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Workshops & Events

We offer several campus-wide Professional Development opportunities throughout the year.

Faculty Development Center Luncheon Series

Our Lunch & Learn events bring together people from across our community in an informal atmosphere to collaborate and learn from each other. Event topics range from very practical tips for the classroom to more reflective discussions about student support, professional challenges, or the scholarship of teaching and learning. All Lunch & Learns take place in the Trustees Dining Room. You just need to sign in and spend an hour with us listening to different speakers and sharing ideas.  Click here to download a printable copy of the schedule or register for one of our events here.

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Faculty Affinity Groups

To meet, dialog, and learn with (and from) our colleagues on campus, the Faculty Development Center hosts periodic Faculty Interest Groups inspired by the group study approach of Roxå and Mårtensson (2009). A faculty interest group (FIG) is an informal faculty-initiated and faculty-led forum that brings together an intentional group of people of mutual interest for approximately one month, although the duration is up to the group. Any faculty member can propose and lead a FIG of a particular topic and every faculty member can participate in a FIG.

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First Year @ Furman

These workshops are part of the New Faculty Orientation Program.  They include a brief presentation from the faculty peer-mentors, followed by Q&A, sharing, discussion and practical activities.

Interdisciplinary Reading Groups

The goal of our reading groups is to enable small but sustained communities of scholars at Furman to work together to explore particular problems or themes through established research/literature, with outcomes that might range from new or revised courses to published work inflected by the reading and discussions that have taken place. Are you looking to expand your intellectual horizons through discussion with peers in related disciplines? Ideally, this includes at least 2-4 faculty from at least two departments/programs.

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Upcoming Events

25 Feb

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Academic Support for Student Athletes

​In this Lunch ‘n’ Learn, facilitated by Rob Carson, faculty and staff colleagues will share some effective tools to assist our student athletes and will discuss how to create academic environments to support them.

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28 Feb

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Summer Fellows in Special Collections

Join us at this Lunch ‘n’ Learn with Jeff Makala talking about eligibility and requirements for the 2020 summer faculty fellowships. Hear firsthand from recent faculty experiences (Buket Oztas and Jessie Wang) creating high-impact experiences using rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials in the classroom...

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02 Mar

Recovery Allies Workshop

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to recognize students struggling with substance disorders and strategies for supporting these students and people in recovery from substance abuse disorders. They will confront myths and stigma, explore appropriate language, and gain familiarity with campus and community...

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