Workshop Series

Spring 2017

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students - Attend the Open Textbook Workshop

The Open Textbook Workshop is a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

What: Open Textbook Network Workshop
Where: Alger 110
When: Monday, February 20th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Who: The workshop will be led by David Ernst, creator of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library.

Take 5 minutes TO APPLY by Wednesday, February 15th. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Dragan Gill,, You can also visit for more information about the Governor’s challenge and the RI Open Textbook Initiative.

This workshop is sponsored by Adams Library and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Library Advisory Committee invites you to share your thoughts about the library.

How do you use the library?
What do you need from the library?
How can the library better help you?

Please join us at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
(Adams Library 406) on Wednesday, February 22nd, 12:30-2:00pm.


What would help improve your quality of life as a faculty member?  Are you searching for creative ways to cope and thrive personally and professionally?  What in the world is an UnConference anyway?

Who: All RIC Faculty Members
What: Just-in-Time Professional Development
Where: Faculty Center Main, Donovan Dining Center
When: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 9:00am-1:00pm
You are welcome to attend the full event or drop in as you are available. 

An UnConference is driven by the needs and concerns of the attendees.  Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions, suggest topics of interest, share ideas, and collaborate with colleagues from across campus.

Faculty members determine the agenda during the opening session.  Attendees brainstorm and their ideas are grouped to drive the breakout sessions.  If a discussion does not meet your needs at any point, you are encouraged to “vote with your feet” and move on to another UnConference group or topic.

General themes to think about are technology, faculty resources, and faculty support.  If you have a specific faculty “life hack” or “tech tool” to share, please include your thoughts (or questions) with your RSVP. 

Still curious?  Click here for a short video highlighting the experiences of previous UnConference participants.

Please RSVP to no later than Thursday, February 16, 2017.  A continental breakfast is included; lunch will be brown bag.  If you plan to attend a technology-based session, be sure to bring your phone, tablet, or laptop.

Social Justice across Curriculum Panel Presentation

This panel is intended to create a space for faculty to collaborate on ways to encourage and incorporate social justice concerns in their curricula. Sara Picard (Art History), Sadhana Bery (Sociology), Robyn Linde (Political Science), and Janice Okoomian (Gender and Women's Studies) will each present a lesson that they teach, and then the group will open the floor for questions and discussion. The panelists will connect and share ways they already foster resistance to discriminatory rhetoric, policies, and practices within their classrooms in terms of pedagogy, research, and experiential learning in line with the school's mission and curriculum.

Wednesday, March 1 — 2:00-3:30pm
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, AL-406

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 12:30-2:00 P.M.

Please join members of the campus Writing Board and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning for our annual Summer Seminar for the Teaching of Writing (SSTW) Panel Presentations. At this event, faculty from across the disciplines who participated in this year’s SSTW will share and discuss their experience learning about and implementing evidence-based practices for the teaching of writing. A light lunch will be served.

Workshop and Luncheon: Submitting a Proposal to the Institutional Review Board

Come and learn how to help your students—and yourself—submit a proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Cindy Padula, Chair of the IRB, will discuss what should be submitted to the IRB, why the process does not have to be a stressful experience, and tips for successful submission.

The FCTL invites all faculty to network with colleagues and enjoy a delicious lunch. New faculty members are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP to by Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 28, 2017 — 12:00-2:00 p.m.
President’s Dining Room, Donovan Dining Center


Adobe PDFFCTL Workshop Facilitator's Guide

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“The best thing I can say about FCTL programs is that they’re invariably useful in practice.  I’ve never attended one that I didn’t leave without thinking, ‘I can use this, here’s where, and here’s how.’

I also appreciate the way you reach out to adjuncts as well as full-time faculty members.  I’ve taught, both full-time and as an adjunct, at several other schools.  It’s nice to be somewhere that doesn’t treat adjunct faculty as second-class citizens.  I know many adjunct faculty members don’t have my schedule flexibility to attend daytime programs, but they should be aware that they’d be welcome and that they’re missing out on something good.”
E.M., Accounting and CIS

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunities the FCTL offers to confer with my faculty colleagues about issues in teaching.  There are genuine commitment and expertise among the RIC faculty, and the collegiality, idea swapping, and practical and emotional support that occur around the FCTL table have been valuable.  I appreciate my colleagues at RIC; they’re invested in teaching well, being lifelong learners, challenging themselves and lending one another a hand.  In the past year I’ve found this to be true in both of the FCTL sponsored workshops I attended, one on plagiarism and the other on students’ evaluations of courses.” – D.S., School of Social Work

“I enjoy attending and leading Co-Op workshops at the FCTL. What you find, when you attend, is that we are all hungry to talk about teaching, about our students, about our struggles, about our successes. And we are hungry to talk about these things with people with whom we are not necessarily departmental ‘family members.’

This is the real usefulness of the FCTL. You sit at a table with faculty members and you talk about teaching and learning and share stories and advice and consolation. Some of these people you know. Some you will come to know. But often, the people you meet and interact with are not the same people you will see in department meetings. The FCTL provides an alternative outlet for pedagogical discussion and the opportunity to build networks of collaboration and colleagueship beyond one’s departmental unit. These are two really important and useful things. 

The best part of the co-op workshops—well, maybe not the best part, but a really good part—is that you don’t even have to allocate much more time other than showing up. You can assume that if you do, there will be others there who will be hungry to share and listen. If you are a co-op leader, you can spend a lot of time putting together a slick presentation, but you should probably expect that once you get in the room, the conversation will go in places you didn’t expect. And that’s one of the best things, actually.” – M.M., English Department


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The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is here to support your professional growth and development. The Co-Op Workshops are designed to bring RIC faculty together and to encourage the sharing of our expertise across disciplines, while also inviting us to become more reflective about what we do as teachers.


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