All new faculty are welcome to join these 12:00-1:00 p.m. programs in Memorial 331 (lunch is provided).  You will receive an invitation before each program from Susan Bennett in the Provost and Dean of Faculty Office (x5399).

Monday • April 20 - The Juggling Act:  Strategies for Balancing Teaching, Research, Service, and Life.  

Am I spending enough time on my research? Not enough on my teaching? Is serving on this committee going to spell disaster for my scholarly agenda? Most academics never quite feel that they can strike just the right "balance." But there are certainly things that we can do to feel more fulfilled and focused. We'll discuss some general findings about what makes for high job satisfaction among professors as well as share some tips on specific things we can do to get better at juggling. Guests include Michelle Janning, Professor of Sociology.

*For tenure-track faculty:  Monday, May 4, 12-1, Memorial 305:  Informational Meeting regarding the informal review that takes place Fall 2015.

 Other Events of Interest to Faculty

The following programs are on Mondays, 12-12:50 in Memorial #331 unless otherwise indicated. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. Invitations will go out along with more detailed descriptions throughout the semester.

Monday • March 9 - What are You Talking About? Teaching and Evaluating Oral Communication Skills. Facilitated by Julia Ireland and Jenna Terry.

At Whitman, we expect students to engage in sophisticated intellectual inquiry, both written and spoken. In-class discussion, oral presentations, and senior oral exams call upon students to demonstrate their oral communication skills. How do we build opportunities for practice into our crowded syllabi? How do we help students develop their skills from one course to the next and become better communicators by the time they graduate? Jenna and Julia share some novel assignments they developed in their work with first-year students and lead us in a discussion of how we might create other exercises in our own disciplines. They also suggest how making explicit connections between writing and speaking preparation, skills often approached as distinct, helps students improve their writing.

To reserve your lunch, please click here by March 5.

Monday • March 30 - Using Groups in Class to Promote Problem Solving. Facilitated by Barry Balof.

Tuesday • April 14 - Funding Research in the Humanities. Facilitated by Lisa Perfetti and Rachna Sinnott.

Thursday • April 16 @ 3-5 pm in Baker Center - Learning in Walla Walla: Faculty Community Partner Network Event

Thursday • May 28 @ 9 am - 4 pm - Planning a Course for Significant Learning. Course Design workshop by Dr. Lynn Sorenson.

We want our students to leave our courses with significant learning that lasts. But we are frustrated when some students forget what they have learned only a semester later or get caught up in the details of the course rather than the big picture unsure of how to apply what they are learning. This workshop will help faculty to identify the most significant skills and concepts they want students to focus on and will provide a model for designing courses that result in learning that is deeper and stays with students long after the course is over. Whether designing a brand new course or redesigning a course with a specific goal in mind faculty will have the opportunity to work on an actual course during the workshop, getting a jump on developing syllabi over the summer. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Please register here by May 26, 2015.

Dr. Lynn Sorenson