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Learning Communities & Book Groups

 

New Faculty Teaching Academy (New!)

Dates: Mondays (Aug. 30, Sept. 13 & 27, Oct. 11 & 25, Nov. 8 & 22, Dec. 6)
Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m. on Zoom
Facilitator: Amy Hawkins and Faculty Leadership Team

As a learning community specifically tailored for the unique needs of and demands on first- and second-year faculty, this group will meet twice a month with a semi-structured curriculum to equip new faculty in their areas of felt needs related to teaching at UCA. Each session offers a workshop and discussion group format. Register online!

Early Career Coaching Circle (New!)

Dates: Tuesdays (Sept. 7 & 21; Oct. 5 & 19; Nov. 2, 16, & 30)
Time: 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Zoom
Facilitator: Amy Hawkins and Faculty Leadership Team

This is a learning community with a semi-structured discussion format for faculty in their second year through their fifth year. This group will meet twice a month throughout the academic year to support each other in the development of individualized plans to set and achieve goals in the areas of teaching, scholarship & creative activity, and service. Register online!

 

Mid-Career Coaching Circle (New!)

Dates: Thursdays (Sept. 2, 16, & 30; Oct. 14 & 28; Nov. 11)
Time: 1:30-2:45 p.m. on Zoom
Facilitator: Amy Hawkins and Faculty Leadership Team

This is a learning community with a semi-structured discussion format for faculty in their sixth year and beyond. This group will meet twice a month throughout the academic year to support each other in the development of individualized plans to set and achieve goals in the areas of leadership, teaching, scholarship & creative activity, and service. Register online!

Building Antiracist White Educators (BARWE)

Dates: Wednesdays (Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17)
Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m. on Zoom
Facilitator: Donna Wake

BARWE is a model that centers the thought that white educators must participate in the dismantling of white supremacy in school spaces. This work is not solely the responsibility of Black, Brown, and Indigenous educators. White teachers must engage in collective action to consistently study and reflect on our identity and place within systems and communities. Through this work, we can participate in ongoing work of building anti-racist systems that support the social, emotional, and academic well-being of our students and of our colleagues. This reading and inquiry series meets once a month and centers content for learning, introspection, and action. Register online!

 

Essentialism Book Group for Women

Dates: Wednesdays (Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 1)
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Laura Niswonger, Lisa Skultety

Women faculty often feel pulled in too many directions– as teachers, mentors, researchers, and colleagues. Then, when the workday is over, the second shift begins– partner, parent, caregiver, and friend. Where do we begin? How do we navigate these competing responsibilities and priorities? Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown can help guide us to discovering what is absolutely essential and to focusing our efforts on the essentials and eliminate what is not. Register online!

 

Women in Academic Leadership Learning Community (WALL-C)

Dates: First Friday of each month (Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5)
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Executive Dining Room (Christian Cafeteria)

The WALL community exists to support and empower female leaders at UCA. Leadership is defined by role and not by position; therefore, women in all roles and positions are eligible to participate. WALL-C participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Sessions this fall will focus on key concepts from the book Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski. Scheduled order of topics include:

External Enemies that Cause Stress and Burnout
Facilitators: Debra Burris, Amy Hawkins, Wendy Lucas

Internal Resources to Cope with Stress and Burnout (via Zoom)
Facilitators: Denise Demers, Leah Horton, Stacy Lom

External Resources to Cope with Stress and Burnout
Facilitators: Laura Niswonger, Jen Parrack, Lisa Skultety 

Participants may attend one or all sessions. Register online!

 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Group

Dates: Tuesdays (Aug. 31; Sept. 14 & 28; Oct. 12 & 26; Nov. 9 & 30)
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Torreyson West 302
Facilitators: Darshon Anderson, Thomas Lowder, Sandie Nadelson, Marsha Massey, Faith Yarberry

Curiosity is a key component of life-long learning while confidence in skills and abilities is essential to success after college. However, research suggests instructors are not as knowledgeable of strategies to increase curiosity in the classroom and Higher Ed students are leaving college with lower levels of confidence in their skills and abilities. Join our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community this semester to partner in research that will explore questions related to enhancing curiosity in higher education classrooms as well as understanding how High Impact Practices impact student confidence and career preparedness. Register online!

Teaching & Learning in STEM

Dates: Wednesdays (Sept. 1 & 15, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3 & 17)
Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Location: Executive Dining Room (Christian Cafeteria)
Facilitator:
Ashley Beyerl

STEM disciplines face unique challenges in the fields of teaching and learning. This year-long learning community will serve as a meeting place for anyone interested in improving, exploring, and growing as professionals. We will meet twice a month for lunch and discussion on a variety of topics from best practices, to technology, to interdisciplinary and interdepartmental approaches for teaching and beyond! Register online!