Titles and Descriptions of Faculty Development Workshops
Book Dialogue Training: Whistling Vivaldi
Facilitator Training Session How does stereotype threat affect education?
In "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do" social psychologist, Claude Steele, explores stereotype threat, emphasizing how this can dominate the educational experience for minority students. How do we respond to this dynamic in our classes?
The Whistling Vivaldi reading group was created as a space where the faculty could consider and begin an open dialogue about racial and other diversity experiences on our campus as they relate to us as faculty. Our discussions are based on content raised in Whistling Vivaldi, a consideration of the way that stereotype threat affects all of us in different ways in our lives. The main focus is, however, on the college experience. In thinking back on his graduate school experience, author, Claude M. Steele, writes, “It was a place where intellectual ability was just about the most prized human characteristic, and it wasn’t wasted on me that, in American consciousness, this was precisely the characteristic my group [African Americans] was stereotyped as lacking” (p153).One study Steele references begins with the question: “How does a white teacher give critical feedback to a black student so that feedback is trusted and motivating?” (p161)… “The mere fact of being black, in light of the stereotypes about it, creates a quandary over how to interpret critical feedback on academic work” (p162).
There is much to talk about. It is important that you read the book before coming to the dialogue. We also want to note that this is an introductory discussion. We recognize that much more time is needed to discuss the book but will do the best we can in the time allotted.
Book Dialogue: Teaching as if Life Matters
Participants will receive a copy of the book (please return to CTL after for other participants) “Teaching as Life Matters: The Promise of a New Education Culture” by Christopher Uhl and Dana Stuchul.
This is a new book that takes a more holistic and transformative look at teaching. The authors argue that as teachers we are well positioned to act as agents of change. Participants will be asked to read the book prior to the three hour session. During the session, we will be discussing the book as well as developing a transformative teaching plan for Spring Semester.
Engagement in Motion for YOUR Students
In this workshop participants will demonstrate an engagement technique that is being used in their own classroom. Faculty will also have an opportunity to reflect on their learning experiences during the previous workshops and discuss the challenges of engaging students at Sinclair.
Faculty Bullying Faculty: Incivility in the Academic Community
Research focuses on physical and mental pain caused by bullying in elementary schools, but it seldom addresses college collegiality. Incivility affects most faculty members. Questions addressed include who bullies: mean, sick, insensitive, power-hungry faculty? Are those bullied overly sensitive? What are the results of bullying for individuals and organizations? Solutions? The facilitators will present research findings, and participants will discuss cases of bullying and solutions. Participants will take away handouts summarizing findings and strategies for their own situations.
Flipped Learning Seminar
Are you interested in turning your classroom upside down and inside out? Do you want to experiment with the newest ideas in teaching innovation? Redesign a course using Universal Design - multiple means of student engagement; Flipped Classroom - lecture/information delivery online with active learning in the classroom; Hybrid Delivery Option - replace half of your class meetings with online activity; Open Education Resources - find free resources to support student learning.
Good Workshop Design
Participants interested in developing and facilitating professional development workshops for Sinclair Community College faculty are invited to learn more about the specific elements of well designed workshops.
International Travel with Students: Reflection as a Pedagogical Method
Please come join the Center for Teaching and Learning as part of Global Awareness Week activities as we host Susanna Mckibben, Educational Associate for BorderLinks in Tucson, Arizona. BorderLinks is an educational organization that hosts numerous college student trips each year including locally, Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, Wittenberg University, and Xavier University. Sinclair Community College has participated in the BorderLinks program for the past seven years and over 60 students have participated. Susanna Mckibben will be discussing international student travel as well as the importance of the pedagogical method of reflection. Faculty will receive examples of simulations and materials they can use in the classroom to teach about border issues. To read more about the work of BorderLinks, visit their website at www.borderlinks.org.
Make It Stick
A simple, inspiring and credible experience that will give faculty the power to breathe life into courses and renew course content. Faculty will use the six principles of Made to Stick to reflect upon and refine teaching and learning. Brought to you by Sinclair's Faculty Fellows.
Small Steps to Creating a More Inclusive Classroom
In this brief workshop, faculty will have a chance to explore what it means to create an “inclusive” classroom and learn ways to assess the inclusiveness of their pedagogy. Participants will learn about simple strategies that can be used in any college classroom to create a more inclusive environment. All participants will receive a folder with detailed resources on creating more diversity and inclusive classrooms.
So, You Want to be a Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop Developer and Presenter?
The Center for Teaching and Learning is moving into a new era of faculty development. We will be offering a more planned curriculum as well as developing better assessment tools for our workshops. We are asking future workshop presenters to complete this workshop to understand the responsibilities and expectations of workshop developers and presenters. By attending this workshop, participants will learn the new requirements for workshops and also have an opportunity to develop a workshop for delivery in the 2012-2013 year. If you are interested in assisting in faculty development, please plan to participate in this workshop.
Research has shown that college students who maintain higher levels of hope experience higher levels of academic success. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the academic concept of hope and how it relates to student success and completion. Participants will leave with ideas for activities that will foster hope in their classrooms.
Teaching to the Rhythms of Semesters
This workshop will focus on some of the research concerning teaching on semesters. Topics covered will include: -Recognizing the increased amount of time in the course for students and the effects of that increase (meeting times in semesters compared to quarters; an increased cognitive load; impact on student retention; student self-efficacy and the switch to semesters); -Recognizing the importance of outside-of-class assignments and how they can effectively function pedagogically; -Addressing the inevitable "mid-semester doldrums; -Teaching strategies for semesters; -Semesters and the opportunities for deep learning.
The 411 on CTL Funding Available for Faculty
Educating for Life requires faculty to continuously improve and learn about the latest research in their disciplines but traveling to conferences or taking outside workshops can be costly. Sinclair Community College supports its full-time faculty through funding opportunities like Career Seminar, Showcase Sinclair, Mini-Sabbatical and Learning Challenge grants. This session will describe and instruct faculty on how to apply for these funding opportunities through the Center for Teaching and Learning. Most are competitive so attendance at this session will provide faculty with details and instructions on how to apply correctly, giving you a fair shot at the funding you need to develop professionally.
The Mayhem of Teaching: Mistakes, Miscues and Misunderstandings
The road to teaching excellence is often a lonely and difficult journey. Research on college teachers, especially community college teachers, indicates that faculty often work alone and rarely discuss the perils and problems of teaching with colleagues. In this workshop, Katherine R. Rowell, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Sinclair Community College and the 2005 CASE/CARNEGIE Community College Faculty of Year will share personal stories of lessons learned after twenty years in the college classroom. She will also present research and findings on developing as a community college teacher. As part of this workshop, faculty will have an opportunity to share their struggles and dilemmas with teaching as well as take steps to develop a teaching portfolio. All participants will receive a teaching journal and folder with materials to assist with the mayhem of teaching.
Think Globally, Teach Locally: Simple Steps to Internationalizing Your Classroom
Sinclair Community College is dedicated to increasing global competency of all our students. In this short workshop, faculty will learn about the global scholars program at Sinclair Community College as well as plans to internationalize our campus. During the workshop, facilitators will share some “quick” ways to internationalize your classroom. As part of the workshop, all participants will receive a resource guide on how to internationalize the curriculum.