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2017-18 NEW FACULTY LUNCH SERIES (.doc)
All new faculty are welcome to join these Noon-1 programs in Memorial Building #331 (unless otherwise noted). Lunch is provided for those that RSVP. You will receive an invitation before each program from Ruth Ladderud in the Provost Office (x5789).
Friday - September 1
Student Success in the Classroom
In this session we'll talk about issues you might encounter and how to handle them: student absences and Whitman's excused absence policy, academic honesty, resources for students with financial need, and support for handling classroom climate concerns. Facilitated by Dean Snider, Athletics Director, Daren Mooko, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Juli Dunn, Associate Dean of Students, and Bridget Jacobson, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students.
Monday - September 18
Mid-Term Evaluations and Other Ways to Find out What Students Are Getting out of Class
By the end of the semester, it's too late to get meaningful feedback that would allow us to make changes in what we're doing. We'll discuss different kinds of evaluations we can give to students to get that feedback as well as what we should do with them. We'll also talk about other quick ways (e.g., minute papers, muddiest point) to find out what students are learning so that we can adapt our teaching. Co-Facilitated by Moira Gresham, Associate Professor of Physics.
Monday - October 16
Identity in the Classroom
The teaching and learning dynamic is intricately related to our personal identities, both for students and for faculty. We will consider how factors such as gender, socioeconomic status, physical ability, ethnicity, and nationality affect the classroom and connect them to efforts at Whitman to help all students succeed, to attend to our own unique needs as faculty members, and to create a campus culture that recognizes and values these differential experiences. Facilitated by Brooke Vick, Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Chair of WIDE, Devon Wootten, Director of English Language Fellows program, and Kazi Joshua, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Co-Chair of WIDE.
Monday - November 6
Becoming a Teacher-Scholar
The process of becoming a teacher-scholar requires reflection and planning. We'll talk about concrete things we can be doing throughout the year to chart our goals and progress as teachers and scholars, and introduce you to our staff who can support you. We will also give some attention to the Faculty Activity Report that faculty submit each January. Co-facilitated with Rachna Sinnott, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations and Tana Park, Sponsored Programs Coordinator.
Monday - December 4
How to Interpret Your Course Evaluations
Student evaluations are most useful when they are informed by other evidence of student learning (e.g., papers, exams) and when they are viewed over time (looking for consistent patterns, the effect of specific changes to a course, etc.). We'll discuss strategies for using evaluations to identify our strengths and areas for improvements, and offer tips for approaching evaluations while keeping self-esteem intact. Facilitated by Barry Balof, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of Tenure-Track Mentoring Program.
Friday - 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 Center for Writing and Speaking (COWS) or fellows from the WOCI (Written and Oral Communication Initiative) can support your efforts. Facilitated by Lydia McDermott, Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking, and Dana Burgess, Director of the Written and Oral Communication Initiative
Monday - February 5
Transparent Assignment Design
Recent exciting research has demonstrated that when faculty are more explicit about the goals of an assignment, the skills required to do it, and what makes for a good result, students turn in better work; the benefits to first-generation students of this "transparent" approach are especially compelling. We'll do a mini-version of a longer workshop that helps faculty do a make-over of a first-year assignment. Facilitated by Michelle Jenkins, Associate Professor of Philosophy.
Monday - February 26
Peer Observation of Teaching
Observing a colleague's teaching is an important part of the peer review process, but it is also a great opportunity to get objective information from observers that teachers can use to make changes. We'll talk about features of effective classroom observations and take a look at feedback forms that can be useful in providing targeted feedback. Facilitated by Denise Hazlett, Professor of Economics.
Monday - March 26
Connecting to What Students Are Learning Outside of the Classroom
Showing students the connection between course concepts and experiences they have outside of the classroom motivates students to learn and helps them see how course material applies to a range of contexts. We'll explore 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 apply their academic knowledge to internships and other professional opportunities. Guests include Noah Leavitt, Director of the Student Engagement Center, Abby Juhasz, Coordinator of Community Service, Susan Prudente, Outreach Coordinator for Education, and Jessica Cerullo, Assistant Professor of Theatre.
Monday - April 23
Strategies for Balancing Teaching, Research, Service, and Life.
Most academics never quite feel that they can strike just the right "balance" between the various parts of their professional careers. 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 TBD.
