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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: Wednesday, February 1

Please join App State faculty and staff as we consider the impact of AI in our work. This series includes four sessions: Teaching the AI Empowered Student: Opportunities and Challenges; Everything You Always Wanted to Know About AI But Were Afraid to Ask; Exploring AI in Research and Creative Projects; and AI Unplugged. Each session will convene panelists who set the context and facilitate discussion about the topic.

If you are someone you know would be a good fit as a panelist for a sparticular session, please reach out: Susan Colby, colbysa@appstate.edu. Thank you!

Next class: Friday, February 17

This workshop will introduce users to Banner Self-Service, Web-Focus Dashboards, and E-print. The main topics covered will include how to access your funds, fund reconciliations, and online budget queries and transfers. The workshop is primarily designed for new departmental administrative staff and includes hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

Next class: Thursday, February 16

Basic CMS Administration

University Communications Type of course Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


This workshop is required for users who will be working in the Scala Content Management System (CMS).

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

Users who will be uploading media, managing content and/or maintaining a Scala screen(s) will need to attend a session of this workshop prior to being granted access to Scala CMS.

Also appropriate for anyone wanting a refresher.

Next class: Tuesday, February 7

Please join us for the Beaver College of Health Sciences Mental Health Panel Discussion and Reception. The purposes of the event are to 1) increase faculty awareness of students' mental health challenges and how those affect their academic performance and class behavior; 2) acknowledge faculty mental health needs and care for their well-being while supporting students; and 3) provide advice, tools, and resources to promote inclusion of and support for those with mental health challenges. Following the panel, there will be a reception that includes mental health-boosting foods and an opportunity to talk further and obtain resources from panel members.

Itinerary: 12:30 pm Doors open LLHS 103 1-2:30 pm Panel Discussion 2:30-3:30 pm Refreshments and Reception in the Atrium (opportunity to talk with presenters and other participants)

Panel members include Jordan Perry, Kyra Patel, Tandrea Carter, Martha Marking, Jazmine Tero, and Chris Hogan.

Next class: Friday, February 3

Belk Library - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

A primary mission of the University Libraries is to assist those who pursue knowledge. The tour of Belk Library & Information Commons will present the building's services, study spaces, collections, and technology offerings which support our mission and demonstrate to new campus employees the value of the library to students, staff, faculty, and the community. Join us for this tour of the Belk Library!

Next class: Friday, February 24

Breathing and Meditation Practice

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, January 30

Campus Activities - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Campus Activities facilitates transformational student experiences by creating a vibrant student life community where all students feel valued, connected, and successful. We are committed to the holistic development and success of all students, the cultivation of inclusive spaces and communities, and the fostering of meaningful relationships and lifelong learning. Campus Activities oversees Fraternity & Sorority Life, Clubs & Organizations, APPS, and put on events for Welcome Week and Homecoming.

Please explore our website and get inspired to get involved in the countless clubs, organizations, programs, and learning opportunities we offer! https://campusactivities.appstate.edu/

Next class: Thursday, February 16

Campus Ambassador Tour - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Led by Appalachian Student Ambassadors, a select group of student leaders, who give personalized tours of Appalachian's campus to VIP alum, prospective students, and staff. Please join us for this event to hear from passionate students about what they love most about App State.

Please contact Dalton Akos at akosde@appstate.edu if you have any accessibility concerns and we will be happy to accommodate.

Next class: Tuesday, February 21

Communicating STEM, with a focus on Climate Literacy

With the QEP implementation rapidly approaching, we hope to build ideas for helping to connect with students in an engaging way, offer respect to different views, and enhance our own capacity for communicating controversial ideas and scientific information in our ever-challenging and rapidly changing world. We will make use of a variety of interactive and improvisational exercises, discussions, texts/artifacts, and role-playing. We aim to create an experimental, collaborative, and creative environment where we can practice getting out of our comfort zones together. Think of this as a combination of a Second City improv group and a NASA conference, co-led by a mathematician who studies climate science policy and an ethnographer of compassionate communication who works with trauma survivors.

This will be a series of three 2-hour workshops that will each have a slightly different focus and move toward more realistic applications. Each session will also have a small bit of reading to prepare for the discussions. Participants can expect to both learn and share since we will be leveraging the collective experiences and expertise of the group.

