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Past Programs


  • August 

    • Wednesday, August 14: New Faculty Orientation



  • April

    • Monday, April 22 : Motivational Interviewing for Academic Advisors

    Last semester, Dr. Sheila Simons of the Health Promotion Department presented on Motivational Interviewing, which has become a key component of client-centered counseling. This Brown Bag session continues to explore how Academic Advisors can take advantage of this approach. Motivational interviewing offers a great way to build a working alliance with students. When advisors pull out their “MI compass,” advisors can guide student exploration of values and goals, develop studentʼs self-efficacy, and help students come to their own solutions.

    We invite Academic Advisors and all faculty interested in using this approach more broadly to come to this Brown Bag session, where we will breakdown the key components and process of motivational interviewing, practice the basic MI skills, and develop personal MI learning plans.

    Facilitator: Dave Closson

    Location: MLK Union - Effingham Room



    • Thursday, April 9 : Online Teaching @ EIU: What We Can Do NOW with our Current Apps

      This session will focus on best practices for online teaching utilizing new and innovative instructional practices and tools that are available to all faculty at EIU NOW. With existing cloud-based tools, faculty now have the power to do what has previously been very difficult, or impossible, to do in an online classroom. Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based apps and desktop programs that offer world-class productivity, communication, and teaching tools for learning available to every single faculty, staff, and student at EIU. This workshop focuses on a few of the most innovative and useful apps in this suite. It focuses on how these might be especially useful in online teaching, but most of the suggestions are applicable to hybrid or face-to-face teaching as well. This is a Brown Bag session.

      Facilitator: Dr. Tom Grissom

      Location: 440 Witters Conference Room, Booth Library.

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  • Tuesday, March 26 : Quantitative Reasoning Workshop

Quantitative reasoning (QR) is a very important and often overlooked undergraduate university learning goal at EIU.  In AY 2018 nearly half of the departmental assessment plans at EIU did not include a QR learning goal.  In addition, national assessment data suggests that EIU freshmen and seniors have significantly less QR skills than do their peers at other universities.  This workshop is designed to encourage more departments to focus on the quantitative reasoning learning goal and to incorporate it in their classes.  We will highlight the resources that are available to faculty and focus on best practices for instruction in teaching QR skills. This workshop will include examples of lesson plans, in-class assignments, and participation in a group activity. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by CASL and the Faculty Development and Innovation Center.

Facilitator: Dr. John Willems

Location: MLK Union - Charleston/Mattoon Room


  • Wednesday, February 27 : Critical Thinking Workshop

Critical thinking is one of the most important undergraduate learning goals adopted by EIU. Assessment data suggests that our students are not as proficient in this skill as their peers at other universities. This workshop is designed to address this issue. We will focus on best practices for direct instruction in teaching critical thinking skills. This workshop will include examples of lesson plans, in-class assignments, and participation in a group activity. We will also highlight critical thinking resources that are available to faculty.

This event is co-sponsored by CASL and the Faculty Development and Innovation Center.

Facilitator: Dr. Marita Gronnvoll

Location: MLK Union - Charleston/Mattoon Room



  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018:  Using Turnitin and Feedback Studio in D2L

Provide feedback to your students writing assignments submitted into the D2L Brightspace Dropbox and encourage original writing using drag-and-drop, voice, and text comments available with Turnitin’s Feedback Studio. Students will see and hear your comments to improve their written communication skills. Quickly learn to access and use Feedback studio to easily evaluate student written submissions. 

Facilitator: Tom Lisa Dallas

Location:  Online Webinar

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 OneNote Conference Viewing Party

Level up your instructional efficiency and effectiveness using the NoteStreaming method! Preserve the humanside of teaching by providing a cloud-based notebook of lessons with personalized video content and other resources to provide just-in-time learning guidance throughout a course. The NoteStreaming method was developed right here at Eastern Illinois University by Dr. Tom Grissom.

