Staying Connected

Ways to stay connected have increased over the past few years. It is easier to connect with students through student email, through announcements in Brightspace, through texting, even through a Facebook group.

It would follow that it is easy to stay connected as faculty. My focus for this totidem verbis – in these words – is just that, the connection between you and us, between the adjunct in the field and the university. The more connected you are to us the stronger your position will be in the classroom to connect with students and to help students connect to us.

By nature, connection is two-way. Below are a few thoughts to maintain and strengthen our connection:

  1. Review our mission often and ask yourself how you walk it out in the classroom.How do you model a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith grounded in our pillars (the primacy of Christ, the priority of Scripture, the pursuit of truth, and the practice of wisdom)?
    1. How do you engage your students critically?
    2. How is your faith integrated within your content?
  2. Read the newsletter Connect:Ed to hear our heartbeat, to learn tips, and to stay informed.
  3. Visit our website often for more updates and resources, http://faculty.okwu.edu/.
    1. Review the 4-C Quality Faculty Model and implement Competence, Caring, Commitment, and Connection in your teaching.
    2. Study the Integrated Model to enrich your teaching.
  4. Use your university email for university work (xxxxxxxx@okwu.edu).
    1. It is evidence of your connection to the university.
    2. We require it for faculty just as we require student email for students.
    3. Communication from our offices will go only to @okwu.edu addresses, including requests to teach and contracts.
  5. Attend a commencement event if possible. Our students look for you at the ceremony. If you cannot attend in person, watch the live stream and follow up with a note of congratulations to students you have taught.
  6. Represent OKWU-AGS with integrity.
    1. Post attendance timely for Week 1.
    2. Post final grades within 1 week of the end of the course.
    3. Provide timely, helpful feedback to students.
  7. Create community in your courses, intentionally. Arrive early to welcome each student and leave last. Learn students’ names. Share your passion and find out more about theirs.
  8. Communicate proactively with advisement and/or administration if a student is struggling.
  9. Expect APA for paper formatting and for citations. If you are weak here, ask for APA help. Consult apastyle.org and https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.
  10. Communicate with us ways that we can help you serve our students better.

The intent of connecting is to provide a solid experience for our students. In sum, staying connected is staying effective.

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