Past Events: Spring 2021

Succeeding in Times of Disruption

A Five-Part Series on Lessons Learned from Fall 2020

Join your colleagues and contribute to a series of robust discussions on the lessons learned from our fall 2020 teaching experiences. Each of the moderated open-forums will allow participants to share their fall teaching trials and triumphs so that we may all learn from one another as we prepare for the spring semester. Grab a cup of coffee, turn on your webcam, think of a few examples of what worked and did not work for you this fall, and join the conversation. All sessions are virtual through Microsoft Teams.

Forum 1: Keeping Students Engaged in the Pandemic Classroom: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Moderator: Karlie Johnson

Monday, January 4, 2021

1:00 p.m.

This session will focus on best practices and lessons learned in keeping students motivated to engage in the classroom in these unpredicted times. The session format is designed to be an open dialogue amongst colleagues to share student engagement stories and strategies that could work in a variety of instructional delivery modes. To help start our conversation on student engagement, panelists will share their experiences of what has and has not worked during the pandemic.

View Video Archive of Karlie Johnson's presentation

Forum 2: Sometimes Deep Breathing Is Not Enough

Moderator: Dr. Lori Hill and Dr. Stacy Mikel

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

10:00 a.m.

This session will focus on protecting your mental health by implementing strategies to save your sanity in these unprecedented times. A crisis develops when coping strategies that were once effective fail. Stress becomes a destructive force that impacts your mental and physical health when not relieved. What are some strategies you can implement in the new year to save your sanity?

View Video Archive of Dr. Hill and Dr. Mikel's presentation

Forum 3: Best Practices for Classroom Communication when We Are Not in the Classroom

Moderator: Dr. Teresa Reed

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

3:00 p.m.

This Faculty Commons session will focus on communication in the many new ways we have been teaching recently. What are some ways we communicate with students when we're not seeing them as often as we would in a typical semester? When we were in class, we’re more likely to remind them of assignments or expectations or other sorts of things that might just come up in conversation. This session is designed to focus on how we're communicating all of those little moving pieces to students in alternate ways and staying in touch to help students stay on track.

The session is designed as a conversation amongst all who attend to discuss and share best practices and ask questions. We will begin with a few faculty briefly discussing their strategies before moving on to general discussion organized around several key questions and issues focused on useful ways to keep in touch with students.

View Video Archive of Dr. Reed's presentation

Forum 4: Managing your hybrid, virtual, and traditional classroom in challenging times

Moderator: Dr. Erin Rider, Dr. Ben Gross, & Sean Creech

Thursday, January 7, 2021

1:00 p.m.

This session will offer guidance and strategies for student participation and learning
while faced with an unpredictable learning environment. Panelists will discuss what has worked for them in the various teaching modes. This session also includes opportunities for participant discussion and sharing of what has worked and what hasn't across campus.

Goal: Improved student learning
Goal: Improved student participation

View Video Archive of Dr. Erin Rider, Dr. Ben Gross, & Sean Creech's presentation

Forum 5: Apps that work with Canvas

Moderator: Dr. Teresa Gardner

Friday, January 8, 2021

1:00 p.m.

Make your Canvas classroom experience better with Apps and websites that integrate easily into your classroom

View Video Archive of Dr. Gardner's presentation




Presentation Title & Blurb

February 3


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kim Westbrooks, Jodi Poe, and Allison Boswell

Your Online Library & More!

Make your life easier and connect with your library's online information resources! Your library has a number of services to support your online classes. Learn more about library and what we can do to make all of your research dreams come true!

View Video Archive of Kim Westbrooks, Jodi Poe, and Allison Boswell's presentation

February 10

2 – 3 pm

Brittany Cammack

Safe Zone Training

JSU Safe Zone is a campus-wide program that works to ensure a welcoming environment for all gender identities and sexual orientations. By establishing an identifiable network of trained individuals committed to fostering an atmosphere of respect and inclusion, the program provides a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community and their Allies on campus. 

February 18

2 - 3 pm

Dr. Emily Sims

Using Journals to Promote Understanding, Cultivate Connection, and Stimulate Learning

We continue to face unprecedented times in our country, states, communities, and schools. As faculty, we have no palatable answers to what the future holds; we have no power over physical time; and we have no power over the actions and behaviors of others. However, we do have control of our reactions to our circumstances; we do have control of our attitudes toward others; and we do have control over our students’ learning experiences. Undoubtedly, students experience a multitude of personal, academic, and financial challenges as they navigate such unknown terrain. Our faculty were genuinely concerned about how our students were processing what was happening in their lives, families, communities, and schools. As aspiring secondary classroom teachers, our students will inevitably be faced with crises – in their communities, in their schools, and in their classrooms. A teacher’s response to a crisis is critical to how his or her students will subsequently process the crisis. We were positioned to create a practical, informative, and reflective opportunity as we explored students’ lived experiences through their intentional daily journaling. What we learned from our students was pedagogically altering! They were changed; we were changed.    

