Provost's Faculty Forum

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The Provost’s Faculty Forum is a Fall program that provides an opportunity for full-time faculty members across the university to gather for conversations about innovative teaching. Each forum will occur over lunch in the Green Room of the McMullen-Connally Faculty Center. Each conversation will open with brief remarks from a faculty colleague. The cost of lunch is covered by the Provost’s Office.

Because of space limitations, registration is required. We will be maintaining a waitlist for each forum. If you find you are unable to attend a forum for which you have registered, please cancel your reservation so that a colleague has opportunity to attend.

The theme for the Fall 2018 Provost's Faculty Forum is "Integrating Teaching and Research."

PFF Schedule for Fall 2018

All meetings conducted in: McMullen-Connally Faculty Center - Green Room
Wed, Aug 29 | 12:30-1:30pm
The Joy of Failing
Dr. Julia Daniel
Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Daniel will discuss how she has shared her own research process in the classroom as a way of modeling how to manage difficulties and stumbling blocks and to highlight the value of failure in both research and writing.


Thu, Sep 6 | 12:30-1:30pm
Playing Games in the Classroom
Dr. David Bridge
Associate Professor, Political Science

Drawing on his research and experience, Dr. Bridge discusses how to effectively incorporate games into the classroom.


Thu, Sep 13 | 12:30-1:30pm
When Research & Teaching Interests Fail to Converge: The Search for Synergy
Dr. Stacie Petter
Professor, Information Systems

In this forum, Dr. Petter shares examples of how she has successfully and not-as-successfully found synergies between her research and teaching. Forum participants will then brainstorm ways they might bring research into the classroom or teaching into their research when gaps between the two exist.


Mon, Sep 17 | 11:30am -12:30pm
Challenges in Transformative Learning: The Gap between Student and Faculty Expectations
Dr. Yuko Prefume
Senior Lecturer, Modern Languages and Cultures

Dr. Prefume will discuss her efforts to create transformative learning opportunities through community outreach activities she uses in her study abroad classes in Japan. She will then facilitate a discussion on ways to help students see the intent and benefit of these opportunities.


Tue, Sep 25 | 12:30-1:30pm
Beyond the Textbook: Incorporating Primary Texts in the Classroom
Dr. Gabrielle Miller
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures

Introducing students to primary texts is crucial to communicating with students the authentic textures of our chosen fields. In this forum, Dr. Miller will help participants brainstorm best practices for first selecting and productively using primary texts in the classroom.


Wed, Oct 3 | 11:30am-12:30pm
Integrating Inquiry-based Research into an Undergraduate Research Laboratory
Dr. Bessie Kebaara
Associate Professor, Biology

Dr. Kebaara will outline her plan to integrate an aspect of her own laboratory’s research into an undergraduate research laboratory.


Tue, Oct 9 | 12:30-1:30pm
Connecting Research and Teaching for an Entrepreneurial Mindset in the Classroom
Dr. Jonathan Hu
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

To integrate an entrepreneurial mindset in our courses, Dr. Hu will discuss how to make connections between research and teaching in the classroom.


Wed, Oct 17 | 12:30-1:30pm
Integrating Research and Teaching: Asking Students to Read for Me
Dr. Andy Arterbury
Associate Professor, Truett Seminary

As instructors seek to help students think and reason like scholars within their academic discipline, asking students to read, summarize, and critique journal articles and essays can help achieve that goal. Dr. Arterbury will explain how selecting articles and essays that dovetail with the instructor’s own research projects can accelerate research while also benefiting students.


Thu, Oct 25 | 12:30-1:30pm
Bringing Service into Science: Community-Engaged Service Learning for Undergraduate and Graduate Health Students
Dr. Kelly Ylitalo
Assistant Professor, Public Health

This session will explore how to plan and evaluate service-learning that integrates community-based research into the classroom.


Mon, Oct 29 | 11:30am-12:30pm
Introducing Faith-Motivated Materials Research to Undergraduates
Dr. Bill Jordan
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jordan will explain how he has motivated undergraduate students to do research through a series of small group independent study courses. He will discuss how to choose appropriate topics, how to manage a small undergraduate research group and how to assess their work.


Tue, Nov 6 | 12:30-1:30pm
Turning Service into Research Opportunities: How work with a student organization can yield fruitful research (and turn the teacher into student
Dr. Rebecca Flavin
Senior Lecturer, Political Science

Dr. Flavin will talk about her work with Baylor’s Model United Nations team, where each semester her students research and draft professional policy papers on topics and nations that vary from conference to conference. She will reflect on how this dynamic subject material affects not only her syllabus and assignments each semester, but also how this has impacted her research agenda.


Wed, Nov 14 | 12:30-1:30pm
Working Research into the Syllabus: Integrating Pedagogical and Publishing Goals
Dr. Sam Perry
Associate Professor, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

Dr. Perry will explore strategies for syllabus design that incorporate research projects. To meet research expectations while teaching classes that are not aimed at specialization in one's own discipline, creativity is needed to incorporate course materials that might also help produce publications. This session is aimed at cultivating creative strategies for strengthening curriculum while aiding in research productivity.