Monday - April 21 - 12:00-12:50 pm in Memorial #331 (lunch will be provided)  register here

Can Technology Increase Meaningful Class Participation?  Debating the pros and cons of blogging in the Whitman classroom.  How do we effectively engage students in active participation in the classroom?  Can we encourage discussions and lessons to continue outside the classroom? How does one foster this behavior?  Can technological tools help?  One tool with such potential is blogging.  In many academic circles, however, blogging is seen as flippant, glib, chatty, and irrelevant to good pedagogy.  To what extent is this reputation deserved?  In this CTL program, a Whitman panel experienced in the pedagogical uses of blogs — one a veteran blogger, one a convert, and one a skeptic — will examine these questions, introduce fundamental usage strategies (and "20/20 hindsight" failures), and provide participants with the opportunity to discuss their own experiences, thoughts, and questions on meaningful student participation in class and its possible intersection with blogging and other social media technologies.

A panel discussion featuring Chris Leise, Elyse Semerdjian, Lynn Sharp, and David Sprunger (moderator).

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites you to attend one of the following May programs on peer observations of teaching, facilitated by Dr. Tine Reimers (bio below):

Thursday - May 22 - 9:00-11:00 am in Memorial #331  Please register here by May 15.
                               (pastries and coffee available at 8:45)

Making the Most of Peer Observations (This session is intended for pre-tenure or non-tenured faculty.)
Feedback from your colleagues can be central to developing effective teaching practices.  Taken along with student feedback, direct evidence of student learning, and your own reflection on the practices that help your students learn, peer observations can be a valuable tool.  But peer observations can also be damaging and painful if not handled with care, particularly given the role they sometimes play in the tenure and promotion process.  How can you make them useful-both to you as you reflect on your teaching and to readers of your file who are looking for evidence of your effectiveness?  In this interactive session we'll discuss how to design a 'buddy system' for informal feedback before you get to the evaluation stage, how to set up effective peer observations for formal evaluation, de-mystify several myths about peer observation, and take the role of peer observers in an actual classroom moment. Participants will come away with a clear idea of the pitfalls of peer observation, how to avoid them, and the potential benefits to departments and programs and to faculty members when it is done well. This session is intended for pre-tenure or non-tenured faculty.


Thursday - May 22 - 1:00-3:00 pm in Memorial #331  Please register here by May 15.

A Field Guide to Successful Peer Observations (This session is intended for tenured faculty.)
Faculty early in their career are especially eager to know what is working well in their teaching and how they might improve.  Feedback from senior colleagues who know the institution and its teaching culture can be particularly helpful.  But junior colleagues and non-tenure colleagues are also anxious about this feedback as it may also play a role in decisions about their future employment. Peer observations can be informative and rewarding if they are handled well but damaging and painful to all in the departmental community when the process is handled poorly. How do you design a peer observation process that is beneficial to your junior colleagues? In this interactive session we’ll discuss how to set up effective peer observations, de-mystify several myths about peer observation, and take the role of peer observers in an actual classroom moment. We will also consider how a robust peer observation process can help you when you go up for promotion or simply wish to enhance your own teaching. Participants will come away with a clear idea of the pitfalls of peer observation, how to avoid them, and the potential benefits to the department and programs, and to faculty members when it is done well. This session is intended for tenured faculty.


Friday - May 23 - 9:00-12:00 pm in Memorial #331  Please register here by May 15.
                           (pastries and coffee available at 8:45)

Effecting Change You Care About
Ever wondered how to propose a new project effectively, or how to bring colleagues to a dispassionate review of a new idea or program?  Do you think about how to foster initiatives or changes in campus culture that are bottom-up rather than top-down? Have you ever been troubled by communication styles used by ‘difficult colleagues’ you have to work with?  Then this workshop is for you!  Leadership is not only a formal and positional activity done by chairs, division heads and deans. In fact, the most effective leadership in an institution happens through people who effect change they care about ‘from where they sit.’ Join us for an interactive workshop that is aimed at practical results. We will use case studies to reflect on how to handle difficult situations that can arise in any department, and discuss how to deal with roadblocks (processes or people!). Time will be available for raising questions or concerns and making your own plans for initiating change.

Tine Reimers

Dr. Tine Reimers serves as Director of Faculty and Program Development at the University at Albany (SUNY). In this position, she works on programs for faculty and leadership development, program development, and facilitating the assessment of student learning. Dr. Reimers obtained her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and has taught in a variety of settings, from large Research I institutions, to small colleges, to universities in France and Japan. Her 20 years of classroom teaching and faculty development experience at UNC-Chapel Hill, South Georgia College, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Cornell University have helped her build a thorough understanding of the strategies best suited for faculty advancement, faculty mentoring, leadership development and effective student learning in higher education. Tine has worked with faculty from all disciplines, presenting leadership and professional development programs designed to help faculty from all ranks to reflect on and integrate the varied strands of their professional and personal lives.


Thursday - April 3 - 3:30-5:00 pm in Reid Ballroom B

Community-Based Learning Meet and Greet

Monday - April 21 - 12:00-12:50 pm Memorial #331
CTL Semester Retrospective (follow-up on previous four programs)
Informal Session

Other Events of Interest to Faculty

April 10 - 4:00-5:00 pm in Baker Center
Fulbright Idaho-Washington Chapter Reception and Information Meeting

June 4-6 @ Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Workshop on Supporting Faculty of Color at Liberal Arts Institutions

*For tenure-track faculty: Monday, April 14, 12-1, Memorial 305: Informational Meeting regarding the informal review to be conducted Fall 2014.


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, 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

10:45-11:00 Break

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