View video archive of Dr. Sims' presentation

February 24

10 - 11 am

Andrew Higgins

Breakout Sessions, Spotlight, and Microsoft's Newest Features

We will learn more about Breakout Sessions, Spotlight, and Microsoft's latest features that will be helpful in the classroom.

View video archive of Andrew Higgins' presentation

February 24

2 - 3 pm

Rodney Bailey

Pandemic Pedagogy

Details for session will be posted later.

View video archive of Rodney Bailey's presentation

February 25


2 – 3 pm

Dr. Chris Clark & Dr. Jennifer Savage

Don’t Hesitate to Communicate

This workshop will examine the benefits of developing communication skills in our classrooms.  We will incorporate student perspectives, faculty viewpoints, and current best practices that are valuable in creating effective environmental conditions within today’s classrooms.  This collaborative session will examine practical applications for both undergraduate and graduate students.

View video archive of Dr. Clarks & Dr. Savage's presentation

March 3

2 – 3 pm

Dr. Wendy Stephens

Try a Little Tenderness: Building Resilience Into the Curriculum

How are you checking in on students' mental health in the virtual environment and adjusting expectations based on emergency conditions? We will share strategies for promoting mindfulness and sustaining concentration and connection in difficult times.

View video archive of Dr. Stephens presentation

March 4

2 – 3 pm

Allison Boswell

Learn More about Digital Commons

JSU Digital Commons houses the Library’s digitized archival collections, and will also serve as an openly-accessible repository for JSU faculty and student scholarship. Through this resource, the Library can help you showcase your scholarly output, greatly increasing the reach of your work. We can provide an online conference presence, host open access journals, and much more. Digital Commons gives users permanent, open links to their work and offers a variety of metrics. Users can schedule monthly, customized emails to see how many times their scholarship has been downloaded and the geographic distribution of their users, worldwide. Scholarly articles, presentations, theses/dissertations, artwork, lectures, journals, posters, and creative writing are just a few of the types of content in Digital Commons, and the Library is actively seeking your contributions! 

View video archive of Allison Boswell's presentation

March 10

10 - 11 am

Dr. Jason Cleveland

Stats War: A Spurious Space Opera about Statistics

We will talk about the secret, fictitious, war between statisticians. While the presentation will be a satirical play on events, it should be noted that we will trace the historical journey of a particular branch of statistical philosophy that was discovered and discarded numerous times over the past two centuries. We will track how this philosophy helped create the mathematical theory of errors (eventually statistics), was discarded in favor of frequency, helped solve problems in the World Wars, was kept secret, and only recently resurged thanks to computational ease. The talk will end with a, personal, call for where statistics should go.

View video archive of Dr. Cleveland's presentation

March 10

1 - 2 pm

Dr. Lori Hill & Dr. Stacy Mikel

What is our Role?

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults. Young adulthood is a time of transition for many. Leaving home for the first time, the stress, change, and pressure of college classes may be overwhelming. These transitions may lead to mental health issues. Treatment options for mental health are available, but often there is a delay between the emergence of symptoms and when the person reaches out for help.  It has been reported that 76% of young adults will turn to a trusted individual during a crisis for support. We, as faculty, need to be open to having conversations about mental health with our students. Seize the Awkward is an initiative designed to help faculty become more comfortable with those awkward conversations.

View video archive of Dr. Mikel's presentation

April 7

1 – 2 pm

Dr. Serena Gramling & Wendy Key

Unique Teaching. Learning, and Connection Strategies in Higher Education During a Pandemic

This presentation includes content delivery tips (asynchronous vs. synchronous), Q/A sessions, evaluation strategies, revisiting difficult content, connecting through social media, and promoting strategies for success with students.

View video archive of Dr. Gramling and Ms. Key's presentation

April 14

2 - 3 pm

Nathan Jackson

Utilizing Success Markers in JSU Navigate

Topics that will be covered in this session will be:

How to access and view student profiles in Navigate

How to locate Success Markers in student profiles

How to leverage Success Markers for advisement


April 2, 2021

Promotion & Tenure Portfolio Requirements

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

Panel session led by Deans

View video archive of this session

April 5, 2021

Teaching, Advising, & Professional Effectiveness

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

Panel session led by Deans

View video archive of this session

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

School-Specific Sessions

*Some schools may not have a school specific session because they have scheduled their own P&T workshops.

April 12, 2021

Digital Measures

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

Presented by Dr. Tseng, Online@JSU

*Requires pre-registration

April 16, 2021

Scholarly Activites & Creative Work

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

Panel session led by Deans

View video archive of this session

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

School-Specific Sessions

*Some schools may not have a school specific session because they have scheduled their own P&T workshops.

April 23, 2021

Community Engagement & Collegiality and Promotion & Tenure Portfolio

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

Panel session led by Deans

View video archive of this session

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Microsoft Teams Meeting

Session led by Provost Shelton on tenure & promotion portfolio requirements

View video archive of Provost Shelton's presentation