Academic Development Day
Once every semester, the College devotes a day to faculty conversations about relevant curricular issues and other faculty development activities. If you have a suggestion for an Academic Development Day breakout session or keynote, please contact us.
Fall 2008 Academic Development Day
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
8:30 Coffee and Pastries
9:00 Welcoming Remarks
9:15 Concurrent Breakout Sessions I
The first set of concurrent sessions all deal with questions relevant to particular "cohorts" of faculty, addressing issues relevant to where you are in your career:
JUST VISITING: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SHORT-TERM APPOINTMENT
Facilitators: Beth Belanger, Margaret Boyd, Constantinos Meikos
Faculty on limited-term appointments often face unique challenges, not least of which are feelings of isolation and the added pressures of the job market. This session is an opportunity to connect with others who are also "just visiting" at Stonehill and discuss strategies and suggestions for shaping a positive work experience while you're here.
TRAVELING THE PATH TO TENURE
Facilitators: Joe Favazza, Alessandro Massarotti, and Lincoln Craton
In this discussion geared towards faculty on the tenure track, the Dean of the Faculty, someone recently tenured, and someone who has served on the Rank and Tenure Committee discuss the tenure process at Stonehill and offer advice on how to navigate it. Whether you are just beginning your tenure clock or are preparing to submit your tenure file, this session should be of use to you.
NOW WHAT? FINDING FOCUS AFTER EARNING TENURE
Facilitators: Maryjean Viano Crowe, Karen Anderson, Ron Leone, and Peter Ubertaccio
Faculty who have recently earned tenure (or are hoping to earn it soon) are invited to this discussion of how to chart the next steps of your academic career. The four faculty facilitators will share the choices (good and bad) they've made since earning tenure and pass on their lessons learned.
KEEPING YOUR TEACHING (AND YOURSELF) ALIVE AND WELL AT MID-CAREER
Facilitators: John Lanci, Greg Shaw, Allyson Sheckler, John Golden, and Maura Tyrrell
In this session, join a number of mid-career faculty as they discuss how their teaching has developed and/or changed over the years. Share your own thoughts about the benefits and challenges of the teaching life, and hopefully leave with some concrete ideas on how to keep growing your teaching throughout your career.
10:45 Concurrent Breakout Sessions II
Facilitators: Tom Flynn, Barbara Estrin, and Jose Perez
Although retirement may seem like a distant possibility, it's never too soon to start thinking about your options for making a smooth transition out of your full-time faculty position. In this session, Tom Flynn will review the options available to Stonehill faculty preparing for retirement, and some of our more recently retired faculty will share their own reflections on "retiring well."
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES PUT TO USE
Facilitators: Glenn Everett, Mitch Glavin, Heather Perry, and Jan Harrison
Three of our Stonehill folks - a faculty member, an IT trainer, and a librarian - attended a NITLE workshop at Wheaton last spring on "Emerging technologies." Each found a "takeaway" or two and will discuss what they found useful and have already put to use or intend to try out.
THE OTHER 60%: ADVISING STUDENTS ABOUT OPTIONS OTHER THAN GRAD SCHOOL
Facilitators: Career Services
As faculty, we're often experts on the ins and outs of helping students navigate the intricacies of graduate school admission, but when it comes to advising students who are choosing a path other than graduate school, we aren't always as prepared. In this session, join Career Services to talk about the resources and services that are available to students as they plan their careers, along with specific suggestions for faculty who want to better support these students.
FILM IN THE CLASSROOM
Facilitators: Robert Goulet
Faculty across departments often choose to bring film into their classes - whether through short clips or full features - as a way of encouraging students to engage with course material in different ways. In this session, Cinema Studies Program Director Robert Goulet will lead a discussion about how we can help students be better "readers" of film and how we can more effectively incorporate film into our pedagogies.
EXPLORING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND STRENGTHENING PROPOSALS
Facilitators: Bonnie Troupe, Leon Tilley, Maryjean Viano Crowe
How do I get my project idea funded? How do I expand on my current research interest? What's next after a Professional Development Grant? This interactive session will focus on electronic grantsmanship and will feature the navigation of electronic resources to make the quest for funding easier. Additionally, faculty members with current grant-funded projects will share their success stories and offer advice on the proposal process.
TALES FROM THE FIELD: LEARNING COMMUNITIES AND CURRICULAR INNOVATION
Facilitators: Todd Gernes, Mary Joan Leith, Sue Mooney, Allyson Sheckler, Jennifer Swanson
Curricular Learning Communities are courses that are linked or clustered around an interdisciplinary theme. Through co-planning and collaboration, instructors create an integrated experience larger than the sum of its parts, incorporating co-curricular events and activities, field experiences, or travel. A hallmark of Stonehill's Cornerstone Program since the fall of 2002, Learning Communities foster multidisciplinary thinking and problem-solving, learning outside of the classroom, and student engagement. Come hear "tales from the field" from expert practitioners and brainstorm with us as we imagine new combinations and approaches.