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UTSA New Faculty Institute

The UTSA New Faculty Institute introduces new faculty to the culture of research and instructional excellence at UTSA. Participants attend three workshops on teaching and three workshops on research and a closing lunch to celebrate their first year. Designed to help create a sense of community and camaraderie between new faculty from different disciplines, the Institute is required for all new assistant professors but is open to new associate and full professors as well as any early-career, full-time tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty members at UTSA.

SUPPORT FOR FACULTY IN FIRST YEAR

The UTSA New Faculty Institute will:

  • Provide an introduction to UTSA's teaching and research culture
  • Identify people and services to support success
  • Enhance skills related to grant seeking and writing, as well as instruction and pedagogy
  • Share information about institutional resources and best practices
  • Promote collaboration and community in the first year

OUTCOMES

RESEARCH OUTCOMES
  • Identify funding opportunities and potential collaborators using various tools
  • Understand the priorities of funding agencies and cultivate relationships with program officers
  • Craft an “elevator pitch” and abstract to sell their concept to potential funders and collaborators
  • Apply effective project management strategies to the proposal development process
  • Write grant proposals that are responsive to the call and meet the expectations of reviewers
  • Develop outreach plans and communicate the broader impacts of their research
  • Create effective management and program evaluation plans for funded research projects
TEACHING & LEARNING OUTCOMES
  • Understand the diverse UTSA student body including military, minority, and first-generation student populations
  • Apply different teaching strategies to improve student learning
  • Identify support methods to help students achieve academic success
  • Support inclusion and engagement in the classroom
  • Explore wide-ranging assessment strategies to improve learning outcomes
  • Develop cross-disciplinary dialogue around teaching and learning
  • Provide preparation for effective use of relevant educational technology

ELIGIBILITY

  • All newly hired assistant professors are required to participate.
  • Newly hired associate and full professors are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • New full-time non-tenure-track faculty members and early-career tenure-track faculty members are welcome to participate.

PARTICIPATION

In order to complete the program, faculty must attend a total of six workshops and a closing luncheon. Participating faculty must attend one teaching and one research session as a cohort, and then choose two additional teaching and two additional research workshops from a slate of options (see below).

The closing luncheon (held in April) will celebrate the completion of the Institute and the faculty members' first year at UTSA. The lunch will also provide an opportunity for participants to provide feedback on the program and their first year at UTSA.

WORKSHOPS

RESEARCH SESSIONS

Foundations of Grant Seeking at UTSA (ALL COHORT)

September 11, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
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The goal of this session is to assist early career faculty and/or grant writing novices in developing a plan for pursuing funded research. Topics include:

  • Establishing long-term research and grant writing goals and collaborations
  • Seeking & identifying relevant funding opportunities
  • Critically reading funding solicitations
  • Communicating with program officers
  • Accessing UTSA resources and tools for research and grants support

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Grant Writing and the Proposal Development Process

September 26, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

September 28, 2017 @ 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

Main Campusclick here to register
Downtown Campus click here to register

Project Summary, Goals, Objectives/Aims & Significance

October 2, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

October 4, 2017 @ 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Downtown Campusclick here to register
Main Campus click here to register

Background, Preliminary Data/Prior Work & Budget

October 17, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

October 19, 2017 @ 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Downtown Campusclick here to register
Main Campus click here to register

Strategy & Methodology

Spring 2018
Location TBA
registration available soon

Et cetera - The Forgotten Proposal Sections

Spring 2018
Location TBA
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Broader Impacts & Project Evaluation

Spring 2018
Location TBA
registration available soon

TEACHING SESSIONS

Roadrunner Roundup: Achieving Teaching Excellence at UTSA (ALL COHORT)

September 18, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
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Making Bigger Better: Engaging Learners in Large Classes

September 12, 2017 @ 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

September 13, 2017 @ 3 - 4 p.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

Main Campusclick here to register
Downtown Campus click here to register

Assigning Group Works that Works


September 19, 2017 @ 3 - 4 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.12C), Main Campus

September 20, 2017 @ 3 - 4 p.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

Main Campusclick here to register
Downtown Campus click here to register

Active Learning Strategies


September 22, 2017@ 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

September 22, 2017@ 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

Main Campusclick here to register
Downtown Campus click here to register

They're Here! Teaching Generation Z


October 10, 2017 @ 12 - 1 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.12D), Main Campus

October 11, 2017 @ 10 - 11 a.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

October 11, 2017 @ 2 - 3 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.12D), Main Campus

October 12, 2017 @ 10 - 11 a.m.
ONLINE WEBINAR

Oct. 10 - Main Campusclick here to register
Oct. 11 - Downtown Campus click here to register
Oct. 11 - Main Campus click here to register
Oct. 12 - Webinar click here to register

Creating the Transparent Classroom


October 16, 2017 @ 12 - 1 p.m.
Faculty Center (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

October 17, 2017 @ 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Executive Conference Room (FS 4.450A), Downtown Campus

Oct. 16 - Main Campusclick here to register
Oct. 17 - Downtown Campus click here to register

Getting Your Students to Think by Asking the Right Questions (10 Minute Teaching Tip)


October 20, 2017 @ 2 - 3 p.m.
ONLINE WEBINAR

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Lead Your Students to Better Writing (10 Minute Teaching Tip)


October 25, 2017 @ 4 - 5 p.m.
ONLINE WEBINAR

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Creating Lectures for Enhanced Learning

October 23-27, 2017
Location TBA
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Using Blackboard for Student Engagement

Spring 2018
Location TBA
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Using Clickers for Learning

Spring 2018
Location TBA
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Dismantling the Obstacle Course

Spring 2018
Location TBA
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