Opportunities for Faculty

We hope the semester is off to a good start for you. Now that classes are in full swing, we thought it might be a good time to revisit one of our Morning Blend videos from last semester: Healthy Boundaries with Students by Dr. Laura Knouse. Dr. Knouse shares some research and some pointers that might help you find some balance during a busy spring semester.

Below, we’ve shared information about some ongoing and upcoming programs designed to support you with your teaching and scholarship in the coming months. You can find a complete list of upcoming events on our Events Page. We also invite you to reach out for a one-on-one consultation with us at any point if you have any specific topics you’d like to discuss.

Continue reading about upcoming opportunities here.

Greetings and Welcome Back!

We hope that you were able to find some time to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family over the break. As you ease yourself back into the pace of the semester, we invite you to join us for some events this week, all designed to get the spring semester off to a good start. And, if you have something specific to your teaching or scholarship that you’d like to explore in more depth, know that the Faculty Hub staff is always available to meet for one-on-one consultations anytime. Please feel free to send us an email (facultyhub@richmond.edu), and we’ll find a time to meet at your convenience.

In addition to this week’s events, we invite you to our Welcome Back Breakfast next week on Wednesday, January 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. here in the Faculty Hub on the 3rd Floor of Boatwright Library. We’ll have a range of breakfast options, coffee, and beverages–sustenance to keep you going during that first busy week of classes. Feel free to stop in for any amount of time you can spare, or just grab a quick snack on your way to the office.

Read more about upcoming events here.

Giving Thanks

Gratitude Day here at the University of Richmond is November 3, and it seems like a perfect opportunity for us to take a moment to express our gratitude to you. We’ve been here in our space on the third floor of Boatwright Library for a little over a year, and we’ve come a long way thanks to a lot of help from our friends. We’re grateful to the many campus partners who collaborate with us and enrich our programs with their expertise. And we’re especially thankful for the committed, creative, and caring members of the faculty here at the University of Richmond. We’re very lucky to work with and learn from you all.

Read about our November happenings here.

It’s October in the Faculty Hub

As we approach the midpoint of the semester, we at the Faculty Hub are sending you best wishes as you face those piles of grading and the other challenges and joys of faculty life. We hope that in spite of the busy-ness of this moment of the semester, you’ll be able to find the time to join us for some of our upcoming programming or just come by the Faculty Hub for coffee.

If you’re looking for a place to work, write, grade, or meet with collaborators, our beautiful Faculty Hub space on the third floor of Boatwright Library is a great place to be at any time. For meetings, you can reserve rooms in EMS but if you’re just in search of a quiet spot, no need to reserve–you can just stop by and settle in wherever you’re comfortable. You’re always welcome.

On that note, we’ll be here during the coming Fall Break, on Monday, October 10 or Tuesday, October 11, with extra special snacks, coffee, tea, and more.

Read the full October newsletter here. 

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)