Faculty in Conversation Series


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Faculty Learning Circles

Faculty Learning Circles are small-group, interactive experiences meant to foster interpersonal connections and collective wisdom around specific topics of interest or shared circumstances. Facilitators provide logistical assistance, relevant expertise, and knowledge of available resources. A major benefit is also realized through the active engagement of participants as they share experiences, needs, and ideas with each other in a trusting space.

Spring 2024 Faculty Learning Circles

Supporting International Faculty Connections and Belonging

Facilitated by Dr. Hyesun Cho and Dr. Haiying Long

This session is for faculty at any rank who identify as international faculty members, inclusive of those who have recently joined KU as well as those with a longstanding position on the faculty

o Thursday, February 1 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
o Thursday, March 28 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
o Thursday, April 18 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Faculty Learning Circles: Supporting International Faculty Connections and Belonging

Associate Professors Preparing for Promotion at Mid-Career

Facilitated by Dr. Megan Greene and Dr. Lisa Wolf-Wendel

This session is for tenured associate professors within 1-2 years of going up for promotion to full

o Thursday, February 29 from noon - 1:30 p.m.
o Thursday, March 21 from noon - 1:30 p.m.
o Thursday, April 4 from noon - 1:30 p.m.

Faculty Learning Circles Associate Professors Preparing for Promotion at Mid-Career

Establishing a Productive Writing Practice

More details to come soon for this spring 2024 3-part series.

Faculty Learning Circles: Establishing a Productive Writing Practice

Information for Potential Facilitators

Facilitator Opportunity: Do you have an idea for a Faculty Learning Circle you would like to facilitate? Please share it with us and apply using the link below. Selected facilitators will be notified in May. Each circle opportunity will then be further defined in collaboration with Faculty Affairs before registration opens to participants at the beginning of each semester.

Format: Facilitators will meet with their circle's registered participants in person or via Zoom at pre-established times based on the facilitator's schedule/preference. Scheduling and registration is handled by Faculty Affairs.

Frequency: Each circle will meet 3 or 4 times throughout either Fall or Spring semester. Please designate which semester works best for you.

Funding: A facilitation stipend of $2000 will be provided per circle. A facilitator may elect to work with a co-facilitator, in which case each facilitator would receive $1000. 


Coming Soon...

Stay tuned for more opportunities to connect with faculty across KU including Writing Circles and a Faculty Book Club.


Spring 2023 Faculty Learning Circles

Are you currently an associate professor aiming to go up for promotion to full within the next 1-2 years? If you would like to learn more about the process, connect with colleagues who have similar goals, and even receive feedback on a draft of your research statement, please consider applying to participate in this Spring 2023 coaching circle. Co-facilitated by Megan Greene and Lisa Wolf-Wendel.

Eligibility: Tenured associate professors within 1-2 years of going up for promotion to full

Thursday Sessions: 3:00-4:30pm in Strong Hall 145 / Feb 23    Mar 9    Apr 6

Session 1: Getting acquainted with each other and the process of promotion review

Session 2: Identifying strategies for developing a strong dossier for promotion

Session 3: Workshopping drafts of participant research statements and devising next steps forward

Whether you're new or not so new to leading your unit, this coaching circle will help you connect with other chairs and directors across campus in an informal and supportive network of peers. We'll talk about conducting faculty evaluations, engaging difficult conversations, getting the support you need, troubleshooting pesky issues, and anything else you want to discuss particular to your unique position. Sessions will be loosely guided by select readings. Co-facilitated by Marta Caminero-Santangelo and Jennifer Ng.

Eligibility: Chairs/Directors

Thursday Sessions: 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom / Feb 23    Mar 23    Apr 27     May 11

Fall 2022 Faculty Learning Circles

Life on the tenure-track is full of unique challenges—preparing new classes to teach, establishing a research agenda, and navigating service requests all while perhaps also getting acquainted to a new campus and community. If you’d like to meet others navigating a similar transition for camaraderie, support, and information sharing, consider participating in this coaching circle co-facilitated by Jon Brumberg and Jennifer Ng.

Eligibility: New faculty members within their first three years of joining KU

Monday Sessions: 11:00am-12:00pm in Strong Hall 145 / Aug 29    Sept 26     Oct 31     Dec 5

Are you a clinical, research, or teaching professor looking to connect with other non-tenure track colleagues and learn more about campus resources and supports available to you? Join one of the non-tenure track coaching circles. In addition to networking and topics you’d like to discuss, we’ll explore the nature and expectations of our roles, ways we can set and achieve our individual goals, and how to better manage the demands of our work and life responsibilities.

Eligibility: Clinical, research, teaching, and non-tenure track faculty members

Section A Facilitators: Carrie LaVoy and Jenny Mehmedovic

Section A; Wednesday Sessions: 2:00-3:00pm in Strong Hall 145 / Sept 14    Sept 28    Oct 12    Oct 26

 

Section B Facilitators: Kris Pedersen and Jenny Mehmedovic

Section B; Friday Sessions: 8:30-9:30am in Strong Hall 145 /  Sept 16    Oct 14    Oct 28    Nov 18

What comes after tenure, and can you have both a satisfying career and personal life? Join this 3-part series to examine how research, teaching, and service as well as work-life integration considerations change after tenure. Meet colleagues at a similar “midcareer” stage, engage in some self-reflection and goal setting, and think about how to align your goals with your external demands and realities. Co-facilitated by Megan Greene and Lisa Wolf-Wendel.

Eligibility: Tenured associate professors

Thursday Sessions: 2:00-3:30pm in Strong Hall 145 / Sept 8    Oct 13    Nov 3

Whether you're new or not so new to leading your unit, this coaching circle will help you connect with other chairs and directors across campus in an informal and supportive network of peers. We'll talk about creating a big-picture vision, getting faculty buy-in, improving morale, troubleshooting pesky issues, and anything else you want to discuss particular to your unique position. Sessions will be loosely guided by select readings. Every participant will receive a free copy of The College Administrator's Survival Guide after registration. Co-facilitated by Marta Caminero-Santangelo and Jennifer Ng.

Eligibility: All chairs and directors

Thursday Sessions: 2:30-3:30pm via Zoom / Sept 22    Oct 13    Nov 3    Nov 17

Whether you’re relatively new to thinking about the kind of mentorship your students need from you or are looking to cultivate a network of mentors for yourself, this is the coaching circle for you. Join co-facilitators Kelsie Forbush and Karrie Shogren to explore how to be an effective mentor; promote a mentoring environment that supports diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging; and navigate some common challenges that mentors experience.

Eligibility: Open to all faculty

Tuesday Sessions: 3:30-5:00pm via ZOOM / Aug 30    Oct 4    Nov 1

When a student shares an experience of harm and asks for your support, do you wonder what to say and how to help? Sexual assault affects everyone on campus, but our roles as faculty and staff are complicated by many factors, including our own experiences. If you are interested in reading a powerful memoir by Chanel Miller called Know My Name, learning about resources on our campus, and developing a skillset to support students, then consider participating in this coaching circle co-facilitated by Sony Heath and Juliana Carlson. All participants will receive a free copy of Miller’s book after registering to join.

Eligibility: Open to all faculty and staff

Monday Sessions: 11:00am-12:00pm in Strong Hall 145 / Sept 12     Oct 3     Oct 24    Nov 14