Facilitator: Dr. Raul Tovares, Associate Professor of Communication
Graduating Assessments Over the Degree Program
Dr. Kelley Wood, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Program Chair
Mr. Tom Mostowy, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Faculty will learn how to plan assessments to reflect outcomes at different course levels and at critical points in the degree program to build students’ abilities and prepare them for their senior course work. Additionally, faculty will learn how to use gateway courses and rubrics to prepare students academically and for their professional lives at the graduate level.
Facilitator: Dr. Steven Gable, Associate Professor of Sociology
Workshop description forthcoming.
Facilitator: Dr. Pamela Barnett, CAS Dean
Join Dr. Pamela Barnett, the College of Arts and Sciences Dean, for a series of discussions this spring, based on “How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching. This book provides clear summaries of important research on how adults learn, as well as concrete pedagogical strategies for you to apply in any discipline.
The Spring 2015 “Room of One’s Own” lecture series takes its cue from Virginia Woolf’s essay by the same title, which was first given at Cambridge University in 1929. Like Woolf, invited faculty speakers will tell their own stories, share insights about their writing processes, and reflect broadly on questions related to intellectual freedom for women. The series is an opportunity for us all to think about the degree to which Woolf’s concerns still apply today. Specifically, some speakers will address topics like, how to find time to write when you are a caregiver to small children; how to make room in your brain for writing when you are juggling other jobs; and how to find that ideal writing space, the door to which only you hold the key.
The speakers will share their own perspectives, followed by a questions and discussion from the audience, and then a workshop for participants in the audience. The series is open to faculty, staff, and students alike and is designed to serve as a venue for both students and their teachers to share stories about common struggles and common points of inspiration. Students enrolled in a writing course this semester are especially encouraged to attend.
Wednesday, March 25th, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Rose Parlor
Theme: Reflections on Audience
Speakers: Mia Ray and Raul Tovares
Wednesday, April 15th, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Rose Parlor
Theme: What is Revision?
Speakers: Wendy Bilen and Mary Lynn Rampolla
This session, facilitated by Critical Reading Specialist, Dowan McNair-Lee, will focus on how to integrate critical reading language (main idea, supporting details, etc) into the teaching of the content area. This practice will promote deeper comprehension of disciplinary texts, without watering down the content.
Facilitator: Dr. Bill Beverly, Associate Professor of English
Facilitator: Dr. Karobi Moitra, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Story telling can be leveraged as an effective pedagogy to help students grasp complicated theories, engage students and help improve student retention in STEM or non- STEM fields. Different kinds of story telling (Narrative-based instruction and the Nature of Science) will be discussed in this session using examples from Genetics / Cell and Molecular Biology courses that have been taught by the presenter. A brief (15 minutes) lecture will be presented that will cover the salient features of story telling including helpful tips on how to frame an actual story and how to integrate educational content into the story. Student assessment data and surveys will also be discussed. This lecture will be interactive and encourage audience participation so that the attendee’s become an integral part of the presentation. Finally, the attendees will participate in a mini-workshop (~45 minutes). During this workshop the participants will work in small groups to choose a topic, frame a story, and incorporate educational content into the story. The session will conclude with the participants sharing their respective “story telling” lesson plans. The main goals of this session are to demonstrate that storytelling can be used as a powerful tool to teach, engage, and retain students. The workshop will serve to aid the participants in developing their own unique lesson plans and encourage them to incorporate this type of ‘story telling’ pedagogy into their own courses.
What is Triage?
This session will give faculty an overview of Triage. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of the goals of Triage are as well as how the Triage process works.
This session will focus on using annotation to track students’ thinking about texts. We will also discuss how annotation can be used to promote paraphrase and summary.
This session is facilitated by Critical Reading Specialist, Ms. Dowan McNair-Lee.