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Faculty Events

Symposiums, Teaching Tables, Faculty Reading Groups, Morning Grinds, support for informal mentoring, etc.
Morning Grind with the CLTR (Spring 2019)

Spring 2019 Mentoring Coffee / Lunch Program

Pre-tenure faculty are welcome to invite a tenured faculty member to coffee or lunch on campus to discuss teaching and/or scholarship.  The two faculty members may be from different departments / programs.  Please contact rchapin@colgate.edu *before* meeting to let us know of your plans and to obtain a budget code.

Faculty Reading Groups

Almost a tenth of our faculty participated in a Faculty Reading Group in 2016-2017.  CLTR will again support Faculty Reading Groups in 2018-2019, with more information to come early in the spring of 2019.


Fall 2017 Teaching Tables


Syllabus Workshop

Thursday, August 24th from 3:30-5:00 p.m., 305 Lawrence Hall
Description:
New(ish) to Colgate, or have a new or revised syllabus on which you’d like to receive feedback?  Please consider joining us for a brief overview and discussion of what a syllabus at Colgate should cover, followed by exchanging draft copies of your syllabus with a colleague or two, where we can then read and provide feedback on each other’s syllabi in small groups.

Facilitators:
Lesleigh Cushing, Associate Professor in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Religion; Associate Dean of Faculty
Jeff Nugent, Director Learning and Applied Innovation (ITS); Associate Director, Center for Learning, Teaching and Research
James (Eddie) Watkins, Associate Professor of Biology; Director, Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research

Obtaining and Using Mid-Semester Course Feedback

Friday, October 6th at 12:15 p.m., 101A McGregory Hall
Description:
The facilitators will briefly introduce the topci of mid-semester course feedback, including both informal (e.g., Google Forms) and formal approaches (i.e., Small Group Instructional Diagnosis). The bulk of our time will be sharing ideas in an open discussion. If you use, or are thinking about using, mid-semester feedback in yoiur courses, and would like to discuss with colleagues, please do come join us if your schedule permits.

Facilitators:
Doug Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology
Jeff Nugent, Director Learning and Applied Innovation (ITS); Associate Director, Center for Learning, Teaching and Research

Lunch will be provided.

Inclusivity without Borders: A Pedagogical Conversation

Tuesday, October 17th from 12:00-1:30 p.m., Merrill House
Description:
This teaching table will open a conversation about inclusive classrooms, especially in relation to current issues surrounding DACA, immigration status, and the consequences of recent travel ban legislation. We will think through ways to address these national and international issues, not only through our classroom approaches, but also through our syllabus policies and our direct relationships with students.

Facilitators:
Karma Chavez, UT Austin, Associate Professor of Mexican-American and Latina/o Studies
Anna Rios, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies


IGD in your Syllabus and/or Difficult Dialogues in your Class

Wednesday, October 25th at 12:00 p.m., 101A McGregory Hall
Description:
Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) offers creative classroom learning activities, discussion structures, and critical reflective writing opportunities that challenge and guide students (and faculty) to engage in conversations about difficult topics in deeper, more critical/"rigorous"/transformative ways. Meika and Suzanne will share their favorites, with practical tips about syllabi development and dialogue-based classroom dynamics.

Facilitators:
Meika Loe, PhD., Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
Suzanne B. Spring, PhD., Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies

Lunch will be provided.

I Love Teaching, I Hate Grades: Rethinking the Ways We Motivate Students

Friday, November 3rd at 12:15 p.m., 560 Case-Geyer
Description:
What are the effects of the conventional grading regime in college on the learning experience of students and on the relationship between students and faculty? Are there alternative models for motivating and evaluating student learning? Our teaching table will look for answers, based both on the participants’ own experiences and aspirations and on the research by Susan D. Blum in her book I Love Learning; I Hate School: An Anthropology of College (Cornell University Press, 2016). The Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research will provide a copy of the book to registered participants ahead of time; please register early to allow the books to be delivered. In the spirit of genuinely appreciating students’ perspectives, a few students will be invited to join us. Please contact one of us if you know a student who would provide a valuable perspective on this topic.

Facilitators:
Regina Conti, Associate Professor of Psychology
Ferdinand von Muench, Lecturer in University Studies

Lunch will be provided.

Handling Student Crises/Student Distress

Monday, November 6th at 12:15 p.m., 101A McGregory Hall
Description:
The facilitators will identify crises that faculty may be involved with and discuss some ways to handle these situations. Bring your examples to share with colleagues.

Facilitators:
Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities; Professor of English
Sarah H. Jones, Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising
Dawn LaFrance, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services; Director of Sexual Violence Support
Kim Taylor, Associate Dean for Conduct and Administrative Advising
Lynn Waldman, Director of Academic Support and Disability Services
Ferdinand von Muench, Lecturer in University Studies

Lunch will be provided.

Queering Your Classroom: LGBTQ - Inclusive Teaching and Advising

Thursday, November 16th from 12:00-1:30 p.m., Merrill House
Description:
Join Professor Susan Woolley and LGBTQ Initiatives Director khristian kemp-delisser for an open and constructive conversation on the ways in which our roles as educators and advisors can better support the academic success of our LGBTQ+ students. The aim of this gathering is to collectively confront the challenges of inclusivity in different disciplines and institutional spaces, such as classrooms and labs. We will share experiences and pedagogical strategies for creating syllabi, structuring classroom discussion, and utilizing mentorship in ways that will foster a more inclusive learning environment in which LGBTQ+ students' intellectual and professional needs can be met.

Facilitators:
Susan Woolley, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
khristian kemp-delisser, Assistant Dean and Director of LGBTQ Initiatives