*For tenure-track faculty: Monday, May 7, 12-1, Memorial 305: Informational Meeting regarding the formative review that takes place Fall 2018. Typically a faculty member in their third year who has completed the first Personnel review co-facilitates this session.
2015-16 NEW FACULTY LUNCH SERIES (pdf)
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 • September 14 • Student Issues in the Classroom
In this session we'll talk about some of the issues you might encounter this semester and how to handle them: keeping track of absences and knowing Whitman's excused absence policy, academic honesty, and classroom climate concerns. Facilitated by Chuck Cleveland,Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, Juli Dunn, Associate Dean of Students, Rebecca Frost, Director of Student Success and Disability Support Services, and Donna Cummins, Assistant to the Dean of Students.
Monday • September 21 • Identity in the Classroom
The teaching and learning dynamic is intricately related to our personal identities, both for students and for faculty. We will consider research on how the classroom experience can vary according to factors such as gender, age, socioeconomic status, physical ability, ethnicity, and nationality. We will talk about some of the conversations around this topic that have taken place at Whitman recently and discuss some concrete principles for helping all students succeed, for attending to our own unique needs as faculty members, and for creating a campus culture that values the recognition of these differential experiences. Co-facilitated with Brooke Vick, Associate Professor of Psychology and Kazi Joshua, Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion.
Thursday • October 1 • Navigating the Tenure-Track Job Market (for visiting faculty) 4:00-5:00 in Baker Center
We are thankful to our visiting faculty for all the contributions you bring to us at Whitman, especially as we know most of you are also engaged in the time-consuming work of looking for long-term positions. At this informal wine and cheese gathering, faculty who have served on numerous search committees offer strategies for interpreting job ads, writing strong cover letters, and interviewing. Guests TBD.
Monday • October 5 • Mid-Term Evaluations and Other Ways to Find out What Students are Getting out of Class
By the end of the semester, it is too late to get meaningful feedback that would allow us to make changes in what we're doing. We'll discuss different kinds of evaluations we can give to students to get that feedback as well as what we should do with them. We'll also talk about other quick ways (e.g., minute papers, muddiest point) to find out what students are learning so that we can adapt our teaching.
Monday • November 2 • Becoming a Teacher-Scholar
The process of becoming a teacher-scholar requires reflection and planning. We'll talk about concrete things we can be doing throughout the year to chart our goals and progress as teachers and scholars, learn about writing groups that foster scholarly productivity, and introduce you to our staff who can support you in grant writing and other professional activity. Guests include Rachna Sinnott, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations.
Monday · December 7 • How to Interpret Your Course Evaluations
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.
Monday • January 25 • 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 29 • Connecting to What Students are Learning Outside of the Classroom Due to a scheduling conflict this event has been CANCELED.
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 include Noah Leavitt, Director of the Student Engagement Center, Abby Juhasz, Coordinator of Community Service, and Mary Raschko, Assistant Professor of English.
Monday • April 11 • 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." Bu.t 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 Doug Juers, Associate Professor of Physics.
*For tenure-track faculty: Monday, May 9, 12-1, Memorial305: Informational Meeting regarding the informal review that will take place Fall 2016.
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 • September 28 • Working with Multilingual Student Writers
Facilitated by Lydia McDermott, Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking and Assistant Professor of Composition and Devon Wootten, Language Learning Center Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor of General Studies.
Multilingual students bring great linguistic and cultural diversity to our classrooms and may have different expectations and needs in terms of developing their writing, particularly academic writing. In this session we discuss how faculty can consider the experiences of multilingual students as they design writing assignments and class activities, provide feedback, and evaluate student writing. Faculty will also learn about Whitman's English Language Fellows program and how fellows can be used to assist faculty in meeting the needs of international and other multilingual students.
Monday • October 12 • Using Groups in Class to Promote Problem Solving
Facilitated by Barry Balof (Mathematics) and Lisa Perfetti (French and English).
Whether a complex math problem, an analysis of a difficult historical or literary text, or a scientific experiment, having students work through a challenging question together can engage them more deeply in the material, give them practice trying out different ways to approach a problem, and enable them to become more independent thinkers. Yet having students break into groups during class can also fall flat. In this session, Barry and Lisa facilitate a discussion of group activities that help develop students' problem solving skills and identify ways to avoid the pitfalls that come with this kind of work.
