Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching

Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching sponsors a number of professional development programs designed to support faculty in the use of evidence-based instructional approaches, to promote the integration of innovative instructional technologies, and to foster students’ academic success. Information about these programs can be found below.

Did you miss a workshop that you were interested in? Resources from workshops prior to Spring 2020 can be accessed on the Past Professional Development Workshops page. Recordings of and handouts from workshops after Spring 2020 are available in the Malone Center’s Instructional Resources Canvas course. If you do not have access to this Canvas course, please email the Malone Center and request access.

Toolbox Talks

Beginning in Fall 2021, our primary professional development series will return to its previous format of Toolbox Talks. These monthly lunch workshops present a how-to guide and hands-on demonstration of an innovative instructional tool or pedagogical theme.

New for 2021, all Toolbox Talks will be offered in a hyflex format. Participants will have the choice to participate in-person, synchronously through Zoom, or asynchronously through the Instructional Resources Canvas page. If you know you want to watch a recording of an event, you may register and select that modality, and we will send you a link to the recording as soon as it is available.

Lunch will be provided for in-person participants who register by 5 pm the Friday prior to the workshop. All Toolbox Talks are held in Wills G2, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Upcoming workshops:

Tenure and Promotion Panel Discussion
September 15, 2021
Register for the T&P Panel

During this Toolbox Talk, a panel of recently tenured and/or promoted faculty will offer advice and answer questions related to their experiences of applying and going through the process. This year’s panelists will be Dr. Carolyn Garrity, Associate Professor of Marketing; Dr. Ray Ozley, Professor of Communication; Dr. Amy Samuels, Associate Professor of Instructional Leadership; and Mr. Michael Walker, Associate Professor of Theatre. Please note, due to the sensitive nature of this topic, this workshop will not be recorded. However, faculty do have the option to participate synchronously through Zoom.

Authentic Assessments
November 17, 2021
Register for the Authentic Assessment Workshop

Have you ever wondered how to truly assess learning and not just memorization or the ability to Google? During this workshop, participants will explore ways to meaningfully assess student learning using real world scenarios and experiences.

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during one of these events should contact the Malone Center ( or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

Faculty Book Club

Faculty book club meets three times during the semester to discuss a text related to teaching and learning. Limited to 10 participants, book club provides an opportunity for deep discussion in a small group setting.

The Fall 2021 Book Club will discuss Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It by James M. Lang. We will meet on Monday, September 20, October 25, and November 15 at 3:30 pm in the Malone Center’s Digital Cafe to discuss different portions of the text.

Registration for the Fall 2021 Book Club is closed.

If you have book suggestions, please email them to Heather Tinsley at

Foundations of Online Instruction 

The Foundations of Online Instruction training is designed to familiarize instructors with the fundamental principles of quality distance education in order to prepare them for a variety of distance modalities including fully online, hybrid, and hyflex courses.

The training course consists of three instructional modules:

  • Module 1: Best Practices contains an overview of best practices in distance education, including pedagogical strategies and course accessibility.
  • Module 2: Policies provides an introduction to the policies put forth by SACSCOC, ACHE, and others to regulate online and distance courses.
  • Module 3: Building Your Distance Course introduces you to the instructional design process and allows you to practice applying what you learned in the first two modules to develop materials for a course of your choosing (or modify previously developed materials).

If you are planning to teach a distance education course at the University of Montevallo and you have not already completed Foundations of Online Instruction or the previously offered Teaching Effectively Online, you can register for Foundations of Online Instruction through the following link.

Register for Foundations of Online Instruction

Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium

During this event, we highlight accomplishments of UM faculty in teaching and creative endeavor. The day will feature keynote addresses from the 2021 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching awardee and the 2020-2021 University Scholar as well as short oral presentations, artistic demonstrations, and posters. The event’s schedule will be organized around the University’s class schedule to allow faculty, staff, and students to come and go as needed. Mark your calendars to join us either as a presenter or a participant (or both)!

2021 Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
J. A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library

Symposium Agenda

New Faculty Orientation and Resources

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching hosts a two-day new faculty orientation each fall, which is required for all first year faculty. New faculty orientation introduces participants to the University’s policies and procedures that are pertinent to teaching faculty. This orientation is followed by regular meetings throughout the first academic year to better acquaint our newest faculty to the UM campus and culture.

2019 New Faculty Orientation Handbook