Save the Dates and Welcome

June 29, 2020

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

I write with some updates from the Faculty Hub.

A reminder to consider the ACS Summer workshops for facilitated workshop time with faculty from other ACS institutions. One will be offered this morning from 10-11:30 a.m. on Making Learner-Centered and Inclusive Pedagogical Choices for an Unpredictable Fall Term. The session will emphasize the principles of learner-centered teaching and inclusive pedagogies as foundations to develop and evaluate instructional strategies for learning in varied contexts (traditional, socially distanced, remote, hybrid).

Register for the ACS workshops here. Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link to join the session. After the sessions are completed, the ACS has said they will make recordings available.

Save the dates- On July 14 and 15 from 10-11 a.m., the Faculty Hub will host synchronous sessions with Dr. Flower Darby, author of Small Teaching Online. You can access this book as an e-book. We will be incorporating Flower’s time with us into the start of a new course which begins on July 13 and runs for three weeks, with continual access provided thereafter. There are no restrictions on the number of faculty who can attend.

Please also note that our librarians have secured a group of e-books about online teaching: http://libguides.richmond.edu/onlineteaching.

We recognize that there are some who cannot participate in faculty development opportunities right now due to other responsibilities. All of the Faculty Hub’s synchronous sessions and materials are available for faculty to use on their own. If you participated in our short course on Effective Online and Blended Teaching, you have continued access to course materials on our Blackboard site. If you did not register for the course but would like to gain access to those materials, we just need to add you. Please email us for access.

Welcome to Dr. Kylie Korsnack, Educational Developer

On July 1, we will welcome Dr. Kylie Korsnack as an Educational Developer in the Faculty Hub. The Educational Developer position is one we crafted last fall with an early spring national search that concluded just as the pandemic changed our lives.

Kylie earned her Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University where she also worked in Vanderbilt’s highly respected Institute for Digital Learning and the Center for Teaching. She has taught courses in Freshman Composition, Science Fiction, and World Literature, among others. She is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow for Humanities Education in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Berea College in Kentucky, where she is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in English. Kylie is dedicated to inclusive practices and support for faculty development in many areas including online/hybrid teaching, intensive writing, teaching in the humanities, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and digital pedagogy. She has worked on classroom observation approaches, instructional tools, and training for new college teachers. Kylie brings thoughtful insight, practical experiences, great enthusiasm, and outstanding collegiality to this new position. Please help us in welcoming Dr. Kylie Korsnack to the University of Richmond. Her email at UR will be: kkorsnac@richmond.edu

Thank you for all your efforts.

Sincerely,

Linda

Director, Faculty Hub

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