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OFE Newsletter: February 28, 2022

In this Issue:

  • UGPN Annual Conference
  • The Art of Grant Writing: Part 2
  • NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge
  • Back to Basics: Assessing Learning in Flexible Course Experiences
  • Upcoming Events for Faculty

UGPN Annual Conference

UGPN Annual Conference OverviewNC State (managed by NC State Global) is part of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) with the Universidade de São Paulo (USP, Brazil), University of Surrey (UOS, U.K.), and University of Wollongong (UOW, Australia). UGPN’s annual conference is coming up from March 14-24 with sessions and workshops held each day from 5-6 p.m. EST. This conference is open and free to all NC State students, faculty and staff.

The program will include a mix of plenary and breakout sessions and workshops to explore the following Research Themes: Energy Futures; Urban Resilience; Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Global WaSH) and Sustainable and Inclusive Approaches to Battle Health Inequalities. Other topics include Innovation Themes & Special Interest Groups: Embedding Sustainability into Curriculum Design and Delivery; University Operationalization of Sustainability: Best Practice; Student and Staff Mobility; and Collaborative Education. Find the agenda here.

The conference brings together delegates from UGPN member institutions to promote and facilitate innovative collaborations in research and education. The event provides an opportunity to hear from senior academics and professional service staff key research areas for the network as well as on salient topics in Higher Education.

The Art of Grant Writing: Part 2

In Part 2 our grant writing series on Faculty Forum, we focus on the things that will put your grant front and center and that will elevate it over other grant proposals. When crafting your proposal it is important to remember that funding agencies will be reviewing many submissions. In order for a grant proposal to make the cut, it is imperative that you facilitate the process by making all the right rhetorical moves in your writing to grab and keep the attention of reviewers from beginning to end. You need to tell a compelling and cohesive story that builds a case for funding: Why is it that you or your group should receive this funding over any other applicants? Check out Part 2 now!

Back to Basics: Assessing Learning in Flexible Course Experiences

OFE’s Spring Back to Basics series continues next week with Assessing Learning in Flexible Course Experiences (Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom). It’s important to use the same assessment strategies for everyone or to create equivalent assessment opportunities as necessary. We will focus on assessment strategies for students that choose different participation pathways.

The Back to Basics series is led by OFE’s Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams (Senior Faculty Development Specialist) and Dr. Diane Chapman (Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development).

NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity‘s next 14-Day Writing Challenge is scheduled for Mar. 13 – Mar. 25. Registration closes on Mar. 9.

The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. It’s very simple:

  1. You commit to write every day for at least 30 minutes.
  2. At the beginning of your writing time, you login to our online community, start the timer, complete your writing, and post your progress at the end.
  3. You take 5 minutes to support other writers in your group by commenting on their progress.

This is NOT for you if: 1) you don’t want to post your progress on a daily basis and/or 2) you don’t want to interact with other people.

If you’re up for the challenge, then we can’t wait for you to join us! To register, visit the NCFDD website. If you have not yet signed up for your free institutional sub-account provided by NC State, click here.

Upcoming Events for Faculty

Tuesday, Mar. 1

Wednesday, Mar. 2

Monday, Mar. 7