Tuesday • October 27 • Gender Inclusive Language in the Classroom
Facilitated by Susanne Beechey (Politics).
Across the country, including at Whitman, students are asking colleges to give more attention to the ways in which our classrooms and campuses as a whole recognize and respect their gender identities. In this program, Susanne Beechey facilitates a conversation about practices such as asking students for the gender pronouns they identity with and other implications for our teaching methods. Although this conversation will emphasize the classroom, there will be space to consider other elements of students' experiences at Whitman such as gender-inclusive housing.
Monday • November 2 • 2015 Faculty Technology Showcase • 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Reid Campus Ballroom
Presented by AITAG, The Center for Teaching and Learning, and WCTS
Many Whitman faculty and instructional staff utilize and experiment with technology to enhance and augment their teaching, learning, and scholarship. Join us and browse exhibits and demonstrations of compelling uses of technology by over 20 of your Whitman colleagues. Enjoy wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, and hors d'oeuvres while you're there!
Presenters include: Tom Armstrong • Janet Davis • Daniel Forbes • Rebecca Frost • Krista Gulbransen • Kristen Handley • Machelle Hartman • Kynde Kiefel • Justin Lincoln • Lydia McDermott • Amy Molitor • Nicole Pietrantoni • Matt Reynolds • Dalia Rokhsana • Albert Schueller • Lynn Sharp • Grant Shimer • Deb Simon • Michael Simon • Lisa Uddin • Elizabeth Vandiver • Devon Wootten • and more!
Friday • November 6 • 12:00-12:50 • Maxey 204 • Universal Design: A discussion with Jay Dolmage, Associate Professor of English and disabilities studies scholar at the University of Waterloo.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been defined as the use of multiple and flexible strategies to address the needs of all students. Within institutions of higher education, Universal Design offers a much more proactive, useful, and capacious approach to the design of physical/intellectual space than the academic ableism that has structured learning for so long. Universal Design also often usefully syncs with - though it may never fully replace - the model of accommodation that currently retrofits academic practices for disabled students and teachers. At other times UD offers space for critique of this accommodation model. In this discussion, we will make an effort to export some of the accommodations we may have made for individual students in our classes in the past into new teaching strategies that can be used for all students. And we will examine a long list of Universal Design suggestions in order to train and brainstorm some new ones.
NOTE: this CTL lunch event takes place in Maxey Room #204. Sack lunches will be provided.
Tuesday • November 17 • 12:00-12:50 • Baker Center • Assignments and Activities that Foster Inclusive Classrooms (a CTL "swap meet")
This June many Whitman faculty participated in an NW5C workshop on inclusive teaching, and in August our new student orientation facilitator, Kathy Obear, also spoke to faculty about techniques we can use to make sure we reach all students. This "swap meet" at the Baker Center is a chance for faculty to check back in on assignments or activities that have actually worked in their classrooms. Whether or not you have attended any prior sessions on inclusive classrooms, you are welcome to come.
Tuesday • February 2 • 12:00-12:50 • Baker Center • Dealing with Student Complaints
This informal lunch at the Baker Center will give us the chance to talk about how we deal with student complaints about our courses. Often we only learn about students' complaints when we read final course evaluations, but in some cases student concerns emerge much earlier. Hopefully this lunch will be earlier than any complaints but soon enough to think ahead should an issue arise. For example, what should we do if a student complains that we graded too harshly or that the readings are too long or difficult? When should we respond only to the student who has complained and when and how should we address the issue with the whole class? How might we handle a student whose open complaints in the classroom feel disruptive?
Monday• February 8 • Academic Integrity
Monday• February 22 • 12:00-12:50 • Baker Center • Open Faculty Discussion on the Power and Privilege Symposium Registration for this event has CLOSED.
The student-run Power and Privilege Symposium on February 18 is packed with about 40 different sessions. At this informal lunch at the Baker Center, share your reactions and thoughts will fellow colleagues about sessions you attended. What stories or perspectives most affected you or shaped your thoughts about how you teach? What conversations were you expecting to hear that you didn't? What aspects of the teaching and learning environment at Whitman should faculty and students be talking together about more often?
