Welcome to the first edition of the Faculty Center Newsletter, an occasional publication from the F&M Faculty Center. In addition to sharing upcoming events, we plan to highlight a variety of resources - articles, websites, blogs, podcasts, etc - to help you thrive in your multiple roles as a teacher/scholar/community member on our campus.
On the Teaching front, we will be reconnecting with Dr. Shawna Shapiro, who visited our campus in the fall. As you may recall, Dr. Shapiro, Associate Professor of Multilingual Writing and Linguistics at Middlebury College, led workshops related to English Language Learner (ELL) support and international student success. She will be connecting with us virtually in the updated Shadek-Fackenthal Library classroom space to continue that conversation in January, February, and late March. We also extend our thanks to Monica Cable, Director of Fellowships and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, who recorded her extremely helpful tips on pronunciation of Chinese names. That video and its companion handout are available on the Faculty Center Resources Canvas course. (Note: You will need to be logged in to your F&M account to access the Canvas page.)
Our Spring reading group will meet in February to discuss The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion by Sarah Rose Cavanaugh. All faculty are welcome to join in the book conversations, to be held in the Faculty Center on Friday, February 16 at 2PM and Thursday, February 22 at 3PM. Sarah will also be one of the keynote speakers at the 3rd annual teaching-in-higher-ed conference, Lancaster Learns. The Faculty Center has pre-paid registration for 5 faculty members to attend this 1 day conference, which will be held Friday, February 23rd at the PA College of Health Sciences campus, on Greenfield Road in Lancaster. Contact email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
In the Scholarship category, we will host several events geared to help keep your scholarly projects moving forward. On February 1st, we will dive into conversation about Scholarly Collaborations with Scott Brewer (CHM), Pam Vail (TDF) and Berwood Yost (Director, Center for Opinion Research; Director, Floyd Institute for Public Policy; and Senior Adjunct Research Instructor of Government). On March 8th, Dan Ardia (BIO), Lynn Brooks (TDF) and Stephen Medvic (GOV) will lead discussion on the topic Publishing: Working with Editors. We also look forward to hearing from colleagues about their work during 5 Post-Sabbatical Talks this spring. Check our calendar and weekly "For the Faculty" email for full details and RSVP instructions.
Creating Community is the third pillar of the Faculty Center charge. This spring, we will consider mentoring as a tool for building community with Kimberly Griffin, Associate Professor of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland. Dr. Griffin will be on campus February 28th and March 1st. Detailed information about her workshops will be announced in the coming weeks.
Feel free to send us feedback or ideas of what you would like to see featured in future issues of the Faculty Center Newsletter. Better yet, stop by the Faculty Center for coffee and share your thoughts in person!
Till next time! Amy and Cindy
Are you a fan of Podcasts? They can be a great way to expose yourself to new information, especially in the areas of teaching and learning. Here's a link to the top 10 downloaded episodes from the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. Pop in your earbuds and check one out! Let us know what podcasts capture your attention - email your favorites to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to our list to share in a future newsletter.
Blogs are another great option for keeping abreast of new content in the areas of teaching and learning. Use this link to visit one of our favorites, Agile Learning, written by Derek Bruff, Director of Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching.