Please join us for the first session of the New Faculty Pedagogy Series. We will hold identical sessions on Wednesday and Thursday to try and accommodate as many of you as possible - feel free to come either day. The series will continue each week through the fall, and is just for you as a new faculty member, allowing you to hear about and discuss pertinent teaching issues in a social setting with other new faculty.
Available materials: Robert Boice advice presentation
Next week, join us to discuss some overarching ideas about class planning, including some tools faculty commonly use to organize their materials for themselves, for their students, and for different purposes.
Many faculty do this with Powerpoint, and we have included an article that argues some pros and cons of that tool, and has a humorous historical reconstruction of Lincoln's Gettysburg address as a PPT (if only he had access to our technology, what might he have been able to achieve!)
There will be time devoted to your ideas and thoughts as well.
Available materials: Daily course planning presentation, Powerpoint Pro and Con articles, Four components of model class planning (Handout 1), Martine agenda (Handout 2), Brian Notebook example (Handout 3), Computerphile Page (Handout 4), Powerpoint Tips (Handout 5), Sue Ellen Henry class outline
We'll consider student evaluations, both mid-term and end of term. We'll share some ideas for using them for your own course improvement, and introduce the IDEA teaching evaluations: what they are, how to use them, how they are viewed, and some of the typical issues discussed during retention and tenure reviews here at Bucknell. We have attached the IDEA forms that you will be using: the faculty one where the learning goals are selected, and the one the students see. Please read them over carefully and try to match 3-4 of your learning objectives from one of your courses and bring any questions you may have. There are also a few other items attached, such as some thoughts on mid-term evaluations, some tips from the URC and a chapter from Raoul A. Arreola's, Developing a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation System (2006) that are worth a look.
Our next New Faculty Pedagogy Series is on how to construct good tests and writing assignments and prepare students for them. To that end, we will be joined by Loren Gustafson from the Writing Center and Katharyn Nottis from Education, who will share some well established practices. After a brief introduction, we'll break up into two groups and you can choose which one you would like to learn more about (handouts on both topics will be available for all).
Because grades and grading are an important aspect of tests and assignments, we are also providing you with a link to the aggregated departmental grades from 2013-2014 (located in myBucknell>Web Tools for Faculty>Banner Web>Faculty&Advisors>Faculty Grade Distribution Report). We are doing this for two reasons:1) it can be helpful for you to see what your colleagues are doing - and where you are in the pack, and 2) it is enlightening to reflect on student grade expectations. These departmental averages may not reflect all the different philosophies about the role of grades and the way they get made - to be sure, there is a wide variety on grading and its purpose/s. We have attached two 3-page overviews for contextualizing these themes: one on grading history and one on grading philosophies. All this is all prelude to creating tests and assignments that are good measures of what we have been attempting to teach.
This week we have two programs in one: you pick whichever is most pertinent when you arrive. One group will join Chris Magee and James Shields (co-chairs of the University Review Committee) in a conversation about preparing for tenure review. The other group will join Sue Ellen and Brian for a conversation about preparing for the job search. You might want to bring a copy of your DRC statement to refer to, as well as looking at the sections of the faculty handbook that have the URC criteria, located on the Moodle site at http://moodle.bucknell.edu/course/view.php?id=5901. We have also attached an article about getting a liberal arts teaching job that is right on point.
Fall break signals mid-term, and some of your students might be falling a bit behind - so what can be done to motivate them to catch up (or keep up)? Next week we will share an overview of the research on motivation that might help you solve that timeless question.
Utilizing groups in the classroom is one of the most effective means of facilitating student engagement with material. But, structuring group activities requires significant thought and preparation to make the activity useful and authentic and to avoid wasting time. At this session, Brian and Sue Ellen will go through good practices for structuring group activities, assigning group roles, and managing the report-out. To make this session as productive as possible, please bring an idea, topic, or a task that you think might be suitable for an in-class group activity. You will use that as a basis to further develop a group activity for your class featuring a specific structure, groups roles, and accountability. We will provide you with time to work on this activity, and to share your ideas with a small group.
We are planning to have an open conversation about teaching next week for the purpose of hearing issues or questions that people might be wondering about, struggling with, or solving. The purpose is not to find easy fixes, but rather to take advantage of the wisdom in the room to help advance our thinking and perhaps provide some compassion. Please add your questions/topics to the attached Google Doc. The group will review the list over lunch, and use it to drive the conversation.
Since you will be distributing IDEA Student Evaluation forms between November 18-December 8, we thought we'd review them next week. We'll spend some time on the process of preparing them (selecting learning objectives) the logistics of giving them (online vs paper, finding a proctor), and some pointers on when and how to prepare your students for completing them. You will get a paper packet or an email from the Provost shortly, but most of the documents are already available in myBucknell, Forms and Policies, Provost, Course Evaluation Forms. In addition, we'll discuss the effect that gender and race can have on students evaluations, and what you might want to be prepared for. Of course, we will also provide lunch in the TLC Faculty Development Room, so please RSVP for the sake of our food order (and do let us know if you have any dietary restrictions). We really enjoyed the conversations this week about teaching issues you are wresting with. Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you, and have a great weekend!
Available materials: Administering IDEA forms outline, Student Evaluations and Gendered Expectations article, Effect of Race on Credibility article, How to Not Let IDEA Evaluations Ruin Your Life presentation, IDEA forms and open-ended questions
This session features staff from Counseling and Student Development facilitating a discussion on how to identify, respond to, and possibly refer students in distress. We will discuss what faculty should be attuned to regarding student behavior in their classes, and what the most useful strategies are for responding.
Please join us at the New Faculty Pedagogy Series for a discussion on combining teaching and scholarship: a crucial aspect of surviving at Bucknell University (or any liberal arts institution). We will hear various examples of how this gets done at Bucknell, and consider how they could be useful in developing your own methods. We are including a short document for your perusal on five ways that combining teaching and scholarship can best be accomplished.
Available materials: Five models for Integrating Teaching and Scholarship article, Zimmerman handout
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