Welcome Back!

And welcome to our newsletter, a new way that the Faculty Hub will be communicating with you going forward. In this newsletter, you will find our monthly schedule of events, highlights of upcoming programs, links to resources, an introduction to our fantastic staff and associates, and additional content that we hope will be useful to you. We would be happy to receive any feedback on the newsletter and our programs and faculty are always welcome to suggest new and useful programs and events.

Best wishes,
The Faculty Hub team

Read the full newsletter here to catch up on upcoming events and check out some useful resources.

Faculty Hub Opportunities

December Events 

  • Friday, December 3, 9:00-9:50 a.m. – Morning Blend: Reflecting on the Semester (Zoom) (see below for details) 
  • Tuesday, December 7, 12:00-12:50 p.m. – Conversation: Adjuncts (Zoom) 
  • Wednesday, December 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m. – Conversation: Course Design (Tower Room/Zoom) 
  • Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16, all day – Grading Breaks in the Faculty Hub (see below for details) 

 Early January Events 

Note: The Tower Room is in the Faculty Hub. If you have any questions about access, please contact Jane Bise. 

Morning Blend 

Our final fall term Morning Blend, Reflecting on the Semester, will be facilitated by Dr. Libby Gruner on Friday December 3 at 9 a.m. Afterward, we will pause the Morning Blend until January, but our presentation and tip sheet archives are available 24/7/365! Our consultants are also happy to meet with you individually to discuss applying these and other ideas to your teaching and scholarship goals. We welcome suggestions for future Morning Blend sessions; please email us at facultyhub@richmond.edu. 

 Hub Talks 

We have had a great time engaging with faculty who have shared their current scholarship through Hub Talks. Looking ahead to spring term, we have an excellent lineup for this program to share scholarly works (or works in progress) and build community among the faculty. Registration is now open for the first talk in February. 

  • Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 12:12-1 p.m.: Melinda Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, “Using Ancient DNA to Understand Human History: Perspectives in East Asia” 
  • Friday, March 25, 2022 from 3:12-4 p.m.: Doug Bosse, Professor of Strategic Management and the David Meade White Jr. Chair in Business, “Exploring Stakeholder Capitalism” 
  • April, 2022, Date and Time TBD: Jessica Erickson, Professor of Law and Director, Richmond Law & Business Forum, “The Gatekeepers of Corporate Litigation” 

Faculty Hub Associate for Spring Term, 2022 

Interested faculty are invited to apply for a one-semester position as Faculty Hub Associate. In this role, a faculty member will work closely over the course of the spring semester with Faculty Hub staff in creating and facilitating a series of workshops and/or discussions on a focused topic related to inclusive pedagogy. Details are available here; brief applications are due by December 8.  

Faculty Hub Conversation: Course Design 

Join the Faculty Hub for an end-of-semester conversation on course design. In this session, we’ll offer a brief introduction to three frameworks/tools that can be useful for course design – backward design (Wiggins & McTighe), integrated design (Fink), and Universal Design for Learning (CAST). This hybrid conversation will take place on Wednesday, December 8 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.* Please register in advance for this conversation on course design. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast will be provided at 10 am for in-person participants.  

Grading Breaks at the Faculty Hub 

Come by the Faculty Hub on December 9 and December 16 to take a break from your grading or to enjoy a new space to do your grading! We’ll have coffee and breakfast available all morning, quiet spaces to work, and an optional mindfulness meditation break at 12:30. In the afternoon, we’ll have more coffee and snacks, and the same quiet space. Come for as long as you like and enjoy our pleasant space, the company of others, and a brief break before the semester closes. No registration required—just drop by when the timing works for you. 

Responding to Student Feedback 

As you begin planning for the spring, consider scheduling a consult with Libby Gruner or another Hub staff member to help you analyze and respond to feedback generated by end-of-semester course evaluations. This is also a good time to start planning how to gather feedback from students about your teaching and/or their learning next semester, if you haven’t done so already. Email us at facultyhub@richmond.edu or give us a call (804-662-3000) for more information or to schedule a consult. 

