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OUR ONGOING PROGRAMS 

We offer a full program of faculty and staff events throughout the academic year. Visit our calendar to see our upcoming events. Below is information on how to participate in our recurring signature programs.

 

ACADEMIC INNOVATION MINI-FUND PROGRAM

The Academic Innovation Mini-Fund (AIM) program fosters faculty and staff leadership and innovation in areas that forward Portland State University’s mission and goals. The program convenes interdisciplinary groups who, over several meetings, work on individual projects while benefiting from discussions with their colleagues and resources offered by them and by The Office of Academic Innovation. Two AIMs are currently open for application for the 2019/2020 year. 

Program Assessment Planning and Reporting AIM | Application Due Friday, December 6th, 2019
Participants in the Program Assessment Planning and Reporting cohort will develop or revise a robust, high quality academic program assessment plan or a component of the academic assessment plan with the goal of establishing or continuing to improve student learning through discovery, reflection, and assessment planning. This will include articulating or reviewing goals and program learning outcomes, developing a curriculum map to examine alignment, evaluating types and quality of data, understanding how to interpret assessment findings, and demonstrating program improvement through concrete action planning and quality reporting. Apply Now

Open Education AIM | Application closed Friday, November 22nd, 2019.
The Open Education AIM is part of an Open Education initiative, co-led by The Office of Academic Innovation and the Portland State Library, to put students’ learning first through cost-saving strategies, increasing inclusion efforts, and improving academic success. Open educational teaching practices allow for more diverse voices to engage in the learning experience and provide opportunities for faculty to collaborate with students to ensure the learning materials meet their students' needs. OAI staff will work closely with faculty to support their OER goals such as finding OER and replacing their traditional textbook, developing Open Pedagogy assignments, or creating supplemental materials using an open license. 

GRADUATE STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching
The Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching is a free, voluntary, non-credit experience that supports graduate students, adjuncts, first-year faculty, and others who are interested in learning research-based best practice in teaching and learning, research, and other professional development concerns in higher education and beyond. Participants can complete the certificate requirements in 1-2 years. Reach out if you would like to engage in a robust, guided professional development experience that will support your teaching and research practice.

 

FACULTY IN RESIDENCE

Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) are faculty who receive stipends to provide leadership and expertise in areas that forward campus and university initiatives.   F-I-R position announcements can be found in the OAI newsletter and in the Currently. 

Current Faculty in Residence

Academic Writing - Dannelle Stevens, Ph.D.
Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy - Kim Brown, Ph.D.
Multilingual Academic Writing and Presentation Specialist - Keith Walters, Ph.D.

JUMPSTART FACULTY ACADEMIC WRITING PROGRAM

Our academic writing programs support faculty toward successful, satisfying, and productive academic writing. Facilitated with direction from our Faculty-in-Residence for Academic Writing, offerings include the Jumpstart Academic Writing Program, writing consultation, writing communities, and writing retreats held throughout the year. Visit our calendar for the upcoming Academic Writing program schedule and to register for Academic Writing events. 

Jumpstart Monthly Workshops
The Jumpstart Program offers drop-in monthly hour-long workshops on the key research-based strategies associated with higher productivity and higher satisfaction in academic writing and publishing. Each workshop covers a unique topic that is central to becoming a productive and confident academic writer. Faculty will have an opportunity to explore research-based strategies that support academic research and writing in a collaborative environment that can overcome many of the struggles of managing writing in a busy academic life. Topics include: Identifying your writing blocks, finding a suitable journal fo publication, writing a book proposal, organizing your references through a citation management system, using creative strategies to boost motivation and voice in your academic writing, managing academic writing across your career.

Participants meet twice a week for one week in each moth, during Mondays at noon and Thursdays at 9AM. Coffee and tea provided in the mornings; brownbag lunches welcome at noon. Meetings are drop-in, with no RSVP required. Visit our calendar for the upcoming Academic Writing program schedule. 

Jumpstart Writing Group - 1.0 
Join a small inter-disciplinary faculty writing group (3-4 people) for a term to support and foster your academic writing. Each group has a designated “convener” who has experience in the Jumpstart Program. Groups meet weekly to check in on writing progress and support each other on their writing journeys. Please contact our our Faculty-in-Residence for Academic Writing, Danelle Stevens, to sign up for a writing group. 

Jumpstart Writing Group - 2.0
Join a small inter-disciplinary faculty writing group (3-4 people) to review and provide feedback for academic writing. Each group has a designated “convener” who has experience in the Jumpstart Program. Groups meet weekly to review and provide feedback on each others writing. Please contact our our Faculty-in-Residence for Academic Writing, Danelle Stevens, to sign up for a writing group.

Day-long Faculty Writing Retreats
Day-long writing retreats for Portland State Faculty are hosted by OAI during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Faculty working on an article, chapter, book, or grant proposal are encouraged to apply for a seat at the silent retreat. Coffee, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided. Visit our calendar for the upcoming Faculty Writing Retreat schedule. 

Week-long Faculty Writing Retreats
Week-long writing retreats for Portland State Faculty are hosted by OAI during the summer quarter. Faculty working on an article, chapter, book, or grant proposal are encouraged to apply for a seat at the silent retreat. Coffee, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided. Visit our calendar for the upcoming Faculty Writing Retreat schedule. 

FACULTY BOOK GROUP

OAI hosts a faculty book group each quarter, featuring a current book chosen by faculty on topics pertaining to higher education trends, teaching and learning, and the experience of faculty in postsecondary education today.  Faculty nominate and choose the books that are featured each quarter.  

Meetings are held every other Friday from 12:00 - 1:00 (brown bag lunches welcome!)