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Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching

Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching sponsors a number of professional development programs designed to support faculty in the use of evidence-based instructional approaches, to promote the integration of innovative instructional technologies, and to foster students’ academic success. Information about these programs can be found below.

Did you miss a workshop that you were interested in? Resources from past workshops can be accessed on the Past Professional Development Workshops page.

Toolbox Talks

These monthly lunch workshops present a how-to guide and hands-on demonstration of an innovative instructional tool. Lunch is provided with proper registration. All Toolbox Talks are held in Wills 200, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Upcoming workshops:

What UM Students Want Their Faculty to Know
November 20
A panel of UM students will provide insight into their lives by explaining the top ten things that they and their friends wish their professors knew about them. Time will be spent exploring the implications of this knowledge for how we approach teaching.
What UM Students Want Their Faculty to Know Registration Form

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during one of these events should contact the Malone Center ( or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

Faculty Book Club

Faculty book club meets three times during the semester to discuss a text related to teaching and learning. Limited to 10 participants, book club provides an opportunity for deep discussion in a small group setting.

Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
Join us as we explore Westover’s inspiring memoir of grit as she escapes an uneducated, survivalist upbringing in rural Idaho to eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. Together we will discuss the nuanced message in Westover’s book and its implications for us, our students, and our classrooms.

This semester’s book club will meet in the Malone Center’s Digital Cafe (Wills 114) at 2:00 p.m. on September 27, November 1, and November 22.

This semester’s book club has reached capacity so registration is closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email Malone Center Director Dr. Heather Tinsley at

Special Events

We host workshops or seminars on a variety of topics of interest to faculty. This semester’s special event offerings are:

FDAC Funding Workshop
Wednesday, August 28
3:30-4:30 pm
Wills 200
Learn about new FDAC funding opportunities and review procedures. Hear tips and advice for successfully preparing your applications. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

Tenure and Promotion Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 4
3:30-4:30 pm
Hill House Classroom
Hear tips for success from recently tenured and/or promoted faculty. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium

During this event, we highlight accomplishments of UM faculty in teaching and creative endeavor. The day will feature keynote addresses from the 2019 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching awardee and the 2019-2020 University Scholar as well as short oral presentations, artistic demonstrations, and posters. The event’s schedule will be organized around the University’s class schedule to allow faculty, staff, and students to come and go as needed. Mark your calendars to join us either as a presenter or a participant (or both)!

Call for Proposals
Please consider presenting your scholarly, creative, and/or pedagogical project. You may choose to present a 15 minute talk, conduct a 15 minute performance, display an artistic work, or present a research poster.

Abstract Submission Deadline
September 27, 5:00 p.m.

Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium
Wednesday, October 9
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
J. A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
2019 Symposium Agenda

Teaching Effectively Online Training

This training series equips faculty to better utilize Canvas. Completion of the three training phases certifies instructors to teach online or hybrid courses at the University. The training phases are sequential and must be completed in order. However, all phases do not have to be completed within a single semester or academic year. The phases and dates of training are:

Canvas Basics
In the first phase of training, you learn basic Canvas skills such as setting up a course homepage and creating an assignment. There is an in-person training followed by a week-long online session that allows you to practice the skills you have learned. In-person sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, September 26, 3:30-5:00pm
  • Monday, October 21, 12:00-1:30pm

Pedagogy and Policy
In the second phase of training, you learn about best practices for designing online course content and more difficult Canvas skills like designing and applying a grading rubric. This phase is completed entirely online during the following dates:

  • October 4 – October 25
  • October 30 – November 20

Building Your Course
In the final phase of training, you build a module of your online or hybrid course. This phase is completed entirely online. It can be completed during the following dates:

  • November 22 – December 2

Fall 2019 Teaching Effectively Online Registration