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Flag Events & Workshops

Every semester, the Center for the Skills & Experience Flags hosts a series of faculty events to promote discussion and collaboration with flag instructors from different disciplines around UT Austin. If there are discussion topics you would like to see us address at future events, please contact our office via email or call 512-471-5949.

Upcoming Events

Spring Writing Flag Faculty Retreat
Independent Inquiry Flag Faculty Workshop

Spring Writing Flag Faculty Retreat

Monday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in PCL Learning Lab #2

Faculty who are teaching, or preparing to teach, Writing Flag courses are invited to participate in a two-day School of Undergraduate Studies workshop, May 8-9, 2017. Retreat participants will revise currently taught Writing Flag classes or develop new ones, creating syllabi, assignments, and feedback strategies that foster student writing skills.

Participants will receive $1000 in the form of professional development funds. Participation is limited to 12 faculty members, who must commit to attending both full days, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To apply, please email the following information to Susan Schorn, UGS writing coordinator, at gsschorn@austin.utexas.edu by Friday, April 21, 2017:

  • Name
  • Department
  • WR class(es) taught or planned
  • A brief statement of your reasons for wanting to participate in the retreat.
  • A brief statement of the impact of your Writing Flag course(s) on student writing in your major. Preference will be given to classes that are critical for progress to graduation and/or form part of an articulated sequence of courses.

Email questions to George Schorn, or call 512-232-1421

Independent Inquiry Flag Faculty Workshop

Monday, May 15, 12 – 1:30 p.m., PCL Learning Lab 3

The Center for the Skills & Experience Flags, in partnership with UT Libraries, invites current and future instructors of the Independent Inquiry Flag to a lunch workshop on teaching research skills. Faculty teaching or planning courses to carry the Independent Inquiry Flag are invited to a lunch workshop led by UT information and subject specialist librarians and faculty guest Dr. Circe Sturm. You are encouraged to bring draft syllabi and assignments (or ideas) to workshop with librarians, other faculty, and the II Flag coordinator. We’ll talk about the skills your students need to be successful in their inquiry projects as well as how to scaffold research skill development over the course of the semester. We will share materials from successful librarian-faculty course collaborations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify skills students need to succeed in inquiry within their discipline 
  • Create and/or revise assignments to develop research skills throughout the semester
  • Identify successful approaches taken by faculty
  • Discover the resources and services available to you as teachers and to your students

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to this event and indicate any dietary restrictions.

Teaching materials from previous events on the Independent Inquiry Flag are available at the II Flag Canvas page.