Teaching Squares 

Faculty interested in developing their teaching practice in community may want to join a Teaching Square in the spring. Teaching Squares provide an opportunity for mutual, non-evaluative peer observation. This is a low-stakes way to learn more and reflect on your own teaching. More information and an invitation to participate are on our website. 

Digital Pedagogy Cohort 

The inaugural Digital Pedagogy Cohort is wrapping up our semester’s work on crafting digital media assignments (resource materials developed by the Hub technology consultants can be found here). Registration is now open for next semester’s Web Publishing cohort. If you’ve used course blogs or ArcGIS Story Maps in the past and/or are interested in using them in future semesters, please consider joining us.  If you don’t have the time to commit to a semester long cohort but have a digital pedagogy question, schedule a consultation with one of our technology consultants.  

Faculty Hub Book Collection 

As you look ahead to prepare for your work this spring, please also consider stopping by the Faculty Hub to browse the faculty development book collection. Faculty and instructional staff are welcome to borrow a book from our collection and return it at your convenience. Do you have a topic or specific title you are seeking? Give us a call and we’ll let you know what’s available in our collection. 

Innovative Instruction, Collaborative Curriculum, and Diversity and Inclusion Grants 

The Associated Colleges of the South has a rolling deadline for faculty and staff to submit pre-proposals for projects ($25,000 – $50,000) that end by September 1, 2022. The rolling application deadline runs through May 1, 2022 (or until funds are exhausted). If you have questions, please email Stephanie Fabritius, President of ACS. Please reach out to the Grants Office and the Faculty Hub for assistance with the pre-proposal. 


Dates and Times to Connect and Learn 

November 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Blackboard is hosting a virtual Digital Teaching Symposium featuring faculty speakers from around the world. Registration is free, and presentation topics UR faculty might find useful include: 

  • The accessibility tool-kit: Strategies for ensuring accessibility for all learners 
  • Discussion boards: How to manage feedback using rubrics and break into groups 
  • “Teach the class with your own example.” Giving students a stake in the F2F class 
  • Using SafeAssign in Blackboard: Plagiarism prevention in one click 

November 12 @ 3 p.m.  In collaboration with the Provost’s Office and Jennifer Cable from our mindfulness community on campus, faculty and staff are invited to a virtual workshop on Mindful Leadership with Janice Marturano, author of Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership. The session is designed for those who have yet to explore mindfulness practices, as well as those who regularly practice. Registration is limited and includes a copy of Ms. Marturano’s book. Friday, November 12 from 3-4:30 p.m. Sign up for the workshop here.  

November 17 @ 3 p.m.  Please join us for “What Inclusive Instructors Do: A Focus on Students’ Sense of Belonging,” a discussion with Dr. Tracie Addy, author of What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching on Wednesday, November 17 from 3 – 4:15 p.m. on Zoom. Please register here.  

November 30 @ 12:12 p.m. Leadership During Personal Crisis: Research and Implications for Practice”  Come learn from Laura E. Knouse (Associate Professor of Psychology, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Faculty Director of the Richmond Scholars Program) and Gill Robinson Hickman (Professor Emerita, Jepson School of Leadership Studies) who will share their current scholarship on Tuesday, November 30. The talk will be from 12:12 to 12:30 p.m. with discussion to follow. A Zoom option is available; there will be pizza in the Faculty Hub for those joining in person. Please sign up for the Hub Talk here

Each week, on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings, we host coffee break conversations on timely topics; see the Morning Blend program on our website for in-person and Zoom options. Upcoming topics include:  

  • Writing Strong Letters of Recommendation with Dana Kuchem 
  • Adapting Exams for Flexible Delivery
  • Academic Integrity and SafeAssign 
  • Reflecting on the Semester 

Tip sheets and videos of prior topics are available on our website and our consultants are happy to meet with you individually to discuss applying these or other ideas to your teaching and scholarship goals. 

