Welcome to the January 2019 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.
The start of a new semester brings new opportunites for growth in your repertoire of pedagogical strategies. The following events may be of interest to those of you working to add to your teaching toolbox:
- Accessibility - We have several events on the calendar for faculty interested in learning more about issues of accessibility. Following up on the Day of Dialogue conversations around student neurodiversity and chronic health issues, we will be hosting two conversations on those topics. We also will be hosting a coffee hour with Common Hour speaker Jeanne Kincaid, attorney with Drummond Woodsum, who will be presenting on the topic "Disability as an Aspect of Diversity." Faculty Center Director, Amy Mulnix, will continue to host monthly conversations on "Inclusive Pedagogy" in the Faculty Center.
- Thai-Day Fridays will take place on February 8th and March 29th. Topics for the spring will be: using film in your course effectively and gamification of a course. Look for additional information on those events in upcoming "For the Faculty..." weekly emails.
- The 4th annual Lancaster Learns conference, our local teaching-in-higher-ed event will be held on Friday, February 22nd at the PA College of Health Sciences campus in Lancaster. The keynote speaker this year will be media literacy expert, Julie Smith. Contact Cindy in the Faculty Center for registration information.
Scholarship activities will occupy a prominent place in the Faculty Center this spring. In partnership with the Office of College Grants, we will host a conversation for faculty interested in learning more about CAREER awards in January. Our Post-Sabbatical Talks series will continue, with four lunches scheduled across the semester. We will explore Scholarship and Social Media and learn more about the publishing industry at events this spring. We look forward to the library's annual Celebration of Scholarship event in March and a productive Write-In Day to wrap up the semester.
We will be continuing our closer look at faculty voice health this semester with a visit by Joanne Abrom, of Abrom Vocal Studio, to help us learn more about exercises and techniques to strengthen and protect our voice, as well as general vocal care.
Have a particular text you have been hoping to read/discuss with colleagues? The Faculty Center is offering to help support your self-selected reading group this spring. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Finally, we turn towards the topic of retirement with a second lunch and conversation with faculty who have recently made the transition to this phase of a faculty life.
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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