Facilitator: Dr. Grissom

Location: Buzzard Hall Auditorium 1501 



  • Friday, November 30, 2018:  Effective Online Assessment

Well-written and well-executed exams assess student understanding, reveal misconceptions, and document learning.  Writing effective exam questions is a challenging yet valuable component of teaching.  In this webinar, we will discuss the “why and how” of writing effective exam questions, suggested best practices for effective online assessments, and recommended tools for online exams. 
Facilitator:  Julie Lockett

Location:  Online Webinar 

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018:  Creating Better Presentations

    PowerPoint and other multimedia are used in many classrooms (face-to-face and online) to present information. With a basic understanding of multimedia design principles, we can more effectively design presentations to enhance learning, attention and student performance.  In this webinar, we will discuss how to enhance a presentation in terms of composition, text, and images.  Recommendations for posting presentations online will be provided along with Quick Tips and a handout for creating better presentations. 

    Facilitator:  Julie Lockett

    Location:  Online Webinar

  • Friday, November 2, 2018:  Instructional Alignment

    Learn and discuss quick tips for keeping your course aligned with course objectives and student assessments. Using the Five Minute University, Instructional Alignment, and handout, discuss additional strategies and ways to keep your course meeting your desired student learning goals. This webinar allows a focused way to consider refreshing assessments that also meet your course objectives.
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    Facilitator:  Lisa Dallas

    Location:  Online Webinar

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018: Motivational Interviewing                                                                                                                               Eastern Illinois’ Campus Advising Network and Faculty Development & Innovation Center invite you to a Brown Bag workshop on Motivational Interviewing. Dr. Sheila Simons of the Health Promotion Department will present on the use of motivational interviewing in the healthcare setting - used to help individuals to change behaviors. We will discuss how this can be used in academic advising to help motivate students to change the behaviors that are keeping them from being successful students. This presentation is especially recommended for advisors at the department level. But the process is useful in a variety of settings. And all faculty are invited. Bring your lunch and join us for this Brown Bag workshop.

    Facilitator:  Sheila Simons

    Location:  MLK Union - Effingham Room

  • Friday, October 26, 2018 : Final Fridays @4! Faculty Talks. 

    Join us for the first gathering of “Final Fridays @ 4!” (F2@4!). Top of the Roc. Intellectual and other refreshment will accompany three lightening talks by some of our stellar faculty, upstairs at Roc’s. (Please note: this venue may be inaccessible for some. There is no elevator to the second floor. Our apologies.) The Center for the Humanities and FIDC co-sponsor this series. (for this, as all our events, there is no charge, but registering helps plan for snacks, etc.) 

    Facilitator: Dr. C. C. Wharram 

    Location: Upstairs at Roc’s.

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 : Open Educational Resources, a brown bag lunch discussion.  

    With costs being such a major determinant of college retention, what can we as faculty members do to decrease those barriers to learning in our classroom? Join faculty members Lynne Curry, Lauri DeRuiter-Willems and Stacey Knight-Davis, who will discuss their experiences in teaching with resources that have zero costs for their students. Beverages will be provided. Booth Library co-sponsors this with FDIC. 

    Facilitator: Lynne Curry, Lauri DeRuiter-Willems and Stacey Knight-Davis

    Location: Edgar Room, Booth Library

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018: Giving Effective Feedback. 

    Feedback is an ongoing process that conveys non-judgmental information that helps the learner build on a foundation of skills and behaviors. Effective feedback helps the learner access his/her performance in order to identify areas for retention and areas to improve. Giving formative feedback can be a useful teaching tool in any face-to-face, online, or hybrid course. In this webinar, we will summarize the advantages of providing feedback to diverse learners, describe a process for providing effective feedback, and provide quick tips that can aid in providing comprehensive feedback. Instructional technologies beneficial in the process of providing effective feedback will also be explored.

    Facilitator: Julie Lockett

    Location: Webinar


  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018: The Visual Syllabus: What Is This Course Really About? 

