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Campus-Wide Professional Development Opportunities


July 17-18: Pop-Up Course Design Workshop

  • Wednesday 7/17: 9:00-10:45 AM in the Center for Academic Success Conference Room (bottom floor of the library)

  • Thursday 7/18: 9:00-10:45 AM in the Pitts Room (2nd floor of the library)

    Workshop participants will:

  • Rethink a single course

  • Draft the course syllabus

  • Experience 2-3 innovative engagement approaches for students and reflect on how to incorporate them in your course

To register for the workshop and “unlock” the brief pre-reading RSVP via email to Linette Reyes-Berberena ( by noon Tuesday 7/16.


July 29th-August 2nd: Writing Pedagogy Workshop

This workshop is part of a year-long seminar designed to offer an extended examination of teaching writing to undergraduates and support faculty teaching writing in all aspects of the Furman curriculum. Following the Piper and Cothran models, this seminar will create and develop a cadre of Faculty Writing Fellows, an intellectual community around writing and teaching writing to support faculty as scholars and teachers and to strengthen the Furman curriculum and experience for students.

The workshop sessions will include one week in the summer and three sessions per semester in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Email Margaret Oakes to for fellowship application details (one spot remains!) or for more information.


August 6th-7th: Reflection Fellows Workshop

This workshop is part of a year-long seminar. The first workshop day will be held off-campus at Highland Lake Cove Retreat Center in Flat Rock, NC (~35 minutes from Furman) and the second day will be held on-campus. Some topics that will be discussed are:

What is “critical” reflection and how does it help foster critical thinking?

What are the academic, metacognitive, and personal benefits of student reflection?

What is reflection’s role in on-campus courses and high-impact practices?

How do I assess student reflections and the effectiveness of the tool?

How can I incorporate reflection in my discipline-specific courses to enhance student learning?

How can I incorporate reflective practices to process my effectiveness as an instructor?

Email Stephanie Knouse for fellowship application details or more information.


August 8th-9th: Phase III: Whole-Person Integration Workshop

This workshop is part of a year-long seminar to bring together faculty members who are in the last third of their Furman career to identify what truly matters to them, individually and collectively, and to inspire personally invigorating and integrative contributions to the university. More specifically, the program aims to provide opportunities for the participants to: (1) reflect upon their own personal and vocational journeys and to ask themselves, “What is calling me now?” and (2) draw from the insights of years of teaching and scholarly pursuits, as well as institutional memories and personal life experiences to create engaging projects.

Email Min-Ken Liao for more information.


August 16th: Assignment Redesign Redux
9:30 AM -12:30 PM - lunch provided
Location TBD

This workshop is a second opportunity to revise one assignment in one of your courses. Recent research suggests that even modest changes in assignment design can improve student performance and learning significantly (McConnell, 2018). And from a faculty perspective, better assignments can diminish the pain of grading.  Join us to amplify your inspiration for the start of fall semester.

Register here by August 10th. For more information email Mary Alice Kirkpatrick.



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