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October 2020 Edition

Faculty Spotlight: Erin Hardin
It is no secret that 2020 has been a challenging year for the UT community, but Erin Hardin (PhD), director of undergraduate studies and associate department head of psychology, says that with these challenges has come opportunities for growth. Instructors have so much room to influence students’ motivation and investment, so thinking about what can be done differently in order for even more students to succeed has become the focal point of many of her conversations.
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News & Information

The Faculty Support Network (FSN) program helps to engage faculty members from across our university in discussion and collaboration around specific teaching-related topics in order to create peer-to-peer networks for synergistic thinking, reflective learning, and innovative teaching. Learn more about the initiative and how we can support your endeavors.
As we continue to persevere through these difficult times, don't forget that our team of faculty development professionals are here to assist you with a variety of teaching and learning needs, whether it’s creating effective assessments, designing a service-learning course, revising a syllabus, or providing an inclusive atmosphere for your students, we’re here to help. Request a consultation today!
In our nation, social and political challenges are impacting our daily lives. Topics like race, immigration, sexuality, and politics can impact how we are handling these difficult conversations across the country, as well as our campus. The following resources have been compiled to help faculty navigate difficult moments in the classroom and turn these moments into learning opportunities.
Share Your Story! As the fall 2020 semester unfolds, we want to hear from you regarding how you have successfully adapted your teaching during COVID. Help us design new resources and recommendations for your colleagues that will be shared on our website and through a video series. Tell us about your experiences by completing this form

Upcoming Workshops

For a full list of our fall 2020 workshop and programming opportunities, you can visit our fall programming page. Here are our upcoming workshops for this month and November:

Diversi-Tea: Inclusive Teaching Practices in STEM Disciplines 
Tune in to one of our most popular programs! Diversi-Tea is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate communication among faculty and staff about issues related to inclusive teaching practices. Learn more and register for this October 30th session on our workshop portal.

First Year Course Academy: Effective Strategies for Work-Life Balance at the End of the Semester
This series of workshops is designed to provide professional development and a community building experience for those who engage in instructing our First Year Scholars with the ultimate goal of fostering more student success. Learn more and register for one of these November 2nd & 5th workshops on our workshop portal

Additionally, check out this upcoming event hosted by the Provost's Office:
Coffee and Conversation
All faculty are invited to join Provost John Zomchick and his team for coffee and conversation about timely matters and issues of concern. All meetings will occur from 8-9am, and attendees are welcome to join and exit as their schedules allow. Learn more and register for the October 21st meeting by visiting the Office of the Provost's website
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