    This workshop helps implement a successful approach towards a more cohesive and meaningful course design. Participants will work on creating a central image or graphic to help their students (and themselves) envision with the course. The Visual Syllabus approach challenges faculty to define their course by its single big idea which serves as a framework for prioritizing what is most important to know and do. Take your course to the next level by expressing this big idea as an image. A benefit for the students is that they will more successfully connect and organize their knowledge. Cheelan Bo-Linn is the Senior Specialist in Education in the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Lecturer in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership.  Bring a syllabus or course idea that you will be implementing in the Spring semester! Bring your lunch; beverages and snacks provided.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Cheelan Bo-Linn

    Location: 1895 Room, MLK, Jr. Student Union


  • Friday, October 19:  Create and Share Videos using Kaltura Personal Capture 

    EIU faculty, staff, and students have access to Kaltura Personal Capture to easily create and share videos. Learn the basics to begin using Kaltura Personal Capture for supplementing course content and engaging your students. Kaltura is directly integrated into D2L which allows a seamless process for creating and using video content. Register @ 

    Facilitator: Lisa Dallas

    Location: Webinar


  • Tuesday October 16, 2018:Thomas Merton, Non-violence, and Dialogue: Remembering the Life and Teachings of a Radical Monk from Kentucky 

    Greg Hillis will offer a keynote lecture in the Great Hall of Pemberton on the life, works, and meditations of the theologian and social activist Thomas Merton. “Thomas Merton, Non-violence, and Dialogue: Remembering the Life and Teachings of a Radical Monk from Kentucky” honors the 50th anniversary of the death of this famous “beatnik monk.” 

    Facilitator: Greg Hillis

    LocationGreat Hall of Pemberton,1521 4th Street


  • Friday, October 12, 2018 (this is Fall Break day): Second Annual Making Excellence Inclusive Conference– RISE "Together We Rise: Reaching Inclusivity For Student Excellence" 

    The theme of the conference is Reaching Inclusivity for Student Excellence (RISE). It is a conference for faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students. Keynote speaker is Dr. Denice Hood. Breakout sessions follow the keynote, and are designed to share information and strategies to make excellence inclusive to all students at EIU. Lunch is provided. 

    Facilitator: Denice Hood

    LocationMLK Jr Student Union 

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018: Narrate PowerPoint Online Using Collaborate Ultra.

    Do you want to narrate your PowerPoint presentations and post online for students to view? Now it is easier than ever narrate, record, and link a presentation within your D2L course using Collaborate Ultra. In this webinar, the process will be demonstrated, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, and a tutorial will be provided. So, refresh those PowerPoint presentations and prepare to narrate! Learn how Collaborate Ultra will help you to create narrated PowerPoint slides to share with your class. 

    Facilitator: Julie Lockett



  • Wed. 12 Sept 2018. Witters Conference Room (4440 Booth Library). Preparing Successful Grant Proposals: They Don’t Grow On Trees. Fall and the deadline for applications for the EIU Student Impact Grants for Faculty Mentors are just around the corner (hint: applications for the latter are due 1 October). decorative: money among leavesThis brief, practical discussion of what works best and what doesn't in the short-term and medium-term for preparing proposals and applications. was co-sponsored with Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Robert Chesnut, Director of that office and several faculty who have successfully obtained funding offered suggestions for obtaining internal and external outside funding for faculty activity. The panel included recent awardees of Student Impact Grants: John Bickford, Early Childhood, Elementary & Middle Level Education; Thomas Canam, Biological Sciences; Margaret Floress, Psychology; Edward Treadwell, Chemistry. 


