New Faculty Learning Communities (NFLC 101 & 102)
Faculty new to Shepherd are encouraged to take part in a two-year program called the New Faculty Learning Community. Information is provided on a variety of topics and faculty get the chance to share ideas, ask questions and meet fellow faculty members from across disciplines.
This spring, first-year faculty members attended the following sessions as part of the NFLC 101:
February: Library Tour & Tips with Library faculty members, Ann Henriksson & Laura Neal
- The librarians gave an overview of Scarborough Library website, available resources, and online research management tools designed to easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies (useful for students as well as faculty research).
March: RETAIN software presentation; Preparing Annual Reports and Merit Letters
- Retention Specialist, Helena Cole joined us to demonstrate the new RETAIN software and highlight many advantages to its use. Dean Renninger also walked the new faculty through the step-by-steps of preparing an Annual Report and Merit Letter.
April: New Technology Smorgasbord with Instructional Technologist, Lauryl Lewis
- Lauryl guided faculty through using classroom technology tools such as SMART Boards, classroom clickers, SAKAI LMS, discussion boards, multimedia and more to engage students accustomed to receiving information through advanced technologies. She also offered to help faculty navigate RAIL & SAKAI, create websites, upload material online, etc. in one-on-one settings if they wished to make appointments.
May: NFLC 101 finale luncheon with President Suzanne Shipley
- This session was a casual discussion and lunch to bring a close to the NFLC 101 and faculty’s first year teaching at Shepherd. They met with Dean Renninger & President Shipley and shared ideas, concerns, reflections and suggestions for improving the NFLC sessions and overall experience as a new faculty member on campus. They received a certificate of completion for attending all NFLC’s which can be included in their Promotion & Tenure packets.
Second year faculty members attended the following spring 2011 NFLC 102 sessions:
February: Dealing with Difficult Students
- Staff from Counseling Services provided guidance for recognizing problem students. Serious behavioral issues were addressed as well as recommended actions to follow when and if a student creates a problem in class. Minor issues such as cell-phone interruptions or unruly behavior were covered, as well as more severe issues, such as plagiarism or repeated offences were addressed and solutions offered.
March: Preparing for Pre-Tenure Review
- Packets were prepared for each faculty member to help them begin collecting materials useful during the Promotion & Tenure process. Sample P&T folders from senior faculty were shared as examples and questions related to the process were answered. The importance of starting early and remaining organized throughout this process was stressed.
April: RETAIN Software demo
- Campus Retention Specialist, Helena Cole, met with faculty to share RETAIN, the new software which can help identify students who are struggling with academic success, absenteeism, learning disabilities, and emotional or personal issues.
Late April: Finale with President Shipley
- This session was a casual discussion and lunch to wrap up the close of the NFLC 102 and faculty’s second year teaching at Shepherd. They met with Dean Renninger & President Shipley and shared ideas, concerns, reflections and suggestions for improving the NFLC sessions and overall experience as a new faculty member on campus. They received a certificate of completion for attending all NFLC 102’s which can be included in their P&T packets.