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Executive Vice President and Provost

Open Textbooks: Opportunities in transformative learning and student success

Join Sarah Cohen, managing director of the Open Textbook Network (launched by the University of Minnesota), for a presentation on the potential of open textbooks in advancing excellence in teaching, learning, student success, and scholarly publishing.  She will outline the role open education and open textbooks play in addressing the crisis in higher education affordability, and share ways to overcome barriers to adoption of open textbooks that benefit students, and sustain and support the mission of the university.  Co-sponsored by, Rod Library, the CETL and the Provost’s Office.

What Makes a “Good and Effective Professor”?

In September, Inside Higher Education published “How to Be a Good and Effective Professor,” a list of 22 items the authors deemed important for the daily work of being a professor. Join your colleagues for a discussion of their top three picks. Check out the article here

Panelists: John Burnight, Philosophy and World Religions; Rusty Guay, Management; Kris Mack, SAC; and  Jim O’Loughlin, Languages and Literatures.

Faculty/Staff First-Year Student Forum

The Novice-to-Expert model helps place the first-year experience -both in and outside the classroom- within the context of the comprehensive collegiate experience. The model can help students introduce behaviors and processes that promote problem-solving skills; develop understanding of college learning and campus environment; learn the language and transition into post-secondary education.

Join us to learn more about the model and discuss with a panel strategies that work with first-year students.

Panel: Steve Taft, associate professor, Theatre; Nikki Harken, instructor, Communication Studies; Kristin Woods, associate dean of students/new student programs; Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Sara Judickas, Peer Mentor FYO Course

 Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Advising and the Provost’s Office.

Using Improv Techniques to Improve Teaching

Facilitator: Doug Shaw, Mathematics

One important aspect of teaching (perhaps THE most important) is the ability to completely listen, and then react; to think on one's feet.  Many teachers who have had improv training have found that this training has greatly improved their teaching.  This fun session will introduce you to techniques of improv, and help you to teach "in the moment." The fact that this session will also be “fun” and “hilarious" is an unavoidable byproduct of the work, and we apologize in advance. Registration is limited to 15 participants. 

Education Research Afternoon

This two-part event includes a presentation and Q&A on a topic related to conducting research in PreK-12 education and a one-hour feedback session and support for your current education research project. Attend either or both sessions. The presentation will be "Single Subject/Single Case Research," presented by Frank Kohler, special education. RSVP at if you plan to attend the research working session.

Public Debate: “Resolved: The United States Should Officially Recognize the Armenian Genocide"

UNI Speech and Debate and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education are organizing a public debate on the topic, “Resolved: The United States Should Officially Recognize the Armenian Genocide."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, often called the “first genocide of the twentieth century.”   Although the Republic of Turkey has steadfastly denied that the event in question was a genocide, there is almost unanimous agreement among historians and genocide scholars that the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire were the victims of genocide. Many countries have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide; others, including the United States, have not.  For many countries, the issue of recognizing the Armenian Genocide dramatizes the frequent conflict in foreign policy between moral and pragmatic priorities.

Two members of UNI Speech and Debate will debate each other. The debate format will offer the audience the opportunity to provide commentary and feedback during the debate that the debaters may use in their closing statements.

This event is free and open to the public.  

Education Research Afternoon

This two-part event includes a presentation and Q&A on a topic related to conducting research in PreK-12 education and an hour to get feedback and support for your current education research project. Attend either session. The 3:30 presentation will be "Literacy through Science: Re-engineering the Educational Environment for Optimal Performance in More than One Domain," presented by Soh Meacham and Beth Van Meeteren, of the UNI Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education. If you plan to attend the 4:30 research working session, please RSVP at


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