Faculty Development Day

Monday, August 18, 2008 (Around 6 years ago)

This year, Faculty Development Day has a special focus that will allow us to learn more about our students, talk with each other about teaching and learning, and provide time for faculty to work together on course or assignment preparation. Our focus will be on using what we’ve learned about Gustavus first-year students from their participation in the Wabash Study of National Liberal Arts Education, and will offer faculty ways to address these study results in their courses. Do Gustavus students, for example, show an increase or decrease in their academic motivation and interest in academic subject matter or community involvement once they arrive? What teaching practices assist students in developing academic and intellectual success? What role do serious conversations with students who are very different in terms of their religious beliefs or political opinions play in Gustavus students’ educational lives?

We’ve invited Dr. Charles Blaitch and Kathy Wise, the director and associate director of the Wabash Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, to pull out some striking data that can focus our attention on particular teaching/learning issues. And in the true spirit of a workshop, we’ll then talk with each other in small groups about what we’re learning, and consider ways our courses or assignments in our courses, may better address certain areas. For optimum productivity, please bring a syllabus for a course, or an assignment or sequence of assignments in a course, so that you can think how your own teaching practices address what you’re learning about our students.

Since Faculty Development Day also provides current faculty an opportunity to meet new faculty and share with them thoughts about who we are and what we are about as an academic community, we hope department chairs will encourage new faculty, and all faculty, to attend. As in previous years, we’ll also have a resource table with handouts of conferences, grants, and opportunities that may be of interest to you, and will provide breakfast refreshments and lunch for all participants.

Faculty Development Day begins at 9 a.m.; please plan to arrive between 8:45 and 9 a.m. to the Heritage Room, Campus Center for refreshments. This year’s workshop will end by 12:30 p.m., and all participants are invited to stay for lunch.

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