Upcoming Events:

The Provost’s Office, the Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Integrative Learning Co-Coordinators welcome your participation in the two-day May workshop 

Engaged Liberal Arts for All: Inclusive Pedagogies and High Impact Practices.

This interactive workshop is funded by the College’s Andrew W. Mellon Grant, Practicing the Liberal Arts: Developing and Applying Scholarly Skills.

 Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hoffman House on 5/16 and Seegers Union, Room 113 on 5/17

Workshop Description:  

As the AAC&U website notes, “high-impact” teaching and learning practices “have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, especially historically underserved students, who often do not have equitable access to high-impact learning.”  This interactive workshop will explore the importance of classroom climate, as well as pedagogical strategies for increasing inclusion in learning environments in and outside of the classroom.  We will also examine how high impact practices and engaged assignments can enhance learning for all students.  Each day will provide opportunities for participants to apply tools and strategies to their own courses, assignments, and pedagogical practices.

Brooke Vick, Associate Provost for Faculty & Diversity Initiatives, will lead the first day of the workshop, and Paul Hanstedt, Director of Pedagogical Innovation and Professor of English at Roanoke College, will lead the second.  

This workshop will 1) provide opportunities to recognize the ways in which our own current pedagogies might be excluding or marginalizing some students, and to realign our teaching to be genuinely inclusive for all students; and 2) to incorporate high-impact practices into all of our interactions with students to strengthen these inclusive pedagogies.

Some key topics to be discussed in this workshop include:

  • Description of inclusive pedagogical approaches and common pitfalls that can decrease learning in underrepresented or minoritized groups;
  • Characteristics and best practices for increasing inclusion in higher education;
  • How high impact pedagogies can increase inclusion;
  • Concrete examples of high impact practices and opportunities to apply these examples;
  • How to develop high impact assignments which enhance inclusion and foster integrative learning;
  • Demonstrate and explore links between high impact inclusive pedagogies and the IL requirement;

Each participant will receive a copy of Paul Hanstedt’s book, Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World, as well as a stipend of $300 for completing both days of the workshop.  It is important to note that we only have room for 25 participants.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served both days.

Please RSVP to Deb Sweeney (debrasweeney@muhlenberg.edu) by Wednesday, May 1st if you would like to attend.  We hope to see you there.

 


 

The Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL), the Office of the Dean of Academic Life, the Dean of Students Office, the Education Department, and the Office of Disability Services, will co-sponsor a campus visit by Dr. Jane Thierfeld-Brown.  Professor Thierfeld-Brown is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School, Director of College Autism Spectrum, and former Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. 

There will be two separate opportunities for faculty and staff to participate in discussion-based workshops with Dr. Thierfeld-Brown. These conversations will include identifying tangible strategies for working with students with disabilities. As part of these workshops, she will facilitate discussions of case studies based on experiences here at Muhlenberg that highlight important academic, interpersonal, and legal challenges.

Workshop A:  Wednesday, March 20th, from 3:30 PM - 5 PM in the Hoffman House

Workshop B:  Thursday, March 21st, from 1:30 PM - 3 PM in the Hoffman House

If you would like to participate in one of the workshops, please RSVP to Brenda Larimer (brendalarimer@muhlenberg.edu) and indicate which session you plan to attend.  We welcome your participation even if your schedule does not permit attending the session for the entire time.  Refreshments will be served at both workshops.

Dr. Thierfeld-Brown will also give a public address on the evening of Wednesday, March 20th at 7 PM in the Miller Forum, Moyer Hall.  Her presentation, Is This Person Ready to be a College Student?, will address what she describes as the "realities of post-secondary options for students with with disabilities."

 




The Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL) invites all interested faculty and staff to the dialogue-based workshop:

Disrupting Dialogues: Battling Burn Out and Restoring Self and Community

Friday, February 8th, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Seegers 113


This session will be facilitated by Kenneth Michniewicz (Psychology), Kate Richmond (Psychology, Women & Gender Studies), and Sherri Young (Chemistry).

Nationwide and across institution-type, faculty and staff are consistently reporting being professionally, emotionally, and mentally stretched.  Teaching and learning centers are increasingly becoming sites where colleagues collaborate to address issues related to self-care, burn out, restoration, community connection, and workday balance. 

Key goals for this workshop include identifying strategies to promote work-life balance and disrupting the pattern of “becoming sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Through both individual work and collective dialogue, we seek to identify actionable initiatives and develop practical approaches to better cultivate a campus culture at Muhlenberg that supports satisfying and manageable work lives. 

Refreshments will be available as of 12:45 PM.  To ensure we configure sufficient space and have enough materials on hand, please RSVP to Brenda Larimer  (brendalarimer@muhlenberg.edu) by the end of the day on Wednesday, February 6th if you plan to attend.

Pre-Session Readings:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-I-Collapsed-on-the-Job/242537?fbclid=IwAR0YFjY2Vw-r16LsRFUspqpQR66ZlB7cPBixyXau8fJy7EOWd3pVe4HzAnw

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/01/17/professor-gives-advice-colleagues-starting-new-year-self-care-opinion#.XEM6H6w9Ves.link

https://search-proquest-com.muhlenberg.idm.oclc.org/docview/2116575226?accountid=40980 

 


 

The Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning 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

Hoffman House

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 Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL), 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  (brendalarimer@muhlenberg.edu) by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 5th if you plan to attend.


  

The Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL) and the Faculty Development and Scholarship Committee (FDSC) are pleased to invite you to the co-sponsored event:

Grants Fair

Thursday, November 29th
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Hoffman House

 

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 MCTL (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 Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL) 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 Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL) 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

Hoffman House

 

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 (brendalarimer@muhlenberg.edu) 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, MCTL 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 MCTL 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?

 

MCTL 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:

 

Other recent references:

 


 

The Muhlenberg Center for Teaching and Learning (MCTL) 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 MCTL'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 MCTL'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.