New Faculty Orientation
The orientation will be held on 19 and 20 August: Agenda for 19 August (updated slightly on 17 August); Agenda for 20 August. Any questions about the New Faculty Orientation should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, which is responsible for organizing this two-day event. Interim Dean is Dr. Robert Gates, 570-389-4015.
Fall Book Club Registrations (All Book Clubs will be held in TALE Center)
Individuals who participate in the book club are expected to participate in all three meetings. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org . TALE provides the books, you provide the stimulating conversation. To order and distribute books in a timely manner, please sign up by Friday, 29 August, 3:00 PM. Book clubs will need to have at least 8 people to sign up in order to hold them.
Book Club 1:
Three Meetings on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 PM
“Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and to better retention of what was learned.
Facilitator: Dr. Nancy Giles, Psychology
Book Club 2
Three Meetings on Fridays from 9:00-10:00 AM
Description from the publisher:
“You've heard about ‘flipping your classroom’—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize ‘naked’ face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.”
Facilitator: Dr. Nakul Kumar, Economics
Book Club 3:
Three Meetings on Tuesday from 9:30-10:00 AM
See description in column 1.
I encourage individuals to sign up first for the Friday club if your schedule permits that is being facilitated by Dr. Nancy Giles.
Description: "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the study of teaching and learning and the communication of findings so that a body of knowledge can be established." The benefits of SoTL? Through the scholarly investigation of teaching and a review of the literature, you can improve your teaching and student learning. We compel ourselves to question our assumptions about what is working and not working in the classroom. And we have a responsibility to our colleagues to "contribute to the body of knowledge about effective teaching" through presentations and publications. Learn more from the authors of Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Beth Dietz-Uhler and Cathy Bishop Clark in this presentation. (This is a MediaSite Recording made possible by Instructional Media Services.)