Spring 2008 Teaching Roundtable Series

Inclusive Pedagogies for the Diverse Classroom

Monique Myers & Marcella Runell (guest speaker)
Wednesday, January 30, 11:30 - 1:00

Even on a campus as homogenous as Stonehill's, diversity still finds its way into our classrooms, both through the content we teach and through the experiences of our students. In this lunchtime roundtable, we will discuss our own experiences with student diversity and inclusive teaching, along with strategies for creating more inclusive classroom environments. Anyone interested in talking about diversity and education at Stonehill is welcome to attend.

Working with TAs

John Lanci & Alessandro Massarotti
Monday, February 18, 12:00 - 1:00

Although many faculty at Stonehill were TAs while in graduate school, fewer had the experience of being TAs as undergraduates. And so it can sometimes be difficult to know how best to incorporate TAs and tutors most effectively into our own undergraduate courses.

For this roundtable, John Lanci and Alessandro Massarotti, along with two of their TAs, will lead us in a cross-disciplinary discussion of their own experiences - successful and not - of working with TAs and will share what they've learned about how to create positive experiences for everyone involved: TAs, students, and faculty. Martha Ucci, Director of the Center for Academic Achievement, will also join us to talk about her work with TAs at Stonehill.

Community-Based Learning

Patricia Leavy, Joe Favazza & Nuala Boyle
Wednesday, February 27, 11:30 - 12:30

Service learning, or community-based learning, uses service as part of a course to advance the learning outcomes for students. It is an effective pedagogy that increases student engagement by moving students out of their comfort zones and into situations where they must complete an "authentic" task.

For this roundtable, Patricia LeavyJoe Favazza, and Nuala Boylewill lead us in a discussion about specific ways faculty at Stonehill have incorporated community-based learning into their courses - along with more general strategies for crafting a successful community-based learning experience. Whether you've got years of CBL experience or are just curious to see what it's all about, please join us for an engaging discussion of the ways community-based learning may fit into your own pedagogical goals.

Communicating with Students

Allyson Sheckler & Mary Joan Leith
Friday, March 14, 10:00 - 11:00

Even savvy faculty members have days when they are faced with students who ignore all the usual ploys to jumpstart a conversation. Join us for an enlightening discussion of the best practices for communicating with students, even unresponsive students. We'll explore both the tried and true methods and some little known techniques for engaging students in conversation. What works and what doesn't work.

Responding to Student Writing

Scott Cohen & Marilena Hall
Thursday, March 27, 4:00 - 5:00

There's no question that increasing opportunities for writing can improve student learning. However, finding time to respond - and respond well - to writing assignments can be a challenge. In this discussion, we'll discuss strategies for responding both effectively and efficiently to student writing. What are the benefits of staged writing assignments? Can less be more when marking student writing? Come share your ideas for grading student writing without spilling much ink or many tears.

Setting the Stage: Establishing Course Expectations

Keri Iyall Smith & Erica Tucker
Tuesday, April 8, 12:00 - 1:00

Surprised by some of the expectations their students brought to the classroom, Erica Tucker and Keri Iyall Smith set out this fall to involve their students in exploring ways of recognizing expectations and responsibilities, and also in exploring their role in the classroom. The experiment was a little scary at first, but it is yielding exciting results. Please join us to discuss student and faculty expectations and how confronting them can contribute to learning.

Teaching Portfolios and the Tenure File

Craig Almeida & Stacy Grooters
Thursday, April 24, 10:00 - 11:00

Wondering what you can be doing now to make compiling your tenure file easier down the line? Curious what tenure committees are paying attention to? Then please join Craig Almeida (Biology) and Stacy Grooters (Center for Teaching and Learning) for a roundtable conversation about the path to tenure.

Craig will share what he's learned both from his own experiences pursuing tenure and his experience on the Rank & Tenure Committee. And Stacy will talk about different strategies for representing your teaching to others, including suggestions for putting together a teaching portfolio. The discussion will mainly be geared towards those currently on the tenure track, but everyone is welcome to attend: tenured folks who'd like to share their own stories and strategies, as well as anyone who'd like to learn more about how the tenure process works at Stonehill.