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:

STEM FIG Meeting - Monday, April 6th, Faculty Commons-312 Glickman, Portland Campus

The SEFIG is intended for faculty and/or staff collaboration to investigate methods for integrating Strengths across curriculum and instruction and provide a forum for faculty/staff scholarship and networking.  Initially following a “share and teach” model, the SEFIG will come together monthly for facilitated discussion and evaluation of new research articles, and explore creative methods of teaching with Strengths.  Likewise, we anticipate the SEFIG will serve as a supportive group for members’ own emerging pieces of work: papers, presentations, or grant proposals.

 If you have not yet completed the StrengthsFinder assessment and would like to receive your “Top 5” Strengths prior to attending this meeting, please contact Dan Jenkins at

You can learn more about StrengthsFinder here.

To learn more about Strengths at USM, please visit our homepage at

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Reflective Practice FIG Meeting - Wednesday, April 8th 4:30-6pm, 312 Glickman, Portland Campus

The “Reflective Practice” FIG is intended for faculty collaboration to investigate and identify best high impact practices in both facilitating and teaching reflection with undergraduate and graduate students, and to provide a forum for faculty scholarship and networking. Initially following a journal club model, this FIG will come together monthly for facilitated discussion and evaluation of new research articles, and explore creative methods of teaching that move beyond the more traditional techniques often used in reflective practice assignments. Likewise, we anticipate the FIG will serve as a supportive group for members’ own emerging pieces of work: papers, presentations, or grant proposals.

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Lightning Talks

Lightning Talk - Thursday, April 16th, 4-6 pm, 10 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus 

Community engagement is happening at USM—and often in unexpected ways! 

Lightning Talks are opportunities to share experiences, build relations, and explore new potentials; as well as learn about a variety of recent, current, and future projects around the USM campus and local communities.  Each talk combines the visual and the verbal and lasts only 8 minutes!  Each month, selected talks will be available for attendance on all campuses.

Join your colleagues, future collaborators, and local innovators.  Tell us your story and come hear those of others!  We think you will be amazed by the level of ingenuity, imagination, creativity, and promise in each of the monthly Lightning Talks.  Celebrate the work of your friends, colleagues, students, and neighbors with us! 

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Writing Group Meeting - Tuesday, April 21st, 12-1pm, 312 Glickman, Portland Campus 

During the academic year, the Faculty Commons, in collaboration with Research Administration will be offering a writing group for faculty and staff who are interested in goal-setting and accountability. Participants meet weekly to discuss their projects, troubleshoot obstacles, and celebrate successes. Regular meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 12-1.  Bring your lunch and enjoy some light refreshments! 

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Thinking MattersThinking Matters – Friday, April 24th, Abromson Center, Portland Campus

Innovative teaching and creative work – whether in a classroom, in a lab or in a studio – are the heart of any dynamic university culture.  At University of Southern Maine, it is showcased at Thinking Matters, a one-day, once-a-year conference, that is a capstone that reflects what's going on all year long in departments all across campus.  It promotes the high quality student-faculty research collaborations and opportunities available to both graduate and undergraduate students. Its an event that allows students and faculty to share their work with each other, their colleagues, and the general public. Students are encouraged to participate and present their research as posters or oral sessions.

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