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Maximizing Your Online Faculty Profile

Tues., March 20, 2018

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The Chronicle of Higher Education periodically offers suggests for faculty on how to manage your web presence (“Creating Your Web Presence: A Primer for Academics,” 14 Feb. 2011), or, as it is now termed, curating it (“How to Curate Your Digital Identity as an Academic,” 2 Jan. 2015). Your web presence is important for communicating your academic interests to potential students, especially at the graduate level, to former students (alumni), to those in your academic field and related fields, and to the public at large. But such managing/curating need not consume a large chunk of your available time. Recently, The Office of Faculty Development offered a workshop on Managing Your Online Faculty Profile. In this workshop, Britto Nathan, Biological Sciences; Todd Bruns, Booth Library; and Jay Grabiec, CATS, provided quick, innovative, and effective ways to curate your academic presence online, from the Faculty Profile option on EIU's site, to tips on how to most effectively use The Keep repository service of Booth Library, to a new and dynamic interface for updating faculty websites hosted by EIU. We provide supplementary materials (pdfs) below to help those that are interested in working on their own presence and profile to get started (or revising).

Using the Faculty Profile. Lisa Dallas was called in as a polling place election judge (note to self, don't have workshops on voting days!). But she sent this set of slides that show a few examples of how professors use Faculty Profile that you can easily log into, and get out information about you, your courses, your research, etc. in a simple, clean format. She provides initial screen shots of how to get started, and is happy to give some advice on this to get started.

Britto Nathan wanted a clean, crisp web template to put his presence out there. Britto went through the process of thinking WHY we want our presence online and WHO is the audience we want to reach (hint: the younger the audience, as in recruiting, the more images and videos and the less text the better). He worked with Ryan Gibson and CATS to come up with a WordPress template that all EIU faculty can use. The template is described below.

WordPress at EIU Directions. Jay Grabiec familiarized himself with this template and presented these slides on what this template is, how it compares with Faculty Profile (above), and how you might get started. The key to doing this, once you have reviewed the slides and decide this is the direction you want to go in, is to contact Jay directly.

Todd Bruns presented faculty SelectedWorks profile pages. These pages are search engine optimized, creating a greater presence on the Internet than regular web pages. He noted that having a SelectedWorks page gives a faculty member their own Author Dashboard, so they are able to document impact, and that a new harvesting tool allows for easy importing of your research work citations. He is currently working with ITS on developing an API that will allow flexible embedding of content from faculty SelectedWorks pages into departmental webpages. Contact Todd at to get your SelectedWorks page setup.

Let's Do Teaching

(Dis)abilities in the Classroom

Tues., Feb. 27, 2018,

Disabilities in the Classroom flyer

Abbey Lesko-Youngberg, Assistant Director, Disabilities Services; Gail J Richard, Director of Autism Center; and Stephanie Woodley, Assistant Professor, Special Education offered this workshop on ways to meet the needs of students with disabilities in and out of the classroom, and ways to modify course materials for wider (universal) success. The format was a set of opening remarks, followed by wider discussion on how ability and disability intersect.

Maximizing Your (and Your Students’) Use of Citation Management Software

Wed., January 31, 2018

Citation managers are great for citation, of course. But they are also great for scholarly communication and collaboration. Maximizing Your Use of Citation Management Softwarewill enhance faculty’s familiarity with and use of these freely available tools. Whether you are just beginning to use these tools or use them regularly for basic citation curation, the session will promote yours capacity to organize, cite, collaborate on, network with, and discover research-related documents. This workshop will help faculty introduce these tools – especially Mendeley and Zotero – to their students as well as use the tools for their own research. Kirstin Duffin and Steve Brantley of Booth Library, who have provided citation management instruction in sessions and on a one-on-one basis, lead this workshop, part of The Office of Faculty Development's Let's Talk Do Tech series. It offers a brief introduction, a series of tips and best practices, and a discussion regarding the use of these tools across disciplines.


Learning Toolkit 2.0: Students’ Perspectives

Tues., November 7, 2017

How do we teach content and vital learning skills at the same time? This collaborative workshop by Dr. Chigozirim Sodeke and Communication Studies Graduate Students offers a few no-hassle, research—based teaching hacks. Come and try them out and offer yours.


Speed Collaboration: A Brown Bag Event

26 October 2017, Klehm Hall 1418


The Office of Faculty Development in cooperation with the Center for the Humanities hosts a Speed Collaborating brown bag in Klehm Hall 1418; Thursday October 26. This is a chance for (quick) brainstorming in small groups to discover future course or research collaboration across disciplines and across the campus. You can bring your lunch or purchase at the Café. We will provide some food. Coffee, etc. is available for purchase.

(And if you want to know how we constructed this flyer, go to the Fac Dev course on d2l Brightspace: Hint: either pin Faculty Development to the top of the D2L pull-down, or switch to "All Roles" to see this course shell along with your other courses.)


Supporting Faculty Mentoring of Student Research Across the Academy

Date, Time, Place: 13 September 2017, Witters Conference Room (Booth Library)

What works for mentoring student research and what works for writing successful grant proposals for mentoring? Robert Chesnut, Grants and Sponsored Programs and Richard England, Pine Honors College, lead a discussion with successful faculty mentors and grant proposal writers: Jay Bickford (Education), Danelle Larson (Music), and Anabela Maia (Biology). This workshop is open to all faculty and especially intended for faculty mentors and especially those applying for the EIU Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors. Check out the summary of Supporting Faculty Mentoring here!

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Dr. Newton Key, Director, FDIC

1116 Booth
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Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

1105 Booth
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Faculty Development and Innovation Center

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Dr. Lu Ding, Instructional Designer

1009 Booth
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