Faculty Development

An important initiative of MT Engage is a formal faculty development program. The MT Engage Faculty Development initiative has as its outcome the development of a community of faculty scholars committed to academic engagement in the classroom and prepared for instruction in integrative thinking/reflection. This will help accomplish the first program goal of fostering a culture of engaged learning. Through the LT&ITC, general workshops and FLCs/work groups will be held fall and spring in addition to a summer institute. Each will focus on high impact, engaging pedagogy and integrative/reflective thinking pedagogy.

In addition, the Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC) will provide faculty training in ePortfolio technology on a regular and one-on-one basis. The Instructional Design Specialist and Graduate Assistant, who both work in 12-month positions will also support faculty in this initiative.  


Bringing It All Together: Integrating Learning in the ePortfolio
Candyce Reynolds, Professor and Chair Educational Leadership and Policy, Portland State University
Thursday, April 12, 9:45-11:15am Register Here!
Repeated Friday, April 13, 1-2:30pm Register Here!
LT&ITC, Walker Library Room 348

During this special event, guest speaker Candyce Reynolds will discuss how ePortfolios can help students put together seemingly disparate parts of their education, especially if educators prioritize integrative learning as a learning outcome.  This lively, hands-on workshop will help educators develop strategies for putting integrative learning at the center of their work with students.

Dr. Reynolds has had a wide variety of experiences in higher education and beyond, working in student affairs, departments of psychology, business and management consultation, general education, a peer mentoring program and in faculty development. Her scholarship has primarily focused on student centered pedagogy, authentic student learning assessment and the role of reflective practice in facilitating student learning. In recent years, her work has focused on the use of the ePortfolio to promote student learning and program assessment. She has published broadly in higher education books and journals and has made presentations at a variety of venues throughout the USA and internationally. She is co-author of a book with Judy Patton entitled: Leveraging the ePortfolio for integrative learning: A guidebook of classroom practices for transforming student learning published by Stylus Publishing in 2014. A forthcoming book, Web U: A Student Guide for Creating an Authentic Digital Identity will be released in 2018.

Summer Institute

The Directors of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence will work with the MT Engage Director each year to develop and implement the proposed Summer Institute (see below for tentative Summer Institute agenda). 

The 2018 Summer Institute will be held Thursday and Friday, May 10-11.  Registration info coming soon.

2018 Summer Institute

Summer Institute Activities and Timeline:
Day One:  
  • MT Engage overview and faculty institute keynote speaker on integrative thinking.

    1. What is the QEP, MT Engage
    2. The value of integrative thinking and best practices for incorporating in college courses
    3. The value of ePortfolios and how MT Engage faculty and students will use them
    4. The value of ePortfolios and how MT Engage faculty and students will use them
      1. ePortfolio tool overview/training
Day Two:
  • Assessment of SLO Integrative Thinking and Reflection
  • Break out sessions (45 minutes each)
    • Topics will be based on research literature and ideas for incorporating academic engagement strategies and integrative thinking in college courses
    • Led by faculty who have previously taught MT Engage courses.
After Institute
  • June/July/August--Faculty revise classes
  • End of August--Faculty submit course syllabi and a MT Engage certification form highlighting how they are implementing MT Engage in their course prior to teaching.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)

To participate in a faculty learning commuity, please contact Mary Hoffschwelle.

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

To participate in a professional learning commuity, please contact Mary Hoffschwelle.

Faculty Incentives for Participating

Faculty who participate in the FLCs/work groups and Summer Institute will receive a $500 stipend. During many of these activities, meals will be provided. Faculty will also be recognized with certificates of achievement..

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