Faculty Institute Banner with text: Treasures in Our Backyard, Innovative teaching and learning with what we have, May 16th 2019. Onsite at UMA.

2019 University Collaborative Faculty Institute

Treasures in Our Backyard: Innovative Teaching and Learning with What We Have

Between now and January 10th, 2019, we are actively Calling for Proposals. If you would like to present a session at this year’s event on-site and in-person at the University of Maine at Augusta on May 16, 2019, please use the following proposal survey to submit your idea.

We are particularly interested in proposals which:
  • Include tools or resources available to everyone in the UMS
  • Encourage audience participation and interaction
  • Highlight inter-campus collaborations*

Due to the number of proposals we receive, we may only be able to consider completed proposals.

If you would like to review the proposal questions before submitting, feel free to check out this document. Click to download full Call for Proposal survey.


Call For Proposals Survey Link


*We are happy to assist with an Intercampus Collaboration and co-presenting sessions with participants from other campuses. 

About the Institute

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Our 2019 University Collaborative Faculty Institute is currently under development. Until 2018, this event was created by University College and its former iterations as a rich compendium of professional development opportunities for distance educators across the whole University of Maine System. We are funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs with support by other entities across the UMS.

This event is also exclusive to members of the University of Maine System. There is no cost for a UMS faculty or staff to attend.

As a collaborative event, the Institute has a system-wide planning committee with faculty and staff representing each campus. The committee is facilitated by the Coordinator, Araminta Matthews. The University of Maine at Augusta hosts this event for in-person attendees. While it has had various names over the years (just as its progenitor, University College), the Faculty Institute has existed in some variation for the system for the past 30 years.

It is our pleasure to carry on this tradition of offering a system-wide, University-collaboratively designed event with sessions presented by you. We are pleased to report that all campuses are represented in the construction of this day’s event, and all our sessions are selected by that group based entirely on what you and your campus have asked to see on the day’s agenda.

Thank you for visiting our site. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Check us Out!

Curious about past Institutes? Think you might like to present, but need to know more about how it works? Check out our video-recordings of past Institute Keynote Speakers:

  • 2018: Rena Palloff

  • 2017: Michelle Miller

  • 2016: Lodge McCammon

The University makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this event should contact Araminta Matthews at mina.matthews@maine.edu or (207) 621-3338 to submit a request. Certain accommodations may require planning and resources for us to implement, so we ask that individuals with accommodations needs submit their request no later than the date registration closes: Thursday, May 2, 2019 (11:59 p.m.). Thank you!