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A Path to Promotion and Tenure

Offered by,Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) | Type of course,Career Support & Advancement


This workshop will provide background information on policy, procedure, and expectations as you move towards promotion and tenure. This workshop will allow plenty of time for questions, and will hopefully, unravel the mystery of promotion and tenure.

Note: To aid in your better understanding of the promotion and tenure process, participants are asked to bring their departmental Promotion and Tenure Documents.

Next class: Tuesday, March 2

AGrants Unleashed!

Offered by,Office of Research | Type of course,Research and Sponsored Programs


Are you a principal investigator/project director or administrator new to Appalachian State University? Do you need to route or approve proposal submissions to external sponsors in AGrants as part of the internal approval process prior to submission? This workshop will provide step-by-step guidance, tips, and insights into making this proposal routing system work for you. Presenters will cover data entry/copy instruction, routing tips, and pointers to expedite the process and pointers on the review/approval process.

Presenters: Dr. Yingqi Wang

Next class: Friday, February 26

AiM Work Order System Training

Offered by,Facilities Operations | Type of course,AiM Work Order System Training


AiM Fundamentals

Next class: Wednesday, March 10

All About Templates

Offered by,University Communications | Type of course,Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


This workshop introduces users to the use of templates in Scala CMS at Appalachian.

Note: Scala CMS access is required.

Next class: Thursday, March 25

Basic CMS Administration

Offered by,University Communications | Type of course,Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


This workshop introduces users to the Scala Content Management System (CMS) at Appalachian.

Users who will be uploading media and/or maintaining a Scala screen(s) will need to attend a training session prior to being granted access to Scala CMS.

Also appropriate for anyone wanting a refresher or for users interested in creating media for distribution to campus.

Next class: Tuesday, March 16

Breathing and Meditation Practice

Offered by,Human Resources | Type of course,HR Personal Development


Introduction to and practice of the Wim Hof breathing method (30min to 45min). There will be a short description of benefits from the Wim Hof Method of breathwork and meditation.

Following breathwork will be a 10 to 15 min. silent meditation.

Facilitated by Matthew Cooper, Counseling for Faculty and Staff

Next class: Monday, March 1

Communication and Collaboration Tools to Support Student Virtual Teams

Offered by,Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) | Type of course,Teaching & Learning with Technology


This session will provide participants with an introduction to freely accessible communication and collaboration tools to support student group projects and virtual teams. While the primary focus is on facilitating and leading global teams, with students collaborating with peers in other countries, these resources can be employed for any student group project.

We will take a look at project management tools, such as Trello, Asana, and ClickUp, for teams to manage their own project tasks, assign responsibilities, and develop a timeline for the project. In addition, communications tools, such as Discord and Chanty provide flexible options for student group chats, private messaging, and video conferencing.

The benefit of using these tools over options incorporated into AsULearn and social media is that they are similar to Slack, Microsoft Teams, and other professional platforms used by business teams around the world. They also allow quick and easy access to project work, schedules, and communications via web-based, mobile, and desktop apps.

Next class: Wednesday, March 17

Co-PI's, Contractors-Vendors, and Consultants

Offered by,Office of Research | Type of course,Research and Sponsored Programs


Before entering into a relationship with another entity or even preparing a budget under a sponsored project in which another party will provide goods, services, or substantive programmatic work, the nature of the legal relationship must be determined. This is a significant decision because it determines the allocation of responsibilities and influences the appropriate application of indirect costs (IDC), sometimes referred to as F&A costs. This workshop will delve into examples, and checklists for how to identify an entity as a subaward, when working with other Co-PI's, hiring a subcontractor (a vendor,) or when working with a consultant. Please register today for this 1-hour workshop to learn how these entities can relate to your budget and how this information can assist you with successful project management after award!

Next class: Thursday, March 4

Digital Literacy Learning Community Lunch and Learn: Selected Topics

Offered by,Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) | Type of course,Teaching & Learning with Technology


Join members of AppState's Digital Literacy Learning Community for conversations about the role of digital literacy in your classrooms and your lives. Topics TBD by participant interest.

Next class: Thursday, March 18

Early Career Teaching Tips Potluck

Offered by,Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) | Type of course,New Faculty Seminar Series


A few months into the semester, and we're all probably about ready for a teaching tip or two to invigorate our courses. During this "virtual potluck," each participant will share one teaching idea, or they'll bring a specific teaching question to the group for brainstorming. Although the exact content of the session is impossible to predict (because it depends on the participants), past early-career discussions of this sort have focused on synchronous and asynchronous engagement, managing student emails, strategies for efficient grading, specific teaching technologies, and more. By the end, we'll all leave with a "full plate" of ideas to level up in our teaching.

