Texas Tech University

New Faculty Fall Workshop Series

This workshop series will offer topics of interest to new faculty representing resources and departments from around the university. New faculty will need to attend a minimum of 4 workshops. There will be virtual, face-to-face, and hybrid options. 

  1. Aug
    22
    Mon

    Strong Start: What to do on the First Day of Classes – (August 22, 2022 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 32

    Join two master teachers and highly respected Texas Tech faculty members as they talk about first day of class strategies. How do you set the tone and expectation for an interactive classroom environment? What can you do to establish an inclusive setting from the beginning of class? Join Dr. Garner-Santa and Dr. Nejat as they consider active learning pedagogies and first day strategies that will set you up for success in your first week at TTU and beyond.  

  2. Aug
    22
    Mon

    Reducing Student Anxiety and Making Expectations Clear – (August 22, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 34

    Did COVID break our students’ mental health? Perhaps you’ve heard or noticed patterns among students of burnout and fatigue setting in earlier in the semester than usual. There certainly has been data to show that students are experiencing academic stress and anxiety at higher rates than in past years (and let’s be honest, these ideas apply to faculty and staff too!). In an August, 2021 article in the Chronicle, author Sarah Brown referenced a study from Healthy Minds noting that “41 percent of students screened positive for depression and that 34 percent screened positive for anxiety.” This study is one of many threads and publications that suggest that campuses must transparently and proactively reconsider mental health for all. Indeed, many conversations around our own campus echo this renewed focus by bringing to light old issues resurging in classrooms such as disengagement, incivility and even apprehension among our students. This panel discussion will focus on positive strategies and resources that help us reduce student anxiety by communicating expectations and ways in which we can rethink and create an environment in which both faculty and students connect, succeed, and even enjoy teaching and learning. Our esteemed panelists include Dr. Matt Gregory (Dean of Students & Vice Provost for Student Life), Dr. Nicole Morelock (Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences Program Director), and Dr. Matt Johnson (Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences) with moderator Suzanne Tapp (Managing Director, Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center). 

  3. Aug
    22
    Mon

    Campus Resource Fair – (August 22, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

    Location:
    University Library map
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79410

    Room: TLPDC Lobby and Library Croslin Room

    Available Seats: 114

    This resource fair is not part of the Fall Workshop Series, but is a great way to learn about student and faculty related resources across campus. You will have a chance to gather helpful materials as you network with department coordinators and administrators from 60 different groups.

  4. Aug
    24
    Wed

    My Student Gave Me a Letter of Accommodation? Now What? An Information Session by TTU Student Disability Services on the Accommodation Process at TTU – (August 24, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 25

    Dr Larry Phillippe, Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the Campus ADA Coordinator will review the academic classroom accommodation process used at TTU. He will cover the process of how Letters of Accommodation (LOA’s) are presented to faculty and what steps faculty need to follow in order to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines. Dr. Phillippe will also spend time answering any questions instructors have on the classroom accommodation process. 

  5. Aug
    29
    Mon

    My Student Gave Me a Letter of Accommodation? Now What? An Information Session by TTU Student Disability Services on the Accommodation Process at TTU – (August 29, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 32

    Dr Larry Phillippe, Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the Campus ADA Coordinator will review the academic classroom accommodation process used at TTU. He will cover the process of how Letters of Accommodation (LOA’s) are presented to faculty and what steps faculty need to follow in order to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines. Dr. Phillippe will also spend time answering any questions instructors have on the classroom accommodation process. 

  6. Aug
    30
    Tue

    My Student Gave Me a Letter of Accommodation? Now What? An Information Session by TTU Student Disability Services on the Accommodation Process at TTU – (August 30, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 298

    Dr Larry Phillippe, Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the Campus ADA Coordinator will review the academic classroom accommodation process used at TTU. He will cover the process of how Letters of Accommodation (LOA’s) are presented to faculty and what steps faculty need to follow in order to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines. Dr. Phillippe will also spend time answering any questions instructors have on the classroom accommodation process. Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/91584234006

  7. Sep
    8
    Thu

    Assessing Student Work with Rubrics  – (September 8, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 28

    Are you seeking strategies for streamlining grading and reducing student questions about assignments and grades? In this 50-minute workshop with Drs. Justin Louder and Alec Cattell, participants will learn about assessing student work with rubrics based on the TILT framework. There will be ample time for participants to begin developing a rubric for a course assignment and discuss insights and challenges in small groups. 

  8. Sep
    9
    Fri

    What do I do if I am concerned about a student? – (September 9, 2022 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 32

    An information session by the Office of the Dean of Students on what to do about concerns you may have about students. The session will discuss factors that can affect student success, such as behavioral, financial, family, and wellness issues, and will cover how to refer a student to the Dean of Students staff. The Office of the Dean of Students connects students with campus resources and provides support to students who are attempting to navigate a wide variety of personal challenges.

