Academic Development Day
Once every semester, the College devotes a day to faculty discussions 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.
Spring 2009 Academic Development Day
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 - 1:00
Based on the enthusiastic recommendation of Professor Anne Mattina (Communication), we have invited Dr. Ron Jackson to be our keynote speaker at this spring's Academic Development Day.
Dr. Jackson's keynote is titled "When Will We All Matter: A Frank Discussion about Progressive Pedagogy" and will kick off a morning of sessions meant to engage faculty in conversations about how we can better reach and teach all of our students - both in the classroom and across campus.
8:30 Coffee and pastries
9:00 Keynote and discussion
"WHEN WILL WE ALL MATTER: A FRANK DISCUSSION ABOUT PROGRESSIVE PEDAGOGY"
Dr. Ron Jackson, University of Illinois
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Concurrent Break-out Sessions
"STUDENT PERSPECTIVES ON INCLUSIVE PEDAGOGY" (Martin 105)
Student Panel: Rose Brown, Karol Delgado, Candinho Gomes, Jasmine Khubchandani, Blayne Lopes
Facilitator: Donna Vivar (Intercultural Affairs)
Discussions of student diversity in the classroom often center around questions of "inclusion" and how best to create learning environments that are welcoming to diverse students, diverse perspectives, and diverse subject matter. However, the students themselves sometimes get left out of such conversations about pedagogy. For this break-out session, a panel of Stonehill students will share their insights into what makes for a welcoming classroom, identifying their own list of "best practices" for inclusive teaching.
"UNIVERSAL DESIGN AS UNIVERSAL PEDAGOGY" (Martin 205)
Facilitators: Martha Ucci (Academic Achievement) and Warren Dahlin (Health Care Administration)
A central focus of the disability rights movement has been to encourage the "universal design" of spaces to make them more accessible to more people. In educational settings, "universal design for learning" (UDL) has taken up this call to consider how teaching practices can impact classroom accessibility. In this breakout session, we will explore what is meant by UDL in higher educaiton and how faculty might apply UDL principles in their course design and implementation -- and how UDL can make for a better learning environment for all our students.
"A VISION OF 21ST CENTURY STUDENTS" (Martin 207)
Facilitators: Jean Hamler (Institutional Research), Pauline Dobrowski (Student Affairs) , & Glenn Everett (Instructional Technology)
Have you noticed that your students now seem a little different from those even just a few years ago? In an engaging and interactive session, Jean Hamler, Pauline Dobrowski, and Glenn Everett will present some information about first-year and incoming students (including data from the 2008 Cooperative Institutional Research Program Survey) that you are likely to find surprising. We'll also discuss Michael Wesch's viral video "A Vision of Students Today," produced by his enthnography students at Kansas State University. We don't promise to provide answers, but we may help clarify some of the questions.
"QUEERING THE CLASSROOM" (Martin 204)
Panelists: Bob Goulet (English), Margaret Boyd (Sociology), Beth Belanger (History), and John Hanawalt (Visual and Performing Arts major)
Facilitator: John Lanci (Religious Studies)
With queer and gender studies becoming commonplace in college curricula - and GLBTQ issues prominent on our national political stage - faculty across disciplines are seeking to incorporate discussions of sexual identity and orientation into their courses as well as to make space for GLBTQ students to feel a part of their classes. In this broadly-conceived panel discussion, Stonehill faculty and students will share their experiences and ideas about teaching queer content, teaching queer students, and teaching as queer.
"RECRUITING AND HIRING A DIVERSE FACULTY" (Martin 206)
Facilitators: Katie Conboy (Provost), Anne Mattina (Communication), & Tom Flynn (General Counsel)
The importance of diversifying not only our student body, but also the faculty who are teaching them, has been a common theme in this year's discussions of Stonehill's strategic plan. However, faculty on search committees don't always feel equipped with the knowledge or resources necessary to recruit diverse candidates to Stonehill. Join us for a frank discussion of Stonehill's goals regarding faculty diversity, strategies for attracting a diverse candidate pool, and the resources available to departments seeking to hire diverse candidates.
12:00 Lunch (Cleary Dining Room)
A buffet lunch will be available in the Cleary Dining Room from 12:00 - 1:30. Feel free to either sit in Cleary or take your lunch down to the Commons, where you can also browse through the presentations on display as part of our Student Academic Achievement Celebration.