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).

*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.

Thursday • April 23 -Trigger Warnings and the Classroom Space. Facilitated by Sharon Alker (English) and Susanne Altermann (Biology)

Over the past year, both in the academy and in the news more broadly, there has been extensive debate about "trigger warnings," notices that teachers provide in advance of material that may trigger difficult emotional responses in some students. A number of Whitman faculty have mentioned that they would like a space to intellectually engage with the debate. This CTL session will create that space. We will discuss the arguments for and against trigger warnings, looking at such things as their history and original aims, the issues they are trying to address, concerns about free speech (including the AAUP report on trigger warnings), concerns about how they might change student engagement with texts, and alternatives to trigger warnings. Many of you have particular disciplinary expertise that relates to trigger warnings and we would particularly extend an invitation to those of you who would be willing to share that expertise. Our goal is to have each of us leave the session with a richer understanding of a variety of opinions on the topic that will help us make choices about how we would like to manage our classroom space.

To reserve your lunch, please register by April 20 by clicking here.

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