  9. Sep
    12
    Mon

    Transparent Assignment Design: How to Write Assignments that Help Students Understand What You Expect   – (September 12, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 33

    Perhaps the smallest and most important change teachers can make is to offer students an honest look at their rationale for what they require students to do. Transparent assignment design focuses on how and why students are learning course content in particular ways, and how this learning is relevant for all students. The goal is simple: to make learning processes explicit and equitably accessible for all students. In this workshop, we will consider a simple purpose-task-criteria framework that helps us engage with students before they undertake their work in our classes so that we come closer together in understanding the knowledge they will gain from completing the work and how they might use skills and knowledge in their lives during and beyond college, the tasks involved, and the expected criteria with which we will assess their work. 

  10. Sep
    13
    Tue

    Open Educational Resources 101 – (September 13, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 42

    Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER) may seem a little scary if you’re unfamiliar with the term, but this presentation is here to help you learn the basics! During this presentation, the Open Educational Resources Librarian, Sabrina Davis, will provide a basic introduction into the world of OER. After this presentation, attendees will have a basic understanding of what OER are (and what they are not), they will be shown how to navigate the TTU OER webpages, they will be introduced to Creative Commons licensing, and they will learn about the OER related services that are available at Texas Tech University.

  11. Sep
    21
    Wed

    What can I expect during my first years as a new faculty member? A Panel Discussion – (September 21, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 27

    Join us for an interactive panel discussion about surviving your first years as a faculty member. The panelists have all joined Texas Tech faculty within the last few years and will share their experience from a variety of disciplines. They plan to discuss effective methods they’ve found for balancing research with teaching and service demands as well as offering tips for work life balance and suggestions for finding helpful resources.  

  12. Sep
    26
    Mon

    Managing Your Email Instead of Allowing It To Manage You – (September 26, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 28

    What if someone told you that you only needed to check your email three times a day? If that sounds impossible, this session is for you. While a powerful communication tool, email can also be source of anxiety, stress, and distraction. The presenter will share her perspectives about ending the stressful cycle of email informed by Jocelyn K. Glei’s (2016) book, Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done. The presentation will cover the science behind email anxiety, strategies for managing email anxiety, and the presenter’s experiences in implementing and tweaking those strategies in her role as a higher education professional and instructor. Participants will leave the session with an email routine tailored to their work environment, organization strategies to clear out a cluttered inbox, and a clear understanding of prioritizing when to read and answer emails.

  13. Sep
    27
    Tue

    Teaching Controversial Subjects: How to Manage Hot Moments in the Classroom – (September 27, 2022 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 29

    Sometimes controversial topics and classroom discussions can feel like they are getting away from us or seem to be going in different directions than we anticipated. In this workshop, we will review strategies to identify, address, and move through heated moments in ways that foster the development of critical thinking skills while centering your learning objectives. Instead of ignoring or avoiding the complexity of controversial topics, these strategies will help you to create supportive, engaging, and transformative learning environments.

  14. Sep
    28
    Wed

    What are your students worried about? How to Empathize and Empower – (September 28, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 41

    Teacher empathy is not a new pedagogical strategy. For instructors to enter their courses with empathy, they must be aware of the current stressors and pressures impacting their students (Rogers, 1969). Approaching teaching in a facilitator role, instructors are responsible for the culture and climate of a classroom from day one. The ability to capture data on student stressors impacts how an instructor enters a student/teacher relationship and can alter course policies to be more student centered. Mary Norman and Lisa Low (Assistant Professors of Practice, College of Media and Communication) conducted a survey of 279 undergraduate students in fall 2020 to determine the impacts of COVID-19 and a variety of learning circumstances. The survey incorporated the “Three Column Activity” (Mirsaleh-Kohan, 2020) and revealed common problems students were facing and solutions they identified. This exercise, as an aggregate, helps instructors to empathize with the living, learning, health, family, and financial situations students face—issues that predate the pandemic and are likely to continue. The activity also collects students’ self-analysis of the resources within their control to address their identified problems and a connection to their passions. While health was commonly mentioned, less than 9% were instances of contracting COVID-19 and many students reported non-health related concerns indicating that an introductory assignment such as this has merit in a non-pandemic classroom. The most common themes to emerge will be covered in the presentation along with how instructors can facilitate their students’ success without overwhelming themselves in the process. This study applies to any discipline or higher education program. The study was conducted using a centralized survey system and did not ask for any identifying information such as courses enrolled in. The activity itself would be a helpful addition to any instructor’s first week of class, provided that they seek a way for empathize with their students’ personal and academic challenges. 

