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FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: Faculty Teaching Fellows

Source for your MSU Faculty Development Needs

Who Are They?

The Faculty Teaching Fellows program offers opportunities for faculty members to provide professional development and peer support to other faculty. This includes assistance with course redesign and pedagogy, undergraduate research, online education and other educational areas. Fellows are selected from among the full-time faculty to work with the professional staff in the FDC on focus areas to improve student learning.

The 2016-17 Faculty Teaching Fellows are the following individuals:

Dr. Brian Bourke,

Dr. Kelly Rogers,

Dr. Melony Shemberger,

Call or email the FDC, or you can email a Fellow if you need someone to observe your teaching, offer feedback on assignment ideas, or help with your online class.

Spring 2017 Workshops

How to Optimize Approaches to Hybrid Teaching

(2-3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, Faculty Development Center classroom)

(11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, Faculty Development Center classroom)
Dr. Brian Bourke

There are a number of approaches available when it comes to teaching, but we often think about teaching modalities on a binary: face-to-face and online. Well, there are a range of options that fall in the middle to which we apply a broad label of hybrid. Through this session, participants will engage in a dialog about what it takes to make hybrid approaches work well. Through this dialog, participants will learn effective strategies for promoting and enhancing student learning and mastery of subject matter via hybrid teaching. 


Using Free Online Tools to Create and Enhance Instruction

(12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, Faculty Development Center classroom)

(2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, Faculty Development Center classroom)
Dr. Melony Shemberger

This presentation will feature select free — and fun — web-based tools that can help students grasp concepts more effectively by creating meaningful content. Participants will be shown how the tools can be incorporated into lessons. These tools are applicable for online or on-site courses. Links to the tools, sample assignments and instructions will be made available to session participants.

Fall 2016 Workshops

Research Across the Disciplines

(1:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8, Faculty Development Center classroom)

(1:30-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, Faculty Development Center classroom)
Dr. Melony Shemberger

Research opportunities in the college curriculum should provide high-impact student experiences. However, to many students, research is a dirty, dreaded word. In reality, juniors, seniors and graduate students across all disciplines should have a research portfolio representing a variety of scholarly and creative work. This workshop will help faculty in any academic area to develop research outcomes in their courses for upper-level and graduate students to embrace.


Using Game-Based Approaches to Enhance Teaching and Learning 
(12:30-1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, Faculty Development Center classroom)

(2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, Faculty Development Center classroom)

Dr. Brian Bourke

Research has shown that students retain greater amounts of information when they are presented with opportunities to apply concepts learned in class. Unfortunately, in some courses, application of course content can seem daunting for a faculty member. Gamification of course content and entire courses represents an exciting approach to both application of content and overall student engagement. Through this interactive session, participants will gain perspectives on uses of gamification across academic disciplines, along with resources to help introduce gamification in their next class meeting.


Effective Use of Textbook Ancillaries

Effective Use of Textbook Ancillaries 
(12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, Faculty Development Center classroom)

(2:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, Faculty Development Center classroom)

Dr. Kelly Rogers

How much thought goes into the textbook you choose for a course you will be teaching? Obviously, a textbook should cover the topic and include the most recent research available. Textbook ancillaries -- all the extras that come with the book such as PowerPoints, test banks, sample lectures, and potential assignments -- also are important. Not all textbooks have these and if they do, buyer beware. Plus, not all ancillaries are the same. During this presentation, we will take a look at the various ancillaries available to instructors. We will explore the pros and cons of each as well as any potential pitfalls.