Texas A&M University-Kingsville

New Faculty Investment Program


First Year

Fall 2014.  The sessions are scheduled weekly, every Friday, throughout the fall semester from noon to 2 pm.  At each session lunch will be provided, and activities will begin promptly at noon.  If you have another professional engagement that prevents you from attending a session, it is expected that you will let the director know. 

All meetings will be in the Blue Room in Sam Fore Hall, except Oct. 3, where faculty will meet for lunch at the Javelina Dining Hall.




Aug. 29

Welcome: Ice breakers and semester overview

Brenda Melendy
Jaya Goswami

Sept. 5

Resources for Students and Faculty: Blackboard@TAMUK and Best Practices in Distance Learning

Rollie Garza

Sept. 12

Focus on Teaching: Best Practices in the Classroom
[assignment of teaching triads]

Zak Watson and Jeff Glick

Sept. 19

Resources for Faculty:  Opportunities for Internal Funding Grants at TAMUK—Service Learning, University Research Awards, and Undergraduate Research Awards

Duane Gardiner, Rebecca Davis, and Larry Peel

Sept. 26

Resources for Faculty and Students: Compliance

Karen Royal

Oct. 3

Focus on Faculty:  Peer Support—meet with 2nd years
**Lunch at the Javelina Dining Hall**

2nd year NFIP faculty

Oct. 10

Resources for Faculty: Grant-writing and the Office for Sponsored Research

Rebecca Davis and Roberto Torres

Oct. 17

Resources for Students and Faculty: Your Jernigan Library

Victoria Packard

Oct. 24

Reading Group for NFIP: Contemporary  Issues in Higher Education
Faculty select the readings

NFIP Faculty

Oct. 31

Focus on Faculty:  Building the Promotion and Tenure Portfolio

Assistant/Associate Deans

Nov. 7

Resources for Faculty: Managing the Concur Travel System

Abby de la Mora

Nov. 14

Focus on the Students: Campus Safety Procedures

Shane Creel

Nov. 21

Focus on Teaching: Differentiated Teaching Strategies and Triad wrap-up

Invited Professors

 Second Year

Fall 2014.  The 2nd year cohort will attend some scheduled NFIP meetings as well as being responsible for meeting on a monthly + as needed basis with their mentors.  Participants in the second year have chosen a track, either Publication or Grant-writing, and will prepare to present the results of their focused work at the NFIP mini-conference April 16-17, 2015. 

Week of Sept. 1

Hold first F14 meeting with your mentor

Sept. 12
5:30 pm

Optional, Everyone’s invited
NFIP Open House

Brenda Melendy & Jaya Goswami

Brenda’s House, Kingsville

Sept. 19
12:30 – 1:50

Grant-Writing Track
Grant Resources from Non-Profits

Dr. Victoria Packard,

Jernigan Library

Sept. 19
12:30 – 1:50

Publication Track
The Peer Review Process

Dr. Stacey Gaines, Kinesiology

Javelina Dining Hall, Banquet Room 2 (200)

Oct. 3
12 noon

Peer Support: Meet with 1st years

Javelina Dining Hall, Banquet Room 2 (200)

Week of Oct. 6

Hold second F14 meeting with your mentor

Oct. 18
7 pm

Optional, Everyone’s invited
TAMUK Football--Homecoming

Order tickets through Brenda

Javelina Stadium

Nov. 7
12:30 – 1:50

Grant-Writing Track
Peer Review of grants in progress

Dr. Gerri Maxwell,
Educational Leadership

Javelina Dining Hall, Banquet Room 2 (200)

Nov. 7
12:30 – 1:50

Publication Track
Peer Review of works in progress

Dr. April Conkey
Animal and Wildlife Sciences

Javelina Dining Hall, Banquet Room 1 (201)

Week of Nov. 10

Hold final F14 meeting with your mentor

This page was last updated on: August 27, 2014