Faculty Workshops

Tue November 04

Teaching Large Classes and Surviving to Tell About It!

UTSA Libraries – Faculty Services

Dr. Lucretia M. Fraga

Teaching and Learning Consultant

Dr. Fraga provides professional development in effective teaching practices to faculty, students and staff. She has over 10 years of experience in working with faculty in higher education. Her research interests include the use of mobile devices for learning and changing pedagogical practices through the use of technology.

Dr. Fraga holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from UTSA and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University.

9 - 10 a.m.   |  JPL 4.04.12C   |  Faculty Center Conference Room   |  Main Campus

During this short one-hour session participants will learn about strategies successfully used by others to teach large classes.

A light breakfast will be served.

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Thu November 06

Teaching Large Classes and Surviving to Tell About It!

UTSA Libraries – Faculty Services

Dr. Lucretia M. Fraga

Teaching and Learning Consultant

Dr. Fraga provides professional development in effective teaching practices to faculty, students and staff. She has over 10 years of experience in working with faculty in higher education. Her research interests include the use of mobile devices for learning and changing pedagogical practices through the use of technology.

Dr. Fraga holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from UTSA and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.   |  DB 2.208   |  Downtown Campus

During this short one-hour session participants will learn about strategies successfully used by others to teach large classes.

Refreshments will be served.

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Fri November 07

Expanding Civic Capacity: Connecting the STEM Disciplines to Critical Needs of the Community

Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion - Service-Learning

Dr. Richard Sheardy

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Woman’s University

Cynthia Maguire, M.S.

Senior LecturerDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Woman’s University

Dr. Nasrin Mirsaleh Kohan

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Woman’s University

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.   |  BSB 3.03.10   |  Main Campus

Workshop participants will set learning outcomes for students and then build an effective and innovative course using civic engagement as a tool to enhance learning and retention of disciplinary knowledge.

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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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Fri November 14

ECE Invited Presentation: Partial Observability and Optimal Sensor Placement in Extremely Large Syst

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Wei Kang

Naval Postgraduate School

2 - 3 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

A quantitative measure of partial observability will be introduced for dynamics of very high dimensional systems. Its computational methods and algorithms will also be discussed for systems that are so complex that the observability cannot be derived analytically. Following the algorithms are some example of applications, including optimal sensor placement for data assimilation, an important part of numerical weather prediction, and PMU placement for power networks.

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