- IU Kokomo will increase faculty and staff professional development
- IU Kokomo will provide faculty the training, resources and recognition that enable them to enhance current and introduce new teaching strategies, technologies, and assessment
- IU Kokomo will enhance leadership opportunities for faculty and staff
- IU Kokomo will promote the health and wellness of all faculty, staff and students
Increased travel funds for faculty and staff: Travel funding for all academic units, including conference registration and KEY funding, has increased from $217,100 to $437,800.
Workshops offered on campus (e.g., CTLA, diversity, conflict management, leadership): Academic Affairs brought Martie Adler from University Human Resources to campus to talk with deans about conflict management, and the CTLA sponsors dozens of workshops and faculty learning communities every year on a wide variety of topics tailored to the needs of faculty and adjuncts. During summer 2019, deans, chairs, and other academic leaders will participate in three workshops focused on design thinking, innovation, and conflict management.
Healthy Initiatives Committee: This committee can be found here: https://healthy.iu.edu/campus-programs-services/kokomo/wellness-coalition.html. This is an active committee that meets 1 time per month during the spring and fall semesters. The committee sponsors 1 walk each year (Sleep Walk in 2016; Walk for Common Good in 2017) and several events as determined by the Committee (Cookin’ with Kim, Lunch n’ Learns, Chocolate Celebration, Healthy Relationships Seminar with Beth Barnett). The committee assists Healthy IU by promoting their programs and selecting a few initiatives on our campus that affect the entire campus community (including students, faculty, and staff).
New onboarding plans and new hire orientations for staff: IU Kokomo HR has worked in conjunction with IU regarding a New Hire Orientation training program offered every other month. The program is 3.5 hours and focuses on the history, culture, expectations, and policies of IU Kokomo. It is interactive, offering a scavenger hunt and/or Jeopardy-like game. We also provide onboarding plans to new appointed staff, created with coordination from HR and the hiring department. These plans include an outline of the first day, expectations for the first week, and helpful policies and information to navigate a new hire’s first few months at IU Kokomo.
Deans’ development fund for professional development: Dean’s funds and faculty-development funds have increased by $10,000.
Finance and budget training: We have implemented a finance and administration training program covering various topics and business processes. We have financed introductory sessions for new academic administrators, financial processors, and financial document approvers. We also have in-depth training sessions covering financial processing, travel payments and reimbursements, and procurement, among others. This year we are introducing a quarterly open sessions on finance, open to all faculty and staff, where questions, issues, and challenges will be addressed. Lastly, each fiscal year, we offer budget presentations to the campus, outlining new fiscal year budget allocations (and reallocations), and shed light on current and forecasted budget projections.
Certificate opportunities through CTLA, Accessibility Center, Campus Diversity
(e.g., accessibility, safe space): The Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment has moved to a certificate model to award faculty and adjuncts for completing a series of workshops on a themed topic. The CTLA has Online Instruction Developers Certificates at the basic and advanced levels. In partnership with the Accessibility Center, CTLA has added an Accessibility Certificate. The FACET Leadership team has also partnered with CTLA to bring the faculty a Service Learning Certificate.
Outside speakers, annual academic affairs retreat, faculty learning communities, academies: Academic Affairs has brought numerous speakers (Rob Thomas, Sarah Rose Cavanagh, David Rockwell, Nathan Warnberg, and others) to campus to speak on experiential learning, growth mindset, and other topics. The annual Academic Affairs Retreat brings faculty together for opportunities to learn ways to improve their teaching. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment also provides faculty learning communities to study an instructional strategy or curricular design in depth. The most recent faculty learning community studied gamification. Faculty also have had opportunities to participate in a Student Success Academy and Experiential Learning Academy. A series of workshops leading to a certificate in experiential learning is planned for next year.
IT infoshares on emerging technology
Nutrition education: Nutrition education and culinary education events are offered to faculty and staff on occasion for personal benefit. In addition, the IU Kokomo Sports Nutrition Program provides educational support, which helps coaches with their teams.
Kingston Crossing: The Campus Walking Path has been marked. It is a .5 mile trail on the sidewalks of campus. The Walk for the Common Good officially announced the name of the path. Future HIC events could include a contest for walkers on campus.
Quality Matters training for peer reviewers: As part of the CTLA Advanced Online Instruction Developers Certificate, each participant has to attend the “Quality Matters: Applying the QM Rubric” workshop. CTLA staff facilitates this workshop on our campus every year. Once faculty members complete this workshop and have taught a fully developed online course for a few semesters, they are eligible to take the QM Peer Reviewer Course. We have seven faculty with QM peer reviewer status.
Explorance Blue: Explorance BLUE is a new vendor providing an online system for end-of-course evaluations. This automated system sends emails to students with a link to the customized evaluations. Students can also access BLUE from Canvas. Instructors receive aggregated reports at the end of each semester.
New staff and support positions for CTLA: The CTLA has two new support positions: a part-time administrative assistant and a tech support assistant.
FACET, Regional Grand Challenge: The Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching is a long-standing IU system-wide teaching academy. Each campus is awarded funding from FACET to provide professional development for its faculty in the area of teaching or the scholarship of teaching and learning. Faculty are nominated for induction into FACET each year, and a rigorous selection process at the campus- and state-wide levels is used for the selection of faculty to join FACET. All faculty are invited to participate in the FACET retreat annually, and our faculty have been quite successful in nominations and awards. See note on Regional Grand Challenge above.
Business faculty data analytics training: With the availability of one-time funds provided by the chancellor through the budgeting process, the School of Business can support faculty professional development in the area of data analytics, which is a new area offered within the undergraduate program.