Faculty Development Opportunities (Events)

This page lists upcoming Faculty Development events and opportunities. (Scroll down page to see events offered off campus and virtually.)


Contemplative Practice with Jennifer Mason and Bayla McDougal | Every Wednesday in the MCTC Library Breathing Room. | Fall 2015: 10:30-11 am

Mindset Meetup | Friday, September 25th | 10:00-11:30 a.m. in T-5920 | Discuss current ideas about student motivation, persistence and success.  We’ll be pairing with the Blind Spot:  Hidden Biases of Good People Book Group. The first half of each session will focus on discussion of the book; the second half will focus on strategies for identifying and overcoming our own hidden biases in order to provide a truly fair and impartial learning environment.  All faculty and staff welcome and encouraged to join! The group will be co-facilitated by INFS instructor Rebecca March and Writing Center Coordinator Pete Talbert.

Faculty Development Committee Meetings | Contact CTL leaders for details.

@off campus

2015 AAC&U conference Global Learning in College: Defining, Developing, and Assessing Institutional Roadmaps | Oct 8-10, 2015 at Fort Lauderdale, FL

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference & Expo | Oct 25-28, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN | Themed Transforming Sustainability Education, the AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo will engage campus change agents to lead the global sustainability movement through informative workshops, inspirational sessions, tours and an expo hall with innovative products & services from more than 80 exhibitors.

We invite you to join more than 2,000 attendees from around the world to network and share new ideas, strategies and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability on their campuses and surrounding communities.

Overcoming Racism: Vigilance Now! | November 13-14, 2015 at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN |NEW! The Overcoming Racism Leadership Institute on October 2, 2015 will provide an opportunity for educational leaders to come together to address racial equity in our schools, colleges, and universities. The Institute is sponsored by FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative), the Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and Minnesota Education Equity Partnership. Each participating district or institution will be asked to bring a team of four to six individuals. Program details and costs are outlined in the overview & application. Download Leadership Institute overview & application in Word Applications are due August 7, 2015.

Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Shifting Paradigms and Challenging Mindsets A Network for Academic Renewal Conference | March 17-19, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania |  The Association of American Colleges and Universities is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for AAC&U’s 2016 Conference on Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Shifting Paradigms and Challenging Mindsets. The conference is designed to advance a national conversation on the power of collaboration and community-building in identifying evidence-based strategies that advance high-quality learning environments.  Embracing the complexities of our shared history, the conference aims to foster a robust discourse on the intersections of inclusion, diversity, equity, and learning for all.  It will engage participants in “courageous conversations” that are problem-oriented and solution-driven—designed to expand our abilities to fully serve and prepare all students for lifelong success and engaged citizenship. We invite proposals that showcase evidence-based practices that reflect any of the themes below, and that can be adapted readily to a wide range of institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

  • Challenging Mindsets to Advance Diversity, High-Quality Learning, and Student Success
  • Shifting Paradigms Across the Curriculum
  • Emerging Innovations and the Campus Experience
  • Developing Guided Learning Pathways to Enhance Student Success

AAC&U invites you to join with colleagues at this year’s conference to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and learning for all.  Visit the Call for Proposals to find out how to submit a proposal to share your work at the conference.

Faculty Diversity Matters: Cultivating Wisdom, Moving to ActionApril 17-19, 2016 at Commons Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota | On April 17-19, 2016, scholars, researchers, administrators, and policymakers from across the country will convene at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for Keeping Our Faculty VII, a two-day symposium addressing the development, recruitment, and retention of faculty of color.

@Virtual (and ongoing)

Webinars (upcoming and archived) from MOQI (MN Online Quality Initiative) on various topics related to Quality Matters and online education.

Webinars from D2L Brightspace on many topics.

Webinar archives from D2L Brightspace on course design, gaming, using D2L tools, engaging students, etc.


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