Tuesday• March 1 • 12:00-12:50 • Memorial #331 • Better Feedback, Less Time: Spoken Feedback on Student Writing
We've all faced it: a stack of papers to grade that looms menacingly on our desks; hours of writing comments that we wonder whether students ever read. Some faculty at Whitman have been experimenting with forms of spoken feedback at different stages of the writing process. At this session, Michelle will share her process of paper conferencing and describe why she finds it improves the experience of grading writing both for her and her students. Devon will describe the conversations he schedules with students at the draft stage and how he ensures students incorporate his feedback into their final version. Michelle and Devon will also introduce the idea of "screencasting," a technique for recording online comments about a paper; in this technique, oral feedback replaces those often illegible written notes we squeeze into the margins. We invite all faculty to join us and share other kinds of oral feedback that they use to save time and help students improve their writing.
Facilitated by Michelle Jenkins (Philosophy) and Devon Wootten (General Studies)
Friday • April 8 • Teaching the Local (Swap Meet)
In conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Studies Association, the Center for Teaching and Learning is delighted to host a "swap meet" where Whitman faculty can share examples with colleagues from the region of how they teach material and topics related to local history, culture, or social and environmental issues. Whether your course is entirely about the region or makes smaller connections, you are invited to come talk about how you weave in local material into your courses and why you think these connections are valuable for your students. Please also come if you are simply interested to hear what other colleagues have been doing.
Monday • September 15 - Does Discipline Matter in Teaching? An informal lunch.
Monday • November 10 - Writing and the Disciplines: Purpose and Evidence. Facilitated by Lydia McDermott (Writing Center), Deb Simon and Machelle Hartmann (Chemistry) and Alissa Cordner (Sociology).
Tuesday • November 18 - Writing and the Disciplines: Style and Mechanics. Facilitated by Lydia McDermott, Adam Gordon (English), and Albert Schueller (Mathematics).
Monday • December 8 - Designing Effective Faculty-Student Research Projects. Swap Meet.
Monday • February 2 - The Pleasure and Challenge of Teaching Across Disciplines: Stories from Faculty. Facilitated by Aaron Bobrow-Strain (Politics) and Michelle Acuff (Art).
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 (Chemistry).
Monday • February 23 - Cultivating Difficult Dialogs in the Classroom. Facilitated by Sharon Alker (English), Susanne Altermann (Biology), Allison Calhoun (Chemistry) and Brooke Vick (Psychology).
Monday • March 9 - What are You Talking About? Teaching and Evaluating Oral Communication Skills. Facilitated by Julia Ireland (Philosophy) and Jenna Terry (English and General Studies).
Monday • March 30 - Using Groups in Class to Promote Problem Solving. Facilitated by Barry Balof (Mathematics).
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.
Monday •September 16 - Whistling Vivaldi at Whitman: A Discussion of Claude Steele's Work on Stereotype Threat and its Implications for the Classroom. Informal Session.
Tuesday • October 1 - From Archives to Zithers: Hands-On Learning through Whitman's Collections. Facilitated by Daniel Forbes (Sheehan Gallery), Kynde Kiefel (Sheehan), Brynne Haug (Maxey Museum) and Melissa Salrin (Penrose Archives).
Tuesday • October 22- What Does it Mean to Teach "The Global" at Whitman: An Open Faculty Discussion. Roundtable.
Tuesday • October 29 -Navigating Mental Health Issues in the Classroom. Facilitated by Thacher Carter (Counseling) and Juli Dunn (Academic Resource Center).
Tuesday • November 5 - Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation. Facilitated by Jim Russo (BBMB) and Keith Raether (Fellowships and Grants).
Friday • January 24 - What's Your Best Classroom Warm-Up Activity? Informal session ("swap meet").
Monday • February 10 - Learning to Love Rejection: Responding to Reviewer Letters. Roundtable discussion with facilitation by Zahi Zalloua (French/RES/Gender Studies)
Monday • April 21 - Can Technology Increase Meaningful Class Participation? Debating Pros and Cons of Blogging in the Whitman Classroom. Facilitated by Chris Leise (English), Elyse Semerdjian (History), and Lynn Sharp (History).
Postponed - Community-Based Learning Meet and Greet. Reception and Informal Exchange between Faculty and Community Partners.
Tuesday • April 16 - Strategies for a Successful Summer. Informal lunch at Baker Faculty Center).