Faculty Workshops

Fri November 14

Improving Education through a Military Friendly Classroom

UTSA Libraries - Faculty Services

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Dr. Mary Ellen McNaughton-Cassill

Psychology Professor

Dr. Mary Ellen McNaughton-Cassill is a Psychology Professor at UTSA, and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. MC, as the students call her, is a recognized authority on stress and coping. Her professional writing has appeared in publications including the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Media Psychology, and the Journal of Effective Teaching. Her first book, Mind the Gap: Managing Stress in the Modern World, was released in 2013. She has recently been conducting research on student adjustment and success, with an emphasis on transfer and Veteran student issues.

Dr. Dianne Hengst

Director for Student Disability Services

Dr. Dianne Hengst holds Masters Degrees in Clinical and School Psychology and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.  Dr. Hengst has over 20 years of clinical/counseling experience and 16 years’ experience working with students with disabilities at the postsecondary level. Dr. Hengst presents both locally and nationally on the topic of disability and diversity and served as adjunct faculty in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Col. Lisa Firmin

Associate Provost for Faculty/Student Diversity and Recruitment

Col Firmin came to UTSA in 2010 after retiring from the USAF as its most senior ranking Latina officer. She was instrumental in creating the presidential-level diversity awards program for faculty, staff and students and serves as Co-Chair of the Veteran Services Advisory Committee, assisting student veterans in their transition to UTSA. In 2013, she co-authored a book chapter titled “Serving Student Veterans at the University of Texas at San Antonio: Accomplishments and Challenges,” and has presented locally and nationally on veteran issues.

10 - 11 a.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

In this one hour workshop, you will learn about UTSA’s diverse military community including support available at UTSA, strategies for communicating and relating, tips for classroom engagement, and information about the transition from military to academic life

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Wed November 19

Digital Measures: Preparing Your Annual Report

Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Sandra T. Welch

Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Welch is Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and a Professor of Accounting at UTSA. She earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and also maintains her CPA license. She teaches financial accounting and fraud investigation. The latter is the subject of her primary research and the majority of her publications. She assisted with the development of the Digital Measures system at UTSA, and is knowledgeable about its use for developing both a vita and an annual report. 

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.   |  JPL 2.01.16 - Side B   |  GroupSpot Room   |  Main Campus

Join us for this hands-on session to help you document your academic career using Digital Measures. This training will focus on the most effective ways to input details regarding your accomplishments for your official Annual Report.

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Wed November 19

Roadmap to Funded Research Series 3: Project Summary, Background & Significance

UTSA Research


Research Program Coordinator

10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.12C   |  Faculty Center Conference Room   |  Main Campus

This interactive, hands-on workshop will focus on writing effective project summary, specific aims, literature review, background, and significance sections of research proposals. Participants will learn how to sell reviewers on the significance of their ideas.

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Fri November 21

Thirty Meter Telescope: The Next Generation of Ground Based Optical/Infra Red Observatory

Physics & Astronomy

Warren Skidmore, PhD.

10 a.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

Warren Skidmore will discuss some of the observational capabilities that the Thirty Meter Telescope will provide and some of the areas of study that will benefit from the TMT's capabilities.

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