Faculty / Student Development Workshops

Thanks to the workshop organizers and participants for putting on such great workshops. Both were filled to the brim with engaged and lively audiences.

Photos from the graduate student development workshop, with Professor Thomas Nail speaking:

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Photos from the faculty development workshop, with Dr. Bridget Arend speaking:

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To support faculty and graduate students’ continuing professional development, the Rocky Mountain Regional AAR Meeting is offering two professional development workshops, run concurrently on Friday, March 28, 4-5:30pm. Both sessions will be held in Sturm Hall.

Faculty Development Workshop:

“Online and Hybrid Courses: Teaching Techniques and National Trends” – Sturm 258 (Philosophy Seminar Room)

While not a new invention, online and hybrid courses remain a holy grail for many university administrators and a more complex phenomenon for teaching faculty. Come explore current issues and best practices with colleagues in this faculty development session.

Dr. Bridget Arend, Director of University Teaching at the University of Denver’s Office of Teaching and Learning, and Michael Hemenway, Director of Academic and Information Technology at the Iliff School of Theology, will lead a hands-on workshop and discussion regarding the current state of online and hybrid courses in the United States, with specific application to undergraduate and graduate courses in Religious Studies and related fields. They will provide technical tips, particularly relevant for those using Blackboard or Canvas course management software. They will also discuss broader national trends and study findings, including the shifting appeal of MOOCs, student learning and retention in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses, etc.

Please note: this workshop is not restricted to Ph.D.-holders. Anyone teaching or planning to teach courses with online elements is welcome to participate.

Graduate Student Development Workshop:

“Audience, Function and Performance: The Conference Paper Genre” – Sturm 275

This workshop addresses several questions about writing and presenting academic conference papers. The panel and discussion will focus on the qualities of a good conference paper and how students might improve their presentations.  The workshop will also provide opportunities for discussing the context of conference papers, namely graduate student participation at conferences.  We will explore why students attend conferences, what they hope to accomplish there, and how they might best approach the whole experience.

The session will begin with a faculty panel that will address the topic of writing high quality and successful conference papers.  The panelists will be Danny Carroll (Denver Seminary), Thomas Nail (University of Denver), and Ted Vial (Iliff School of Theology).  After the panel, workshop organizers Elizabeth Coody and Gil Rosenberg (students in the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Ph.D. Program) will moderate a discussion about graduate student conference papers and graduate student participation in conferences.


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