USM Faculty Commons

Notes from the Faculty Coordinator

Spring 2015Judith Spross

Hello, colleagues,

We midterms fly by and Spring officially arrives, I want to take a minute to share some updates  and highlights for the spring ahead from the Faculty Commons: 

Places still Available for Title III Student Assembly (3/23) and Faculty Symposium (3/24)

As you know from earlier promotions, we are fortunate to be welcoming Professor Saundra McGuire to USM to provide both a student assembly and a faculty development session. Response has been very good and I want you to know there are still places available for both the student and faculty events. We would still appreciate an RSVP. Faculty, please encourage your students to attend the Monday (early evening), March 23 event. Faculty, instructors, and academic advisors are welcome to the Tuesday morning event. For details and to RSVP, right click and open this link:

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Prior to joining LSU in August 1999, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award.   She has spent her career working on improving student learning.  In 2011 she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and in 2010, she was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Title III FIG Grant Activities Are Underway

This is a selection of FIG and mini-grant activities occurring in the Faculty Commons. FMI, check out the FC Calendar

The Reflective Practice FIG has been meeting.. Next meetings are Wednesday, April 8 (rubrics for assessing reflective and critical thinking) and Wednesday May 13—4:30 to 6 PM both days—on the third floor of Glickman in the Faculty Commons. Light refreshments are served! FMI, right click on this link or  contact,, or _

The primary goal of the proposed STEM FIG is for USM faculty to model best teaching practices thereby allowing as many other USM STEM faculty as possible to consider adopting or modifying them. Light refreshment/lunch served. Next STEM FIG meetings are: Friday, March 27, 2015, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and Monday, April 6, 2015, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Location TBA. For more information, contact Luci Benedict, or Dave Champlin,

The Strengths-based Education FIG, coordinated by Dan Jenkins, begins on Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Glickman Library, 3rd Floor, Faculty Commons area. Lunch will be served. Come learn how StrengthsQuest has helped faculty, advisors and students. For more info, contact and to RSVP e-mail

Other upcoming events:

Metropolitan University Convocation: Lightning Talks (FMI:

Wednesday March 25th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Lewiston Campus, Room 285 (Please note: the original time for this event, 3-5 pm, has been changed to 4-6pm)

Thursday April 16th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (submissions full, closed to presenters)
Gorham Campus, Bailey Hall, Room 10

Friday, April 17, 2015 MU and community engagement related events, including

Friday, April 24, 2015 THINKING MATTERS, Abromson Center, FMI

Week of May 11: Celebration of Faculty Work—we’ll know date next week. This is instead of the celebration that has usually taken place the week of Thinking Matters—more info next week.

We hope you can attend one or more of these events.

Warm regards,


Judith A.Spross, PhD, RN, FAAN


Hilarie Fotter (GA for Faculty Commons and Title III)


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