The Staff Resource Center offers professional development through a variety of resources. For your convenience, this database provides a compilation of these resources in multiple types.
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- Faculty Mentoring Faculty: Relationships that Work06/2015Surveys and Survey ResultsMentoring can take many forms. Teachers can mentor students, which is not the same as advising them. Advising is information-oriented. It’s clarification about required courses in a program and recommendations about sequencing them. It’s identification of resources and reminders that help is available. It’s feedback about what could be improved and what shows great promise. But despite being related and often linked, mentoring is something much more than advising. “Mentoring isn’t about answering questions,” longtime teacher and wise colleague Linda Shadiow tells me. “It’s about asking questions—me asking students those questions they are on the cusp of asking themselves.”
- Faculty Salaries Are Up Slightly but Still Recovering From the Recession's Effects06/2015Articles and PublicationsFaculty salaries rose faster than inflation last year but failed to regain all of the ground lost after the most recent recession, according to an annual report on faculty pay released this week by the American Association of University Professors.
- Fall 2014 Flex and Convocation Satisfaction Survey Results09/2014Surveys and Survey ResultsResults from the Fall 2014 Flex and Convocation Satisfaction Survey.
- Federal Court Protects an Adjunct’s Complaints About Working Conditions11/2014Articles and PublicationsAn appeals panel held that the First Amendment gave an adjunct the right to speak out about alleged mistreatment despite having been asked to praise her institution, a...
- Federal Promise Unveiled01/2015Articles and PublicationsFederal Promise Unveiled regarding free community college.
- Financial Education Project: Financial Literacy Webinar10/2014Flex/PD - OnlinePLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Financial Literacy Webinar.
- Finding a Place for Creative Assignments in Your Course02/2015Articles and PublicationsCan you teach students to be creative? Most of us would say no. It’s more like trying to teach for it—encouraging it, promoting it, acknowledging when it happens, and rewarding it. Despite the difficulties associated with teaching creativity, teachers shouldn’t be excused from trying to cultivate its development. Is there a profession where creative thinking isn’t needed? Is there a problem that wouldn’t benefit from a creative solution? The authors of the article referenced below ask the follow-up question relevant to those of us in higher education: “Where will students get the opportunity to learn and practice creative thinking if it is not embedded throughout the curriculum?” (p. 51)
- Finding a Student's Calling10/2014Articles and PublicationsIn a sign of the times, a college cuts its pastoral staff from 2 to 1, to move one of the clergy to the career center to provide a different type of guidance to students.
- First Exam of the Semester: A Wake-up Call for Students02/2015Articles and PublicationsThis weekend I discovered a “memo to students who are disappointed with their last test grade.” What a great idea! I wasn’t surprised when I found out it was more of Rich Felder’s good work. Students are terribly optimistic about their grades, especially at the beginning of a course. Then comes the first exam, many of us giving it early on in an attempt to dislodge these convictions that success will come easily and with little or no effort. If we return the exams during class, disappointment hangs heavy in the air. In those moments of despair there’s an opportunity to confront students with what they might have done (or not done) that caused (or is at least related to) that disappointing score.
- Five Steps to Improving Online Group Work Assignments06/2015Articles and PublicationsThe skills learned by participating in a group project are applicable to nearly any career that a student is currently interested in or will be interested in at a future date. It is rare in today’s global economy that an individual will work independently on a project. Therefore, it is important that opportunities are provided to students to not only learn content, but to apply that content in a practical, near real-world environment.
- Five Tips for Dealing with Combative Students in the Online Environment01/2015Articles and PublicationsWhether one teaches at the university, secondary, or elementary levels, all teachers encounter combative students. Mary Bart (2012) writes, “Even if you do everything right, there will be students who push your buttons.” However, many teachers struggle with how to handle disciplinary problems with these students. The following are methods that I find effective when dealing with a challenging student either in my online university classrooms or in email interactions with traditional, ground students…
- FLEX YOUR VOICE: Vocal Function Concepts, Ideas, and Exercises for the Teacher - Fall 2015 Flex05/2015Flex/PD - FallAugust 20, 2015. Presented by Daniel Paulson. This flex activity is to help teachers look after their voices and to prevent the development of voice problems which may limit their effectiveness as teachers.
- Flexibility or an End Run?05/2015Articles and PublicationsIn a push to become one university with seven campuses -- instead of seven universities within one state system -- the University of Maine is considering a single, regional accreditation for all of its campuses.
- Food Security and Hunger Solutions in Myanmar: Challenges, Successes, and Visions03/2014Flex/PD - SpringApril 1, 2014: 12-1pm. PAC 124. Ms. Swe Swe Win, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, 2013-14, holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics. In her current position at WFP, she is responsible for project management, design and implementation of the food security programme to deliver hunger solutions to the rural population.
- Foreign-Language Enrollments Drop After Years of Increases02/2015Articles and PublicationsEnrollments in foreign-language courses at American colleges have declined after nearly 20 years of growth, falling 6.7 percent from the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2013, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Modern Language Association.
- Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses?11/2014Articles and PublicationsThe price of room, board, and other basic needs is an "underdiscussed" part of the college-cost equation.
- Fostering Entrepreneurial Spirit in a City of Immigrants12/2014Articles and PublicationsLeandro J. Finol will be encouraging students at Miami Dade College to start or expand businesses.
- Fostering Student Learning through the Use of Debates05/2015Articles and PublicationsOne tactic that helps students feel comfortable enough to speak about controversial topics is through debates that are structured and promote students’ preparedness in defending or opposing a particular stance on a topic.
- Four Crucial Factors in High-Quality Distance Learning Courses11/2014Articles and Publications“Distance learning is here to stay. Educational institutions should have a vision for what type of distance learning programs they will implement and the standards they will hold to. Institutions will master distance learning, or in some cases, distance learning trends and demands will master the school.”
- Four Key Questions about Grading08/2014Articles and PublicationsThere’s an excellent article on grading in a recent issue of Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education. It offers a brief history of grading (it hasn’t been around for all that long), and then looks to the literature for answers to four key questions.
- Free-College Plan Evokes Spirit of Historic Higher Ed Acts01/2015Articles and PublicationsThe president's proposal marks a milestone in the debate over whether college is a private benefit or a public good.
- From Mbanza Kongo to Hog Hammock: the Gullah Geechee people of the Carolina Lowcountry03/2014Flex/PD - OnlinePLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Professor Patton will cover some of the results of the workshop, covering the history of African Americans in the Carolina low country from the colonial period to the present, with a multi-media presentation on the Gullah-Geechee people of the Sea Islands.
- From The Upshot: Community College and the Economy01/2015Articles and PublicationsObama’s College Proposal Is Also a Bid to Revive the Economy.
- Fulbright Program Seeks to Get More Community Colleges Involved in Exchanges02/2015Articles and PublicationsWhen someone mentions the Fulbright Program, it often evokes images of venerable researchers from elite institutions traveling to far-flung corners of the world. But the U.S. State Department is doing more to make sure that faculty members and others from community colleges also benefit from the exchange program, with the goal of getting more international perspectives into community-college campuses and classrooms.