Professional Development Opportunities
General Education Curriculum Meetings
Before the start of each fall and spring semester, the General Education English Department gathers for a mini-conference in which we attend faculty-wide workshops (often led by either the Co-Directors of Gen. Ed. English or a guest speaker). We also include breakout sessions where Gen. Ed. English faculty members provide workshops on various topics. The curriculum meetings give an enthusiastic jumpstart to the semester as we gather together to share best practices for our students. Stay tuned for the next CFP!
Chat ‘N Chews
Chat ‘N Chews are periodic lunches where faculty members can gather with colleagues to discuss their classes. Faculty members provide the meals, so this is a great time to enjoy the culinary and pedagogical expertise of our Gen. Ed. English faculty members. If time is of the essence, feel free to eat and run. We can’t wait to chat and chew with you!
Professional Development Workshops
General Education English also offers professional development workshops throughout the semester. Past workshops have addressed professionalization, grading/feedback, and assignment scaffolding. Interested in leading a workshop? Contact the General Education English office for more details.
Additionally, MTSU's Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center offers a variety of pedagogy focused workshops throughout the semester. These workshops, which are open to all faculty members regardless of deparment specialty, focus on a variety of multidisciplinary topics, such as accessibility, using secondary sources, and approaches to using technology in the classroom.
Celebration of Student Writing
Hosted by General Education English, this writing showcase displays the exciting work happening in English classes to the wider university community. The Celebration of Student Writing includes a wide variety of student writing, from projects developed in first-year writing and sophomore literature classes to academic and creative compositions completed by advanced English students. English 1020 instructors in particular are encouraged to invite students to create research poster presentations for this event as a way to share their research with an audience outside of the classroom.
Limited space is also available for readings/screenings/performances—and these need not necessarily be from spring classes; if you have a student who submitted stellar work during Fall 2017, nominating that individual to read that work is an excellent form of recognition. And finally, one way to encourage your students to participate in this event is to allow them to present at the Celebration of Student Writing in lieu of taking a Final Exam.
General Education English Co-Directors:
Dr. Julie Barger
Dr. Kate Pantelides
Peck Hall 324