: 9/3, 10/29, & 12/3
Spring 2022 Dates: 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, & 4/15
Colleague-to-Colleague Mentoring Programs
The focus of this learning community is on starting or improving existing colleague-to-colleague mentor programs. We welcome those with experience in mentoring work as well as those who are just getting started. The group is especially beneficial for anyone who has been tasked with leading a colleague-to-colleague mentoring program in their unit. Note that this group does not focus on mentoring undergraduate or graduate students at this time. Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm via Zoom.
Fall 2021 Dates: 9/22, 10/20, & 11/17
Spring 2022 Dates: 1/26, 2/23, 3/30, & 4/27
FYLI Equity Academy
This learning community serves the participants of the FYLI Equity Academy.
Universal Design for Learning Faculty Learning Community Accordion Closed
This faculty learning community brings together faculty members who have foundational knowledge or are actively implementing principles of universal design of learning (UDL) to share ideas and best practices. To join this learning community please contact email@example.com to let us know about your interest. Meets on Fridays from 10:00 – 11:30 am.
Fall 2021 Dates: 8/27, 9/24, 10/22 & 11/19
Spring 2022 Dates: 1/28, 2/25, 3/25 & 4/22
Indigenous Research & Teaching Circle Accordion Closed
Community meeting for all faculty teaching and researching indigenous topics. Meets twice a semester.
Teaching Day Accordion Closed
This event is a collaboration between the NAU Teaching Academy, FPDP, and the Office of the Provost. This annual event brings faculty from across campus together to celebrate teaching at NAU with an invited keynote speaker and workshop on impactful teaching. Faculty across campus gather to celebrate teaching at NAU.
2022 Teaching Day
Why UDL is Step Zero toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Thomas Tobin
January 6, 2022
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Join us for a morning with Thomas Tobin, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) expert, author of “Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education”.
In this interactive keynote session, you’ll learn attainable techniques for lowering access barriers that produce tangible results. You’ll also find out how to build on already-strong foundations in community with your colleagues. Specifically, by attending this keynote session, you will be able to
- frame diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within a “step zero” need for access to content, community, teaching, and the wider world;
- define areas in your own interactions with students that are good starting points for more-inclusive design efforts;
- draft the steps you can take in order to effect change within the boundaries of your available time, resources, and funds; and
- speak to leadership colleagues about accessibility as a mission-critical imperative for all programs and services, in language that resonates with their priorities.
Dr. Tobin will provide the workshop “Applying UDL to One Interaction” directly after the keynote address.
Teaching Day will be both in-person and synchronously broadcasted on YouTube. We will have 200 seats available in the DuBois Center Ballroom for in-person attendance. Lunch will be on your own. The link to join Teaching Day remotely will be emailed to you prior to the event. .
NAU Teaching Day is a collaboration through the NAU Teaching Academy, Faculty Professional Development Program, and the Office of the Provost. Closed captioning and sign language interpretations support is provided by NAU Disability Resources.
For any questions regarding this event direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-523-9972
FPDP eBookshelf Accordion Closed
We strive to offer an eBook version of current books in the field of teaching and learning for higher education. We recommend the following books that can be checked out online. You will need to set up or sign in to your account with ProQuest eBook Central through Cline Library to access the books.
Teaching & Learning Resources Accordion Closed
Learning is an ongoing process. Explore these resources we have compiled to help you strengthen your repertoire.
Faculty Professional Development BbLearn Shell Accordion Closed
All of our session handouts, PowerPoints, recordings (when applicable) can be found in our self-enroll BbLearn Shell.