Apply Now for the Women of Color in the Academy (Stanford University)

Women of Color in the Academy logoStanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity is organizing a 2.5 day professional development and networking conference for advanced graduate students, postdocs and early career faculty pursuing careers as faculty: “Women of Color in the Academy — Staying Fit: Mind, Body and Soul,” planned for Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11, 2017, on the Stanford University campus.

Space is limited and applications to the conference are now open to prospective participants from across academic disciplines. The conference offers participants the opportunity to come together to share experiences, be inspired, and acquire knowledge and skills about key areas that directly influence the successful trajectory of women faculty today.

We invite applications from participants across the United States (seeking a mix of Stanford and non-Stanford participants). Airfare, hotel and transportation to/from airports in the Bay Area will be provided to those attending from outside the San Francisco Bay Area. There is no requirement for participants to come from certain disciplines or institutions, other than their interest in academic careers. Participants will learn about research-based findings and gain practical skills to advance their individual capacities to address the challenges and opportunities in their chosen academic career paths as women of color. They will expand their professional networks, and learn from peers and more senior colleagues at Stanford and elsewhere the art and science of a range of topics including negotiating job offers, academic authenticity, and approaching tenure. Participants will have an opportunity to develop action plans for success in the next steps of their academic careers.

Advanced doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre-tenure level faculty are invited to apply. More information is available, and online applications will be accepted via the Stanford University – Women of Color in the Academy website through 11:59 pm Pacific Time, January 15, 2017.


Contact Stanford University’s Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

How ISU Faculty are using Top Hat

tophatTop Hat, a cloud-based, interactive teaching and learning platform for instructors and students, is now available for use at ISU. The Top Hat platform replaces clickers — the remote control-style devices used at ISU for the last 10 years. Top Hat was piloted at ISU during the 2015-16 academic year and was wellreceived by instructor and student users. Top Hat offers numerous excellent features, including:
  • Six types of questions for student responses
  • Synchronous and asynchronous modes of participation
  • Options for instant feedback via open-ended discussions
  • New ways for instructors to create interactive content and customize student access
  • For students, Top Hat allows for the use of students’ own smartphones, tablets, and computers. It is accessible via the Top Hat app and web browsers.
Here is what faculty are saying about using Top Hat:
Getting Started with Top Hat
  • Lauren Westerdale, Student Services Specialist II and BEST Learning Community Coordinator (Biology) explained,”I would suggest anticipating questions your students may have and speaking with a Top Hat support staff member prior to your course start date so you feel comfortable addressing those questions. Also, consider reviewing the online tutorials offered for instructors,” and, “I particularly appreciate the anonymous response feature built into Top Hat questions and discussions, which allows students to more comfortably ask questions and provide honest feedback in a lecture hall setting.”
Faculty Experiences Using Top Hat in the Classroom
  • Jesudoss Kingston, Senior Lecturer (Chemistry) shared,”I like the option of presenting the questions from my iPad, which offers me opportunity to walk around the class and I don’t need to stand near the podium. Students seem to like it so far,” and, “I am not restricted to only traditional multiple choice questions. I have started using “matching items” “click on the target” type questions which is really great for chemistry courses.
  • Beth Caissie, Assistant Professor (Geological and Atmospheric Sciences) stated, “It lets me have an active class with 250 students. I wanted to use active learning in class and Top Hat enables this without requiring another hardware device,” and, “l really like the click on target questions. That option is awesome, especially for geology. I use it a lot, it is great for looking at maps. It also allows me to show the resulting heat map of students’ answers on the projector and talk about any misconceptions they might have . In addition, I like the word cloud display option for Word Answer questions. It helps students see what the consensus is for answers.”
For more information visit the Top Hat support site.

Call for Proposals: Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators (SPACE)

Logo - Symposium for Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Educators

Saturday, June 18, 2016 • Atlanta, Georgia


Kennesaw State University’s Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning with the support of the University System of Georgia would like you to know about an exciting new conference that will be taking place this summer in Atlanta!

The Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators (SPACE) was created to provide an opportunity for contingent faculty to participate in a peer-reviewed conference. Part-time and adjunct instructors make up the majority of faculty in higher education, but there are very few spaces for this group to share their academic work. As the first conference of its kind in the Southeastern United States, SPACE aims to provide an affordable and centrally located conference for part-time faculty to present on topics related to their teaching or their original research in their academic disciplines.

We are currently accepting proposals to this exciting, inaugural conference.

Visit Submit Proposal website to submit your SPACE proposal before March 15.

Download SPACE flyer (PDF) or visit SPACE website to learn more

Visit Contact website to request additional information