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Exploring Connections Between Writing and Storytelling for Scholarly Works and Presentations

Led by Dr. Sam Siewert

Monday, April 24: 1:30-3 (Part 1) via Zoom (Introduction of storytelling methods and application to scholarly work) 

Monday, May 8: 1:30-3 (Part 2) via Zoom (Participant presentations) 

The goals of this two-part workshop are to explore learning and teaching methods that use storytelling approaches for research proposals and manuscripts used in scholarly work. Participants are asked to use storytelling to write or re-write an existing proposal or academic paper themselves, practice and improve, and then create materials to help students learn how to use these methods.  The methods can be used for classes with projects that involve bringing research into the classroom or specific development projects, for graduate student thesis mentoring, and/or general proposal and paper writing in academia. 

Storytelling can help simplify the presentation of complex results, assist with presentations to non-experts, and ideally leads to greater reader engagement, understanding, and improved recall of scholarly content. The overall goal is to have participants experience improvements with storytelling methods first-hand by writing and presenting storytelling content from their area of expertise to colleagues and non-experts. 


March 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. via Zoom(opens in new window)

Join us as we share some questions and concerns in relation to the impact of AI in our classes, while also considering the possibilities it can offer for our pedagogy. 

We encourage you to listen to the FDEV Podcast(opens in new window) on AI in Academia ahead of the forum. View the forum schedule (Google Doc) for an outline of topics and discussion questions.

ChatGPT Resources (Google Doc) | Video Recording(opens in new window)

FDEV Forums: ChatGPT - Copyright and Artificial Intelligence(opens in new window) (video)  

Articles and resources: Copyright Registration Guidance: Works Containing Material Generated by Artificial Intelligence (PDF)  
Code of Federal Regulations (PDF)Zarya of the Dawn (Registration # VAu001480196) (PDF) Zarya Of the Dawn by Kristina Kashtanova(opens in new window)  
Classroom Policies for AI-Generative Tools (Google Doc)  

Reignite your Passion- Working with Graduate Students and Faculty

October 28th from 12- 1:30 p.m. in Colusa 116 and via  Zoom(opens in new window) (hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies) 

Join us for a great opportunity to network, share ideas, and get inspired at this drop-in event. You are welcome to join us in-person or on Zoom.  No need to have a graduate program of your own! There are many ways you can jump in and start or advance your experience as a Graduate Faculty member. And we want to help you succeed.

Bring your lunch (we’ll have cookies and drinks) and connect with other faculty while learning how you can be a part of our growing community of Graduate Faculty at Chico State.

Sharing your Community Engagement, a High Impact Practice

Friday, October 7th, 10:30 - 12:00 p.m., via  Zoom(opens in new window)

Join us for an exploration of our public-facing community engagement and public service database,  Collaboratory(opens in new window). Ann Schulte, Director of the  Office of Civic Engagement(opens in new window), will help you to discover all the ways that you can use Collaboratory to share this High Impact Practice (HIP) with students, potential partners, tenure committees, or donors.

Participants will create a profile page in Collaboratory and enter an activity into the database as part of the forum

Video Recording(opens in new window) | Google Slides (Google Slide)

RTP Forum

Tuesday, September 6th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., via Zoom
Join the offices of Faculty Development and Academic Personnel for a conversation about Retention, Tenure, and Promotion! The workshop will cover the following topics:

Dossier Writing Workshop
Tuesday, September 6th, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., MLIB 459 or via Zoom

After the RTP forum, join us for a dossier writing workshop in MLIB 459 or via Zoom , from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The faculty Development Director and the faculty mentors will be available for help! This time together can be used to work on writing your dossier (individually or in groups), brainstorm ideas to make a convincing case in the dossier, ask for feedback on your dossier, see examples of successful dossiers, etc.

