Faculty Center for Teaching
Selected Past FCT Programs
Refining themes for cluster proposals
Sharing insights from small group grant projects and teaching conferencesProject descriptions
New Directions in my Teaching: Presentation and Conversation with Pedagogical Grant Awardees
High Speed Connections: Exploring Possibilities for Interdisciplinary Teaching
Sharing pedagogical development from FCT-funded experiences - This session highlighted recent course and pedagogical development work across campus, with colleagues who sought FCT support in the form of summer grants or funds to attend teaching conferences as well as those who participated in the May 2011 course design workshop sharing what they have learned. Project descriptions
Informal discussion of articles from The Teaching Professor - Faculty members came together to discuss recent articles from The Teaching Professor journal.
Teaching students with learning differences and disabilities - Wendy Cole and Pamela Moschini facilitated a discussion based on case studies to explore how we can best help students, navigate our responsibilities to an increasingly diverse student population, and meet our course or program goals. Case studies handout.
Greening our pedagogy: Ways to integrate sustainability theory and practice into courses across the curriculum - If a product, program, or action is to be labeled as sustainable, it must serve to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This is best accomplished by encouraging or enhancing economic development; environmental protection and resource conservation; and human welfare including social justice, community enhancement, and public health. This program explored opportunities to integrate these aspects of sustainability widely across our curriculum including a more in depth look at the new Office of Campus Sustainability and how it can help support teaching. Handouts: Sustainability Resources and Ideas Kalyna Procyk, Office of Sustainability, Working definition of sustainability
Considering the “texts” of our courses and how to get students to “read” them -This program offered the opportunity to share strategies and challenges in student preparation, with an emphasis on reading texts. We adopted a broad consideration of the concept of “reading texts” to include musical scores, visual artwork, etc. Questions discussed included: What are the texts you use in a given course? Do you provide specific guidance to students as to how to read a text in preparation for class discussion, written response, etc.? What does that guidance look like? How do you gauge whether or not (or how well) students have read a text? Handouts: Questions for discussion, Information on student reading, AAC&U reading rubric, Additional reference (suggested by Mary Beth Kallen): Vandsburger, E. and R. Duncan-Datson. 2011. Evaluating the Study Guide as a Tool for Increasing Students' Accountability for Reading the Textbook. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 42(1).
Open forum for FCT - exploring the mission of FCT and ideas about what types of programs and support are most effective and enjoyable for our community. Handouts: FCT mission statement.
Responding to "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians" - Curriculum Mapping Pre-Med Courses: This event was organized by Jane Flood, Christine Ingersoll, and Elizabeth McCain and co-sponsored by the science departments, interdisciplinary science, and the Faculty Center for Teaching. The organizers shared what they had learned at a recent PKAL/AAC&U conference, particularly at a session focused on the HHMI/AAMC report "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians" (SFFP), and engaged colleagues in how proposed changes to the MCAT intersect with our curriculum.
Teaching with technology - The goal of this workshop was to facilitate conversations about when and why to consider use of technology to confront pedagogical challenges. The workshop featured roundtable discussions on topics gathered from faculty input and focused on an exchange of views, ideas, and questions. Specific topics discussed were enhancing class discussions and group work, creating and implementing meaningful assignments and assessments, and campus support and services with the instructional designer and instructional technologist. Materials: Class discussions and group work session summary, Campus technology support and services summary
Information Literacy - Facilitated by Jen Jarson, Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, with Kathy Harring and Amy Hark, this program explored information literacy, including understanding the concept, students' abilities in information literacy, and assignment ideas.
Connecting your course to the Community Garden - This program featured an informal discussion regarding how faculty and their courses could benefit from participating in Muhlenberg’s Community Garden.
Getting students to make meaningful connections - Led by Adam Clarke and Jim Bloom, this session explored how students make (or fail to make) connections between the concepts in our courses and experiences and ideas they encounter elsewhere: in other classes, while working on community projects, while traveling and studying abroad, when playing on an athletic team or writing and editing a student publication, with an eye toward designing courses and assignments that foster integration across our curriculum.
Making Connections Across Disciplines - Professors Esacove, Cate and Teissere presented their experiences team-teaching an interdisciplinary course called Bodies of Knowledge. They discussed their process of defining interdisciplinarity in relation to the learning goals they set forth for the course, how they assessed the course, their teaching strategies, assignments, evaluation and course structure.
Learning community on service learning, phase II - Eight faculty members along with Beth Halpern discussed ways to integrate service learning into the College’s institutional structure, address potential challenges related to partnerships, and ensure that our course-related relationships within the community are mutually beneficial.
New Contexts for Your Course: Connecting to Students’ Experiences - Led by Charles Anderson, this workshop focused on developing assignments and activities that faculty can use to meaningfully engage students with course material outside of class.
Making groups work - Led by Kimberly Heiman and Michael London, this program focused on facilitating understanding of the keys to effective group activities and assignments through an interactive group-based approach.
Course design workshop - A two-day workshop, facilitated by Dr. Barbara Tewksbury of Hamilton College, focusing on a course design process that involves setting overarching goals for students and developing assignments that help students make progress toward the goals. The workshop emphasized the development of courses that get students to think for themselves and transfer the skills and knowledge they have learned in a specific class to other contexts, whether academic or beyond the classroom.
Learning community on service learning, phase I - Organized by Lisa Perfetti and Beth Halpern, this program was primarily designed to support faculty members and community partners by providing a place to reflect on and learn about best practices of community- based learning.
Personal Boundaries -This program focused on handling issues such as what to do when students want to “friend” faculty and invite us into their social network, online or otherwise; how we should respond when students share information that we find overly personal; how to foster a supportive and comfortable learning environment in class while ensuring that students are treating the classroom space with respect; and how to balance expectations that Muhlenberg faculty should be friendly and available with our own need to have a private life away from students and campus.
Theory to Practice Learning Community -A summer learning community open to all faculty, academic support staff and student affairs professionals to explore the neuroscience research on learning and to apply these findings to revisions in classroom pedagogies.
Study Abroad -A round table discussion about student learning in short-term study abroad programs.
Choosing a Life of Teaching and Learning -Former Dean of the Wescoe School and currently a consultant specializing in emotional intelligence, Jim Brennan led this discussion about “lifelong learning”; what it is, how to inspire it in our students, and how we embody it.
Teaching with Technology - A workshop focused on how technology can help faculty to: save time, improve student learning, and make exploration of your teaching meaningful and enjoyable.