 Services and Resources Available From the Faculty Hub 

It’s not too late to do a facilitated course assessment! For anonymous student feedback on a new assignment used this term or new teaching approaches you addedconsider a confidential, formative, facilitated course assessment from the Faculty Hub for quality feedback you can use. Contact us to learn more.  

Associate Professor Kristine Grayson has completed her role as a Faculty Hub Associate in our pilot program designed to support individual faculty development while also developing resources and knowledge to share with other faculty. To learn about Grayson’s experiences and access her resources on “Teaching Quantitative Data Literacy, please read her blog post here and contact Grayson or the Faculty Hub for more information. 

Resource Spotlight: Group Projects – Faculty using group projects in their courses may find helpful suggestions and resources in our “Group Work: Overview”and “Group Work: Assessment” tip sheets. 

Learning Communities in the Faculty Hub 

Digital Pedagogy Cohort members have been improving their skills with methods and increasing their familiarity with theories related to digital media assignments. If you are interested in diving deeper into digital pedagogy, consider joining the Faculty Hub’s spring term cohort focused on web publishing or reach out to one of our technology consultants to discuss your needs and interests.    

The Faculty Hub’s Alternative Assessments Working Group met on Friday, October 22 at 2 p.m. to discuss portfolio grading; specifications, contract, and labor-based grading; and ungrading. Future conversations will take place roughly monthly at the same time; contact Libby Gruner for more information or to join the group.  

October in the Faculty Hub

Mid-Semester Feedback – This is a great time to gather feedback from your students about their learning. You can use the feedback to make changes before the end of the semester and give students more agency and voice in shaping their learning experiences. Here are some suggestions and resources for facilitating a midterm assessment. The Faculty Hub also offers a confidential, formative, facilitated course assessment process that some faculty use as a midterm assessment. Contact us to learn more.

Morning Blend - Weekly, the Faculty Hub hosts coffee break conversations on timely topics; one session each week is in person and one is on Zoom. See our website for dates and times. Upcoming topics include:

  • Finding Grant Funding
  • Book Arts Studio – Incorporating Creative Projects into Courses
  • Using R Workbench
  • Digital Media Projects

Hub Talk - Todd Lookingbill will share his current scholarship on Friday, October 15.  Join us for “What’s Hot in the City? The Unjust Evolution of Urban Heat Islands in Richmond, VA.” The talk is from 3:12 to 3:30 p.m. with discussion and a reception to follow in the Hub or join the talk and discussion on Zoom. Please register here.

Upcoming Fall Break - As we head into fall break, we hope you will take some time to rest, reflect, and reassess. These two recent pieces, from Inside Higher Ed and VCU’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence offer tips to make a shift, let go of perfection, and reduce stress.

We are re-starting an Alternative Assessments discussion group. If you are interested in specification grading, portfolio grading, or other non-traditional assessment methods, please contact Libby Gruner.  Whether you want to discuss current needs or explore approaches for a future course, we welcome your participation.

External Opportunities - Our colleagues at the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Lafayette College are offering several dynamic workshops this fall, open to all. Get more information and register for all workshops on Lafayette’s registration page.

Innovative Instruction, Collaborative Curriculum, and Diversity and Inclusion Grants – The Associated Colleges of the South has a rolling deadline for faculty and staff to submit pre-proposals for projects ($25,000 – $50,000) that end by September 1, 2022. The rolling application deadline begins now and runs through May 1, 2022 (or until funds are exhausted). If you have questions, please email Stephanie Fabritius, President of ACS. Please reach out to the Grants Office and the Faculty Hub for assistance with the pre-proposal.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NOVEMBER:  What Inclusive Instructors Do – A discussion with Dr. Tracie Addy, author of What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching on Wednesday, November 17 from 3 – 4:15 p.m. on Zoom. Please register here.

