New Faculty Gatherings for 2017-2018

New Faculty Gatherings are a series of monthly lunches/cocktail hours held during your first few years on the KU faculty designed to introduce you to practices and resources that will help you to be successful in your faculty role. Topics will include things like cultivating a network of mentors and peer mentors, designing courses so they focus on active learning, connecting undergraduates to research opportunities, selecting service opportunities that are right for you and your academic career stage, opportunities for service learning and engaged scholarship, helping students in crisis, preparing for the promotion and tenure process, and more.

We hope that these gatherings are not only useful in terms of their content, but also help you to foster connections across campus with your faculty peers in a variety of disciplines.

If you have an idea or a need, please share it with any of us in the Faculty Development Office! 

Please hold the dates and times listed below!  Additional gatherings may be scheduled and announced via email throughout the year. Specific topics and speakers will be announced via invitations sent prior to each session.

Fall 2017
September 2017
Establishing a Supportive Network

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
11:30-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Alumni Center, Bruckmiller Room

Come learn more about resources that can help you develop a supportive mentor network, foster habits that enable writing and research productivity, and maintain a full and healthy life off campus. 

This session will feature first-hand stories and experiences from KU faculty regarding their use of KU’s membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Fall Faculty Writing Groups – click event title to learn more and register

Groups begin meeting the week of Sept. 4.

Do you have trouble prioritizing your own writing? Do you want a place to talk and think about your writing? Do you want feedback on your writing? Join a faculty writing group!

The KU Writing Center will be offering two writing groups for faculty this fall. The groups will be facilitated by the Graduate Writing Specialist and by the Associate Director. Groups will meet every other week in Anschutz 421.

Group members will offer planned or spontaneous feedback to one another’s writing. Occasionally, members may choose to use the meeting time to write.


 

The Merc Coop Kaw Valley Wineries Afternoon Bus Tour – click event title to learn more and get tickets

Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:30-3:00 p.m. (lunch provided with registration fee)

The Merc does a wine tour in the Fall every year. A bus will pick you up at the Merc (9th & Iowa), you will visit 2 wineries with tastings and a Merc box lunch, and return to Merc.

Josh Bolick (fall 2015) and Aimee Wilson (fall 2016) will be hosting any new KU faculty who register to join this community event.  Join in to meet Josh, Aimee, and other new faculty and get a little local culture!

These do sell out, so if you’re interested, get your tickets soon!

October 2017

KU Innovation & Collaboration Lunch and Learn - click event title to register

Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Tips for Patent Searching, featuring Paul N. Taylor, J.D.

Monday, October 2, 2017
11:30-12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Bioscience Technology Business Center
2029 Becker Drive, Suite 109

The KUIC Lunch & Learn series provides training and presentation sessions during the lunch hour. The goal is to inform and inspire the KU community to engage in the process of intellectual property protection, company outreach, and technology commercialization.  The sessions will cover a broad range of topics including intellectual property basics, technology licensing, startup funding opportunities, regional economic incentives, as well as legal issues of concern to KU startups.

Community Table

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
11:30-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Anschutz Library
 

The Community Table offers students, faculty and staff a space to meet others from across campus while pausing for lunch. The goal is to remove barriers and to develop new friendships and understanding and build a stronger KU community.

Community Table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, except in January. Future dates include November 1, December 6, February 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

All are welcome with a current KU ID. This year the events are catered by Ramen Bowls. Food is available while supplies last. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity in partnership with all academic units and KU Libraries.

Mozilla Working Open Workshop- click event title to register by October 9

October 16, morning and afternoon: WOW Day 1, an introduction to open research, workflows, and tools

October 17, morning and early afternoon: WOW Day 2, project communication and open data

October 17, afternoon: Open Access Week reception & open keynote by Stephanie Wright, Mozilla Science Lab Program Lead, Kansas Union Big 12 Room, 3:30.

KU Libraries is partnering with Mozilla to bring the Mozilla Working Open Workshop (WOW) to KU on October 16th/17th. KU Libraries’ Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, with members of the Center for Faculty Initiatives & Engagement and Digital Initiatives are pleased to welcome the Mozilla team and to co-sponsor this workshop for the University of Kansas.

WOWs are a highly customized and agile two-day event for researchers to learn, share, and connect around open research best practices designed to improve research collaborations and ensure access to research data and findings, thereby speeding the pace of discovery. Workshop modules will cover the essentials of designing an open project, using collaboration tools such as GitHub, sharing research products as a default, and fostering an active community around an open project. It is hands-on and project-based, including lots of time for participants to make real, meaningful progress on their projects, and to network and collaborate across projects and disciplines. WOWs have been previously hosted in Montreal, Boston, Austin, Berlin, Portland, and Cape Town.

WOWs work best for attendees with a specific project to advance, since project work time is built in.

NOTE: a 100% REFUNDABLE deposit of $20 is required to hold your space in this very limited workshop (35 seats). If you do not attend or cancel within 24 hours of the workshop, you will not be eligible for the refund.

You can read more about a previous WOW in this blogpost, or this one.

Getting Students Engaged in Research - click event title to register by October 13

Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Alumni Center, Summerfield Room

Come learn more about resources that can help you connect with students, get them engaged in your research, and enhance your own scholarship while doing so.    

This session will feature an introduction from John Augusto, Assistant Vice Provost for Experiential Learning, and Nicole Perry, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research.  We will also hear directly from several KU faculty regarding their recent experiences engaging students in research projects. 

