Events calendar

The Faculty Professional Development Program offers numerous on-and off-campus enrichment opportunities, including:



Teach Abroad

Find out more about how to run an NAU Faculty-led Study Abroad program

Thursday, October 2
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Center for International Education
Blome Conference Room
Sponsored by the Center for International Education

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Would You Like to Make ESL Learners More Successful in Your Class?

with Randi Reppen, Professor, English Department
Tuesday, October 7
8:00 – 9:15 am
Engineering (Bldg. 69), Room 234
Co-sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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We know that that the growth of students for whom English is a second language on campus has created some teaching challenges for faculty and learning difficulties with these students. This workshop will offer some suggestions and resources to support students for whom English is a second language. 

Randi Reppen is Professor of TESL and Applied Linguistics in the English Department. She directed NAU's Program in Intensive English for 11 years. Randi has extensive experience teaching ESL, training teachers and also with materials development.


What Does It Mean to Be a Learner-Centered Institution in Higher Education?

Friday, October 10
10:30 a.m. – noon
Faculty Professional Development Teaching Commons (Cline Library, room 169)

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Shifting our emphasis from a teaching paradigm to a learning paradigm (Barr & Tagg, 1995) has presented a host of challenges to institutions of higher education. In this presentation we will examine the difference between a teaching paradigm and a learning paradigm, identify the key features of a learning-centered institution and discuss how we can become more learner-centered in our work. 


Designing Intended Student Learning Outcomes for Graduate Degree Programs

Facilitators: Melissa Birkett, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences; and Sue Pieper, Coordinator for Assessment, Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment
Thursday, October 16
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored with the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment

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More details about this topic will be made available soon


Writing Circles: Building Scholarly Writing Time into Our Work Day


Tuesday, October 21
11:30-12:30 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Teaching Commons (Cline Library, room 169)

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Are you struggling to find time to engage in scholarly writing? Do you find yourself doing your scholarly writing in the evenings, on weekends or during your summer break? If so, you might want to consider joining our Writing Circles community of practice where we set aside time during our academic day to work on our scholarly writing with colleagues across the academy.


How Can I Build Students’ Thinking Skills: Leveraging What We Know from Research in Psychology

with Michelle Miller, Co-Director, First Year Learning Initiative, University College; Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences
Wednesday, October 22
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. (bring a lunch, refreshments will be served)
Faculty Professional Development Teaching Commons (Cline Library, room 169)

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The research literature in psychology suggests a number of avenues for deliberately building students' thinking skills. In this interactive session, participants will learn specific strategies and techniques for promoting higher thought processes, with a special focus on instructional technology and online teaching tools. The session will also incorporate major theoretical concepts including formal and analogical reasoning, insight and non-insight problem solving, structural elements of problems, expertise and transfer – all contextualized within teaching and learning.  


International Teaching and Research Opportunities for NAU Faculty

Monday, October 27
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Cline Library, Room 200
Co-sponsored with the Center for International Education.
Presenter: Harvey Charles, Vice Provost for International Education

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This session will present information about NAU-sponsored international teaching opportunities, including short-term lecturing at Chinese universities, USAC teaching opportunities, the NAU Faculty-in-Residence Program, and NAU faculty-led short-term study abroad programs. 


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*Programs will be added to the calendar as dates and times are confirmed. Please check back frequently.