Upcoming Faculty Hub Events, Programs, and Services

Hub Talks  

Please join us to learn about the scholarship and creative works of other faculty. Hub Talk presentations are from 3:12 to 3:30 p.m., followed by 30 minutes for discussion and a reception from 4-5 p.m. We are planning for in-person talks and will adjust, if needed, based on campus conditions and policies. Our first talk will offer the option to join on Zoom. Updated information will always be available on the Faculty Hub website. Thank you, in advance, to the faculty speakers in our fall term program:

Wednesday, September 29: Camilla Nonterah, Assistant Professor of Health Psychology, “Addressing Racial Inequities in Access to Kidney Transplantation”  Registration is now open for this Hub Talk.

Friday, October 15: Todd Lookingbill, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment and Associate Professor of Biology, “What’s Hot in the City? The Unjust Evolution of Urban Heat Islands in Richmond, VA

Friday, November 5: Laura E. Knouse Associate Professor of Psychology, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Faculty Director of the Richmond Scholars Program and Gill Robinson Hickman, Professor Emerita, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, “Leadership During Personal Crisis: Research and Implications for Practice

Scholarly Writing

Securing focused and effective time for scholarly writing projects has been particularly difficult during the pandemic. While the challenge is ongoing, we can provide support to move forward when you are ready. Here are some opportunities to consider.

  • Write on Site. Some writers find it helpful to work independently while also in community with others. Consider our weekly “Write on Site” hours on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. More information is available here.
  • Building a publishing pipeline. Teacher-scholars at all career stages know the challenge of bringing scholarly work to completion. If you want to consider new ways to plan and complete multiple publishing goals, please join an NCFDD 4-week course on building your publishing pipeline beginning on Wednesday, September 8, from 2-3 pm. Login to your university-sponsored NCFDD account and go to the Events Calendar to register.
  • Writing Groups. Let the Faculty Hub host your writing group- an opportunity for peer support plus dedicated time for writing. If you have a writing group or would be interested in starting one, we can help!  If you would like to work with an online writing group, we have experience with that too. Contact  Kylie Korsnack to discuss your interests.
  • 14-Day Writing Challenge. The next NCFDD writing challenge begins on October 18. Register here from 9/8 to 10/13. UR faculty who have participated in the past have reported benefits in establishing a writing routine. If you would like more information, please contact the Faculty Hub and we would be happy to discuss the process so that you can decide if it would be worth a try.

Ongoing Professional Development

Teaching Squares. This is an opportunity for small groups of faculty from different disciplines to engage in mutual, non-evaluative peer observation. UR faculty who have participated in this program have reported benefits to their own teaching and to joining a small community of colleagues who support each other. Instructors at all levels of experience can benefit and are invited to join. Contact Dr. Libby Gruner by September 10 for more information or to sign up.

Sharing of faculty development programming at other institutionsThe Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Lafayette College has extended an invitation to us to register and virtually attend any of their faculty fellows sessions in store for this fall. One series will focus on using creative dramatics in college classrooms across the curriculum and the other on building more inclusive classrooms. Detailed information is available here.

Facilitated Course Assessment. The Faculty Hub offers an opportunity for confidential, anonymous feedback from your students in a consultant-facilitated classroom conversation. These are non-evaluative and can provide specific feedback about the student learning experience. Instructors at all career stages may benefit.  Please contact us to discuss whether this service may be useful to you.

Save the Dates: 

Field Trip Friday: Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor– Friday, September 24, 1:30-3 p.m.

IRB Sessions with the Faculty Hub led by Dr. Don Forsyth (IRB Chair)

  • Review of 2018 Changes to IRB Regulations: Thursday, September 30, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (via Zoom)
  • High-Impact Teaching with Human Subject Research Projects: Thursday, October 28, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (via Zoom)

ACS Professional Development Opportunities

Dear Colleagues,

The Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) is offering several professional development opportunities this summer.

