Center for Faculty Excellence

Book Discussion Groups

 

Spring 2020

Gateway Courses Faculty Learning Community

APPLY HERE by 1/27/2020. Click here for the informational flyer.

Faculty who teach gateway courses, defined as those 100 and 200 level courses that have more than 100 students enrolling over a calendar year, are invited to apply to participate in a faculty learning community that will examine how to apply current psychological science to their teaching to improve student success in their courses.

All sessions will be 75 minutes long and will be held on select Mondays at 1:00-2:15PM. A $500 professional development stipend will be given to participants who successfully participate in at least four of the five sessions.

  • February 3 - Session 1: Cognitive psychology of teaching and learning: an overview
  • February 24 - Session 2: Application and examples from the content areas
  • March 16 - Session 3: Small teaching: predicting, growing
  • April 6 - Session 4: Fostering metacognitive strategies to improve study skills: making exams worth more than the grade
  • April 27 - Session 5: Wrap up and planning to share our findings

*Note: If your course does not meet the definition of a gateway course, but you have evidence to suggest that it is an impediment to retention or graduation in your program, you may still apply. Please provide an explanation of this in your rationale for applying within our application form.

 
Group 1 Flipped Learning Book Discussion

"Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty" by Robert Talbert. Click here for the informational flyer. 

REGISTER HERE. Application closes on January 17th at 12:00 to allow time for books to come in. If you would like to join past the deadline, please contact CFE directly.

"Students in these classes not only learn the content of their courses as well as or better than in a traditional course setup, but also learn to take more responsibility for their work, make greater strides to becoming self-regulated learners... and are generally happier with the course. In fact ... students complain when a course doesn't use flipped learning, and some say 'how are we supposed to learn anything if all the teacher does is lecture during class?'" (Talbert, 2017)

This group is suitable for all faculty members in any content area with any level of experience in flipped learning, from beginner to expert. The book utilizes examples from mathematics, science, engineering, and business, but the methods are generic and can be applied across many content areas. 

Join Marcus Schultz-Bergin, Assistant College Lecturer in Philosophy, and Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, for this discussion group.

Meetings will be held on select Wednesdays at 10:30AM to 12:00PM.

  • January 22
  • February 12
  • March 4
  • March 25
 
Group 2 Teaching with Desirable Difficulties Book Discussion

"A Concise Guide to Teaching with Desirable Difficulties" by Diane Cummings Persellin, Mary Blythe Daniels, et al. Click here for the informational flyer.

REGISTER HERE. Application closes on March 27 at 12:00 to allow time for books to come in. If you would like to join past the deadline, please contact CFE directly.

Join Sarah Rutherford, Assistant Professor in Art & Design, and Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, for this discussion group.

Meetings will be held on select Thursdays at 10:30-11:30AM. More information to come.

  • March 19
  • April 9
  • April 30

 


Fall 2019

Group 1 Inclusive Teaching Faculty Learning Community
 
As our student body diversifies, faculty are called upon to respond. The Inclusive Teaching FLC will examine this issue by considering current theory and practice related to understanding the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of our students, and how our choice of teaching, assessment, and curriculum practices can promote equitable outcomes for all. Participants will receive a copy of the book "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do" by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD.
 
Meets the following Mondays from 10:15 to 11:30am.
  • September 16
  • October 7
  • October 28
  • November 18

The application for this group has closed. Please contact CFE directly if you would like more information.

Group 2 Gateway Courses Faculty Learning Community (Click for more information)