UM FacChats - Faculty Coffee & Conversation


FacChats are informal discussion groups where faculty meet, have some coffee/tea, and chat about a particular topic related to teaching and/or learning.


Why participate in UM FacChats?

  • to meet with other interested colleagues for an informal discussion of teaching and learning
  • to learn and share ideas around a common theme or question in teaching and learning
  • to continue to develop professionally as a college teacher and faculty member

Join us for our next FacChat!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 UM FacChat  

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Lyceum 200

 A Chat with Dr. Graham Bodie

Dr. Graham Bodie FDL October 2017

In an environment where many students communicate by posting and reading comments through social media, it can be difficult to engage students in truly thoughtful discussions in the classroom, especially if the topic is considered controversial.  Dr. Graham Bodie (UM) will lead this FacChat about facilitating good communication among our students.  He will elaborate on his FDL presentation “The Role of Listening in Civil Discourse” and discuss applications of the Listening First Model in UM classrooms.

Please come talk with Dr. Bodie and join us for good discussion. Please click here for registration!


FacChats Fall 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017 UM FacChat  

Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Gertrude Ford Ballroom A, Inn at Ole Miss

Dr. Chris Penny, of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, elaborates on his FDL presentation addressing the way mobile technology has changed teaching and learning in today’s classrooms.

Please come meet Dr. Penny and join us for good discussion. Please click here for registration!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Lyceum 200

Creating a process for introducing students to new teaching methods

As faculty increasingly integrate active learning strategies into their classes, they may be met with resistance from students who do not understand the purpose of the activities or who are more comfortable with passive learning. In this FacChat, we are going to brainstorm ideas for creating a process to introduce students to new teaching methods in a way that maximizes student engagement, effective collaboration, and critical thinking.

Please click here for registration!

Monday, October 2, 2017 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Lyceum 200

Flipping Assignments: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Come join us to discuss planning flipped assignments to maximize “The Good” for you and your students.

Facilitators:  Adam Smith (Engineering), Kate Kellum (Psychology), and Patti O’Sullivan (Pharmacy)

Please RSVP.


Monday, September 11, 2017 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Lyceum 200

Accessibility and Inclusion

Discuss and learn the basics of accessibility and how to take the first steps towards inclusive education

Facilitators:  Alissa Evans and Drew Chiles, UM Accessibility Specialists

We hope you can join us for this informal conversations, and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea too!

Please RSVP.


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Please see FacChat Archives for previous events.