Next class: Friday, February 17

Course Build Approval System Training - CBAS

Human Resources Type of course Using Technology Effectively


This workshop will serve as an opportunity for new academic department schedule builders to be trained on how to leverage the Course Build Approval System (CBAS) to create, submit, and approve course submissions. This is also an opportunity for those who already have experience using CBA but would like a refresher.

Next class: Wednesday, February 1

During the Chancellor's Department Chair Institute Summer 2022, chairs identified a goal for departmental change during the 2022-2023 academic year. In addition, many chairs attended the two-day December institute to learn about equitable faculty workloads. With so many priorities, it can be challenging to lead long-lasting change in our departments. This session is designed as a check in as we continue to lead significant change in our departments during this academic year. Join us in this workshop as we converse about our progress and challenges and troubleshoot strategies for reaching our goals.

Next class: Tuesday, January 31

Would you like to use rubrics to better evaluate student work and to more efficiently provide feedback? A rubric is a scoring tool based on the criteria for evaluating the quality of student work. A rubric can be used for reports essays, projects, performances, and presentations. In this workshop, we will learn tools and strategies for creating rubrics and for using rubrics to efficiently grade course assignments.

Next class: Thursday, February 16

Faculty Diversity Recruitment Training

Human Resources Type of course Diversity and Inclusion


Newly formed faculty search committees are requested to register (click on the "more information" link below for a memo from the Provost).

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.

Next class: Tuesday, January 31

Health Promotion - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff (HPFS) provides Appalachian State University staff, faculty, retirees, and their spouses/domestic partners with programs and services that help to promote a healthier lifestyle and a better quality of life. Major components of the program include health and fitness, preventive care, and outreach programs. Our facilities are available to all faculty, staff, retirees, and their spouses/domestic partners at no charge.

How to find the "Hidden Gem" (AKA Varisty Gym): If you enter the gymnasium from Rivers Street, immediately upon entering the glass doors, take the stairs (down) to your left (next to the water fountain). There is a "Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff" poster, at the top of the stairs. If you enter Varsity Gym from the campus side, you are greeted with the Military Science trophy case. Go down the stairs (two flights), pass vending machines (on your left). Walk across the gymnasium floor (short side) toward Rivers Street. Once you are in the lobby, take the stairs (down) to your right (just past restrooms and water fountain).

Next class: Friday, February 3

Learn the High Impact Practices (HIPs) based on evidence of significant educational benefits for students who participate in them– including and especially those from demographic groups historically underserved by higher education (AAC&U website). Consider HIPs such as capstone assessments, portfolios, undergraduate research, portfolios, and collaborative projects for your courses and/or programs.

Next class: Monday, February 6

Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Come to learn a general overview of Information Technology at App State - support, security, hardware/software and Google tips and tricks.

Next class: Monday, February 6

Promoting well-being in your classroom (virtual or in-person) doesn't mean you need to be an expert in health promotion or have all the answers. In this session, we'll introduce simple strategies you can use to infuse well-being into your course practices and course content to support student health. In addition, we'll discuss how you can model well-being for students through your own practices. Participants will leave with concrete suggestions to 1) establish a welcoming course environment and encourage psychological safety, 2) implement course practices that make well-being easy, 3) embed well-being in assignments and course content, and 4) practice well-being yourself.

Next class: Thursday, February 23

Intro to Scala: Media Design

University Communications Type of course Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


Any area can create and share appropriate university-wide messages with campus. Having a Scala system is not required.

This workshop introduces users to the guidelines for creating and sharing digital slides at Appalachian, including digital signage 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, February 3

Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Join us for a tour of Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences and learn about the innovative labs and classrooms as well as the clinical services and faculty/staff supports offered in this building! We'll meet at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby / Atrium area. Anyone with a faculty/staff parking permit can park in the Levine Hall lot.

Next class: Thursday, February 16

Local Issue Coffee Hours are an opportunity for faculty and nonprofit community partners to come together in a relaxed environment to consider future collaborations. Topics are typically focused on a single issue such as affordable housing, the needs of the elderly, nutrition needs among area youth, etc. The agenda is light and the mood is informal but the hope is that, as smart people gather in the same room, they'll form new ideas and productive partnerships. Faculty can find ways to connect their students to local needs via service-learning and nonprofit leaders can offer themselves as a resource to faculty. A light breakfast is served.

