Past Events

What Are Grades For?

Dec. 1, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Amy Grillo and Elizabeth Markovits

Grades are so much a part of our academic culture that we often don’t ask ourselves what purposes they serve. Are we using them to compare students’ achievements against each other, or are we using them to measure students’ progress towards specific criteria? How do grades affect student motivation and learning? What does research say about the uses and usefulness of grades? Come share your thoughts, experiences and questions about the role of grades in teaching and learning.

Global-Local POSTPONED

Nov. 17, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Serin Houston (Assistant Professor of Geography & International Relations), Lynn Morgan (Professor and Chair of Sociology & Anthropology), and Kirk Lange (Director of International Experiential Learning).

The Global-Local Initiative fosters student understanding of the interrelationships between the global and local- how processes are expressed and made meaningful at multiple scales and how individuals and communities are affected by and participants in global and local processes and systems. The lunch conversation will focus (a) on curricular possibilities to integrate global-local into the classroom and (b) on scaffolding for experiences that enable our students to make sense of their curricular and co-curricular learning across different sites, domestically and abroad.

Faculty Workshop with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum- REGISTRATION FULL

Nov. 2, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Willits-Hallowell

Former Dean of Faculty and Acting President of Mount Holyoke College, and Ninth President of Spelman College (2002-2015), Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education.  Her areas of research include racial identity development, and the role of race in the classroom. She is the author of “Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation ‘ (2007) and “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race” (1997) as well as “Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community” (1987).

Disability in the Classroom: Bias, Differential Expectations, and Inclusion

Oct. 13, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Amber Douglas

This conversation will focus on exploring hidden or unintentional biases within the classroom toward students with disabilities. We will discuss how as faculty we work toward inclusion of all students while maintaining academic rigor and meeting our pedagogical goals.

Integrating Students into your Research

Sep. 15, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Amy Camp & Andy Reiter

Faculty across divisions incorporate students into their research--in labs and studios, as research assistants, and as co-authors on publications. These interactions can bring benefits to faculty and students alike, but there are many challenges and even professional drawbacks to doing so.

Teaching & Scholarship Renewal Workshops 2017

May. 15, 2017 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
May. 16, 2017 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
May. 17, 2017 8:30 am – 3:15 pm
Willits Hallowell Center

Keynote Speaker: James Lang, author of Small Teaching

Breakfast (8:30 am) and Lunch (12:15 pm) will be served each day

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Object-Based Learning

Apr. 7, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Ellen Alvord & Aaron Miller

How can object-based teaching complement the work you are doing in the classroom and help you achieve your course objectives in fresh and exciting ways? Join us for a hands-on session demonstrating the innovative and engaging ways original art and material culture can be used in classes across the curriculum, promoting close observation, visual analysis, and critical thinking skills in your students.

Introverts in the Classroom

Mar. 22, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Heather Pon-Barry & Kyle Broaders

Our culture values extroverted behaviors. How does this affect student learning in classrooms, with a mix of introverted and extroverted personalities? Are your classrooms driven by the students most willing to speak out? Do you "cold call" on students? Do you ever tell students to hold off? Join Heather Pon-Barry and Kyle Broaders to share your tools and discuss approaches to engaging introverts in the classroom.

Teaching During Political Tumult

Feb. 15, 2017 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with B. Packard, A. Douglas, E. Paus, D. Mosby, L. Glasser, and E. Markovits

What is a professor's responsibility during times of political uncertainty and anxiety? Where should political conversations take place on campus? What do our students need from us right now? How do different students experience these events?

What Does Writing Intensive Mean?

Feb. 3, 2017 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Amy Martin

We will discuss what constitutes a writing intensive course, and we will review pedagogical practices, syllabus design, and effective grading strategies for these courses.