This flyer provides information on 4 workshops (90 minutes each). You are welcome to attend any or all that meet your interests.

The workshop topics include:

  • Robust and Flexible Course Design in the Natural Sciences, Post-Pandemic (June 23, 1-2:30 pm EDT)
  • The Benefits of Spending Time in Nature for the Well-Being of Educators (July 1, 10:30- 12 pm EDT)
  • Developing the Mindset of an Academic Leader- for department chairs (July 27, 10:30-12 pm EDT)
  • Crafting a More Inclusive and Learner-Centered Syllabus (Aug 4, 1:30-3 pm EDT)

ACS has also facilitated the formation of seven working groups to develop resources to share by the end of summer. I will email when the materials become available on the ACS website.

The resources to be developed include materials to address:

  • Enhancing the first-year experience
  • Fostering a sense of belonging in the classroom
  • Preparing department and program chairs for their leadership roles
  • Advising of non-traditional students
  • Study abroad in the post-COVID world
  • Decolonizing the curriculum
  • Leveraging digital pedagogies for learning

Best wishes,


Director, Teaching and Scholarship Hub

Exciting News, Summer Programs, and IP Cohort Reminder

Dear Colleagues,  

The Faculty Hub would like to share some news about a new appointment in the Hub and information regarding summer opportunities, a collaboration between Boatwright Library, CCE, and the Faculty Hub, and a reminder about applying for next year’s IP Cohort. 

Coordinator of Faculty Development in Teaching 

We are happy to announce that Dr. Libby Gruner, Professor of English, is the new Coordinator of Faculty Development in Teaching for the Faculty Hub. In this new role she will develop, improve, and coordinate programming for the professional development of faculty in their capacity as teachers, co-facilitate the Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort with the Faculty Hub’s Educational Developer, and work with the Faculty Hub Director to continue to evolve the goals of the Faculty Hub. Libby brings with her a wide range of experience at the University as a former Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences, former Director of Academic Advising, former Coordinator of the First-Year Seminar Program, as well as many years as a professor in the English department. She also co-facilitated a faculty learning community on Inclusive Pedagogy in 2016-2018 then joined the larger inclusive pedagogy cohort in 2018. Her work in the Advising Office, as well as her earlier work as FYS Coordinator made her keenly aware of the importance of inclusive pedagogical practices for equity, retention, and access. Most recently, as a Faculty Hub Associate, she has been able to work across department and school lines by facilitating working groups of faculty interested in exploring a variety of approaches to assess student learning.   

The NCFDD Summer 14-Day Writing Challenge  

It can be very hard to find 30 minutes a day for focused writing time, especially under current conditions.  However, if you would like to give it a try, here is a program that uses some motivational approaches to help you engage or re-engage in your writing. 

Consider participating with us in a 14-Day Writing Challenge sponsored by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). This will occur from June 21-July 4 and registration begins on May 19 (see below).   

UR has an institutional membership to NCFDD. Follow these steps to activate your account and sign-up for the challenge: Visit the NCFDD website 

  • Click “Join NCFDD” 
  • Select your institution from the drop-down menu 
  • Click “Activate My Membership” 
  • Complete a basic sign-up form with personal and professional information 
  • Activate your account by clicking the link in a follow-up confirmation email 
  • Once you are logged in, you will see information about signing up for the challenge under “Start Learning” on the main dashboard or under “Events.”  

 Boatwright Summer Book Club 

Join us for the 4th Annual Boatwright Summer Book Club! In support of the university’s Thriving and Inclusive Community strategic goal, Boatwright Library, along with the CCE and Faculty Hub, will be hosting a summer reading group. This year we will read selected chapters and essays on the theme of Education for Freedom, including works by Tressie McMillan Cottom, Paulo Freire, Audre Lorde, Resmaa Menakem, and Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang. More information, including links to the readings for each session, can be found on the Boatwright Summer Book Club homepage. 

 Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort for the Next Academic Year 

If you would like a deeper engagement in becoming a more inclusive teacher, please consider applying for next year’s Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort. This initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Applications for next year’s cohort are due by Friday, May 21. For more information, eligibility, and details on how to apply, please read the call for applications for the Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort.  


Linda Boland 

Director, Teaching and Scholarship Hub 

A New Opportunity and Reminders

Dear Colleagues, 

We would like to invite you to participate in a new faculty development opportunity and remind you of a few others. 

June 8-10: Lecture Breakers Virtual Summer Conference 

Do you want to use active learning strategies to promote student learning but do not have much time to prepare before fall term? The Lecture Breakers Conference will help by teaching strategies to engage students in any classroom format. Two of the nine speakers will focus on technology applications; one will focus on inclusive teaching; all will focus on active engagement of learners. In all, there are three hours of training per day for three afternoons on June 8-10. The conference also includes one evening keynote on the topic of minimizing faculty burnout. If you miss any live sessions, your registration gives you access to the recorded sessions through July 8. 

You can register on your own ($297) OR join our UR cohort. The Faculty Hub will pay for ten faculty members to gain this professional development in advance of fall term (first come, first serve). If you would like to join our Lecture Breakers cohort or have questions, please contact Kylie Korsnack in the Faculty Hub by May 20.    

Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort for the Next Academic Year 

If you would like a deeper engagement in becoming a more inclusive teacher, please consider applying for next year’s Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort. This initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Applications for next year’s cohort are due by Friday, May 21. For more information, eligibility, and details on how to apply, please read the call for applications for the Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort. 

Summer Blog Series: Forward Thinking 

What aspects of your “pandemic pedagogy” will stay with you as we return to face-to-face teaching? We invite you to contribute to our blog series, Forward Thinking – an informal collection of stories and examples of what UR faculty will carry forward into future teaching. For inspiration, check out the first post from the Faculty Hub’s own, Dr. Andrew Bell. If you would like to contribute, please email Andrew Bell for more details. 

1-1 Consultations 

Lastly, a reminder that the Faculty Hub is available to provide faculty with personalized support for teaching and scholarship through confidential, individual or small group consultations this summer. Schedule a consultationon our website. 

Best wishes as you complete spring term grading. 


Linda Boland 

Director, Teaching and Scholarship Hub 

Invitation to Apply to Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort & Share Forward

Dear Colleagues, 

As we near the end of a challenging spring term, the Faculty Hub wants to relay our tremendous gratitude and pride in how the faculty have adapted to new modes of teaching this year. The work has been difficult, the issues surrounding us have tested our resolve, and faculty have amplified their support for ainclusive academic environment. While we are always working to improve individually and collectively, we have heard that our students have felt your support and we thank you for your deep commitment to student-centered work.  

We wanted to alert you to a few upcoming faculty development opportunities: 

Call for Applications: Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort 

If you would like a deeper engagement in becoming a more inclusive teacher, please consider applying for next year’s inclusive pedagogy cohort. This is a great opportunity to grow in your teaching and to build community with colleagues from across campus. This initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and open to any interested full-time University employees who are faculty or who teach academic courses as part of their responsibilities.

The Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort meets every two weeks on Fridays from 12-1:15 p.m.* Each member of the cohort receives a $750 stipend for completing the program. Applications for next year’s cohort are due by Friday, May 21. For more information and details on how to apply, read the call for applications for the Inclusive Pedagogy Cohort. *Note: If you have a conflict with noon on Fridays, we encourage you to still apply and indicate the conflict in your application. We will do our best to accommodate the schedules of all those chosen to participate in the cohort.

An Invitation to Share With Your Colleagues 

As we have all tried new teaching approaches this year, we invite you to pause and reflect on the new teaching practices, assignments, or tools that have become part of your pedagogy. What aspects of your “pandemic pedagogy” will stay with you as we return to face-to-face teaching? 

