COMMENTS FROM 2017 FACULTY RETREAT
What valuable insights did you gain from this year’s All Faculty Retreat?
- I learned so much from full-time faculty and as an adjunct, I now understand why I should continue teaching at HCC.
- I have many of the same teaching challenges as my colleagues!
- When we are given the opportunity, we share our successes & figure out solutions to our failures. Together we can improve our teaching.
- Best – getting to know HCC peers!
- I am not alone.
- Having the opportunity to collaborate with others from different disciplines.
- Knowing your students better. Focusing on the first day of class. Early intervention.
- All of us face the same issues in our teaching.
- New teaching techniques. Learned about the inner workings of HCC. Made new friends.
- Different aspects & perspectives on teaching, relating to students & challenges in classrooms.
- It was interesting meeting faculty of different age groups and different disciplines and understanding their viewpoints.
- I learned how to make my assignment more appealing to students.
- I gained valuable insights that I will use in my class through new ideas on using new technology, group assignments, class management, etc.
This year’s retreat will take place May 16-19, 2017 at The Tremont House in Galveston. The All Faculty Retreat differs from most retreats in that, for the most part, the program is created by the participants themselves. The staff’s major role is facilitation. The format varies but often includes: teaching clinics, panels, organized discussions, “hands on” workshops, and presentations by participants or retreat staff. The exchange takes place not only in scheduled sessions, but also informally on the rooftop, by the pool, in conversations at dinner, or on excursions on the Strand or the island.
The goals of the retreat include: sharing methods and techniques – celebrating good teaching – creative, realistic problem solving – an exploration of new ideas – serious introspection and self-appraisal – professional and personal rejuvenation
The Retreat cost is $615 and Includes room, valet parking, refreshments, and all but one meal (Thursday’s lunch is on your own). Transportation to and from the Retreat is not included. You can use your Professional Development funds or apply for a Bedichek-Orman Grant to cover the cost or a portion of the Retreat. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 7th.
To apply for the All Faculty Retreat, please complete this application form no later than 5:00 pm on April 3, 2017. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis per discipline or Center of Excellence. Preference will be given to first-time attendees.