Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship


Spring 2018 Events

Conferences & Major Workshops

Spring Faculty Workshop: Academic Advising as Teaching
A half-day workshop on academic advising
Monday, May 21, 2018, 12 - 5 pm 

Teacher-Scholar Workshops

Fitting in the Scholarship
Erin Crockett, Psychology; Shannon Mariotti, Political Science
Tuesday, February 6, 11:30 - 12:45, Connie Ballroom

Digital Humanities: Debates and New Directions
Eric Busch, Mellon Postdoc in Digital Scholarship
Friday, February 16, 12:30 - 1:45, Connie Ballroom

Core Competencies for Advising
Jennifer Leach, Advising and Retention
Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 - 12:45, Connie Ballroom

Having Difficult Conversations with Advisees
Jennifer Leach, Advising and Retention
Friday, March 23, 12:30 - 1:45, Cullen 360

Discussion in the FYS Classroom
Julie Sievers, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Friday, April 20, 12:00 - 2:00, Cullen 360

Making a Summer Plan
Julie Sievers, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 - 11:15 am, Cullen 120 & Friday, May 11, 12:00 - 1:15 pm, Lynda Ballroom 

Conversations On Our Scholarly & Creative Lives

Conversations On Our Scholarly & Creative Lives provides Southwestern faculty with an opportunity to learn about colleagues’ scholarly and creative work while joining together for refreshments and informal conversation. Presenters spend 20-30 minutes discussing their research or creative work and then take questions.

 Michael Cooper, Music
Wednesday, April 18, 12:30-1:30 pm, Cullen 360

Hazel Nguyen, Economics & Business
Monday, April 30, 12:30-1:30 pm, Lynda Ballroom

Faculty scholarship and creative work is also featured at the following events:

First Thursdays - Jan 18, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5
4-5 pm, Smith Library

The Representations Lecture Series, organized this spring by Michael Cooper, Music.

  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 12:30, FAC 235 - Thomas Howe
  • Tuesday, Feb 20, 12:15 pm, FAC 235 - Catherine Bourland Ross
  • Wednesday, Mar 28, 12:15 pm, Caldwell-Carvey - Dana Long Zenobi
  • Tuesday, Apr 24, 12:00 pm, FAC 235 - Francis Mathieu 

Programs for New Faculty

New Faculty Orientation

Aug 16, 8:30 - 2:30 | Orientation, technology training, and lunch

New Faculty Sessions

Jan 29, 12:30 - 1:20 | How’s It Going? Checking In and Making Adjustments for the Spring Semester

Feb 26, 12:30 - 1:20 | Managing Committee Service; Completing the Brief Annual Report

Apr 16, 12:30 - 1:20 | Strategies for Developing Your Research Program; Balancing Research, Teaching, Service, & Life 

Reading Groups & Learning Communities

To sign up for a group, visit the Reading Groups page.

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler (2012)

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, by James M. Lang (2016)

Convene Your Own Book Group
Any two or more faculty who would like to read together can receive support. 

Writing & Research Groups

To sign up, visit the Writing and Research Groups page.

Peer Writing and Review Groups

These are small (3-4 people) cross-disciplinary groups for faculty who want to share their writing-in-progress and receive thoughtful feedback from colleagues. Groups can meet for as little as a semester but may choose to stay together for longer. They often meet every 3-4 weeks.

Writing & Research Accountability Groups – online or in-person

Accountability groups of 3-4 people require less time commitment than peer review groups. Members agree to check-in regularly (usually weekly or bi-weekly) to report on whether they met their goals for the preceding period, and to define their goals for the upcoming period.

Note: The Junior Faculty Research Group (JFRG), coordinated this year by Jethro Hernandez Berrones and the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, offers in-person accountability groups for junior faculty. If you are a visiting or pre-tenure faculty member, the JFRG community is highly recommended to meet this need. Small groups meet bi-weekly. 

Department Chair Workshops

Webinar: Helping Faculty Manage Student Mental Health Concerns
Gregory Eells, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University
Wednesday, February 7, 1-2:30 pm, Cullen 120

How to Have Difficult Conversations
Karine Moe, Provost & Dean of the Faculty, Macalester College
Wednesday, February 28, 1- 2 pm, Connie Ballroom

Evaluation of Faculty and Staff with Faculty Rank
Julie Cowley, Associate VP for Academic Affairs
Wednesday, March 28, 1-2 pm, Connie Ballroom

Natasha Williams, Director of Institutional Research
Wednesday, April 25, 1-2 pm, Connie Ballroom 

Search Committee Training

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in the Faculty Search Process  
Julie Sievers, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship   
multiple dates 

Past Event Schedules