Symposium Breakout Sessions 2018

Session 1 | 2:15-2:55

Scholarship Across PTK Roles

Participants will examine the range of scholarly contributions made by PTK faculty, including those that fall outside the measures typically used for tenure-track faculty.

Many PTK faculty, including lecturers and clinical faculty, make scholarly contributions that fall outside the metrics traditionally used for evaluating tenure-track faculty. This session will include a panel to discuss the many and diverse facets of PTK faculty scholarship, highlighting the contributions PTK faculty make to achieving the University’s mission. Participants will have the opportunity to identify scholarship opportunities in their own positions and to understand how aspects of their own work can, and should, be presented as scholarship for the purposes of promotion and merit reviews.

Managing Centers or Programs

Participants will learn techniques for being successful when assuming administrative roles.

Many PTK faculty are asked to assume administrative roles in the management of academic and research programs. For this session, program and center directors will provide advice on how to deal with administrative obstacles, coordinate research efforts across teams or multiple projects, contribute to strategic plans or other long-term planning efforts, and supervise support personnel.

Policies and Shared Governance

Participants will examine the recent policy changes and new procedures affecting PTK faculty, as well as the role PTK faculty now have in shared governance.

Going beyond the overview of recent policy changes presented in the symposium’s opening plenary, this session provides a more detailed exploration of those policy changes, focusing in particular on the promotion processes established by the University Senate’s Guidelines for the Appointment, Evaluation, and Promotion (AEP) of Professional Track (PTK) Faculty, as well as provisions for PTK faculty to be included in shared-governance at all levels (i.e. department, college, and campus). If you are interested in attending this session, please bring a copy of your department’s or college’s Appointment, Evaluation, and Promotion (AEP) policy for reference during the session.

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Improving the Climate for Faculty Work

Participants will identify actions PTK faculty can pursue to help build a better workplace climate.

Join an interactive discussion of the conditions within a work environment that best sustain faculty development, performance, and satisfaction. Using the research on this issue in the context of teaching, session participants will engage in a broader brainstorm of what all PTK faculty might collectively pursue towards improving the workplace climate.

Session 2 | 3:00-3:40

Service Across PTK Roles

Participants will explore how PTK faculty can meet service expectations when many of the options re often relegated to tenure-track faculty.

Service is an expectation for some PTK faculty, but the opportunities for service are not always well defined or apparent. This session will cover the different types of service PTK faculty might engage in, as well as strategies for engaging in service at various levels, be it department, college, campus, regional, etc. The relationship between service and leadership roles will also be examined. Participants will also develop a sense of what would constitute a good level of service and when/how to turn down such opportunities.

Teaching Portfolios

Participants will learn about building a teaching portfolio, which is now a required element for instructional faculty members' promotion dossiers.

With the creation of campus-wide guidelines for the appointment, evaluation, and promotion (AEP) of PTK faculty comes the necessity that a Teaching Portfolio be included as part of the materials instructional faculty submit for a promotion review. In this session, join colleagues and the TLTC for a discussion on how to document and present your teaching contribution, student impact, and mentorship in your teaching portfolio. Bring your questions and a laptop to test out some templates we made to streamline the portfolio process.

Communicating with Non-Experts

Participants will explore strategies for effectively communicating with non-experts or stakeholders with different expertise.

A panel of communications experts will share with participants strategies for communicating the value of their work to people outside their disciplines, be it to scholars in other fields, policy makers, or the general public. This session will help participants think about the best ways to present their work when the listener might very well be asking, “So why should we care?” Indeed, calls for proposals increasingly include a requirement that investigators communicate the results of their research in forums beyond the traditional peer-reviewed journal, thus underscoring the need for scholars to know how to communicate with non-experts.

Building PTK Support Structures

Participants will develop strategies for enhancing professional development and networking opportunities for PTK faculty.

Many PTK faculty are interested in professional development, but such opportunities have typically been very limited at UMD, or lacking altogether. After reviewing existing resources (e.g. the ADVANCE Program and the NRMN-CAN mentoring network), participants will generate ideas for how PTK faculty and the institution can address unmet networking and professional development needs. Ideas from small group discussions will be combined to establish specific next steps for improving support structures for PTK faculty, both institutional and through grassroots efforts such as peer mentoring.

Session 3 | 3:45-4:25

Understanding the Promotion Dossier

Participants will discuss the role of the dossier in the promotion process as well as the various materials that are included in it.

Now that PTK faculty of all titles have opportunities for promotion at the university, what exactly does that process entail? This session will include a panel of PTK faculty of varied titles who themselves have gone through the promotion process and who also have roles in helping others go through it at the department/unit, college, and university levels. In addition to examining the role of the dossier in the promotion process , the session will review the baseline components of the PTK dossier shared across campus as well as the different components required by specific departments and colleges. If you are interested in attending this session, please bring a copy of your department’s or college’s Appointment, Evaluation, and Promotion (AEP) policy for reference during the session.

Course / Curriculum Redesign

Participants will discuss ideas for implementing course redesign strategies to existing courses or curricula.

For this session, a panel of instructional PTK faculty will discuss course / curriculum redesign projects they’ve undertaken, from “flipping” classrooms and shifting to student-centered course structures to redesigning a course around experiential learning models. Participants will have the opportunity to explore ways they might redesign courses they teach, be it through slight adjustments to complete overhauls.

(En)Countering Bias due to Rank

Participants will learn strategies and techniques for responding constructively when colleagues make dismissive or derogatory comments related to someone's faculty rank.

Many PTK faculty report experiencing discrimination based on position or rank in an organization. Terp Allies, an initiative of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, will use interactive theater to facilitate a discussion about how to handle situations when colleagues make dismissive or derogatory comments related to someone’s faculty rank.