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Thank you for joing us at the 2023 Provost Conference on Relationship Rich Education: Faculty Thriving and Student Learning held on Thursday, February 2, and Friday, February 3, 2023.  

This inperson conference offered a wonderful opportunity to learn from national experts and engage with peers on the important connections between faculty thriving and student well-being.  Speakers addressed how investments in faculty growth and development link to student success in the classroom, and vice versa. 

Looking to move into action or extend the learning? Check out the below opportunities in Winter and Spring.

Spring Into Action Post-Provost Conference

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Interested in implementing ideas from this year’s conference? Here are some upcoming events and opportunities that move DU into action.

Considering the Role of Student Voice in Teaching Evaluation

February 15, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Workshop: Open Heart Stories: Suturing the Self for a Post-Pandemic Future

February 15, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Facilitated by Drs. Erin Willer and Virginia Pitts
Grounded in Dan McAdams’ life-story research and a Valentine’s Day theme, this creative workshop will allow participants to story their COVID-related wounds as a means of beginning to stitch themselves anew.
Learn more and register for this event.

Apply for the Spring 2023 Student-Faculty Partnership Program

Apply by February 16, 2023

Directed by Dr. Virginia Pitts 
In this program, students and faculty members learn and work together as partners in addressing the question of how we can create more engaging, inclusive, learning-rich environments for every student.
Contact Virginia Pitts for more information.
Learn more and apply.

Workshop: Inclusive Practices with Pronoun Use and Preferred Names

February 22, 2023 | 10:30 - 11:30 PM

Facilitated by Drs. Becca Ciancanelli and Kristin Deal
Explore student feedback on inclusive practices around pronoun use and preferred names with a guest visit from the DU group “Students4TransVisibility.” 
Learn more and register for this event.

Facilitating Welcoming & Transparent Assignments

March 2, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Facilitated by Alison Staudinger, Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement
Drawing on the “Transparency in Learning and Teaching” framework, this workshop walks participants through a concrete approach to designing assignments that are transparent and welcoming to all students.
Learn more and register for this event.

Responding to Faculty Burnout: Purpose & Compassion

*RESCHEDULED* March 16, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Facilitated by Rebecca Pope-Ruark, author of Unraveling Faculty Burnout
Learn more and register for this event.

Responding to Faculty Burnout: Connection & Balance

April 6, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Facilitated by Rebecca Pope-Ruark, author of Unraveling Faculty Burnout
Learn more and register for this event.

Apply for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Faculty Fellows program

Apply in May 2023

Directed by Dr. Kayoung Kim
SoTL Faculty Fellows will engage in activities to explore advancing new ways of understanding and evaluating student learning, as well as increasing belonging and leadership capacity. Faculty participants will be guided through the process of undertaking SoTL project from start to finish, with feedback from and interactions with the other members of the cohort as well as the program director, which culminates in a public presentation of the completed SoTL project at the SoTL Research Symposium.
Learn more and apply.

Warming Up for the Winter Provost Conference

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Warm up with introductory events that spark conversation and give insight into the themes of the Winter Provost Conference.

Mentorship Panel for First Year Seminar (FSEM) instructors only

January 13, 2023 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Facilitated by Jennifer Karas
In order to provide guidance on our relatively new roles as primarily mentors in Winter and Spring Quarters, our Winter Quarter professional development will be a mentorship panel. If this event is open to you, you should have received an email inviting you.
Learn more and register for this event.

Think & Drink: How to learn from your students

January 18, 2023 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Facilitated by Kayoung Kim, Director of Scholarship of Teaching & Learning and Faculty Learning Communities
Reference text: Amplifying the Purposes, Audiences, and Products of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Nancy L. Chick
Effective classroom learning is multidirectional, with students as actively engaged partners in the learning process. What can we learn from our students about effective teaching and learning? How do we facilitate students making meaningful connections between classroom learning and the outside world? Join your colleagues in thoughtful conversations around teaching, learning, and beyond.
Learn more and register for this event.

Think & Drink: How to build a relationship with your students

January 24, 2023 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Facilitated by Laura Sponsler, Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education & Leslie Alvarez, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning
Reading: Chapter One in “Visions of the Possible”
Peter Felten and Leo Lambert, Relationship Rich Education 
Learn more and register for this event

Think & Drink: Approaching Burnout

January 26, 2023 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Facilitated by Kate Willink, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, Hava Gordon, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, and Erin Willer, Professor of Communication Studies and 4D Director of Faculty Innovation 
Join us to discussion of national and institutional trends and data related to faculty burnout. Alongside this research, we invite colleague-to-colleague conversations about burnout in our own work lives as well as collective needs and pain points to inform what thriving could look like at DU.
Learn more and register for this event