Instructional Workshops


Navigating the Tenure and Promotion Process

Date: January 31, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Facilitators: Nykela Jackson and Stefanie Sorbet

Embarking on the tenure and promotion process is a significant milestone, often accompanied by a mix of excitement and apprehension. This workshop provides a road map to navigate tenure and promotion, providing insights and strategies to guide faculty members. Join us as we look at teaching, research, and service and provide hints on cohesively aligning all three components. We will explain how to organize your tenure application, document your success to support your narrative, showcase your teaching effectiveness, explore strategies to maintain a productive research agenda, and share insights to engage in service opportunities on our campus and in the community. We will discuss challenges and pitfalls that faculty may encounter and how to address them.  Conversations regarding mentorship and collaboration with internal and external colleagues, organizing teaching and course evaluation data per semester, and how to compile a compelling narrative will be discussed. In addition to these main topics, we will provide a time for questions and answers. Register online.


#GlobalGoals: Using United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the Classroom 

Date: March 7, 2024
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Executive Dining Room
Facilitator: Riva Brown

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states in 2015 as part of a call to action recognizing the interconnectedness of the grand challenges involving the 5Ps: people (such as poverty), planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. Faculty will discuss incorporating the 17 UN SDGs into coursework to guide students in using critical-thinking skills to help solve global problems. This discussion is for faculty teaching elective, required, or UCA Core courses, and those interested in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) or service-learning.

Riva Brown, Associate Professor of Public Relations/Global Learning Specialist, will lead a discussion with:

  • Huiquiong Duan, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Lesley Graybeal, Director of Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning 
  • Leah Horton, Associate Dean, Honors College
  • Hyo-Won Shin, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies

This is a Lunch and Learn event co-sponsored with the Center for Global Learning & Engagement. Register online.


Supporting Student Success at UCA and Beyond with National Fellowship Opportunities

Date: March 26, 2024
Time: X-Period (1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Location: TORW 319
Panelists: Stephen Addison, Ali Depner, Alejandro Gonzalez, Kisha Hardwick, and Jen Parrack

Nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship opportunities like the Fulbright Program, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Barry Goldwater Scholarship, Udall Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, and many more provide opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of academic focuses and career aspirations to support undergraduate and graduate education as well as enriching post-graduate experiences in the US and abroad. While UCA students have successfully applied to these prestigious programs, many students don’t realize these opportunities are available or aren’t confident they could win. All it takes is one faculty member encouraging a student to consider these opportunities to set them on a path to success! Come learn from a panel of faculty and staff with experience advising students on national fellowship applications to learn how you can connect your students with these life-changing opportunities. Register online.