March 27, 2019
Volume 2, Number 15
Robert Boram:
What Do You Love About Teaching?
What I love about teaching is the thrill and challenge of creating engaging activities and experiences for my classes. Watching students delve into the key ideas and phenomena to make sense of their observations and thinking, provides a wonderful thrill when it goes well.

by Robert Boram, Math & Physics, Morehead State University
What I Love About Teaching Campaign
Hello Educators,
We are looking for your response to the question "What do you love about teaching?"

Click the link below to share your response:
Celebration of Student Scholarship
The 14th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship will be
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Schedule for the 2019 Celebration of Student Scholarship
  • Registration/continental breakfast (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room) 
  • Oral Presentations Set-Up (ADUC 3rd Floor, Rooms 319, 320, 321, 322, 325, 326 and 329)
  • Poster Set-Up (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Oral Presentations
  • Break
  • Oral Presentations
  • Break
  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster Presentations (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Reception  (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Gallaher Memorial Music Performance  (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)
  • Awards  (ADUC 3rd Floor Ball Room)

Oral presentation sessions, poster presentation session, reception and awards ceremony will be held on the 3 rd  floor of the Adron Doran University Center this year.
Professional Development Opportunities On Campus
Here are opportunities for PD on campus:

Accessing Magna Webinars:
  • March 28 (Thursday) from 3:00pm to 3:30pm in ADUC 326 – Join Sam Stapleton as he shows us educators how to access the Magna “20 Minute” Webinars. This professional development will follow the Magna Live Webinar “Strategies for Enhancing Engagement and Collaboration in Large Online Courses” Those interested in attending the “Live” Webinar and/or the Magna “20 Minute” Webinar PD should click this link and reply “I’ll be there”.

Service Learning Best Practices:
  • April 18 (Thursday) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the Camden-Carroll Library Training Room (100) - Join Dr. Kelly Collinsworth, Ambassador for Excellence in Teaching, and Louise Cooper, Service-Learning Coordinator, for a conversation about service-learning best practices and ideas for how to introduce community-based learning into a course. Project examples and resources will be shared. Come with questions! Click this link and reply “I’ll be there”.
Gather and Share
Exploring Constructivism - Today
The FCTL is offering " Gather & Share " events on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3:45pm - 4:45pm in ADUC 301. The objective is to have a "topic" area and share a couple of ideas and then have folks gather and share about the topic.

The Next Gather & Share Event:
Topic: Exploring Constructivism
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019; 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where: ADUC 301
Educator: FCTL Folks
Synopsis: Join FCTL in discussing “Exploring Constructivism”. Come ready to “chat it up” with your colleagues on this important topic. Refreshments will be served.
Leadership in Higher Education Conference
October 3-5, 2019
Call for Proposals: April 2, 2019

Brought to you by Magna Publications, producers of Academic Leader and the Teaching Professor Conference, the Leadership in Higher Education Conference is accepting proposals for its 4th annual conference, October 3–5 in St. Louis.

As a session presenter, you’ll make a meaningful contribution to this dynamic and interactive conference. You’ll extend your own network and grow professionally. You’ll help other academic leaders examine the challenges, issues, and trends affecting management in higher education today—and return to campus with an invigorated outlook and an actionable plan for change.

Submitting a proposal is easy. Areas of interest include the following tracks; however compelling and relevant proposals that fall outside of these designated topics are also welcome:
  • Topical Area 1: Academic Leadership and Professional Development
  • Topical Area 2: Administrative Leadership and Professional Development
  • Topical Area 3: Diversity and Inclusion
  • Topical Area 4: Program and Department Evaluation and Assessment
  • Topical Area 5: Faculty Hiring, Development, and Assessment
  • Topical Area 6: Institutional Culture and Climate
  • Topical Area 7: Special Topics in Academic Leadership
Visit the Call for Proposals page to learn more about submitting a proposal:
Pedagogicon 2019
Conference Date: May 17, 2019
Eastern Kentucky University

 The conference theme, “Transparency in Teaching and Learning,” encourages us to examine and promote transparent strategies for teaching and learning that engage students in deep, transferable academic experiences. The conference will host an opening session on transparency in learning and teaching presented by Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Director of Faculty Development, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) titled "Transparent Instruction Promotes Equitable Opportunities for Student Success". The opening session will occur on May 17, 2019, 8:30am-10:30am in the Keen Johnson Ballroom.

Register for the 2019 Pedagogicon:
Registration deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019
Pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
FCTL will cover conference registration and travel to the event for accepted proposals

Registration Rates:  
Full-time faculty/staff: $35
Part-time faculty/staff: $15
Student: $15
2019 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis
October 13-15, 2019

 The Institute, hosted by IUPUI, is now the nation’s oldest and largest event of its type.The Institute will feature  special track keynote sessions and workshops emphasizing assessment in:
  • Community Engagement – Coordinators: Kristin Norris, IUPUI; and H. Anne Weiss, IUPUI and Indiana Campus Compact
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Coordinators: Michele J. Hansen and Corinne C. Renguette, IUPUI
  • ePortfolios – Coordinator: Susan Kahn, IUPUI
  • Faculty Development – Coordinators: Megan Palmer, Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, and Kyle Fassett, IUPUI
  • Global Learning – Coordinators: Gil Latz and Leslie Bozeman, IUPUI; Dawn Whitehead, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and Darla Deardorff, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
  • Graduate/Graduate Professional Education – Coordinators: Sherry Jimenez and Mary Bolton, Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM); and Sarah Zahl, Marian University
  • High Impact Practices (First-Year Seminars and Experiences, Learning Communities, Service Learning, Capstones, Undergraduate Research, Internships, etc.) – Coordinators: Jerry Daday, Tom Hahn, Amy Powell, and Jennifer Thorington-Springer, IUPUI
  • Learning Improvement and Innovation – Coordinators: Jay Gladden, IUPUI; and Keston Fulcher, James Madison University
  • NILOA – Coordinator: Natasha Jankowski, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
  • STEM Education – Coordinator: Anthony Chase and Wayne J. Hilson, IUPUI
  • Student Affairs Programs and Services – Coordinator: Sonia Ninon, IUPUI

For more information, please consult the website:  
Should you have an interest in attending the conference send an email to
Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinars:

How What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory?
There are many ways to increase your students’ retention of course materials. This webinar examines how to help your students:
  • learn more course content;
  • move to higher levels of learning; and
  • recall information more easily on exams.

The strategies explored include cueing, the testing effect, semantic encoding, peer teaching, and the spacing effect.

What do Students Want in Online Courses?
The webinar address how to meet the needs of both students and faculty when
developing online course including how to:
  • Ask the right questions on the front end.
  • Create a better online experience.
  • Meet students’ needs without sacrificing standards.

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal;
  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site;
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Please note, you will be asked to submit a "Terms of Use" agreement before viewing any webinars.

Benefits of Magna Webinars:

I understand that you have a lot on your plate, so let me give you a few reasons why you should consider trying a Magna webinar:
  • Each webinar takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • All webinars are available on your schedule since they are online and easily accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Webinars include supplemental materials such as bibliographies and handouts.
  • Certificates of completion are available for professional portfolios and Faculty 180.
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University