  • We have heard from faculty who recorded verbal feedback on students’ written work and found students to be receptive to this, finding it more helpful than written comments.   
  • We have heard from faculty who have valued the use of collaborative documents to draw more students into conversation and want to continue to find ways to help all students be comfortable contributing their ideas.   

What will you carry forward? Do you have a story to share? We invite you to consider contributing to our blog series, Forward Thinking – an informal collection of stories or examples of what UR faculty will carry forward to future teaching. For inspiration, check out the first post from the Faculty Hub’s own, Dr. Andrew Bell. If you have an idea to contribute or a story to share, please email Andrew Bell for more details. 

Best wishes as you complete your courses and grading. 


Linda Boland 

Director, Teaching and Scholarship Hub 

Update on Faculty Hub Events

This is an update from the Faculty Hub on some re-scheduled events and a reminder of upcoming events and resources that may be useful to you at this point in the semester.

Re-Scheduled Events

  • Faculty Hub Morning Blend: Distracted (Continued): Due to the ice storms, we have re-scheduled our follow-up discussions on Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It on Thursday, February 25 from 1-1:45 p.m. and Friday, February 26 from 9-9:45 a.m. Whether you attended the book talk with Dr. James Lang or not, you are invited to join us to review key points and how we might apply them to current modes of teaching.  No registration is needed, please use this Zoom link. (If you missed the book talk you can view it here.) We are using our Morning Blend format in which a brief presentation is made (generally, about 15 minutes), a tip sheet is provided, and an open discussion is invited for anyone who wishes to do so after the presentation. We are mindful of faculty time in how we package these weekly events.  If you are not yet familiar with our Morning Blend series, we invite you to explore the archived resources from prior sessions, several of which are timely at this point in the semester: Developing Time Efficient Workflows for Grading, Strategies for Virtual Office Hours, and Strategies for Gathering Midterm Student Feedback, a topic that Jim Lang also referenced in his talk last week and that could be applied now or in the next few weeks.

Reminders: Key Events in March

  • Radical Empathy: We invite you to join us for a faculty development session with Dr. Terri Givens who will address structural racism and the persistence of inequality while offering practical steps for calling out racism and affecting radical social change.  The session will be part presentation and part workshop and is based on her book, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides. If you are among the first 40 people to sign up, we will send you a copy of the book! To learn more, please see this excerpt and consider joining us on Monday, March 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. Register for the Book Talk!
  • We will also hold a follow-up conversation about radical empathy on Thursday, March 25 from 9-9:50 a.m., facilitated by Keith “Mac” McIntosh and Linda Boland. If you would like to join us, please register here.
  • Faculty Hub Conversation: Are you currently teaching as an adjunct professor or as an instructor on a part-time or temporary appointment in A&S, RSB, Jepson, Law, or SPCS? Would you like an opportunity to ask questions, build community, and make connections with faculty in similar instructional roles from across campus? The Faculty Hub invites you to join us for an informal conversation to share knowledge, practices, success stories, questions, and considerations for teaching at the University of Richmond. This Faculty Hub Conversation* will be co-facilitated by Kylie Korsnack (Faculty Hub), Carol Wittig (Library), and John Zinn (SPCS) and will be offered on Friday, March 5 from 12-12:50 p.m. Sign up here!  *Note: This is the second conversation that we are offering for adjuncts this semester. If you came to the first session, we hope to see you again! And if you missed the February meeting, we hope you’ll consider joining this time!
  • NCFDD Writing Challenge: If you would like to try a new approach to building a regular writing habit, please join us for the NCFDD writing challenge. The name may be misleading–it is not a competition but a chance to gain peer support to encourage the habit. Writers decide when to write each day and there are no penalties if you miss some days! If you have not tried this approach and want more information about the logistics or potential impact, please contact Linda Boland.
  • Consultations: Are you thinking about mid-term assessments or improving your digital workflow? To learn more about how the Faculty Hub can help you, please consider our one-on-one consultations which can be scheduled at mutually convenient times.