Office of Academic Innovation

Faculty Professional Development


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April Events

Towson SPARK #6

Date:  Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Place: Towson Marriott, Greenridge-Hampton Room

Towson Spark gives faculty a platform to share anything and everything regarding education, teaching, learning, and research.

Faculty Chat Series #2: Mentoring Millenials: Teaching Roles Outside of the Classroom in the Digital Age

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Place: West Village Commons 0306 (Meeting Room 3)

Facilitator:  Dr. Alison McCartney, Associate Professor, Political Science

Description:  With changing faculty roles and evolving ideas about promotion, tenure, and merit, faculty are often left wondering how to balance the multifaceted expectations from administrators, colleagues, and students.  This forum seeks to focus on issues surrounding how our roles in the classroom connect to our roles outside of the classroom.  Questions raised include:

  • How do we discover and nurture our students' interests, aptitudes, and talents in the age of digital communication?
  • What does mentoring now mean to students and to educators?
  • How can we foster productive peer-to-peer mentoring?
  • Finally, how do we account for mentoring in faculty workload expectations?

Facilitator Bio:  Dr. Alison McCartney is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science.  Currently in her 13th year at Towson, she has served as Director of the International Studies Program, chair of the Faculty Committee on Service-Learning, and co-founder of the TU-Baltimore County Public Schools Model United National program, in addition to numerous other committee responsibilities:  In 2007, Dr. McCartney won the University of Maryland Regents Award for Mentoring.  Her publications include works on civic engagement education and contemporary German foreign policy.

May Events

"Emotion, Learning, and UDL"

Date: May 15, 2014

Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: UU Chesapeake Rooms

Facilitator: Dr. Sami Daley, CAST

Description: Samantha G. Daley is a research scientist at CAST, where she investigates the relationship between emotions and cognitive performance of students, particularly those with learning disabilities.  She focuses on the role of emotions in learning activities and how to design instruction to reflect the relationship between emotion and cognition in learning.

Facilitator Bio: Dr. Daley has contributed to projects funded by the US Department of Education's Institute for Educational Science and the National Science Foundation to incorporate universal design for learning (UDL) in middle- and high-school science curriculum and has led efforts at supporting implementation of the principles of UDL in lesson development and school-wide change.  Before joining CAST, Dr. Daley was a clinical fellow in the Learning Disabilities Program at Children's Hospital, Boston, an instructor in the Language & Literacy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a learning disabilities specialist working with high school and college students.  Samantha Daley holds a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has published her work in Mind, Brain, and Education, for which she was coeditor of a special section, and the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.

Sponsored by: Baltimore City Public Schools; Office of Special Education; Towson University Office of Academic Innovation; Towson University Department of Special Education; Special Education Alumni Series

Past Events

Past events have included: Campus Technology Open House, WebEx and Blackboard Teaching Circles, and workshops on topics such as Responding to Writing Effectively, Flipped Classrooms, Capturing Voice & Screens with Ease Using Screencast-O-Matic, Making Online Classes More Interactive, Creating High Impact Grading Guidelines, Preparing Your Course for Online Delivery, and Blackboard 101.

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Phone: 410-704-2005



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