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Spring 2023 “Reclaiming the Joy in Teaching Workshop & Event” Series

TLI’s “Reclaiming the Joy in Teaching” series is centered on celebrating, providing support, and journeying with faculty to identify and rediscover their joy and personal motivation for becoming faculty here at UTK. Through each event, faculty will have the opportunity to individually reflect, connect with one another, and consider new ideas, strategies, and approaches to teaching and learning, as well as ways to successfully navigate faculty life. All members of the university’s instructional community are welcome to attend each offering. All instructional staff (including graduate student instructor and TAs) are welcome to participate.

“Teaching & Time Management: How to Manage Your Time So You Can Teach Efficiently and Effectively and Have a Life Beyond the Ivory Tower” workshop (Hosted by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity)

This workshop identifies common teaching challenges, teaching faculty members how to align their teaching time with institutional and personal priorities, enact time-saving strategies related to course design, preparing for class meetings, and grading, and seek out resources to support and sustain efficient and effective teaching.

This workshop is done in partnership with the Office of the Provost and is hosted by Dr. Lisa Hanasono, Associate Professor of Communications at Bowling Green State University, and the Academic Director of Training and Content for National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Lisa Hanasono, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication and an affiliated faculty member of the American Culture Studies Program and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Prior to becoming the NCFDD’s Academic Director of Training and Content, as well as an NCFDD Campus Workshop Facilitator and Faculty Success Program Coach, she dedicated over 10 years to developing and delivering professional development workshops in higher education. Her research focuses on faculty development, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and she is a Co-PI of a nearly one million dollar NSF ADVANCE grant that examines how inclusive leadership, allyship, and institutional change can reduce social biases, foster inclusivity, and support the career advancement of women faculty and faculty of color in STEM.

Lisa has taught college students for nearly 20 years. She enjoys teaching a large collection of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics ranging from research methods and communication theories to communication pedagogy, interpersonal communication, and persuasion. In addition to her work with the NCFDD and BGSU, Lisa enjoys spending quality time with her partner and kids, traveling, going to Broadway musicals, and riding her Quarter Horse named Tater Tot.

Innovative Teaching Showcase

This event will showcase the innovative (and fun) work UT faculty are doing in their classrooms. Faculty will share their techniques and the joy they have found from new approaches they have tried, and engage participants in a discussion around applying aspects of these pedagogies to their own courses.

2023 Faculty Appreciation Luncheon

  • Tuesday, February 28 | 11:30am – 1:00pm | Haslam College of Business, Stokely Hospitality Suite, Room 501
  • Registration Link

As part of Faculty Appreciation Week, Teaching and Learning Innovation is hosting its annual luncheon. All faculty and instructional staff are invited to come and network with their peers while being recognized for the important work they do for the UTK community.

“Claiming & Maintaining Dignity in Teaching” workshop

This workshop is designed to create a space for participants to explore the concept of dignity as it relates to the identity of the instructor. Additionally, during the workshop, participants will develop a personally relevant approach to their teaching practice that will enable them to cultivate an environment in which their dignity can be maintained.

“Reflecting On & Sustaining What Matters to You in Teaching (Exploring Why I Teach)” workshop

This workshop is designed to help the participants explore the why of their teaching. During the session, facilitators will lead participants through a number of reflective activities that will enable them to identify what matters to them in teaching and create a practice that sustains these important aspects for a more joyful teaching experience.