New Faculty Orientation Program

August 27, 2014


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8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast - Ballroom, Michigan League
9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session: Welcome to Michigan!

Matthew Kaplan
Interim Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Jack Hu
Interim Vice President for Research

9:30 a.m. Break
9:35 a.m. CRLT Players, an interactive theatre troupe, present "7 into 15"
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Research-Based Practices for College Teaching

In this interactive session, faculty will learn about and discuss the latest research-based principles to promote learning, such as student intellectual and identity development, motivation, and learning mastery, these principles can help faculty prepare for and respond to the complexities of student learning. Throughout the session, participants will identify strategies informed by these principles that they can use to respond to the complexities of student learning in an upcoming course. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of teaching contexts, including undergraduate, graduate, and clinical teaching.

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Clinic

In this session, clinical faculty from several health science disciplines will discuss best prac­tices for clinical/bedside teaching. Attendees will hear from faculty about effective time management when teaching in the clinic, best practices for providing feedback to trainees, and facilitating effective small group discussions.

Using Digital Tools to Engage Students and Enhance Teaching

Attendees at this session will see three U-M faculty members demonstrate digital tools useful in a variety of disciplines and classroom settings, and talk about how these tools enhance teaching and learning in their own classrooms.  Attendees will have the opportunity to choose two of the following three mini-sessions that demonstrate methods to facilitate student and instructor collaboration and increase student engagement: 1) CTools, U-M’s learning management system; 2) screencasts (screen captures including video and audio); 3) online collaboration tools such as Google Apps and more.


Student Teams in the STEM Classroom

Effective use of teams in the STEM classroom can increase student learning, improve retention of course material, and enhance students’ problem-solving ability. It is often difficult, though, to ensure that all students are engaged, in­clud­ed, and successful in teams. In this session, faculty will learn about and practice research-based strategies to create and assess student teams in the STEM classroom.

Facilitating Discussion by Leveraging Student Diversity

This session is grounded in research that shows that student learning is enhanced when instructors engage student diversity. The workshop reviews strategies for engaging students effectively in discussion, especially in the social sciences and humanities. Participants will discuss how to encourage stu­dents to draw on their backgrounds and experience, while maintaining bound­aries appropriate to the analytical goals of their course.

11:45 a.m. Information Fair
Staff representing various U-M offices will be available to distribute printed materials and answer questions
12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Welcoming Remarks

  • Matthew Kaplan, Interim Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
  • Faculty Panel: What It's Like to Work at Michigan
    • Elizabeth Cole, Psychology, Afroamerican and African Studies
    • Karen Farris, College of Pharmacy
    • Kevin Chung, Medical School 
  • Martha Pollack, Provost
  • Mark Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan 
1:30 p.m.

Payroll Office
Vandenberg Room, 2nd floor, Michigan League
Faculty can get information about tax withholding/allowances, direct deposit, and convenience deductions.

Parking and Transportation Services
Vandenberg Room, 2nd floor, Michigan League