Video Recording(opens in new window) | Google Slides (Google Slide)

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  • 2021-2022 Forums

    Incorporating Information Literacy Learning Outcomes in Your Assignments
    (Friday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

    This forum will introduce the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and discuss what information literacy is and why it is important for our students. Attendees will break out to explore and discuss The Framework and its knowledge practices and dispositions, and will have time to update an assignment in order to incorporate one of the Frames into their curriculum. Attendees will also gain knowledge of resources from which they can obtain IL curriculum. Participants will be able to:
    • articulate The Framework and its knowledge practices and dispositions
    • update an assignment in order to incorporate one of the Frames into their curriculum.
    • utilize resources to incorporate information literacy in the curriculum

    Read full description (PDF)

    Video Recording(opens in new window) | Google Slides (Google Slide) | Handout(opens in new window)

    Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities
    (Friday, March 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

    Join us for a conversation about interdisciplinary research opportunities! We will hear from faculty who are currently collaborating across Departments and Colleges on various research projects, we will discuss examples of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and we will look at possible funding opportunities for collaborative research projects!

    Video Recording(opens in new window) | Google Slides (Google Slide)

    So, the Students aren't Reading the Syllabus, Ah?
    (Friday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) 

    Join us for a conversation about this thorny issue! We will explore potential issues related to traditional syllabi, brainstorm solutions for creating syllabi that are more engaging and easier to navigate, and we will share examples of visual course maps!

    Video Recording(opens in new window) | Google Slides (Google Slide)

    Lecturer Resources and Support
    (Friday, October 29th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) 

    Join us for a conversation about lecturers support with the Lecturer Council(opens in new window), California Faculty Association(opens in new window) (CFA), the Office of Academic Personnel(opens in new window) (OAPL), the Technology and Learning Program(opens in new window) (TLP), and the Office of Faculty Development(opens in new window) (FDEV).

    This is a chance to explore and get help navigating the many resources available to lecturers on campus!

    Video Recording(opens in new window) | Google Slides (Google Slide) |  Infographic (PDF) 

    Lantis Award
    (Friday, September 17th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

    Join us for a conversation about the  Lantis Award(opens in new window) application process and evaluation criteria, and come listen to past Lantis Award winners Eric Bartelink, Chiara Ferrari, Susan Roll, and Monica So.

    Video recording(opens in new window) | Google Slides (Google Slide)

    Retention, Tenure, and Promotion
    (Friday, September 3rd, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
    The  Office of Faculty Development(opens in new window) will hold a Friday Forum focused on the process of  Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP)(opens in new window).

    The forum is scheduled for  Friday, September 3rd  from noon to 2:00 p.m. , and is open to all  campus community.


    12:00 p.m.

    Introduction to the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Process - video recording(opens in new window)
    Daniel Grassian, Vice Provost for Academic Programs

    12:15 p.m.

    RTP deadlines and instructions on the electronic process for 2021-2022 video recording(opens in new window)
    Office of Academic Personnel (Brian Oppy, Robin Yant, and Denise Hardy)

    12:45 p.m.


    12:50 p.m.

    Q&A with Deans, Department Chairs, and RTP Committee Chairs video recording(opens in new window)
    A discussion about successful strategies and what makes a strong narrative in the dossier.

    1:20 p.m.

    Q&A with newly tenured faculty video recording(opens in new window)
    A discussion about the RTP experience, and some helpful advice.

    1:50 p.m.

    Wrap-up and closing remarks
    Chiara Ferrari, Faculty Development Director

  • 2020-2021 Forums

    Vote Like Your Community Depends On It!
    (Friday, September 18 th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
    The Office of Faculty Development and the Office or Civic Engagement are partnering to offer a Friday Forum focusing on educating students on the importance to participate in both national and local politics through voting.  

    In this session, participating faculty will develop ideas to educate their students about how their vote has impact at every level of government. In November’s election, students should be prepared to think about how each item on their ballot may impact policy in their major or profession or around issues that are important to them.   

    A panel of faculty members will share how they educate students to think about how they can vote to shape policy at several levels. Participants will engage in discussions about examples in their own discipline and will develop ideas for sharing this content with their students in their fall class. 

    Forum Recording(opens in new window)

    Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CAL$)
    (Friday, October 9 th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
    Chico Affordable Learning Solutions(opens in new window) (CAL$) provides resources to faculty regarding affordable course materials, including how to find and adopt quality zero-cost or low-cost textbooks and other materials, or design one’s own Open Educational Resources (OERs).  This Friday Forum will describe Chico State’s efforts so far, introduce some keywords and concepts behind OER, and then offer time to explore some of the more popular OER repositories to look for class resources and materials.

