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Teaching College Science|
January 6, 13, and 20, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Commons 318

In this short course for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, we discuss short articles on effective ways to teach science given what the research says about how students learn. During the sessions we will think about ways that students learn science, generate questions about how teaching can promote student learning, and discuss resources to help promote student learning. Participants are asked to read short on-line articles before each session and are encouraged to attend all three sessions if possible. Lunch will be provided.

--The challenges in teaching and learning science. January 6, in the Commons Room 318
--Teaching to promote learning. January 13 in the Commons Room 318
--Thinking about differences in student learning. January 20 in the Commons Room 318

RSVP to fdc@umbc.edu by Tuesday, December 21st for the program on January 6th and by January 10th for programs on January 13th and 20th.

Creating Effective Library Assignments
January 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Commons Room 329

Do you struggle with ways to help your students learn how to do library research? Have you found that assignments such as scavenger hunts just don’t seem to be as effective as you hoped? Please join a panel of your colleagues and library staff for a discussion of effective ways to engage students in the all-important skill of finding resources.

Please RSVP to fdc@umbc.edu by Wednesday, January 12th.

Balancing Research and Teaching
February 9, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Commons 329

A panel of senior faculty share their strategies for successfully balancing the multiple demands that faculty face. A question and answer period will follow the panel presentation. All interested faculty are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Panelists include:

  • Kevin Eckert, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Thomas Field, Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • Michael Summers, Chemistry

New Faculty Seminar Series & Provost’s Luncheons
The Commons, Room 329 at Noon

Provost’s Luncheon #5: Thursday, February 10th
Steven McAlpine: Overtures, Soliloquies, & other Performances: Integrating the Arts into the College Classroom
Steven McAlpine, Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, will share techniques from his writing intensive class (INDS 330: Ways of Knowing) for engaging student interest and critical thinking through the use of songs, film excerpts and other media, and "performing" quotes from literature and drama that are relevant to course content. Participants will share their own use of art forms outside their academic disciplines and how those art forms enhance their (or their students') understanding of complex concepts.                    

Provost’s Luncheon #6: Friday, March 11th
What I’ve Learned about Teaching
Experienced faculty from several disciplines look at teaching from their own perspectives. Panelists include:

  • Phil Sokolove, Biological Sciences
  • Tim Topoleski, Mechanical Engineering
  • Wendy Salkind, Theatre

Provost’s Luncheon #7: Thursday, April 14th
Beth Wells:  Managing Time and Summer Goals
As you finish up the semester, Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, will cover basic stress and time management skills, and give you tips on how to accomplish your goals over the summer.


For further information contact the Faculty Development Center, 5-3916