Faculty Center Newsletter - February 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 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. 


February is full of opportunities to consider new ideas about teaching and course design!  This month, we look forward to:

  • Our second webinar with Dr. Shawna Shapiro, on Thursday, 2/22.  The title/topic for this session will be “Grading and Beyond!  Developing fair, effective and feasible assessment practices in courses with international students.”

  • Conversations with …the Museum!  Join us for lunch in the museum on February 7th to learn about ways to partner with the museum and incorporate this valuable and unique F&M resource into your course.

  • Our reading group discussions of 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.

  • The 3rd annual Lancaster Learns conference, our local teaching-in-higher-ed event on Friday, February 23rd at the PA College of Health Sciences campus on Greenfield Road in Lancaster.


Scholarship is front and center in February as we begin the month by diving into conversation about Scholarly Collaborations on February 1st 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). Towards the end of the month, on Monday, 2/26, we partner with the Office of College Grants to welcome Dr. Amy Greenberg, Professor of American History and Women’s Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and Guggenheim Fellow (2009), to speak about writing successful proposals for fellowships such as the Guggenheim and NEH.  And in between these dates, we look forward to hearing from colleagues about their work during a Post-Sabbatical Talk on Thursday, February 15th. Check our calendar and weekly "For the Faculty" email for full details and RSVP instructions. 


We hope you will join us for several events about diversity within our faculty community. What is F&M doing to increase faculty diversity and promote more inclusive pedagogies? How can you and your departments benefit from the diversity-themed Mellon funding?  Stephanie McNulty, Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives, will be hosting information sessions on Monday, February 5th and Tuesday, Febuary 6th, to discuss the grant’s programmatic elements and answer questions.  We also look forward to welcoming Kimberly Griffin to campus at the end of the month, for conversation about supporting new faculty colleagues through mentoring. 

As a purely fun community event, we will be hosting Common Hour speaker Thomas Hull in the Center on the morning of Thursday, 2/15, for an Origami Coffee Hour!  Join us for a hands-on opportunity to learn about this ancient art form, prior to the Common Hour talk that day.

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


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The Teach Better Podcast


The linked episode is entitled “ The Eight Habits of Highly Effective College Teachers” and includes snippets from many of their early guests, so you get a taste of the multiple perspectives they host on their show. 


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Retrieval Practice 


Great site full of practical, concrete ideas for incorporating cognitive science-based memory boosting activities into your courses on a regular basis.  Download the free guide and sign up for their email newsletter to receive  periodic updates directly in your inbox.

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