  15. Oct
    5
    Wed

    Work/Life Balance and Other Faculty Constructs – (October 5, 2022 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 26

    Finding it more and more of a challenge to seek balance in your professional and personal roles? More often than not do you feel that achieving success in one area leads to feeling that you must neglect the other?  You are not alone! In this facilitated discussion, Vice Provost Genevieve Durham, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences Dr. Christy Rogers and TLPDC Associate Director Mitzi Ziegner will share their struggles, strategies, ideas and insights. Please join us!

  16. Oct
    12
    Wed

    Internationalizing your Research and Teaching Portfolio – (October 12, 2022 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 32

    Join the Office of International Affairs for an informational workshop that will highlight:

    • International research opportunities
    • Global collaborations and partnerships
    • Study Abroad- TTU Center Sevilla / TTU-Costa Rica
    • Curriculum internationalization
    • Outreach and engagement resources

  17. Oct
    13
    Thu

    Evaluation and Promotion: Dismantling a Fear-Based Culture of Faculty Success – (October 13, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 27

    Join us for a panel discussion that will review university polices and mitigate misconceptions related to the evaluation, promotion and tenure process. There will be opportunities to discuss the pressures surrounding this process as well as resources and strategies shared to help faculty manage and prioritize expectations for publications, funding, service and teaching to support success. This session will provide general information from multiple perspectives including both administrative and faculty viewpoints.

  18. Oct
    14
    Fri

    What can I expect during my first years as a new faculty member? A Panel Discussion – (October 14, 2022 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 32

    Join us for an interactive panel discussion about surviving your first years as a faculty member. The panelists have all joined Texas Tech faculty within the last few years and will share their experience from a variety of disciplines. They plan to discuss effective methods they’ve found for balancing research with teaching and service demands as well as offering tips for work life balance and suggestions for finding helpful resources.  

  19. Oct
    18
    Tue

    Creating and Publishing Open Materials at TTU – (October 18, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 44

    So you’re interested in creating and publishing an Open Educational Resource (OER) but how do you do that? This presentation will help you answer that question! In this presentation, the Open Educational Resources Librarian, Sabrina Davis, will introduce the Digital Services Librarian, Heidi Winkler. Heidi will introduce attendees to Raider Publishing-a service provided by TTU Libraries that enables the campus community to digitally create and publish OER. She will also briefly discuss the scholarly benefits of publishing openly licensed and open access materials. Lastly, she will discuss TTU’s institutional repository, ThinkTech and demonstrate how to submit materials.

  20. Oct
    24
    Mon

    Evaluation and Promotion: Dismantling a Fear-Based Culture of Faculty Success: Faculty from Underrepresented Groups Focus – (October 24, 2022 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 33

    Join us for a panel discussion that will review university polices and mitigate misconceptions related to the evaluation, promotion and tenure process. There will be opportunities for discussion around the pressures surrounding this process as well as resources and strategies shared to help faculty manage and prioritize expectations for publications, funding, service and teaching to support success.  This session will also focus on honest conversations around lived experiences and perspectives related to the process for those who may identify as a part of an inadequately represented group in their unit or department.   

  21. Oct
    25
    Tue

    Are You Interested in Integrating Community Outreach and Engagement into Your Teaching, Research, or Creative Activities? – (October 25, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 30

    Join us at this session to learn more about Outreach and Engagement, the difference between these two forms of high-impact practice, and their value to scholarship, student achievement, grant success, and more. You will also discover ways of incorporating outreach and engagement into your curriculum, research/creative activities, and scholarship; as well as learn about our faculty support services and resources to assist you in this process. 

  22. Nov
    8
    Tue

    Pulling back the curtain on issues of academic integrity: A facilitated discussion to share ideas and support long term student success – (November 8, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 34

    Have you ever wondered why you and your students may seem to see the important issue of academic integrity from completely different perspectives? In this discussion facilitated by the TLPDC, we will share some observations about student behavior to help us explore this question, and talk about what works and what doesn’t in our face to face and online classes. Join us as we brainstorm methods to help students see the "why" behind the teaching choices we make and what we're asking them to do, and let's think of ways to help them see why a decision to “strive for honor” matters so much in their learning.   Suggested brief reading prior to this session from TTU Academic Impressions:  Teaching Academic Honesty in the Classroom 

  23. Nov
    8
    Tue

    Using Open Educational Resources in Blackboard – (November 8, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 45

    Have you found this amazing Open Educational Resource (OER) but you’re unsure of how to implement it into Blackboard to maximize student success? This presentation is definitely for you! For this presentation, the Open Educational Resources Librarian, Sabrina Davis, will introduce two of TTU’s amazing instructional designers, Courtney Line and Holley Baker. Courtney and Holley will talk about how to implement OER and other free to access materials (such as journal articles or ebooks from the library) into Blackboard to maximize student learning and success.

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