May College | 2019 | Registration | St. Lawrence University Academic Affairs

May College | 2019 | Registration

The Faculty Development Committee is offering a two-day menu of engaging workshops and presentations with something for everyone. Can you benefit from a deeper understanding of Gen Z students in general or international students in particular? Looking for ways to innovate your teaching or try different grading options? Build resiliency in the face of professional challenges? Develop a meaningful online presence that reflects your identity? Gain insights into what colleagues and students really think about the diversity and inclusion on our campus? No matter what your disciplinary area or rank, we’re sure you’ll find many sessions in this year’s smorgasbord that will intrigue and inform. Join us—all are welcome here.

All events will take place in Sykes Formal Lounge.

Day 1: Tuesday, May 21st

8:30 am – 9:00 am | Continental Breakfast

Welcome: Evelyn Jennings, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Margaret Vilas Professor of Latin American History

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Session I: Who Are Our Students Today & Tomorrow?
Florence Hines, VP and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Understanding our students is critical to providing both effective teaching and support. You may have mastered Millennials, but the next wave is already here at St. Lawrence. How well do you really know Generation Z? In this session, Vice-President and Dean of Admissions, Florence Hines, interprets the latest research on Gen Z (students born 1995 and later) through a St. Lawrence lens. Even if you have seen Florence speak on this topic, there will be new information, along with an introduction to the incoming Class of 2023. Don’t miss it!

10:30 am – 10:45 am | Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm | Session II: Lessons from the FYP
Paul Graham, English: Time Well Spent: Why Students Love Challenging Texts, and How to Teach Them
Kurt Bouman, Director of the WORD Studio: Asking for What You Want: Unpacking the Genre of Assignment Sheets
Shelley McConnell, Government: It’s in the Syllabus: Setting Policies You and Your Students Can Live With

In this session we’ll hear from several colleagues on lessons they have learned from teaching in the FYP or engaging with first-year students on fundamental elements of our teaching that we all struggle to perfect--syllabi and classroom policies, communicating assignment goals and tasks, and getting students to read challenging texts.

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch

All attendees are welcome for lunch. We will also have the opportunity during the lunch hour to talk with colleagues who have taught sophomore seminars and exchange ideas and feedback on the Sophomore Journeys initiatives. Please plan to join us.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Session III: Professional Resilience
Cathy Crosby, Sarah Gates, Liz Regosin, Mike Schuckers
Cheryl Stuntz, Jeff Chiarenzelli, Karl Schonberg
Cynthia Bansak, Samantha Glazier, Joe Erlichman

We all encounter bumps in the road in our teaching and scholarly work. Some of our colleagues who have been recognized by their SLU peers will talk about their own professional challenges and how they have handled them.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Session IV: Dream Big, Act Small

Are you wishing you could finish that article that has been in your desk drawer for months (or years!)? Rejuvenate your research agenda? Teach a new topic? Learn to play the zither? In this session we will practice ways to name those dreams, identify strategies for setting meaningful and achievable short and longer-term personal and professional goals, then make a plan to realize them.  

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | 3rd Annual Grants Reception

Join your colleagues to celebrate another strong year of grant-seeking at St. Lawrence--and if you haven’t yet joined the club, learn how grantseeking can benefit your teaching and scholarly work. End the day by relaxing among old and new friends, and enjoy an assortment of beer, wine (with REAL wine glasses), drinks, and special appetizers. All are welcome!

Day 2: Wednesday, May 22nd

8:30 am – 9:00 am | Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:45 am | Session I: The 2018 Campus Climate Survey for Diversity and Inclusion: Highlights and Areas of Opportunity
Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion
Christine Zimmerman, Director of Institutional Research

An interactive presentation on the results of the campus climate survey and its potential for helping us create a more inclusive community for students, faculty, and staff. This presentation will focus on disparities in the ways various groups experience the campus climate. Participants will have an opportunity to work with colleagues to identify strategies for addressing challenges revealed by the survey.

10:45 am – 11:00 am | Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Session II: Language, Culture and Learning
Robin Rhodes-Crowell, Modern Languages

This workshop will include background and insight into the successes and challenges of students whose first language is not English, as well as an examination of prevailing cultural assumptions, effective instruction and assessment, and analysis of sample student work. Collaboration and discussion will help all participants leave with strategies to increase the effectiveness of instructor feedback and our students’ learning.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch & Technology Showcase

Technology Showcase: During lunch, join Educational Technologies staff to hear about new products and technologies.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Session III: Grading: Cutting-Edge Debates
Alison Del Rossi, Economics:
What are our average grades?
Brian Chezum, Economics: What should the average grade be?
Mike Schuckers, Statistics: How do grades matter for PSC?
Allie Rowland, PCA: What Can We Learn From Anti-Racist Assessment Scholars?

Grades are likely to continue being the source of endless debates. This session will explore different aspects of their use as an assessment and evaluation tool.  Do grades only reflect student learning, or do they also capture additional factors? Are they an absolute measure of proficiency, or should they be adjusted? Do they present a final assessment product or can they be further evaluated? Please join the debate!

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Session IV: Curating Your Digital Presence to Craft a Scholarly and/or Artistic Identity
Sarah Knobel, Art
Steve Barnard, Sociology
Jeffrey Maynes, Philosophy
Elyssa Twedt, Psychology
Choong-Soo Lee, Math

In this session, colleagues from different disciplines will share both how and why they have used personal websites to curate their digital presence and craft their identities as scholars, artists, and teachers. We’ll look at specific examples and discuss possible tools to help you curate your own digital presence.

5:00 pm | SLU Employee Picnic @ The Leithead Fieldhouse