Thank Goodness It's Thursday! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017
4:00-6:00 p.m. (snacks & drinks provided)
Adams Alumni Center
1266 Oread Ave

KU faculty and staff members are invited to the Adams Alumni Center for six TGIT receptions during the 2017-18 school year. The receptions, sponsored by Truity Credit Union, will include drink specials, snacks and giveaways.

Future TGIT events will be November 16, February 15, March 15, and April 12.

Faculty-Staff Day of Writing and Research - click event title to register before October 13!

Friday, October 27, 2017
10:00-5:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Watson Library

The KU Writing Center and the KU Libraries will host a Faculty-Staff Day of Writing and Research on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Watson Library. Attendees can anticipate an intensive day of writing without distractions in a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking.  A limited number of one-on-one writing consultations and research consultations are also available.

Believe in Your Writing flyer

TODAY! - Red Hot Research: Aging & Aging Populations

Friday, October 27, 2017
4:00 p.m.
The Commons

The Commons presents Research Sharing Sessions--a series designed specifically for research exchange. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to an idea. All KU Researchers are invited to join the conversation. The goals of these sessions are:

- To introduce KU Researchers to the work of their colleagues
- To address questions within current research using the perspectives of many disciplines
- To develop collaborative research teams as a result of overlapping interest & expertise

Future dates include December 1 (Community Interaction & Collaboration).

Aging & Aging Populations Presenters:

Terry Koenig, Social Welfare, Hoarding, Older Adults, Nonvoluntary Clients, Political Approach
David Ekerdt, Sociology, Possesions, Life Course, Identity
Darlingtina Atakere, Social Psycholoy/Gerontology, Elder Care, Eurocentric Modernism, Relationality
Hui Cai, Architecture, Senior Housing, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Generational
Kristi Williams, School of Nursing, Supporting Caregivers with Technology
 

Emcee:

Tamara Baker, Psychology

November 2017

Community Table

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
11:30-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Anschutz Library

The Community Table offers students, faculty and staff a space to meet others from across campus while pausing for lunch. The goal is to remove barriers and to develop new friendships and understanding and build a stronger KU community.

Community Table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, except in January. Future dates include December 6, February 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

All are welcome with a current KU ID. This year the events are catered by Ramen Bowls. Food is available while supplies last. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity in partnership with all academic units and KU Libraries.

Awkward Adult Dance Party for Puerto Rico

Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00pm - midnight
Eagle Lodge at 1803 W. 6th Street

After conferring with many folks, it seems we all could use a good, old fashioned, kid-free dance party. And why not raise some money for the Unidos Disaster Relief Fund to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria in the process? 

Bring some friends, a $10 suggested donation, a snack to share (if you are so inspired), and LET'S DANCE! All the proceeds will be going to Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. 

The venue will have a cash bar available. Please send play list suggestions to Katie Batza (batza@ku.edu)! Hope to see you there!

Veggie Lunch @ Ecumenical Campus Ministries

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (and every Thursday!)
11:30am
1204 Oread Avenue

Break bread together on Thursdays at 11:30am to provide a healthy meal and hearty conversation for students and community members during the lunch hour (donations appreciated).

Contact Email: ecmku@ku.edu  

Phone Number: 785-843-4933

Teaching in Tough Times- additional info (including RSVP) will be sent to all faculty next week

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
3:00-4:30pm
Location TBA

How can we establish classroom climates that are conducive to student learning?  What pedagogical practices can we adopt to promote increased engagement?  And how can we develop course content that meaningfully fosters students’ academic and personal growth? 

For many of us, these enduring instructional questions have become new challenges in the midst of trigger warnings and concealed carry on campus.  Please come for an opportunity to converse with fellow faculty members and share strategies we can all use as teachers in these tough times.

This session sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity.

NCFDD Webinar Watch Party:  How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice - click event title to register by November 9

Thursday, November 16, 2017
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Centennial Room, Kansas Union

Join in with other faculty to watch a webinar on developing a daily writing practice.

  • Are you sick of working all the time without making progress on your writing projects?
  • Are you tired of your deadline-driven, binge-and-bust writing routine?
  • Do you wish you could develop a healthy, consistent, daily writing routine that would allow you to meet your department’s expectations for tenure and promotion?

This resource is made possible by our membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

After the session, we will walk together to TGIT at the Alumni Center (see item below).

Thank Goodness It's Thursday! 

Thursday, November 16, 2017
4:00-6:00 p.m. (snacks & drinks provided)
Adams Alumni Center
1266 Oread Ave

KU faculty and staff members are invited to the Adams Alumni Center for six TGIT receptions during the 2017-18 school year. The receptions, sponsored by Truity Credit Union, will include drink specials, snacks and giveaways.

Future TGIT events will be February 15, March 15, and April 12.

Apply for a Graduate Research Consultant  - click here to learn more and apply by December 1

The Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) program is designed to support instructors interested in incorporating more intensive research and creative projects into their undergraduate classes.

$500 grant to graduate student and instructional support provided. Deadline is December 1 for spring classes.

Call for Faculty Seminar: Service Learning Community of Practice - click here to learn more and apply by December 8

Learn about how to get involved with Service Learning. The Center for Service Learning (CSL) is committed to fostering innovative connections between academic disciplines and the communities that KU serves. To this end, we invite faculty from across campus to participate in a semester-long seminar focused on discussing and developing creative strategies and diverse partnerships for designing and implementing a service learning course.

$500 grant and participants meet five times during the spring semester.

Deadline is December 8.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
4:00 –5:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room

 
Spring 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018
11:30–1:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room

 

Monday, March 12, 2018
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room

 
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