Faculty Center for Teaching
Upcoming Events for Fall 2017:
Thursday, November 30th
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Seegers Union 111 - 112
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 the types of grant funding linked to FCT: New Course Development grants, Pedagogical Development grants, or Small Group Pedagogical Development grants. Faculty discussants will share information about how they framed and executed their pedagogical 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.
Participants include Chrysan Cronin, Allison Davidson, Laura Edelman, Brett Fadem, Kenneth Michniewicz, Matt Moore, Dustin Nash, Tad Robinson, James Russell, Jeremy Teissere, Mirna Trauger, Patrick Williams, and Connie Wolfe.
Digital Brew II
Co-sponsored by the Digital Learning Team and the Faculty Center for Teaching
Wednesday, November 8th
4:30 PM – 6:00 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 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. Please see the accompanying flyers for additional details.
Teachers Talking Intellectual Engagement – Beyond Academic Rigor
Wednesday, October 11th from 5 PM – 6:30 PM in Seegers Union 111 – 112
Recently, calls by politicians, executives, trustees, and others to increase and measure rigor in college and university courses have become even more vocal. As Muhlenberg strives to raise the overall academic profile of the college and promote its academic reputation, faculty and staff will find it increasingly difficult to avoid responding to these concerns.
While the shopworn phrase “academic rigor” permeates higher education literature, it is proving to be a term that is, at best, loaded and misunderstood. FCT has found, in its own deliberations and in conversations with colleagues across disciplines, greater interest in promoting intellectual engagement instead of maintaining narrower ideas of academic rigor. Thus, we are inclined to examine the ideals of academic excellence in terms of intellectual engagement. A multi-faceted concept that encompasses curricular, institutional, and contextual faculty and student behaviors, intellectual engagement incorporates concerns about pedagogy and assesibility often overlooked in conversations about “academic rigor.”
At this first event in the 2017 – 2018 Teachers Talking series, we will begin interrogating the concepts of engagement and rigor by discussing questions such as:
- Do faculty share a common understanding of intellectual engagement?
- How can we encourage it? How can we model it?
- What intellectual standards are we as a faculty committed to upholding?
- How can we establish and uphold these standards?
- How can we communicate to students “intellectual engagement” aspirations?
- Can “rigor” or “intellectual” be measured?
FCT would like this first conversation to help us move toward identifying behaviors and approaches that promote intellectual engagement at Muhlenberg and considering how we might articulate and institute ideals and standards of intellectual engagement.
We anticipate offering two additional programs in this series, both in the spring 2018 term.
Faculty Center for Teaching OPEN HOUSE + Wine + Cheese
Wednesday, September 6th from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM in Seegers 111 - 112
First and foremost, this wine & cheese event is intended to be a social get together for faculty and staff. Similar to formats used in past years, there will be many opportunities for participants to offer suggestions regarding directions and programming that FCT might pursue. The FCT Board welcomes thoughts, wish-lists, and recommendations regarding the future work of the FCT.
It is important to note that this information is invaluable to FCT as we work to meet a diverse range of community needs at individual, group, and institutional levels.. The majority of programming offered over the last two years was created in direct response to ideas brainstormed at this opening event. Shortly after the Open House, we will provide the community a detailed summary report of the input gathered.