I have just concluded a week of participation in Voice Lessons: The Faculty Writing Project. It has been one of the most exciting faculty enrichment experiences I have had the opportunity of participating in at UTM so far.
I thought it would primarily be focused on developing my writing skills as a faculty member and learning how to improve that element in my courses. It did that, but it also provided many more experiences that will enhance my performance as a faculty member. I estimate that at least five disciplines were represented among the members participating so I got a chance to work with and know faculty members beyond my field of study in the UTM community. Also, since each of us prepared techniques demonstrations, I have come away with new approaches and ideas that I hope to use in my fall classes to enhance the learning experiences of my students.
In addition to spending many hours throughout the week writing, we also brainstormed as a group regarding various challenges we face in the classroom and different approaches we might take to solve those challenges. The interaction was practical and provided real options that might just work.
It has been an intensive week with homework, daily writing assignments, discussions and reflection. Thank you for your support of such a vibrant viable program. I will definitely encourage others within my department to take advantage of this enrichment opportunity in the future.
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Read samples of writing from past faculty participant's seminars.