To make sure everyone has a chance to participate in this highly interactive session, it is limited to only 10 participants. However, if the first section fills, we will add additional sections. The link to the Zoom will be sent after registration.

Next class: Friday, March 19

Faculty Diversity Recruitment Training

Offered by,Human Resources | Type of course,Diversity and Inclusion


Newly formed faculty search committees are requested to register. Registration is not required for Internal searches. Search committee training will include familiarizing committee members with emerging practices in diversity hiring, including outreach efforts and training intended to reduce the impact of unconscious bias throughout the search process.

Please Note: These sessions are limited to Faculty Search Committees only. Training for all other search committees on campus can be found under Search Committee Guidance and Strategies.

Next class: Friday, February 26

Faculty Transfer Mentor Training

Offered by,Online & Transfer Services | Type of course,Transfer Faculty Mentors


A Faculty Transfer Mentor is a faculty or staff member interested in developing supportive, academic relationships with prospective and new Appalachian transfer students. Mentors, ideally in the student's area of study, will provide help in understanding the curriculum and the student's remaining required coursework as well as provide guidance, support, and referral to resources that will benefit new students in a new environment. Mentors have the ability to influence, encourage, and guide transfer students to enhance their academic success. During the training participants will learn about the characteristics and needs of transfer students, the transfer student population at Appalachian, and what you can do to support transfer students and to be a successful transfer mentor.

Next class: Thursday, March 18

Intermediate CMS Administration

Offered by,University Communications | Type of course,Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


This workshop builds on the introductory sessions and introduces users to more advanced features of the Scala CMS system at Appalachian.

This session is appropriate for users who will be acting as area administrators.

Note: Scala CMS access is required.

Next class: Tuesday, March 2

Intro to Scala: Media Design

Offered by,University Communications | Type of course,Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


This workshop introduces users to the guidelines for creating and sharing digital slides at Appalachian, including about Scala or digital signage at Appalachian, slide specs, designing slides and best practices, and side sharing and distribution.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who wants to create digital slides for distribution to campus.

Next class: Friday, March 12

Introduction to Chrome River Expense Management

Offered by,Banner Finance | Type of course,Chrome River Expense Management


This workshop introduces users to the process for submitting travel authorizations and travel reimbursement requests using the Chrome River Expense Management application. Additional features of the application will also be demonstrated, including automated approval workflow, digital receipts, and delegate assignments.

This intro to Chrome River will take place virtually using Zoom. A link will be provided to registrant's email address prior to the workshop beginning.

Next class: Wednesday, March 3

Managing Project Awards

Offered by,Office of Research | Type of course,Research and Sponsored Programs


Getting a sponsored project award is half the battle. This workshop helps faculty or staff prepare for everything that follows the award celebration. Come explore considerations, tips, and other guidance to help you prepare for or manage current research projects. This workshop will talk participants through the sponsored project rules and regulations and share resources to facilitate efficient interactions between central administration, departmental support, other institutional offices, and sponsors.

Next class: Thursday, March 25

Teaching Online: Course Tours with the Faculty Online Coaches

Offered by,CAE Online | Type of course,Online Zoom


Are you interested to see how other faculty organize their AsULearn courses? In this interactive session, we have invited some of our Faculty Online Coaches to showcase how they have set up their courses and activities to engage their students. Participants will visit different instructor’s “gallery,” and as an added bonus, will see how breakout rooms can be used for synchronous student engagement. Participants will see different examples of course setup and organization and some of the rationals for those design decisions.

Next class: Wednesday, March 3

Toward a Pedagogy of Compassion: Why Student Laziness Does Not Exist

Offered by,Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) | Type of course,Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


Dr. Devon Price, author of the new book Laziness Does Not Exist, presents a research-based approach to dismantle the "laziness lie" in college classrooms. In this workshop, Dr. Price will address the psychological underpinnings of instructors' perceptions of student motivation. They will discuss the hallmarks of a compassionate pedagogy, which involves trusting students to articulate their own needs, reducing barriers to educational access, and ending punitive approaches to assessment, grading, and attendance. The first 40 people to register will receive a copy of Dr. Price's new book.

Next class: Thursday, March 25

Using Infographics and Other Visuals as Student Products

Offered by,Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) | Type of course,Teaching & Learning with Technology


Looking for opportunities to tap into your students’ creativity? Alternatives to narrative written assignments? Join this session to learn about infographics and other visual productive as effective ways for students to demonstrate their learning. Assessment strategies for these types of assignments will also be discussed.

Next class: Wednesday, March 10