This Local Issues Coffee Hour is for faculty and nonprofit leaders interested or involved in matters and study of criminal justice issues.

Next class: Wednesday, February 22

Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA) is a course designed for individuals interested in learning how to properly support those showing early or worsening signs of a mental health challenge. MHFA training covers anxiety disorders, depression, panic attacks, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.

CETLSS will be offering sessions in person as well as virtually throughout 2023. Do you have a group of 10+? Contact Katie Lail at lailkm1@appstate.edu to schedule an in-person training, we can come to you!

*Breaks will be offered during all sessions *Each session will offer a 1-hour lunch break

Next class: Wednesday, February 1

As faculty reach mid-career, their professional development needs can change. The goals of tenure, promotion, or long-term contracts may no longer be guiding metrics, and career paths may not be as clear. Mid-Career faculty may find themselves over-tasked with the demands of their students, the university, and their disciplines and struggle to carve out time to re-evaluate their goals.

The mid-career ReVision App Learning Community (AppLC) provides an opportunity for faculty to take the time to reconsider their professional paths. Through vetted readings, guest presentations, group discussions, and personal reflection, this FLC offers a space for faculty to consider new possibilities for their careers or to retool/re-energize their current trajectories.

Next class: Wednesday, February 1

In this workshop, new chairs will meet to discuss resource planning in the department to include requesting resources and alignment to priorities. We will be joined by Dean Melba Spooner from the Reich College of Education and Alice Fisher, Business Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences. Please bring your questions to this conversation about how to plan for effective use of departmental resources.

Next class: Tuesday, February 14

Pivot User Training

Office of Research Type of course Office of Research


This hands-on workshop will provide in-depth training on the Pivot funding opportunity database to assist faculty and staff in the search for their own grant funding. This training session will help new users of the Pivot funding database set up an account, claim or create a profile, design a targeted search, and explore additional features of the funding database.

Next class: Wednesday, February 1

Sustainable Purchasing

Human Resources Type of course HR Sustainability


In alignment with App State’s sustainable purchasing goals, the Office of Sustainability will be hosting a training session to educate and increase awareness of the importance of sustainable purchasing in order to develop sustainable business practices that are socially-just, environmentally responsible, and ethical. This includes businesses such as Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) businesses of minority owned, female identifying, or disabled persons, as well as Environmentally Preferred Purchasing products (EPP) that reduce negative impacts of production on the environment and human health. Please join us and be part of the conversation!

Next class: Tuesday, February 14

Thesis & Dissertation Workshop

Graduate School Type of course Thesis and Disseration Workshops


This workshop will provide an overview of resources to assist thesis and dissertation writers, describe the process for Graduate School administrative review and approval of theses and dissertations, and offer tips to ensure a speedy review. It will also include information about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the process of securing necessary approvals from the Office of Research Protections. The workshop is recommended for any graduate student who is currently writing, or anticipates writing, a thesis or dissertation.

Next class: Tuesday, February 7

UREC - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Please join us for this exciting campus connection at University Recreation (UREC). University Recreation's (UREC) mission is to facilitate an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities transform, engage, and care for the App State community to enhance student learning and development. This event features a tour of the Student Recreation Center, overview of each facility (Quinn Rec Center, Mt. Mitchell, Bike App, Camp Broadstone and State Farm fields), membership information, and overview of programs and services (aquatics, fitness, sports, and outdoor programs).

Next class: Monday, January 30

Have you wondered what’s the best approach for improving your teaching? Perhaps you have made changes, but are unsure about their impact. In this session we will discuss the sources of feedback available to you that can be used to inform your teaching: self-reflection, students’ mid-semester feedback, peer review of teaching, and end-of-semester evaluation. In addition, we will learn how to use a variety of sources to determine next steps for refining our teaching for more impact.

Next class: Tuesday, February 21

VITAL (Visiting, Instructor, Temporary, Adjunct, Lecturer) faculty are responsible for a large part of the undergraduate teaching at our university. This AppLC will focus on supporting teaching and each other by providing community, sharing resources, and discussing opportunities for growth within the VITAL context.

Next class: Wednesday, February 22