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 • January 26 - Teaching Writing: Strategies and Support     REGISTER HERE

Writing is a complex skill to teach, but also a fulfilling part of our roles as teachers. We'll discuss ways to help students broaden their understanding of writing as a process, and ways that the student tutors at the Writing Center or fellows from the Written and Oral Communication Initiative (WOCI) can support your efforts. Facilitated by Lydia McDermott, Director of the Writing Center, and Dana Burgess, Director of WOCI.

Monday • March 2 - Connecting to What Students are Learning Outside of the Classroom

One of the things that can lead to "significant learning" is showing students the connection between course concepts and experiences students have outside of the classroom. These connections motivate students to learn and help them see how course material applies to a range of contexts. In this session we'll talk about ways to help students integrate what they're learning with other parts of their college experience. We'll also suggest ways that faculty can help students prepare to apply their academic knowledge to internships and other professional opportunities.  Guests Noah Leavitt, Director of the Student Engagement Center and Matt Reynolds, Associate Professor of Art History.

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 • February 2 - The Pleasure and Challenge of Teaching Across Disciplines: Stories from Faculty. Facilitated by Aaron Bobrow-Strain and Michelle Acuff.  REGISTER HERE

Monday • February 9 @ 4 pm - Creating Cultures of Collaboration in a Digital Age. Kathleen Woodward, Simpson Center for Humanities, University of Washington.

Tuesday • February 17 - Teaching First-Generation and Working Class Students: A Panel Discussion with Whitman Students. Facilitated by Allison Calhoun.

Monday • February 23 - Cultivating Difficult Dialogs in the Classroom.  Facilitated by Sharon Alker, Susanne Altermann, Allison Calhoun, and Brooke Vick.

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

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

Monday • April 13 - 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.