2013-2014 NEW FACULTY LUNCH SERIES (pdf)
All new faculty are welcome to join these programs in Memorial #331 (formerly #328) (typically 12-1 pm - 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 27 12 - 1 pm Register here.
Teaching Writing: Strategies and Support
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 WOCI (Written and Oral Communication Initiative) can support your efforts. Facilitated by Lydia McDermott, Director of the Writing Center, and Dana Burgess, Director of WOCI.
Monday - February 24 12 - 1 pm
Connecting to What Students are Learning Outside of the Classroom
We know that 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 often 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 include Noah Leavitt, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement.
Monday - March 31 12 - 1 pm
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, Associate Professor of Sociology.
*For tenure-track faculty: Monday, April 14, 12-1, Memorial 305: Informational Meeting regarding the informal review to be conducted Fall 2014.
2013 NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION (pdf)
Monday, August 26
08:45 - 11:15 Getting Paid at Whitman and Other Essential Details Dennis Hopwood, Director of Human Resources and Telara McCullough, Manager of Compensation and Benefits Continental Breakfast will be provided starting at 8:30 am (Student Lounge-North Entry). Maxey #104
11:15 - 11:30 Break (Student Lounge-North Entry)
11:30 - 11:45 Group Photo (place TBD)
11:45 - 12:30 Lunch and Welcome. George Bridges, President, Tim Kaufman-Osborn, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Kendra Golden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Amphitheatre Stage (green area east of Maxey)
12:45 - 01:45 Teaching at Whitman: Course Planning with Whitman Students in Mind (course goals, planning the semester, syllabus items). Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Marion Götz, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Maxey #104
01:45 - 02:45 Teaching at Whitman: Engaging Students (active learning, ideas for the first day of class, participation). Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Ginger Withers, Dr. Robert F. Welty Associate Professor of Biology. Maxey #104
02:45 - 03:00 Break (Student Lounge-North Entry)
03:00 - 04:00 Registrar's Office (Managing class lists, drop-add procedures, room reservations, etc.). Stacey Giusti, Registrar, and Jennifer McNeil, Assistant Registrar. Maxey #104
04:30 - 06:00 Reception Hosted by the Committee of Division Chairs. Tim Kaufman-Osborn, Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Kendra Golden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; David Schmitz, Chair of the Faculty; Bruce Magnusson, Division I Chair; Rebecca Hanrahan, Division II Chair; Mark Beck, Division III Chair. Foyer of Harper Joy Theatre
Tuesday, August 27
08:30 - 09:30 Optional Session: TIAA-CREF institutional representative. Individual sign-ups will follow with limited individual counseling appointments available. Olin Hall #165 (Computer Lab)
09:30 - 10:45 Technology and Teaching. David Sprunger, Director of Instructional and Learning Technology. Penrose Library CTL Room #317
11:00-12:15 Assignment Design, Primary Sources, and Penrose Library. Dalia Corkrum, Director and Lee Keene, Head of Instructional and Research Services and Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean. Penrose Library CTL Room #317
12:15 - 01:15 Lunch with staff from Penrose Library and WCTS. Science Building Atrium
01:30 - 02:30 Technology Help (Optional Drop In Session). Olin #180
05:00 - 06:30 BBQ Dinner. Hosted by President George Bridges and Dr. Kari Tupper. Sherwood House (1107 Alvarado Terrace, just north of campus)
Wednesday, August 28
09:00 - 10:00 Student Support at Whitman. Juli Dunn, Director of the Academic Resource Center and Thacher Carter, Associate Dean of Health & Wellness, Director of Counseling. Maxey #104
10:00-11:00 Perspectives on the First Year from Second-Year Faculty. Nate Boland, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Erin Pahlke, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nicole Pietrantoni, Assistant Professor of Art, Rob Schlegel, Visiting Assistant Professor of English. Maxey #104
11:00-11:15 Break (Student Lounge-North Entry)
11:15-12:00 Tenure-Track Nuts and Bolts (Managing your PDA, applying for funding, the Mentoring Program, Q&A about the tenure process). Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean, Susan Bennett, Executive Assistant to the Provost, Qi Jia, Senior Academic Assistant to the Provost, Helen Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mentoring Program. Maxey #104