Past Events

Spring 2014 Events

Let's (NOT) Talk about THAT:  The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Teaching Inclusively
(Co-Sponsored with the Intercultural Directions Council and the Office of Intercultural and International Student Services)
January 20 at 4:00 pm in Gorecki 204C at CSB

Dr. Lisa Flores, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, will be presenting

Faculty interested in teaching and talking about race, gender, and sexuality often experience both the excitement and energy of teaching traditional curriculum in ways that surface the politics of diversity as we also struggle with uncertainty about how to do so. In this interactive session, faculty will talk about both the possibilities and the potential pitfalls of inclusivity in the classroom. With attention both to curriculum and to teaching practices, we will explore the ways in which, as educators, we can facilitate social change. Much of the discussion will revolve around actual scenarios that students and faculty have shared from other institutions.  Participants are asked to bring syllabi they have designed around inclusivity, syllabi they would like to redesign, situations they have experienced, and questions and concerns they have.

(Dr. Flores will be doing a keynote address on January 20 at 7:30 in Alumnae Hall on "The Inspirational Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King as a Challenge for Educators Today.")

A Few Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Student Learning
January 30 at 3:30 pm* in Gorecki 120 at CSB
January 31 at 8:10 am in Sexton 200 at SJU
January 29 at 1:00 pm in TRC Board Room at CSB

Do you wish your students saw the real value of what you are offering as clearly as you do?  Do you wish they read more deeply and retained more?  Do you wish they got more out of your lectures and remembered the critical content better?  Is providing notes the answer? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join Ken Jones (LES, Common Curriculum, History) to talk about some relatively low cost ways we can help our students in these areas and thereby increase student learning.

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Creating Self-Directed Learners
February 3 at 4:10 pm* in Gorecki 120 at CSB
February 4 at 8:10 am in Sexton 200 at SJU
February 5 at 1:00 pm in Gorekci 204B

Many of us profess that creating independent, self-directed learners is something we value, but how many of us consciously employ strategies that promote that end?

Join Ken Jones (LES, Common Curriculum, History) for a conversation about ways we can help students move toward what we hope for them.  We'll talk about how we can help students evaluate the quality of their own work - and make their own adjustments -- in everything from achieving course goals, to test preparation and crafting papers.

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Best Practices with Small Groups
February 10 at 4:10 pm* in Gorecki 204A at CSB
February 11 at 8:10 am in Sexton 200 at SJU
February 12 at 1:00 pm in TRC Board Room at CSB

Students usually like small groups, and there are lots of good pedagogical reasons for using them.  As we all know, however, they can also lead to problems of accountability and staying on track.

What are key things we need to keep in mind to make small groups efficient and effective?  How can we insure that students stay on track, how do we minimize the free rider problem, how do we grade small group work fairly, what is the best practice for small group projects?  Bring your questions and ideas and join the conversation with Ken Jones (LES, Common Curriculum, History).

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Life in the SJU Dorms:  What Our Young Men Are Doing When They Aren't in Class
February 17 at 4:10 pm* in Quad 264 at SJU

For many of us,  the leisure activities of college life included a relatively full slate of social, recreational, and relaxing activities.  Today's college students have access to all of the options we experienced - and much, MUCH more. 

Join John Adix (Psychologist, Counseling & Psychological Services), Andy Dirksen, (Intercultural and International Student Services, Faculty Resident), Br. Michael Hahn (FYS Adjunct Instructor, Faculty Resident) and Mike Ewing (Director, Counseling & Health Promotion) for a conversation about life in the SJU dorms today.  We'll explore the assortment of social, recreational, and relaxing activities that fill the lives of SJU students outside the classroom. 

Our goal will be to give attendees a better understanding the life of college men, as well as on exploring ways we can assist them in finding a better balance between work and leisure.  

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"Yes, You Can Help Your Students Improve Their Writing While Teaching Your Discipline!"
March 10 at 4:10 pm* in Gorecki 120 at CSB
March 11 at 8:10 am in Sexton 200 at SJU
March 12 at 1:00 pm in TRC Board Room at CSB

We acknowledge that writing is a critical skill, deplore the quality of student work, and yet rarely take time in our disciplinary courses to actually teach writing.  If you would like to learn a few low cost techniques that you could employ to promote better writing, join Ken Jones (LES, Common Curriculum, History) and your colleagues.  Bring your ideas to share.  We will talk about everything from lab reports to case studies to History essays.

The Bridge to Success - Classroom Considerations for Students with ADD and Dyslexia
March 17 at 4:10 pm* in Gorecki 204B at CSB

Approximately 5% of CSB/SJU students are registered with the Disability Services Office. While that number includes a diverse range of conditions, two of the most common are dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. This session will provide a glimpse into the world of those students. What are their strengths? What barriers do they encounter on a daily basis? What approaches can you adopt to help improve their experience in the classroom? Hear the stories of how students with these learning disabilities can achieve incredible success when they are given the opportunity and the framework for demonstrating their innate abilities, skills and talents.  Learn how you can make a difference in your classroom to enable these students to go from struggle to success. 

Presenters: Tom Sagerhorn (Disability Specialist), Patty Klug (FYS), and students

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Take Your Teaching (and CSB/SJU Students) Around the World: Directing a Semester-long Study Abroad Program with CSB/SJU
March 24 at 4:30 pm in Gorecki 204B at CSB

Have you considered directing a semester-long study abroad program but are not sure how to get started?  When is the best time professionally to undertake thiendeavor?  What about family and other personal concerns? 

Whether you are in your first or twenty-first year of teaching at CSB/SJU we would like you to consider applying to direct one of the fifteen faculty-led, semester-long study abroad programs.  This session is perfect for anyone who has never directed a program or for those who haven't directed in a while.  If you are not sure if directing a program is the right opportunity for you, or are not sure how to get started; join the staff from the Office for Education Abroad and a panel of experienced faculty directors from a variety of disciplines to discuss the benefits and challenges of directing a semester-long study abroad program.

* We apologize to those of you who teach in the last class period for this start time.  Attendance at the afternoon sessions last semester was well below the norm, and many people commented that starting later (and ending later) was a deterrent.  It seemed like it made sense to try going back to the old start time.  Please let Ken Jones or Laura Schmitz know if this causes problems for you.