Faculty Development Digest, April 2023

The Faculty Development Digest highlights events and resources that may be of interest to faculty and other educators on campus. The Digest will be posted on the Faculty Resources site periodically throughout the year. If you have an item that you would like to suggest for inclusion in a future issue, please send the details to Director of Faculty Development Rachel Weir at rweir@allegheny.edu.

Spring Educator Resource Institute

Allegheny faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to participate in the Spring 2023 Educator Resource Institute on Tuesday, May 16, with sessions running from 9:00am to 4:00pm. (We recognize that this is Election Day, but available days are limited without going further into the summer.)

A full schedule has been posted on the Faculty Resources site; please check this schedule for updates and room details. Participants are asked to RSVP by 2pm on Friday, May 12, using this form. Form responses will be used to determine room locations for the sessions.

Upcoming Events

Course Reflection Session Continuing the tradition begun at the end of the fall 2022 semester, faculty are invited to set aside some time to reflect on their spring courses in the company of colleagues at a Course Reflection Session on Thursday, May 18, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Interested faculty can sign up by completing this form. Refreshments will be provided. See the Post-Semester Course Reflections page for additional information.

Teach Global Health: Summer Institute for Curriculum & Course Design The institute is a three-day workshop (June 20-23, 2023 on the Allegheny campus) for faculty at undergraduate-serving institutions to share experiences and best practices, evaluate curricular programs and assessment tools, and participate in charrettes designed to refine course and curricular materials that strengthen students’ learning, with facilitators from AAC&U, University of Richmond, Trinity Western University, University of Maryland, and CUGH. Allegheny faculty who are interested in either developing a new course or updating an existing course that could be available as an elective for Global Health Studies majors / minors (as well as their own department) are welcome to participate for free. Please email Caryl Waggett (cwaggett@allegheny.edu) by May 16 to register your interest. See this website for additional information. This program is sponsored by AAC&U, GLCA, CUGH, CFHI, and CISG.

Canvas Training

Mark your calendars for the following opportunities that will take place this August:

On Thursday, August 17 at 10am, Instructure trainer Cory Chitwood will facilitate a virtual, 90-minute Canvas Essentials workshop, aimed at new Canvas users or anyone who would appreciate a refresher on the basics of Canvas. If you’d like to sign-up now to get it on your calendar, please complete this form.

Cory will also run a virtual, 90-minute Q&A session at 1pm on August 17. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions during the session and Cory will aim to address as many as possible during the allotted time. Sign-up here.

Sign-up reminders will be included in upcoming Digest issues.

Tech Tips

Directory Information
Is your information in the Employee Directory incorrect or incomplete? If so, check out the instructions on the Update Information page to find out how to update your details. In short:
– you can update your Box Number, Office Number, and Office Phone Extension via Self Service
– you can update or add other information (e.g. Title, Biography, Photo) using the form at the bottom of the Update Information page.
The Update Information page can also be reached from the Employee Directory using the green button on the right-hand side of the page.

Migrating Files to a Personal Account If you’re finishing up your contract at Allegheny and want to keep any content from your Allegheny account in Google Workspace (e.g. Gmail, Drive), take a look at these instructions to learn how to download or transfer this content.


Teaching. Registration is open for Intentional College Teaching‘s 3-week, online professional development courses, including:
Teach Students How to Learn, June 12-28 (designed by Saundra McGuire)
Significant Learning by Design-I, July 10-26 (designed by Dee Fink)
Designing a Motivational Syllabus, July 31 – August 16 (designed by Christine Harrington and Melissa Thomas).
Faculty participants receive personalized feedback, discuss and share ideas with like-minded colleagues, and leave each course with tangible products they can implement in their teaching practice immediately. The cost of each workshop is $495.

Research. On June 20 from 12pm to 3pm, CUR will be hosting the virtual workshop Beginning a Research Program in Experimental Science Discipline at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution. This workshop will share first-hand experience from established faculty within such an institution, along with strategies for enhancing one’s research program within the context of undergraduate teaching and mentoring. In addition, this workshop will provide participants with information about sources of funding and other resources to support their research with undergraduates. The registration fee is $50.

The cost of professional development workshops like the two above can be reimbursed using your Faculty Travel allowance.

Summer Planning Workshops

Join the NCFDD (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity) for two free, online strategy sessions focused on making the most of your summer. The first session, 5 Tips to Avoid Summer Burnout, will take place at 2pm on Thursday, May 4, and will focus on the best tips and strategies for maximizing research and productivity during the summer term and how to combat professional isolation and create a supportive writing community. The second session, Every Summer Needs a Plan, on Thursday, May 11, at 2pm, will focus on hands-on planning, where you can take time out of your schedule to identify your personal and professional goals for the summer, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, and identify the types of community, support, and accountability you need to make this your most productive and balanced summer ever!. Click here to sign up for one or both sessions.

If you haven’t taken advantage of our NCFDD institutional membership yet, check out this page for details on how to sign up.

FCR Updates

The Foundation & Corporate Relations (FCR) office invites you to check out the grant opportunity below and to contact them early and often at fcr@allegheny.edu if you’re thinking about applying for a grant.

Humanities Faculty: Community-Engaged Course Development & Voter Education The Project Pericles’ Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program in the Humanities Grant provides $4,500 grants to design new or significantly revised courses in the humanities that incorporate community-initiated projects and voter education. There are multiple deadlines to apply. If you are interested, please complete the FCR office’s grant proposal endorsement form, indicating which deadline you are interested in.

STEM Faculty: NSF Mid-Career Advancement Grant The MCA program offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the mid-career stage to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectory. Mid-career scientists are at a critical career transition stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research. MCA support is expected to help lift these constraints to reduce workload inequities and enable a more diverse scientific workforce (more women, persons with disabilities, and individuals from groups that have been underrepresented) at high academic ranks. If you are interested, please complete the FCR office’s grant proposal endorsement form.

AI-Writing Resources

Webinar Resources. As advertised in the March 2023 Digest, the GLCA-GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning hosted a conversation on ChatGPT on Wednesday, March 29. The following resources from that event are now available:
– a 29-minute video introduction to ChatGPT by Lew Ludwig (Denison)
– a Google Drive folder where you can see the Jamboard notes created in the webinar break-out rooms, along with a useful article by Ryan Watkins, Get Creative With Your Assignments.

Spring/Summer 2023 Events

Upcoming Events

  • May 3 – Exploratory Advisor Training 1, 10:00am-3:00pm
    A workshop for faculty serving as instructors for the pilot “advising labs” in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 (LS 198 and LS 199, respectively).
  • May 11 – Exploratory Advisor Training 1, 10:00am-3:00pm
    A repeat of the May 3 training. Exploratory Advisors need only attend one of these two trainings.
  • May 16Spring Educator Resource Institute
  • May 17 – Department Chairs Workshop
  • May 18Course Reflection Session
  • June 9 – First Year Course Registration Training
  • Aug 16 – New Faculty Orientation, Day 1
  • Aug 17 – Canvas Essentials Workshop
  • Aug 17 – Canvas Q&A Session
  • Aug 18 – New Faculty Orientation, Day 2
  • Aug 21 – Fall Educator Resource Institute (click this link to save the date)
  • Aug 22 – Exploratory Advisor Training 2, 11:15am-4:00pm
    The second in a series of two workshops for instructors of LS 198 and LS 199.

Past Events and Materials

See the Faculty Development Opportunities page for additional links to previous events.