Faculty Center for Teaching
The Faculty Center for Teaching is pleased to collaborate with the LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Collective, the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of Multicultural Life on the upcoming event:
Teachers Talking i-Gen: Transgender Sensitivity and Cultural Competency Workshop
Friday, January 18th, 2019
1 PM - 2 PM
The workshop aims to provide faculty and staff with tools to better support our transgender and non-binary students, colleagues and community members, and will be co-facilitated by Connie Wolfe (Associate Professor of Psychology and Intergroup Dialogue Program Co-Director) and Mark Smiley (LGBT Coordinator and Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Life).
This event is open to all faculty and staff. Refreshments will be available. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.
The Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT), and the Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Team (CARE) invite interested faculty and staff to the co-sponsored the event:
Teachers Talking i-Gen: Supporting Students with CARE
Friday, December 7th
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Seegers GQ Annex
This session will be facilitated by Allison Gulati, Michele Paules, Mark Sciutto, and Tim Silvestri.
A goal of this second session in the Teachers Talking i-Gen series is for faculty and staff to continue conversations about how to address challenging behaviors that students may display in and out of the classroom. We will consider strategies for supporting students who are dealing with complex issues such as anxiety, depression, aggression, and over-commitment. Other session goals are to highlight the role of the CARE team and to clarify faculty/staff responsibilities with regard to when or if to report student behaviors. Conversations will be initiated using case studies based on situations encountered at Muhlenberg.
Refreshments will be available as of 1:45 PM. To ensure we configure sufficient space and have enough materials on hand, please RSVP to Brenda Larimer (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 5th if you plan to attend.
The Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) and the Faculty Development and Scholarship Committee (FDSC) are pleased to invite you to the co-sponsored event:
Thursday, November 29th
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
All interested faculty and staff are welcome. An assortment of appetizers, wine, beer, and other beverages will be provided.
This will be an interactive event highlighting faculty work that was supported by either the types of grant funding linked to FCT (New Course Development Grants, Pedagogical Development Grants, and Small Group Pedagogical Development Grants) or the funding available through FDSC (Summer Research Grants, Summer Collaborative Grants with Students, and Mellon Community Grants).
Faculty discussants will share information about how they framed and executed their pedagogical and/or scholarly projects and how the grant funding facilitated their progress. As the next round of applications for such funding will be due early in the spring semester, we believe this session will also provide timely opportunities to talk about potential projects.
Faculty participants include Sharon Albert, Sue Clemens, Tom Cragin, Gail Eisenberg, Yariv Fadlon, Will Gryc, Tineke D'Haeseleer, Roland Kushner, Jonathan Lassiter, Daniel Leisawitz, Dawn Lonsinger, Matt Moore, Leticia Robles-Moreno, Stefanie Sinno, and Mattieu de Wit.
The Digital Learning Team (DLT) and the Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) are pleased to invite you to the interactive event:
Digital Brew III
Friday, November 9th
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Language Commons, Ettinger Hall
This session is designed so that participants have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with some of the digital technologies in use on campus. In addition, faculty from a variety of disciplines and digital learning collaborators (complete list below) will be on hand to demonstrate how available technologies are being integrated into Muhlenberg courses. Whether you are a "digital beginner" or have some background with these tools already, we are confident you will come away from this event with new ideas for effectively integrating these technologies into your courses and your student-faculty research collaborations.
All interested faculty and staff are welcome. If this isn't enticement enough, we will also offer craft beers, other beverages, and assorted snacks.
Digital Brew 3 Contributors:
wayGen: Mapping Pathways to Present
Susan Falciani, Trexler Library
openGen: Italian I Open Textbook
Dan Leisawitz and Daniela Viale, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, & Timothy Clarke, Digital Learning
castGen: Podcasting in the Classroom
Danielle Sanchez, History and Africana Studies & Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Digital Learning
virtualGen: Explorations in Virtual Reality
Thomas Sciarrino, ITDL
storyGen: Mediamaking Across the Curriculum
Richard Niesenbaum, Biology and Sustainability Studies, & Sean Miller, Media Services/ITDL
The Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) invites all interested faculty and staff to the first event in the Teachers Talking i-Gen series:
Teachers Talking i-Gen: Post Millennials Rising?
Thursday, October 11th
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Refreshments (including wine, beer, other beverages, and assorted appetizers) will be available as of 4:45 PM. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Brenda Larimer (email@example.com) by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 9th if you plan to attend.
Teachers Talking 2018 - 2019: i-Gen: What’s the Difference?
As Homer wrote: "Like the generations of leaves, so are the generations of mortal men." Current marquee labels for those born between 1995 and 2012 are “i-Gen” or “Generation Z.” According to Forbes, i-Gen members make up twenty-five percent of the United States population and outnumber both Millennials and Baby Boomers.
The Teachers Talking series for 2018 - 2019 will focus on challenges and opportunities we are encountering while working with the current "i-Gen" generation of students. Jean Twenge’s controversial 2017 book, i-Gen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood links i-Gen’s distinctiveness to “how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their surprising attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics.” (Twenge)
Though we always need to question and debate the very value of generational categories, FCT has over the years found it helpful, in conversations with colleagues across disciplines, to reflect on intellectual and behavioral trends we have observed in our current students and to strategize about how to most effectively connect and work with them. This series will focus on questions about effective pedagogy and student agency. These sessions will also allow follow up on questions about this topic that surfaced at the FCT Open House on September 4th.
At this first event on 10/11, we will begin interrogating the patterns and characteristics of our current generation of students by discussing questions such as:
- In what ways are students growing up differently? What are the implications for our teaching? Are we so different from i-Gen? How much like i-Gen are we?
- To what extent should student preferences drive pedagogical decisions?
- How do i-Gen students interpret concepts such as trigger warnings, safe spaces, and micro-aggressions?
- A 2017 McGraw Hill poll of faculty indicated that students were less willing to ask questions and participate in class than they were five years ago. Are we experiencing this at Muhlenberg? Do we see the characteristics described in the suggested readings for this session (links below) in our own students?
- How does one determine the appropriate use of technology for these students? Given the degree to which i-Gen students learn on line, how can we best teach them to evaluate and analyze content? What positive role can social media play in a student’s scholarly development?
- Do the spaces we teach in align with i-Gen’s needs?
- How can we manage the prevailing campus “culture of busyness” so that it does not compromise student’s academic achievement and intellectual development?
FCT would like this first conversation to help us move toward identifying behaviors and approaches that promote better understanding and more effective teaching of i-Gen students at Muhlenberg.
We ask that you peruse the following two articles prior to the session:
- The iGen Shift: Colleges Are Changing to Reach the Next Generation
- Kids These Days and iGen: two competing visions of what makes a millennial
Other recent references:
- Does Our Cultural Obsession With Safety Spell the Downfall of Democracy?.
- Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think They Are
The Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) invites all interested faculty and staff to our first event of the semester:
OPEN HOUSE + Wine + Cheese
Tuesday, September 4th
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Seegers Union 111 - 112
As in years past, this wine & cheese event is, in part, a “welcome back” social get together for faculty and staff.
There will be opportunities for participants to discuss and brainstorm ideas related to FCT's work. This year, topics for discussion stem from inquiries and suggestions we've received from faculty and staff such as faculty development wants and needs, expanding FCT's identity profile, developing concrete strategies to promote work/life balance, and current hot topics in higher education.
Shortly after the event we will provide a detailed summary report of the input gathered. We plan to offer as many opportunities for faculty conversation and development as are feasible based on the comments we receive.