New Faculty Orientation

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New faculty orientation - August 21 (All faculty)

The Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching will host an orientation session for all new faculty on Thursday, August 21, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We look forward to welcoming new faculty and sharing information about the array of support available to assist them in their teaching. We will also provide an overview of the dynamics of the UM-Flint student body, introduce the Faculty Council, and highlight our campus safety initiatives.  A resource fair showcasing a variety of campus departments will be available and will allow new faculty to obtain a parking permit and university identification card (M-card).

Faculty are also invited to participate in a bus tour of the city of Flint, hosted by the Office of University Outreach. This will be held following the orientation session on August 21, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. This tour will provide insight into the strengths and challenges of the city, as well as illuminate the numerous possibilities for engagement by faculty, staff and students.  Attend the tour and receive a special gift!

new faculty orientation - August 26 (additional session for tenure-track faculty)

Tenure-track faculty are also encouraged to participate in an additional half day session on Tuesday, August 26, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  This session will feature the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Faculty Mentoring Program and the Office of University Outreach.

Register now!

Note: Tenure-track faculty are encouraged to attend on August 21 and August 26.


Flint Bus Tour

Flint Bus Tour for UM-Flint Faculty and Staff
Thursday, August 21, 2014
3:00-4:30 pm
Bus will depart from the horseshoe drive outside of the UCEN building
This tour will provide insight into the strengths and challenges of the city, as well as point to possibilities for engagement. Each participant will receive a special gift!
Open to all faculty and staff, with preference for newer faculty. Seating is limited. 
Registration required:

Human Resources Benefit Orientation for New Faculty

All new faculty with an appointment of 50% or greater must attend a Benefit Orientation session.  Two options are available:
Tuesday, August 26, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Tuscola Room, WSW
Thursday, August 28, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Tuscola Room, WSW

Registration is required. Register now!

Annual Pre-Convocation Workshop

The TCLT is pleased to host the Annual Pre-Convocation Workshop: 

The New Science of Learning: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Happenings Room, UCEN
Lunch provided following workshop

Terry Doyle, Professor of Reading at Ferris State University will be the featured presenter. Terry has presented over seventy-five workshops on teaching and learning topics at regional, national, and international conferences. His presentations focus on ways to assist higher education faculty in becoming learner centered teachers by applying findings from neuroscience, biology, and cognitive science in their teaching to improve student learning. 

His work includes:

  • The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain (2013) - co-authors Todd Zakrajsek and Jeannie H. Loeb
  • Learner Centered Teaching: Putting Research on Learning into Practice (2011) - co-author Todd Zakrajsek
  • Helping Students Learn in a Learner-Centered Environment: A Guide to Facilitating Learning in Higher Education (2008) - co-author John Tagg
The Academic Affairs Convocation will follow the workshop at 1:30 pm in the University Theatre.



Cloth Bag Discussion Series

As a follow-up to the pre-covocation workshop, the TCLT will host a series of discussions related to the text, Learner Centered Teaching: Putting Research into Practice by Terry Doyle (2012).
Click here for session descriptions and registration.

LEO Major Review Workshops

To assist faculty in preparing their review, the TCLT and Lecturers' Emloyee Organization (LEO) have partnered to offer the workshop, Evidence and Expertise: Preparing for the Lecturer Review Process. These sessions are intended to  provide an overview of expectations as well as offer tips for preparing successful review packages. Two sessions are offered, but are similar in format; please plan to attend the one that fits best within your schedule. Regisration is available online.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 pm, 134 Thompson Library
Refreshments provided
Thursday, November 13, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 pm, 134 Thompson Library
Dinner provided, available at 5:00 pm. Presentation will start at 5:30 pm.