Faculty Workshops

Tue April 28

Lunch and Learn: i>clicker and REEF Polling

UTSA OIT and UTSA Libraries, Faculty Services

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mandy gunnell

Senior i>clicker Specialist

Mandy Gunnell is a Senior i>clicker Specialist for Macmillan New Ventures. Before joining the i>clicker team in 2011, Mandy taught 3rd grade in both Ohio and Florida. She was also a textbook editor for k-6 reading/language arts textbooks. Mandy has a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. She is very passionate about education and using technology to improve student performance and to help make instructors’ lives easier. Mandy was born and raised in a small town outside of Dayton, Ohio, but has resided in Orlando, Florida for 10 years. She travels quite often, covering 7 states in the Southeast. In her down time, Mandy loves hanging out with her two Australian Shepherds and her husband, as well as working in her garden and yard.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.12D   |  Faculty Center Digital Studio   |  Main Campus

i>clicker  has been proven to increase student engagement, attendance, and performance in the classroom. REEF Polling by i>clicker is a new mobile-first engagement solution. This interactive demonstration will show the features and functionality of REEF Polling alongside physical, i>clicker remotes. 

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Mon May 04

Roadmap to Funded Research: Broader Impacts & Project Evaluation

UTSA Research

Dr. Ana Wandless

Assistant Director for Research Support

Dr. Wandless earned a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University. She has been at UTSA since 2009 working as a researcher, data manager, and grants specialist. She specializes in proposal and research development, technical writing and editing, and grantsmanship training.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   |  DB 1.402   |  Downtown Campus

Many funding agencies want to know how the research they support will impact society, and how PIs plan to evaluate the outcomes of their projects. Participants will learn how to navigate the outreach and evaluation criterion for grant proposals, to plan activities that increase the influence of their research, and to engage programs already occurring at UTSA that impact the broader public.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants per session. Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Ana Wandless, Assistant Director for Research Support, at ana.wandless@utsa.edu or (210) 458-8175.

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Wed May 13

Provost Academy: Engaging the 21st Century Learner

UTSA Libraries - Faculty Services

Julie Schell

Director of OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Schell is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT-Austin's top ranked College of Education, where she teaches a new graduate course, Technology and Innovation in Higher Education. With UT, she currently holds a dual appointment as an associate in the Mazur Group at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where she generates and tests ideas for scaling innovative teaching methods. In 2014, she was recognized by Teachers College, Columbia University as an Early Riser in Higher Education for her contributions to the field.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

Join University of Texas at Austin Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Julie Schell, and your fellow UTSA faculty, for a two-day retreat focused on pedagogical innovations and proven best practices for engaging today’s generation of students. 

This is a 2-day workshop. Day 1: May 13th 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Day 2: May 14th 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Both days include breakfast, lunch and snack.

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Thu May 14

Hybrid Academy

Office of Information Technology - Online Learning

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.12D   |  Faculty Center Digital Studio   |  Main Campus

The Hybrid Academy is recommended for faculty members who will begin redesigning and teaching hybrid courses in the 2015-2016 academic year. The Academy is modeled after a hybrid course and will be taught face-to-face during the mornings and online during the afternoons and evenings.

This is a 3-day workshop. Workshop will be held May 14, 15, & 18 from 8 a.m. - noon.

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Thu May 28

Keynote: The Future of Biological Research at DARPA

Office of the Vice President for Research

Dr. Geoffery Ling

Director, DARPA Biological Technologies Office

Dr. Geoffery Ling is the founding director of the Biological Technologies Office. He created and managed a broad portfolio of research spanning neuroscience, infectious disease, pharmacology, and battlefield medicine. He was named DARPA Program Manager of the Year in 2009 and served as Deputy Director for the Defense Sciences Office from 2013-2014.

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.   |  BSE 2.102   |  Main Campus

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Biological Technologies Office (BTO) is to foster, demonstrate, and transition breakthrough fundamental research, discoveries, and applications that integrate biology, engineering, and computer science for national security. The BTO seeks to establish and invest in new communities of scientific interest at the intersection of traditional and emerging disciplines.

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