    Forum Recording(opens in new window)

    Living Room Conversations
    (Friday, October 23 rd, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    The November 3rd election has created challenges for class discussion, but also opportunities to have meaningful conversations. Given the complex and controversial nature of the election and American politics, though, these conversations are not always easy to manage and moderate.

    Sue Peterson, Chico State Speech and Debate Coach, will talk with faculty about how these conversations might be helpful for students before and after the November 3rd election through the Living Room Conversations model.

    Living Room Conversations(opens in new window) is an organization that offers a simple, sociable and structured way to practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships. Typically, 4-6 people meet in person or by video call for 60-90 minutes to listen to and be heard by others on one of our nearly 100 topics. Rather than debating or convincing others, we take turns talking to share, learn, and be curious. The format transfers well into a small group activity in the classroom.

    Forum Recording(opens in new window)

    How to Prepare for a Class Peer Evaluation
    (Friday, October 30 th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    Peer evaluation of teaching can be a stressful process, especially now, in a fully virtual environment. A panel of faculty will answer questions about ways to prepare for a peer evaluation, and information will be shared about FPPP guidelines(opens in new window), best practices in peer evaluation of teaching, and resources available.

    Forum Recording(opens in new window)

    Faculty Grades and Equity Dashboard
    (Wednesday, December 2 nd, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
    This forum will explore the new Faculty Grades and Equity Gaps Dashboard(opens in new window)— its purpose and functions - as well as the resources available to begin to address the complex challenge of closing equity gaps in course grades.

    Forum Recording(opens in new window)

    Podcasting for Learning & Teaching
    (Friday, December 4 th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    A panel of faculty will share their experience with podcasts, discuss tips and best practices, and offer ideas on how you could use podcasts in your classes.

    Forum Recording(opens in new window) | Forum Slides (Google Slide)

    How to Showcase Evidence of Teaching Excellence
    (Friday, January 29 th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
    Join us to discuss examples of teaching excellence and how to showcase them in a class peer evaluation and in the RTP dossier. Faculty from different Colleges will guide us through their actual class evaluation experience and will share concrete evidence of teaching excellence  from their dossiers.

    Forum Recording(opens in new window)

    Open Access
    (Friday, February 12 th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
    Chico State librarians will discuss research and resources at CSU, Chico. A few things we will cover in this forum:

    • Explore what Open Access means for our academic community.
    • The  Elsevier APC Waiver Agreement(opens in new window)  with the CSU system, and how you can take advantage of an opportunity to expand access and visibility to your published articles for no additional fees. 
    • Details of Chico’s Open Access Institutional Repository, ScholarWorks(opens in new window).
    • Resources from the library to aid additional exploration.
    • Feedback and stories from you on Open Access relating to your scholarship and discipline.

    More information about this Friday Forum can be found in this week's Tuesday Tip!

    Forum Recording(opens in new window) | Forum Slides (Google Slide)

    Student Engagement Challenge
    (Friday, March 26 th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
    Join the FDEV Faculty Fellows to discuss the Student Engagement Challenge. Share your experience and let us know how your students responded to the challenge!

    Forum Recording(opens in new window)

    How to Approach Service Strategically
    (Friday, April 16 th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    Join us for a discussion on how to approach service strategically and how to write a compelling narrative in your dossier about service.  

    The forum will cover the following topics:  

    1. Overview of service, what is it? What’s its purpose? (Introductory remarks by Provost Debra Larson)  
    2. Levels and opportunities for service: Department, College, University, CSU-wide, community, discipline  
    3. University committees (presentation by the Academic Senate)  
    4. How to approach service strategically  
    5. How to speak about service in the dossier

      Forum Recording(opens in new window) | Forum Slides (Google Slide)

    ChicoFlex Pilot
    (Friday, April 30 th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
    Join us for a conversation about the ChicoFlex model and a chance to hear from faculty members who are participating in the ChicoFlex spring pilot. The forum will cover the following topics, and more!

    • Technology Management 
    • Class Management
    • Use of Space
    • Student Engagement 
    • Preparation & Workload

    Forum Recording(opens in new window) | Forum Slides (Google Slide)