Opening Week Events

Opening Week Events

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As we look forward to the beginning of the Spring Semester, I hope that you will be able to participate in many of the events listed below.

Dean Van Galen


                        Spring 2018 Opening Events

Monday, Jan. 15


Martin Luther King Day Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 16

9 a.m.-noon

Encouraging Deep Reading: Using Structured Reading Groups to Facilitate Students’ Engagement with Course Readings

St. Croix Room (321 UC)
Heather Parrott, associate professor of sociology and director of the Long Island Applied Research Center (LI-ARC), Long Island University – Post Campus, Brookville, N.Y.
Elizabeth Cherry, associate professor of sociology, Manhattanville College, Purchase, N.Y.

Are you looking for methods to encourage students to deeply engage with your course materials? This presentation and workshop will focus on a set of pedagogical strategies for encouraging students to engage in deep reading of difficult or controversial texts.

Structured reading groups are a specific group work format meant to facilitate both deep reading and active discussion of course material. In this workshop, Parrott and Cherry will present an overview of the reading groups, guide participants through a sample reading group, and discuss variations and tips for implementing the groups across various class levels. Participants will leave with an understanding of how they can incorporate structured reading groups into their own classes.

Citation:  Parrott, Heather Macpherson and Elizabeth Cherry. 2011. “Using Structured Reading Groups to Promote Deep Reading” Teaching Sociology, 39 (4), 354-370.

9-11 a.m.

Funding Opportunities for Your Teaching, Research, and Scholarship
118 WEB
Jeremy Miner, Regional Research Administrator

Even in today’s economic environment, significant sources of extramural funding are available to advance your teaching, research, and scholarship. In this session, you will learn about basic resources for identifying public and private sponsors who might fund your projects. To illustrate the diversity of funding opportunities, select grant and fellowship programs will be profiled.

Designed for beginning grantseekers, in this seminar you will learn to:
 •    Identify basic resources for finding government agency and private foundation sponsors
 •    Triangulate and prioritize funding search results
 •    Understand additional ways projects can be described to align with sponsor interests

1 p.m.

Hospitality Reception
Riverview Ballroom, UC

1:30 p.m.

Opening Meeting
Riverview Ballroom, UC

1-3 p.m.

One-on-One Coaching
118 WEB
Jeremy Miner, Regional Research Administrator

Rather than a formal presentation, blocks of time—typically 20-30 minutes—can be reserved to address your specific grant needs. Maybe you want feedback on a draft application you intend to submit. Perhaps a proposal was turned down and you want to explore strategies for revising and resubmitting. Or possibly, you’ve experienced initial success and want to advance to the next level. In this one-on-one setting, we can discuss real/perceived stumbling blocks and ways to turn them into stepping stones for success.

To RSVP, email

3-6 p.m.

Academic Staff Networking Event
Junior's Restaurant & Tap House

The Academic Staff Council wants to help academic staff members make connections at UWRF. Please join us for a professional networking event in a casual setting. As we prepare for the start of the semester, stop by as you are able to meet some colleagues! Email

Wednesday, Jan. 17

9-11 a.m.

Humanities and Social Sciences: Getting Funded, Getting Published
118 WEB
Jeremy Miner, Regional Research Administrator

Particularly in the humanities and social sciences, a number of grant and fellowship opportunities exist for faculty who wish to produce a major piece of scholarly work, such as from the NEH and ACLS. In this session you will examine similarities in writing persuasive grant proposals and successful book proposals. Insider secrets from a program officer, book publisher, and book editor will also be shared.

Designed for faculty in the humanities and social sciences, in this seminar you will learn to:
•    Identify and qualify public and private funding opportunities
•    Understand grant review processes and appeal effectively to grant reviewers
•    Leverage grant proposals into book proposals and vice versa

9 a.m.-noon

Understanding and Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students in Schools
117 WEB
Todd A. Savage, Ph.D., NCSP
Professor, UW-River Falls
Past President, National Association of School Psychologists

The purpose of this session is to provide the participant with knowledge and specific strategies they can employ to support transgender and gender diverse students in schools, optimizing their potential for success academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. Areas to be addressed include systems-level strategies and individual support plans that can be developed to best meet the diverse needs of this population of youth. Participants will also gain insight into how they can advocate for transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. Learning will be supported through direct instruction, large- and small-group work, and resources that can be employed to facilitate these processes.

Session Objectives:

  1. To enhance participants’ awareness of gender identity and gender diversity matters in schools;
  2. To introduce tools participants can use not only to assess a system’s readiness to accommodate transgender and gender diverse students but to determine the support and transition needs of individual gender diverse youth;
  3. To highlight strategies participants can employ to support transgender and gender diverse students and to improve school climates as they pertain to gender diversity

10-10:50 a.m.

Creating Personalized CV's Using Activity Insight
Active Learning Classroom (23 Hagestad Hall)
Wes Chapin, Associate Provost

This session will demonstrate ways that any faculty member can use Activity Insight to define their own CVs, such as organizing information in the order and ways most desired, and adding information that is not in Activity Insight. This new approach will allow you to create a CV that will update automatically each time you enter a new item into Activity Insight.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Academic Staff Open House
Active Learning Classroom (23 Hagestad Hall)

Do you have questions about your academic staff classification, the Academic Staff Council, the performance review process, merit compensation, promotions/retitling, etc.? Stop by as you are able to visit with members of the Academic Staff Council who can help answer your questions! Email

1-3 p.m.

Rejected! Time to Reconsider or to Revise and Resubmit?
118 WEB
Jeremy Miner, Regional Research Administrator

While funding for research is abundant in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and health sciences—NIH and NSF collectively awarded nearly $40 billion last year—competition is intense and success rates can be disappointingly low. And nothing is more frustrating than when reviews for a rejected proposal come back as “excellent,” “excellent,” and “fair.” You will examine review structures and processes and explore inconsistencies in reviewer ratings to begin strategizing a pathway forward. 

Designed for faculty in STEM and health sciences, in this seminar you will learn to:
•     Distinguish between reviewer critiques to take seriously and remarks to ignore
•    Weigh alternatives—resubmitting, pursing a new sponsor, or considering a new line of inquiry
•    Examine a four-part model for crafting an opening to a proposal resubmission

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Activity Insight Overview Q&A
Active Learning Classroom (23 Hagestad Hall)
David Sarnowski, Digital Measures

This session is an opportunity for a general Activity Insight overview and for your unit leaders, administrators, and faculty to ask questions about functionality, new features and provide general feedback about the system.


Thursday, Jan. 18


New Student Advising and Registration


Friday, Jan. 19



Intercultural Competency Workshop 
By Invitation Only