Greetings from the Faculty Center! We hope that as the summer winds down you’ve been able to check off many of your summer to-do list items and are feeling refreshed and ready for the semester ahead. Activity in the Faculty Center is in full swing – our door is open! Speaking of our door - be sure to pick up your new ID card, as our fob reader has been replaced by a card reader. To access our space, you will need to have your updated photo ID. Contact ITS with questions about that process.
Our five year review, which included an extensive self-study and external review, identified many strengths and successes, including being highlighted by the Middle States team. While we have much to celebrate, we are eager to continue to be responsive to the needs of faculty and instructional staff. Three major areas of interest among faculty were identified:
- Enhancing mid-career support. Watch for upcoming programming on mid-career issues including leadership development.
- Continued expansion of programming in support of scholarship. We are eager to hear from you about specific ideas for accomplishing this.
- Department specific programs. Director Mulnix is available to meet with departments and programs at their convenience to support efforts on curricular change, discipline-specific inclusive pedagogy, discipline-specific scholarlship, or just to listen to how the Faculty Center can better support you.
Our weekly Friday “For The Faculty…” post resumes this week. As always, we’ll include details and RSVP information for all our events, as well as a link to our calendar so you can see when the Center is available beyond publicized events. We also feature a blog post link from Instructional & Emerging Technologies each week. As a reminder of the kind of content included on the IET Blog, check out these top posts from last year - Did My Students See My Feedback?, Organizing Content in Modules, and Announcement Tricks. You can also look forward to periodic content links from the Office of College Grants, the College Library, and the Phillips Museum.
Below are a few highlights of upcoming events on The Faculty Center calendar this year…
- Post-Leave Research Talks –Be on the lookout for a separate announcement with the full schedule of these popular talks, spaced across the academic year.
- Write-In Days - Monday, October 7th (Fall Break) and Monday, December 9th (Reading Day).
- "Deep Work" Thursday New this year in the Faculty Center, we will be designating Thursdays each week as "Deep Work Day" in the Faculty Center. Building on ideas from last year's Deep Work reading group, we will be hosting both a morning (9AM - 11AM) and an afternoon (1PM-3PM) block of quiet work time. Plan to join us for an hour or two away from your office and all those distractions!
- A major activity will be small group follow up from the Inclusive Pedagogy workshops in May. Stay tuned for more information.
- Friday “Thai-day” Buffet – Thai-Day Fridays are back for the fall semester! In addition to delicious Thai takeout cuisine, these monthly sessions features brief presentations, highlighting quick tips/ideas/techniques to try from the Faculty Center, Instructional & Emerging Technologies, and the College Libraries.
- Coffee Break with Kelly – Kelly Miller, Instructional Technologist, will be taking us to various locations on campus for a drop-in coffee hour. Get a close-up look at our many technology resources! The lightboard studio, the new Spark Lab and other locations will be highlighted.
- Grants for course/curriculum revision/creation – Watch for the announcements for these grant opportunities; up to $20,000 will be available to distribute, in $1000 - $4000 awards. We will also be hosting several panel discussions, highlighting the work faculty have accomplished using these funds.
- Academic Innovation and High Impact Practice funds –See our website for full details for these mini grants.
- Lancaster Learns This annual local, pedagogy-focused conference will again be held the last Friday in February. Dr. Stephen Chew will be the keynote speaker.
- Reading Groups – Our fall reading group selection will be pedagogy focused, inviting readers to consider course design from a new angle - Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World. We plan to meet twice during the fall semester – join us! Do you have a text you’d love to read with colleagues? Gather together a group of 6 (or more) interested readers, then we will work with you to order the books and set up meeting times in the Faculty Center.
- Conversations with….Series – This year we kick off our series with a lunchtime conversation for faculty with our new Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Cameron Wesson. During the year, we will also be chatting with Kate Snider, Title IX Coordinator, and our Human Resources department.
- Faculty Leadership Development is a growing focus for the Faculty Center. We’ll be partnering with former members of PS, Provost and Dean Wesson, and department chairs to bring you new programs, including a series of “how to’s” for classroom observations, writing tenure and interim review letters.
- Thinking about Retirement? – The Faculty Center will be hosting several casual gatherings of emeriti faculty and invite those beginning to think about what life might be like in retirement to join the conversation. Plenty of time for socializing and Q&A.
And those are just a few of the events you can look forward to this year in the Faculty Center. We hope to see you often this year - at our events, for an individual consultation, or just a social visit. Remember, the Faculty Center is open and available for your use anytime we are not hosting a meeting or event. Double check our calendar, then feel free to drop by as your schedule permits – and bring a colleague - for a cup of coffee or a seltzer, a snack, a chat or a quiet respite from your day!
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has great learning science content on its blog. Don't let the term "technology" in the title of the group fool you - the ideas shared on this site highlight both tech and non-tech tools and methods to encourage student engagement in the classroom.
The Course of Mind Podcast - We learn from the moment we are born. How can we learn more effectively? This is the question that educator hosts Zac Chase (@MrChase) and Shana White (@ShanaVWhite) brainstorm with leading experts in the learning sciences to try answer in the 'Course of Mind', the new podcast from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).