Take Charge of Your Summer!

Summer is here, and you may have some big plans for your scholarship and creative work. We hope we can help you along the way through our summer writing groups, retreats, resources, writing consultants, one-on-one coaching and consultations, and a book proposal group. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to scroll all the way down to see what question Andrew is wrestling with in his blog this month.

Faculty Hub May Daze

As you finish up these busy days of April and May, we invite you to end your semester on a high note with programming to help you reflect on the academic year and prepare for a fruitful summer. Our reinvigorating May Daze Schedule is below. Read on for more detailed information. If you want to finish grading or get a jump start on writing before May Daze begins, please join us for our Writing and Grading Retreat on Tuesday, April 30, and/or Wednesday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please see the full schedule here. Note that we have rescheduled two events on Monday, May 13, to avoid conflicts with other campus events that day. The updated schedule is below. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope you can join us!

Summer Research Prep Day – Monday, May 13

Fresh Perspectives

Spring brings abundant flowers, fuzzy goslings, longer days, and a chance to look at things a bit differently as we emerge from our winter cocoons. In that spirit of spring, we invite you to explore the upcoming April offerings at the Faculty Hub. Learn from other faculty at the Celebration of Teaching. Consider a new opportunity like the Inclusive Pedagogy Partnership Program (IP3). Think ahead to the effect the 2024 elections will have on your classroom. Get inspired (or at least do some grading) at one of our upcoming Writing and Grading Retreats. Explore various AI topics at one of the three AI talks on campus this month, including one this afternoon on AI & Ethics. And if you check out Andrew’s blog, you *might* get to see a photo of him at a Weezer show in 2001.

Keep reading to learn more.

Halfway There

As we near the midpoint of the semester, we hope all is going well. Midterm can be a good time to gather feedback from your students about their experiences in your courses so far. See our tipsheet on Gathering Feedback from Students for ideas, formats, and resources for doing so! You can also reach out to the Faculty Hub to schedule a one-on-one consultation about designing a feedback survey for your particular goals and teaching context.

Keep reading about more happenings here.

Spreading the Love

There is much to love at the Faculty Hub and beyond this month. An adjunct conversation, a writing challenge, a writing retreat, an AI workshop on LLMs, and facilitated course assessments. Oh, and we also started a puzzle on the touchdown table if you are into that kind of thing 🙂 There are some other great opportunities we are happy to share as well, including the River City Project, hosted by one of our campus partners, UR’s Office for Sustainability, an NCFDD webinar, a VIVA Workshop and course grants, the 2024 Innovations in Pedagogy Summit at UVA…and print UR Own V-Day cards with UR Book Arts. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see the ten things Andrew shared this month on his blog. There are some good ones! Read more here.

Ease Into the Semester

We hope you had a restful break. We know it goes by quickly, so we have some upcoming opportunities that might help you ease into the spring semester. Improve your Blackboard game, get hands-on training with GenAI tools, learn how to implement community guidelines in your courses, keep your scholarship moving forward, and design an inclusive syllabus or a new Gen Ed course. Read more here! And don’t forget to stop by our Welcome Back Breakfast on January 19 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

End With a Bang!

You don’t have to face those end-of-semester tasks alone! Join us for a writing and grading retreat here in the Faculty Hub on Tuesday, December 12. We’ll provide all participants with lunch, seasonal goodies, and beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and more) all day long. Come on by and get cozy. Stay for any amount of time that works for you between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Please also note that the Pedagogy and Generative AI Faculty Exchange date was incorrect in this newsletter. It is on Wednesday, January 10. 

Upcoming Generative AI Programs

As we approach the end of the semester, a time when our students start turning in final projects and we begin to plan for the spring, I’d like to share a few opportunities for you to learn more about generative AI tools like ChatGPT and how they might affect your teaching and scholarship. I invite you to make an appointment with me to chat about your immediate needs and concerns relating to generative AI.

We are also offering several programs on December 14 and January 10. The programs are designed to provide flexibility for your schedule. Attend the half-day professional development opportunity or come to one or two events. Hopefully, you’ll find something that will help you navigate this new generative AI wave. To register for the events below visit this site and let us know which event(s) you’d like to attend. 

Introduction to Generative AI (Two Offerings)

This 90-minute workshop (December 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m. or January 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m.) is a dive into the world of generative AI designed for both beginners and those seeking a refresher. Understand the basics of AI tools (like ChatGPT) and their emerging role in the academic landscape.

Generative AI as a Tool for Scholarship (December 14) 

Finding a Role for Generative AI in Your Writing Workflow – December 14, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.

Explore how generative AI can become a pivotal part of your writing process, enhancing creativity and efficiency. Learn to leverage AI for drafting, editing, and refining your academic manuscripts.

Supercharge Your Research with a Hundred Research Assistants (Lunch Provided) – December 14, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Experience the efficiency of employing generative AI as if you had an army of research assistants at your disposal. This session, co-hosted with Social Science Librarian, Kyle Jenkins, will show you how to accelerate literature reviews and data analysis, complete with a lunch break to network and discuss insights.

Hands-On Workshop for Using Generative AI Tools (Scholarship Focus) – December 14, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Conclude the workshop with a practical hands-on workshop to help you identify the right AI tools that fit your unique research needs. Personalize your academic toolkit with AI technologies that can elevate your research productivity to new levels.

Pedagogy and Generative AI Faculty Exchange (January 10)  

Faculty Panel Lunch – January 10, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join fellow faculty members, Stephen Brauer, Visiting Associate Professor of English (A&S), Megan Driscoll, Assistant Professor of Art History (A&S), Sara Hanson, Associate Professor of Marketing (RSB), Saif Mehkari, Associate Professor of Economics (RSB) and Lionel Mew, Assistant Professor of Information Systems (SPCS), in this interactive panel discussion over lunch facilitated by Linda Boland, Associate Provost for Faculty and Professor of Biology. Hear firsthand experiences from colleagues who have been intentionally integrating generative AI tools into their curriculum. This is a great opportunity to gain insights into the challenges, success stories, and institutional policies surrounding generative AI in education. Plus, it’s a chance to network and share your thoughts in an open forum.

Hands-On Workshop for Using Generative AI Tools (Pedagogy Focus) – January 10, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

This session, co-hosted with Andrew Ilnicki, Director of Experiential Education & Emerging Technology, promises to be both enlightening and interactive. Attendees will get the opportunity to work directly with some of the most advanced generative AI tools available in the market. Under the guidance of expert trainers, explore the functionalities of ChatGPT (based on the GPT-4 architecture), the innovative capabilities of Claude.AI, and the design potential of Adobe’s Firefly. Whether you’re planning to integrate these tools into your teaching methods or just curious about their capabilities, this session is tailored to provide a rich, hands-on experience.

Thankful for the Little Things

We here at the Faculty Hub are grateful to be working with so many engaged and committed faculty, staff, and administration members here at UR. We’re sending you best wishes as we head into the last part of the semester and the end of the calendar year.

Little things we are grateful for…
Kitty: Midday walks around Westhampton Lake
Jane: Jersey dirt
Kylie: Fall field trips to the eco-corridor with my FYS students
Andrew: The Cuban sandwich at Passport