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NFTI Schedule

The NFTI will be hosted in-person this year on August 12 and 13. Click the tabs below for the session schedule. Please note these sessions are offered in eastern standard time.

August 12 sessions will take place in the Mossman Building, and August 13 sessions will take place in the HSS Building.

8:00 – 8:30 AM | Check-In & Breakfast | Mossman, Lobby

Mossman Building, Lobby


8:30 – 8:45 AM | Welcome | Mossman, Room 102

TLI leadership provides opening remarks for this year’s New Faculty Teaching Institute.

Speakers:
Diane Kelly, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Chris Lavan, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning


8:50 – 9:20 AM | Who Are Our Students & What They Contribute to the Learning Environment | Mossman, Room 102

Learn about our student population at UTK and reflect together on how to prepare to connect with their natural strengths and motivations to foster effective learning.

Speaker:
Amber Williams, Vice Provost for Student Success


9:25 – 9:40 AM | Equity-Minded Teaching & Inclusive Teaching: Our Overarching Approach to Teaching & Learning | Mossman, Room 102

TLI’s Director of Faculty Development provides the framework for this year’s NFTI and our unit’s overall approach to Teaching & Learning.

Speaker:
Ferlin McGaskey, TLI Director of Faculty Development


9:45 – 10:35 AM | Breakout Sessions

Learn about foundational components related to preparing and leading an effective courses at UTK:

  • Preparing for First Generation & First Year Students (Mossman, 204)
  • Student Learning Outcomes & Creating an Effective Syllabus (Mossman, 210)
  • Inclusive Learning Outcomes (Mossman, 211)

10:35 – 11:45 AM | Campus Resources: UT Libraries as Partners in Teaching & Learning | Mossman, Room 102

UT Libraries faculty members discuss and share information about the unique ways in which the Libraries serve as partners to support student and faculty success through teaching tools, resources, and learning spaces available in and through the university’s libraries.

Speaker: Charissa Powell, Student Success Librarian


12:00 – 1:00 PM | Networking Lunch | Mossman, Room 102


1:00 – 1:45 PM | Faculty Panel & Collaborative Discussion | Mossman, Room 102

Current UT Faculty with various years of experience share their thoughts and perspectives on attaining success at UT.


2:00 – 2:50 PM | Breakout Sessions

Learn about foundational components related to preparing and leading an effective courses at UTK:

  • Positive Psychology & Active Learning (Mossman, 204)
  • Active Learning in the Large Classroom (Mossman, 210)
  • Experiential Learning (Mossman, 211)

3:00 – 3:50 PM | Breakout Sessions

Learn about foundational components related to preparing and leading an effective courses at UTK:

  • Peer & Self-Assessment (Mossman, 204)
  • Writing Assignment Design (Mossman, 210)
  • Effective & Efficient Testing in the Large Classroom (Mossman, 211)

4:00 – 4:50 PM | Campus Resources: Division of Diversity & Engagement and UT’s Commitment to Inclusion | Mossman, Room 102

DDE will discuss ways in which the campus is committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Support of the Work of Faculty.

Speakers:
Janelle Coleman, Executive Director for Diversity and Engagement
Javiette Samuel, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Community Engagement and Outreach


4:00 – 4:50 PM | Closing Remarks & Preparing for Day 2 | Mossman, Room 102

Wrap up the day with us as we reflect on Day 1 and look ahead to what the 2nd day has to offer.


8:00 – 8:30 AM | Check-In & Breakfast | HSS, Room 123

Mossman Building, Lobby


8:30 – 8:45 AM | Welcome | HSS, Room 123

Welcome back to the 2021 NFTI and help us welcome our 1st guest speaker.


8:40 – 9:00 AM | The Significance of Teaching Excellence in a Research University | HSS, Room 123

Dr. Theresa Lee serves as the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences here at UTK, the university’s largest college. Come and listen to her wisdom and experience regarding the importance of the role of teaching at Research 1 universities.

Speakers:
Theresa Lee, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences


9:00 – 9:50 AM | Campus Resources: Online Learning & Academic Programs | HSS, Room 123

Colleagues from OLAP will share their vision and direction for the unit and how it continues to support faculty development and teaching and learning at UT.

Speakers:
Josh Steele, Assistant Vice Provost, Online Learning & Academic Programs
Jennifer Gramling, Director of Online Learning


10:00 – 10:50 AM | Campus Resources: Office of Information Technology | HSS, Room 123

Colleagues from OIT will introduce new faculty to campus resources available to them, as well as classroom technology, and answer any remaining questions that new faculty have about this topic.

Speakers:
OIT Representative, TBD


11:00 – 11:50 AM | TLI: Your Next Steps of Engagement to Attain Faculty Success | HSS, Room 123

Colleagues from TLI will share additional resources, programs, and opportunities for support that exist to help faculty be successful at UT (SoTL, FSNs, Faculty Roundtable, Faculty Mentoring, and other programs).

Speakers:
Virginia Stormer, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning
Chris Kilgore, Special Programs Coordinator


12:00 – 12:15 PM | Closing | HSS, Room 123