1/23/2020 Faculty Center

Faculty Center Newsletter - Spring 2020

Happy 2020 from the Faculty Center!   Read on to see what's in store at the Faculty Center this spring... 

As you may have heard, Faculty Center Director Amy Mulnix will be on  sabbatical for much of the spring semester.  While Amy is away, we are happy to share that Amelia Rauser (A&AH) will be serving as our Interim Associate Director.  She will have regular hours in the Faculty Center and will be available for consultation about a variety of topics.  Our Faculty Center Advisory Board members (Carrie Landfried, FRN; Harriet Okatch, BIO; Amy Singer, SOC) will also be spending more time in the Faculty Center this spring.  Check our weekly “For the Faculty…” post for up-to-date details about their scheduled hours and availability in the Center. 

Faculty Center Coordinator, Cindy Wingenroth, will continue managing daily operations of the space, so please stop by as your schedule permits.  Cindy will also serve as a point of contact for questions, directing you to other available resources on campus and scheduling appointments with the Interim Associate Director or any of our board members.  Cindy can be reached at     717-358-5953 or via email at cindy.wingenroth@fandm.edu.

Here are a few highlights of upcoming events on The Faculty Center calendar this spring. Always check the weekly Friday “For the Faculty…” message for the most current details.

Supporting Scholarship:
  • Brown Bag Lunch Series – We will be holding monthly brown bag lunches during the Spring semester, focusing on topics related to faculty scholarship.  Topics will include: publishing a book (1/31), moving in new directions / taking risks in your work (2/21), open access publishing (3/4), student research in the Humanities (4/24). 
  • Post-Leave Research Talks – We will host 3 talks this spring, with 6 faculty sharing their work.  Fingers crossed one of those events may take place in the new Winter Visual Arts Center!  
  • Deep Work Thursdays  will continue this semester, providing a quiet work time in the Faculty Center each week. Plan to join us for an hour or two away from your office and all those distractions!
  • Fulbright Scholar – Join us for an hour with Amy Cuhel-Schuckers, (OCG) and our Interim Associate Director Amelia Rauser, who will share her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar program. Learn about the program, the application process, and more.
  • Write-In Day – We will again host a faculty Write-In Day during reading days at the end of the semester, Monday, May 4th.  
Exploring Pedagogy:
  • Move It Mondays!  Keep that New Year’s resolution to get in more steps while exploring new pedagogical ideas.  Join Kelly Miller (IET) and Cindy Wingenroth (Faculty Center) for an hour every other Monday for 30ish minutes of walking while listening to a podcast, followed by time for conversation. Look for a separate announcement with details, including a list of the podcasts we’ll be enjoying. We plan to walk outside, if weather permits, or inside, at the ASFC track, so get your walking shoes ready for a February start!
  • Friday “Thai-day” Buffet – The Faculty Center, Instructional and Emerging Technologies, and the College Library will again be joining forces to offer this buffet lunch.  In addition to delicious Thai takeout cuisine, each session will feature brief presentations - a buffet of ideas touching on the areas of technology, pedagogy and scholarly productivity as well as a buffet lunch.  First up will be an introduction and demonstration of the annotation tool Hypothes.is, with Alexis Castor and Lee Franklin on Friday, 2/7.
  • Coffee Breaks around Campus – We have 2 coffee breaks scheduled around campus this spring.  First up, Friday, 1/31, we will be in the Testing Center in the Office of Student Accessibility Services, to learn about what happens in that space and office.  We will also visit the Spark Lab in SFL in February.
  • Grants for course/curriculum revision/creation – Watch for the announcements for these grant opportunities; up to $18,000 will be available to distribute, in $1000 - $4000 awards.
  • CNX Faculty Programs – The Faculty Center will host several events targeted for CNX faculty, beginning with a lunch on Friday, 1/24, on Scaffolding Research in CNX II classes.  In March, we will host a CNX Coffee Break in the Faculty Center, for drop in conversation.
  • Lancaster Learns This annual LOCAL, pedagogy-focused conference will again be held the last Friday in February, 2/28.  Dr. Stephen Chew will be the keynote speaker, and his talk is entitled "How NOT to Fool Ourselves:  Infusing Cognitive Science into Teaching and Learning. Registration is open now and the Faculty Center has funding to reimburse up to 8 faculty for their registration fee.  Sign up now - Dr. Chew's presentation is not to be missed!
Fostering Community:
  • Conversations with...Series – This spring we will host a lunchtime conversation with Melanie DeSantis (HR) and Kate Snider (Title IX) on 2/17 about Title IX processes.  We will also hold a "Mental Health Break" coffee hour conversation with Susan Knoll about the new website her office is creating to gather resources for working with students. 
  • Thinking about Retirement? – The Faculty Center will be hosting another casual gathering of emeriti faculty in late April, and those of you who are beginning to think about what life might be like after leaving the classroom are encouraged to join in the conversation. Plenty of time for socializing and Q&A.
  • Reading Group – Our spring reading group selection will be pedagogy focused, with a technology twist. Intentional Tech explores a variety of educational technology tools, with descriptions of ways they have been used by college faculty in their courses.  It is written by Derek Bruff, director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, whose favorite tool is…wheels on chairs! We plan to meet twice during the spring semester, and conversation will be led by Kelly Miller (IET).  Interested?  Contact Cindy at facultycenter@fandm.edu to learn more! 

And those are just a few of the events you can look forward to this spring in the Faculty Center.  Check our calendar for more information about any of our events, and stop by as your schedule permits!  





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