Nationwide, as colleges see increasing enrollments of students with disabilities -- as well as students with emotional or psychological concerns -- faculty find themselves facing new challenges in teaching and mentoring this changing student body.
The Faculty SOS ("Supporting Our Students") Series seeks to provide faculty with the tools to meet this new challenge.
Jointly organized by the CTL, the Office of Disability Services, and the Office of Counseling Services, this series of informal roundtables and more formal workshops provide faculty with information and advice about how they can best work with students with disabilities as well as students with emotional or other psychological difficulties.
All faculty are welcome to attend.
In addition, check out our Student Support Resources page to find answers to many common questions about student support on campus.
Fall 2013 Schedule
"What's My Role? Navigating Faculty-Student Relationships"
Tuesday, September 24
9:00 - 10:00 am
Due to the close faculty-student relationships on this campus, Stonehill students often turn to faculty when personally distressed or struggling academically. Other times, faculty are the first to notice when a student does not seem like him or herself. Yet faculty can sometimes be unsure of their roles and responsibilities in these situations.
In this roundtable, Elizabeth Orlando, Director of Disabilities Services and Maria Kavanaugh, Director of Counseling Services will lead us in a discussion of the various roles faculty play in students’ lives – both inside and outside of the classroom – along with strategies for how and when to assist students in need of support. We’ll talk about what resources are available to faculty in their work with students and how to maintain healthy boundaries with students.
"Working with Students with Asperger Syndrome"
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Jane Thierfield Brown will hold an afternoon workshop for faculty about working with students with Asperger Syndrome. Author of Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel, Dr. Brown has 33 years experience working in disability services. Her workshop will provide faculty insight into the particular experiences of students with Asperger Syndrome, as well as practical advice for helping these students succeed.
"Supporting Students with Physical Disabilities"
Tuesday, November 19
9:00 - 10:00 am
Students with physical disabilities represent about 15% of students at postsecondary institutions nationwide. Here at Stonehill College, about 10% of the students registered with the Office of Disability Services have a mobility impairment or physical disability. Attend this session and learn about what a physical disability can entail and disability etiquette strategies for your classroom when working with students who have physical disabilities. Elizabeth Orlando, Director of Disability Services will be available to answer any questions