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Oct 08, 2012


A pilot grant program -- Faculty Partnership Grants -- is designed to foster the development of interdisciplinary teaching and research projects and faculty partnerships. Grants will be made available to EIU faculty with the goals of fostering collegiality, forming partnerships, collaborating between scholars/teachers and reaching a broader audience than Faculty Development Support Grants. An application and more information is available here. The deadline for FY13 Partnership Grant Applications is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. For more information, please contact the Faculty Development office at 581-7051 or by email at

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

The Office of Faculty Development seeks to encourage interdisciplinary conversations about teaching and academic life. To this end, we have acquired two sets of books for the 2012-2013 school year that we trust will provide starting points for provocative and enriching discussions: "The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacherís Life" (Parker Palmer) in the fall semester and "Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses" (Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa) during Spring 2013.

Our office will provide copies of "Courage to Teach" to each faculty member who wishes to participate in a reading group this fall. Please contact us at 217-581-7051 or email to sign up by Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The Faculty Development office will coordinate a time and location for interested faculty. If you wish to participate in a reading group focused on "Academically Adrift" for next semester, please contact us at, as well, by Nov. 15. We welcome suggestions of titles for future semesters.

KRISHNA P. THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

In Spring 2011, Faculty Development conducted a series of talk-backs with each of the academic colleges at EIU, and one recurring theme was the demand for just-in-time teaching and learning resources and a best practices repository. Additionally, faculty requested an online space for shared resources that could be easily accessed at any time.

Eastern Illinois University now has a campus-wide site license and one-year subscription to Magna Commons, an online faculty development resource which provides on-demand professional development for faculty development, just-in-time teaching and learning, group meetings and discussion groups.

Magna Commons offers a wide variety of full-length online seminars with new titles added monthly, addressing critical issues facing faculty today, including grading and feedback, student engagement, online teaching and learning, etc. These programs feature leading educators and consultants delivering thought-provoking, content-rich presentations. The subscription also includes supplemental materials custom-designed to help faculty implement strategies, handouts, in-depth facilitator's discussion guides and complete transcripts of each program. To access this resource, please contact the Faculty Development office at 581-7051 or at Sign-up instructions will be provided.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Responsibilities for Account Manager Series -- Travel procedures, policies and helpful tips will be the topic at the next RAMS meeting, scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Effingham Room, MLK Jr. Union. The guest speaker will be Teresa Sims, Procurement, Disbursement and Contract Services Department. She will take you from planning to payment and introduce you to some helpful hints in travel. Please register here to reserve a seat. Contact Julie Benedict,, 581-8415, for more information.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Sep 11, 2012

The October Technology Training session schedule includes more than 40 sessions covering a variety of topics: Desire2Learn; Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word; Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; WebCT; OmniUpdate; Google Analytics and Gapminder; TurningPoint AnyWhere; recording and podcasting; and much more. For details, and to register, click here. For information, call CATS Training Services at 581-8452 or email Training Services Sessions workshops are intended solely for EIU faculty, staff and graduate assistants. (Graduate students: Please note restrictions here.)

Posted: Oct 03, 2012


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