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 • December 1 - How to Interpret Your Course Evaluations   REGISTER HERE

The evaluations students fill out are most useful to faculty members when they are informed by other kinds of evidence of what students are learning (e.g., papers, exams, classroom discussions) and when they are viewed over time (looking for consistent patterns, the effect of specific changes to a course, etc.). Senior faculty members will share samples of their own student evaluations, discuss strategies for interpreting them in order to identify their strengths and areas for improvements, and offer tips for approaching evaluations while keeping self-esteem intact. Facilitated by Helen Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology and Janis Breckenridge, Associate Professor of Spanish.

Monday • January 26 - 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 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

Designing Effective Faculty-Student Research Projects
Monday, December 8, 2014
Baker Center

When does working with a student enable you to make progress on your own research? What are some of the mistakes you have made in designing research projects with students? What role does your discipline play in the way you define your student's role in the collaboration? Designed as a "swap meet," with informal exchanges at tables, this program will enable faculty to share their experiences in designing research partnerships and hopefully provide some concrete tips for faculty thinking about that next Perry project before applications are due in February.

Please register for this event by December 4th by clicking here.