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The Faculty Journey Mid-Career: Session Three

April 13 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

NED Excellence in Teaching Series

Installment #2 in the NED Excellence in Teaching Series
Minnesota State is filled with incredible faculty who are doing amazing work focused on their teaching craft. The purpose of the Network for Educational Development (NED) Excellence in Teaching Series is to continue honoring and showcasing the experience and expertise of the Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence Educators of the Year through the opportunity to present, share, or teach about teaching and learning topics that have contributed to their recognition as excellent educators. Learn more about the BOT Awards.

The Faculty Journey Mid-Career

Knowing your values, making intentional changes, and
curating priorities to engage with greater impact.

Virtual Workshop

Facilitated by: Janet Tilstra, St. Cloud State University and 2020 Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence Educator of the Year

Learn more about Janet Tilstra

Janet Tilstra is an associate professor and graduate director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). She also serves as Faculty Fellow for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within SCSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). Dr Tilstra has a cross disciplinary background with clinical training in speech language pathology and research training in educational psychology. She has taught in higher education for more than 15 years and is passionate about person-centered approaches to clinic and education. Her most recent scholarly work relates to faculty and student experiences with interprofessional education and faculty development approaches which foster connection.

In April 2020, Dr. Tilstra received one of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees Educator of the Year Awards for Excellence in teaching based on systematic measurement for learning outcomes, community engagement partnerships, and a strengths-based approach to culturally responsive practices. On a personal level, Dr. Tilstra loves kayaking, nuanced conversations, books with great character development, all things music, and winning board games. She strives to think like a scientist, foster potential in others, live a balanced life, and make the world a little bit better.

About the Workshop

Have you been teaching in higher ed for a while? Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed or burned out? Disconnected? Perhaps you just got tenured and are wondering what’s next? Maybe you’re evaluating your job satisfaction or security? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this session is for you.

This is an action-focused workshop for mid-career faculty and staff. In teaching-focused institutions, mid-career can be a challenging time to intentionally choose where you wish to engage and have impact while being true to your personal values and priorities. The structure of this workshop will offer you a space to consider and initiate an important, doable change to align your values and practices AND an accountability group to assure you follow through.

This workshop takes place over three sessions.

Session One | March 23 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
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Taking inventory. In this session you will complete reflective exercises with other faculty to examine your journey in higher education and your values. We will discuss familial-cultural, geographic, gender, and racial scripts that may influence your internal narrative, impact how you do your work, and affect your wellbeing.  

Session Two | March 30 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Aligning values and practices. In this session, with other participants, you will reflect on personal stuck points, internal and external, that create a mismatch between your values and practices. We will share grounding practices and time prioritization techniques. By the end of this session, you will identify a small, but meaningful practice you can add or change to better align your values and work priorities.

Session Three | April 13 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
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Sustaining change and taking care of future you. In this session, participants will share experiences of their change practices and develop a personal plan for figuring out “what comes next.” Participants will share and gain resources related to self-compassion, noting, and other grounding practices. An important part of this final session will be looking forward to the next chapter in your journey and writing a message to your future self.


Before registering for session three – It is critical for attendees who could not attend session one or two to watch the recordings that will be on the NED Resource Site.


Registration Required

Use the RSVP tool below to register. Please register for all three sessions separately.

After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to join will be sent to you, please add this event to your calendar. 

Accommodations: If you require accommodations (live captioning, etc.) to participate in this event, please send an email to the person at the bottom of this page. 


Contact facilitator Janet Tilstra.


April 13
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