USM Faculty Commons

Faculty Development

Faculty Development Workshops & Events are aimed at assisting faculty to learn, develop or advance their knowledge in skills in teaching, scholarship, service, leadership, use of technology in teaching, and other areas of faculty responsibility. Examples of programs include Lunch and Learns, workshops and training, topically focused panel presentations, orientation, or the sharing of faculty expertise.

 Upcoming Faculty Development Events:

Monday | October 5th 2015 | 10am-11am | 212 Abromson Center | USM Portland Campus

The UMaine system has a Google Apps for Education license, which provides UMS students, faculty and staff with secure access to myriad Google tools. One of these tools is part of the Google Drive suite of apps and it is called Google Forms. Forms allow you to easily set up surveys, activities or quizzes for your students with custom settings to fit your need. 

In this workshop we will delve into the various ways you can use Google Forms, how to set them up, customize settings and access data in a workshop on October 5th at 10am. It will be presented by Dr. Jeff Beaudry, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Educational Leadership, and Rucha Modak, CTEL Learning Designer. Seats are limted, so please click below to RSVP.  



Join us for a Faculty Workshop at the Portland Museum of Art


October 22, 2015 9am-4pm

Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, Maine

Lead presenter: Jennifer DePrizio, Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, at the Portland Museum of Art

  •  Enhance visual observation through the use of Visual Thinking Strategies  Select artwork for the classroom
  •  Learn the VTS technique
  •  Applications for the classroom and the community  Sponsored by: USM Title III Mini Grant
  •  Hosted by the Portland Museum of Art



 Forming & Sustaining Productive, Meaningful Community Partnerships
Communities are alive with the possibility of collaborating to achieve more robust outcomes than we can achieve on our own. This learning opportunity focuses on the "how" - how does one respectfully enter a community or collaboration and form meaningful and lasting partnership? What is the mindset and what are the steps that work?

Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Keynote & Panel Discussion: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Refreshments & Networking: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Workshop: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: 4th Floor, Glickman Library

Please RSVP below:



Friday | Dec 5th 2015 | 11am-1:30pm | Faculty Dining Room | USM Gorham  Campus

Friday | Feb 5th 2015 | 11am-1:30pm | 423/424 Glickman | USM Portland  Campus

The Title III Grant Team is excited to offer a Strengths Workshop Series focused on strategies for integrating Strengths into your teaching, advising, and meetings with students. Each workshop will include an introduction to the Strengths-based approach, lunch, and specific applications to your work. Our next workshop will be held in Gorham, from 11-1:30pm on Friday, Dec. 4th, prior to the Faculty Senate meeting, in the Faculty Dining Room.  An additional workshop will be held in Portland on Feb. 5th in Room 423/424 of Glickman.  We invite you to please RSVP here


Additionally, you can learn more about Strengths@USM here

To learn more about our Title III Grant initiatives, please visit our homepage




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