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CFD - Future Events

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Please click here to visit the registration system and reserve a seat for any of the events/workshops listed below.

Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching (BPMCT)

The Center for Faculty Development is offering the following workshops as part of the BPMCT Program.  These workshops are open to graduate students, instructors, and full-time and part-time faculty.  Dates, times, and locations are currently being determined for many of these workshops.

  • Syllabus 101
    • Tuesday, August 19 from 2:30-4:00 in Grise Hall 141 (Presenter: Jerry Daday)
    • Join us for a practical workshop on the basic elements to include in one's syllabus. Topics range from university required elements and policy to novel elements one could include to improve the conduct and the learning of your students (e.g., conduct policies, assignment calendars, etc.) Participants will be asked to bring a copy of their syllabus and to share their ideas for constructing a clear and useful syllabus.
  • GAI Issues Part 1
    • Wednesday, August 20 from 2:00-3:00 in College High Hall 4123 (Presenters: Cheryl Davis and David LeNoir)
    • Join the discussion about issues graduate students face when they serve as instructors for a course.
  • Building and Using Rubrics
    • Thursday, August 21 from 9:30-11:00am in Grise Hall 141 (Presenter: Wren Mills)
  • Building Better Discussion Board Questions
    • Thursday, August 21 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • What to Do the First Day of Class
    • Friday, August 22 from 10:00-11:30 in Grise Hall 141 (Presenter: Jerry Daday)
  • Learning Objectives
    • Thursday, August 28 from 3:00-4:00 in Grise Hall 143 (Presenter: Wren Mills)
  • Active Learning with Micro Activities
    • Tuesday, September 9 from 11:30am-12:30pm in Grise Hall 141 (Presenter: Jerry Daday)
    • Do you want a new way to get students thinking critically about course material? Are you uneasy about shaking-up an established class? Are you unsure about giving up valuable time that could be used for covering content? Join us for an interactive discussion of some small, "low risk" activities that could be used in a class to help encourage active and higher-order thinking. Based on Amy Marin's work and publications.
  • Three Effective Ways of Enhancing Classroom Participation
    • Wednesday, September 24 from 3:00-4:00pm GRH (Gary Ransdell Hall) 2002 (Presenter: Jerry Daday)
  • A Solution Oriented Approach to Academic Misconduct
    • Thursday, October 16 from 3:00-4:00 Snell Hall 4115 (Presenter: Michael Crowe)
    • True or false: You cannot have a student removed from class if they are disruptive. You can take a student's cell phone if he or she is using it during class. If you are unsure of the answers to these statements or would like to better understand academic misconduct policy at WKU, join Mr. Michael Crowe for a solution focused discussion and Q and A on academic misconduct, policy, and prevention!
  • To register for any BPMCT workshop, simply visit www.wku.edu/pdevents to reserve a spot.  In the future, we would like to offer seminars and workshops that are appropriate for the needs of specific departments and/or colleges. If you have an idea for a potential workshop and/or would like to propose putting one together, please let us know by sending us your idea - bpmct@wku.edu – we'd love to work with you on this.


Office of Sponsored Programs

The OSP seminar series is designed for WKU faculty and staff and is offered during the fall and spring semesters each year. Campus-wide email announcements will be sent prior to each seminar. Seating is limited.
** REGISTER HERE: www.wku.edu/pdevents **

  • Introduction to External Grants
    • Thursday, September 4 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m in Potter Hall 301
    • Designed as an overview for faculty and staff who have never submitted a proposal for external funds. Topics addressed include: WKU grants policies and procedures, searching for funding sources, working with federal agencies or private foundations, planning and developing a proposal strategy, writing a proposal narrative, developing a budget, and post-award administration.
  • Introduction to Funding Searches
    • Wednesday, September 10 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m in College High Hall 2125
    • We will cover several funding search resources available to WKU Faculty, Staff, and Students. Learn to connect with available funding opportunities and/or potential collaborators through PIVOT, the Grants Resource Center, & Grants.gov.
  • After the Award Letter: How to Administer Your Grant Award
    • Thursday, September 18 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m in Potter Hall 301
    • If you are a new project director or principal investigator, or work in an office that handles grant funds, this workshop is for you. This session includes topics such as: Now that I have grant money, how do I spend it responsibly? If XYZ Agency wants to give me money for a project, what do I do next? How do I request a re-allocation of funds and/or a no-cost extension? This seminar also offers an overview of ways to spend money on WKU's campus — how to pay people, order supplies, etc.
  • Grants and Contracts Accounting
    • Wednesday, September 24 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m in Potter Hall 301
    • Whether this is your first grant or you are a veteran, this session is designed for those in charge of managing a grant after it is awarded. This session includes topics such as: The difference between an inter-account and a budget transfer; purchasing policies related to grants; grant pay via EPAF or form 16; Time & Effort Reporting and Effort.


Teaching and Learning With Technology

Distance Learning (DL) is offering the following workshops over the next several weeks:

  • Using Adaptive Release to Create a Personalized Learning Environment
    • Monday, August 18 at 1:00pm
  • Building Better Discussion Board Questions 
    • Thursday, August 21 at 1:00pm
  • Using Blackboard Rubrics to Improve Teaching and Learning
    • Friday, August 29 at 2:00pm

*** If you have an event or workshop that is appropriate for the professional development of faculty and/or graduate students, and if you would like to advertise this event on the Center for Faculty Development's Future Events webpage, please contact Jerry Daday by email (jerry.daday@wku.edu) or phone (270-745-3197). ***


Please use www.wku.edu/pdevents to register for any of the workshops/seminars listed on this page.

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