  • 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.
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  • (Dis)abilities in the Classroom
  • Tues., Feb. 27, 2018,
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  • 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.
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  • 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 Software will 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Speed Collaboration: A Brown Bag Event 
  • 26 October 2017, Klehm Hall 1418
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  • The Office of Faculty Development in cooperation with the Center for the Humanities hosts a Speed Collaborating brown bag in Klehm Hall 1418 (across the hall from Klehm Café) 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 (Fac Dev GA, Raquael Logan) 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.)
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  • 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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  • Communicating Your Passion: A Reprise
  • Date, Time, Place: 21 Mar 2017, Doudna 1080 (Globe Studio)
  • In the classroom or in academic discussions, how do you tell your story, present your vision, or inspire your audience? Last year, Prof. Anne Thibault (Theatre Arts) offered a Faculty Development workshop to help us as faculty manage performance and presentation anxiety, achieve voice control and variety, and improve posture and body language. This month, Prof. Thibault offers a reprise of this workshop explaining the ways to and benefits of Communicating (Y)our Passion. The workshop helps us identify unconscious habits that sabotage our message and shows us how we can more meaningfully engage our students and audiences with authenticity and clarity.
  • Anne Thibault is not only a professional theater artist, but provides workshops to business corporations on speaking and presenting. This is a chance to fine-tune our self-presentation and performance. It will increase our self-awareness of how we influence how our message is received.
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  • Follow the Money: Funding for Faculty Research and Creative Activity
  • Date, Time, & Place: Wed, Feb 8, 4440 Booth Library
  • Dr. Robert Chesnut, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, offers a brief presentation of suggestions for obtaining outside funding for faculty activity, while a panel of faculty who have each had success in obtaining such funding weigh in on these suggestions with practical examples from their own experience. The panel is comprised of Dr. Charles R. Foy, History, Dr. Mary E. Konkle, Chemistry, Dr. Peter Ping Liu, Technology, Dr. Robin L. Murray, English and Women’s Studies. We would also like to hear your questions and experience. If you are interested in applying for Grants, check out the Summary of the Discussion on Follow the Money now.
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  • Cosponsored Workshops and Speakers:
  • Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions on Campus
  • Time & Location: Tues., 15 Nov. 2016,  Klehm 2030
  • Making Excellence Inclusive (MEI) and the Faculty Development Office at Eastern Illinois University are co-sponsoring a session on Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions on Campus, Tu, 15 Nov, in Klehm 2030. This session will define and provide examples of microaggressions. Through interactive dialogue, the session will then assist participants in understanding how microaggressions perpetuate racism, sexism and misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, as well as classism. Proactive communicative challenges and responses will also be addressed. Open to Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Assistants.
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  • Getting Started with OneNote for Teaching and Learning  --  HANDS-ON FOLLOW-UP
  • Contact: Tom Grissom, Director of Instructional Technology Center
    Time & Location: Thurs., 10 Nov. 2016, ITC lab, Buzzard Hall 1430
  • Even if you missed the workshop last week, feel free to stop by this hands-on OneNote follow-up where Dr. Grissom will be happy to help you learn how to adapt OneNote to your own course needs.
  • Original Workshop Summary
    This workshop demonstrates a few lesser-known components of Office 365 to which all EIU faculty and students have free access, and which are specifically designed for education. Hands-on demonstration followed by discussion of when, how, and why you might want to use these programs. BYOD (bring your own device). For participants who want to begin using OneNote in their own courses, Dr. Grissom will offer a follow-up lab-based workshop a week later.
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  • Classroom Polling
  • Contact: Lisa Dallas, Kai Hung, Catherine Polydore, Jeffrey Stowell
    Time & Location: Tues., 8 Nov. 2016, Booth 4440
  • On 8 Nov., to celebrate the end of polling at the national level (well, for a week or two), we offer a session of four Lightning Talks on Classroom Polling (Lisa Dallas, Lumpkin School of Business/CATS/SCE, on PollEverywhere; Kai Hung, Biological Sciences, on Top Hat; Catherine Polydore, Counseling & Student Development, on Kahoot; Jeffrey Stowell, Psychology, on using mobile devices as clickers). Five-minute initial micro-presentations on favored polling practices will be followed by discussion on why you might want to try one of these apps in your course. BYODevice.
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  • Getting Started with OneNote for Teaching and Learning
  • Contact: Tom Grissom, Director of Instructional Technology Center
    Time & Location: Thurs., 3 Nov. 2016, Buzzard Hall 1140
  • This workshop demonstrates a few lesser-known components of Office 365 to which all EIU faculty and students have free access, and which are specifically designed for education. Hands-on demonstration followed by discussion of when, how, and why you might want to use these programs. BYOD (bring your own device). For participants who want to begin using OneNote in their own courses, Dr. Grissom will offer a follow-up lab-based workshop a week later.
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  • Strategies for Making It Stick
  • Contact:  Catherine Polydore
    Time & Location: Wed., 26 Oct. 2016, 4440 Booth Library

    This workshop is inspired by Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Brown, Roedigfer, McDaniel, 2014), discussed in last year’s Faculty Development reading groups. Educational psychologist, Dr. Catherine Polydore, Counseling & Student Development, shares her original, classroom-tested methods for deepening student learning. Come join us for this brief, lively presentation, followed by discussion of how these practices and tactics can readily be adopted across disciplines.
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  • 2015-2016

  • Gaming the Classroom
  • Resistance in the Classroom

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