ITL Faculty Professional Development Sessions

Assessment Series:  Assessment Roundtable

Choose one session:

  • Wed., Nov. 8, 3 - 4 p.m., Leigh Hall 416
  • Wed., Nov. 15, 3 -4 p.m., Leigh Hall 414

Co-presented by Janet Bean, Coordinator of General Education and Michelle Byrne, University Assessment Director

This roundtable is a recognition event for those who participate in academic assessment projects across campus. Even though all faculty participate in assessing our academic programs, questions remain about what we are doing and why. This session is the first in a series focused on assessment. Participants who register in advance will receive copies of the written feedback for their annual assessment reports and have the opportunity to ask questions. Using this feedback as a guide, we will cover topics such as:

  • How can we simplify assessment?
  • What information needs to be in our report?
  • How do departments use their data to make curriculum changes?

Participants are welcome to bring their questions, insights and success stories about academic program assessment in their departments.


Test Integrity at The University of Akron
Thurs., Nov. 16, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Leigh Hall 414

Co-presented by Sara Rieder Bennett, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Testing, Counseling and Testing Center, and Deborah Novak, M.A., Assistant Director, Student Conduct and Community Standards

This 90-minute presentation is for all faculty who are concerned about testing in their classrooms, online and at the testing center. We will review policies and procedures regarding test integrity, prevalence and types of threats to test integrity, factors that increase risks to test security, and tools to assist faculty with preventing misconduct in classroom testing environments. Test security policies in the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC), a National College Testing Association Certified Test Center, will be presented. Procedures for detection, reporting, investigation, and resolution of test integrity concerns followed in the CTC and Student Conduct and Community Standards will be discussed.


Race Talk in the Classroom
Mon., Nov. 20, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Leigh Hall 414

Panel presentation by Greta Lax, Brant Lee, and John Queener

Classroom conversations about race can be awkward, and many faculty either consciously or unconsciously avoid them. In this session we will review the characteristics of typical, unproductive conversations about race, and offer concrete advice for approaching race in a better way in the classroom. The workshop will be built around the book, Race Talk, by Derald Wing Sue, who will come to campus in February as a keynote speaker for Rethinking Race.


From UnClass to Faculty Renewal: A Workshop on the Power of Creative Prototyping
Tues., Nov. 28, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Leigh Hall 414

Co-presented by Matthew Lee (Sociology; Criminal Justice Studies), Carolyn Behrman (Anthropology), & Peter Niewiarowski (Integrated Biosciences; Biomimicry)

If your classes have settled into a predictable routine, if you are feeling “burned out” at this stage in your career, or if you are just curious about the UnClasses being supported by UA’s Center for Experiential Learning (EX[L]), please join us for a workshop about faculty renewal led by three members of the EX[L] Center. For three years, the EXL Center has fostered kinetic conversations about innovative teaching and encouraged a vision of the classroom as a location for experimental prototyping. This has led to the development of a series of UnClasses and related courses designed to break down barriers to learning while encouraging new partnerships across colleges and between the university and the wider community. We will share examples of how our experiences with creative prototyping have helped us revitalize our teaching and re-think our faculty roles. We will also discuss the possibility of establishing an ongoing community of practice to support faculty creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration.