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!4716FacChat


Thursday, April 6, 2017 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Lyceum 200

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Maureen Meyers (Anthropology) leads a discussion in effectively utilizing Open Educational Resources in the classroom. Maureen Meyers received a grant from the College of Liberal Arts and a WOW grant from the Office for Online Learning to replace the standard textbook in Introduction to Anthropology courses, both face-to-face and online. Unlike other disciplines, anthropology has no online textbook available. Meyers will discuss her experiences looking for and using web-based resources to teach the range of topics covered in this course, including natural selection, human evolution, language, archaeology, and globalization.

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



Wednesday, March 8, 2017 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Lyceum 200

Constructive Feedback in STEM Courses

Alicia Bouldin (Pharmacy Administration)  leads a panel discussion on providing feedback to students in STEM courses. Constructive feedback on student performance can be a highly effective learning tool.  What are some of the avenues for effective feedback in STEM courses? What barriers exist? Is the benefit worth the effort?  Panel members will share their experiences and discuss potential applications.

Panelists include Adam Smith (Chemical Engineering), Nathan Hammer (Chemistry), and Gerard Buskes (Mathematics).


Potential topics include:

  • Evaluating teaching
  • Learning styles and teaching styles
  • Problem-based learning
  • Impact of technology on teaching and learning
  • Writing across the curriculum
  • Ethical issues in teaching
  • Collaborative/cooperative learning: theory and methods
  • Using case studies in teaching
  • Applying learning theory to the classroom
  • Active learning: theory and methods
  • Incivility in the classroom: dealing with difficult students
  • Infusing issues of privilege, difference, and discrimination in the classroom
  • Service learning
  • Effective lecturing
  • Assessing and grading students’ learning


Please see FacChat Archives for previous events.