New Faculty Transition Program

New Faculty Transition Program is conducted by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), and has the full support of the University's Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, College Deans, Department Heads and Chairs, and Program Directors. This support includes a strong advocacy for the full participation of all new faculty members. This strong recommendation for participation is based on a belief that all professionals new to an academic community in general and a teaching institution in particular can greatly benefit from engaging in an exploration of teaching and learning in a caring and supportive environment. The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning in general and the New Faculty Transition Program in particular offer just such an environment.

The New Faculty Transition Program will engage you and your new faculty colleagues in meetings twice each month throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. The topics covered in many of the sessions are focused on the most important aspect of Ferris State University's mission – namely, student learning. Each session will be divided into three parts:

  • Part I: Social time
  • Part II: An informal discussion of any transition or teaching issues that you may have
  • Part III: A presentation followed by discussion of a teaching and learning topic.

2013-2014 NFTP schedule

Fall 2013 Semester
September 12, 2013, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 446

Assessment of and Feedback on Student Learning
Presenter: Matt Wagenheim

In this session, Matt Wagenheim will discuss assessment of student learning from both macro and micro perspectives. Participants will learn how assessment at the course and program levels work in concert to develop an environment for continuous quality improvement. Key to an effective assessment program is a micro level understanding of course level tips and tricks instructors can implement on a daily or weekly basis. Integral in the assessment process is clear and detailed feedback for students.

September 26, 2013, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 446

Presenter: Cliff Franklund

Rubrics help in both developing and assessing student progress. In this session, Cliff Franklund will explain what rubrics are and will share valuable tips and resources to assist you in designing effective rubrics.

October 10, 2013 - 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLT 405

Motivating Students
Presenter:  Julie Rowan

So many factors influence students' motivation - and faculty can impact some more than others. At this session, we'll talk about one theory of motivation and how you can use it to make learning more meaningful for your students. We'll also discuss concrete strategies, tips, and ideas for keeping students motivated.

October 24, 2013, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405

Examining Student Conduct and Difficult Classroom Situations
Presenter: Renee Vander Myde

Determining whether or not a student is simply being a problem in class or is dealing with an underlying mental health concern is a growing challenge for today's professors. This presentation is designed to help you identify changes in a student's behavior or attitude which can help you determine if classroom management techniques are enough, or if further intervention is warranted. The presenter, Renee Vander Myde, will share strategies for understanding and managing student behaviors, and will give you insight into mental health concerns among Ferris students.

November 7, 2013, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405

Learner-Centered Teaching
Presenter: Roxanne Cullen

This session will enable you to distinguish between teacher-centered instructional methods and materials and learner-centered instructional methods and materials. You will also discover ways to make your class more learner-centered.

November 21, 2012, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 446 - TENTATIVE DATE/TIME

Active Learning Strategies
Presenter: Panel presentation

This group of faculty presenters will share information and examples of how they integrate active learning strategies into their classrooms. You'll have the opportunity to hear tips and ideas, to ask questions, and to consider ways you can use active learning strategies in your own teaching.

Spring 2014 Semester

January 30, 2014, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405

Using Socratic Questioning to Develop Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
Presenter:  Betty Stolarek

February 13, 2014, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405

Getting into Your Students’ Heads-Literally! Brain-Based Tips for Learning
Presenter:  Beth Zimmer

February 27, 2014, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405

Integrating FLITE Resources into Your Teaching and Learning
Presenters:  Mari Kermit- Canfield, Ali Konieczny, and Kristy Motz

March 20, 2014, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Presenter:  Todd Stanislav

April 3, 2014, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405/438

Navigating the Tenure System
Presenters:  various

April 24, 2014, 11 AM - 12:15 PM - FLITE 405

Reflection & Reconstruction: Making Improvements to the Classroom Experience
Presenters:  Brooke Moore and Paul Zube

End-of-Year Dinner (Date and Location TDB)

The list of topics is subject to change based on particular needs or interests of the new faculty members. Please let us know if there is a topic or issue that you think we should consider in one of our sessions.