Spring 2018 Events
Conferences & Major Workshops
Spring Faculty Conference
A half-day workshop on teaching, advising, and scholarship
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
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.
Joshua Bond, Theatre
Friday, February 23, 12:30-1:30 pm, Cullen 320
Martin Gonzalez, Biology
Thursday, March 8, 4 - 5 pm 12:30-1:30, Cullen 360
Michael Cooper, Music
Tuesday, March 20, 11:30-12:30 pm, Cullen 360
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
- Jan 9, 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
Natasha Williams, Director of Institutional Research
Wednesday, April 25, 1-2 pm, Connie Ballroom