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CTE Events, Academic Year 2012-13

Great Student Presentations Don’t Just Happen:
How YOU Help Students Give Effective Presentations
Tuesday, May 21, 2013,  1:00-4:00
Renina Flores,  Assistant Professor of Voice and Diction
Join us for a workshop that will include the following topics:

  • Teaching Students How to Communicate Effectively through Oral Presentations
  • Assessing Oral Communication and Providing Feedback to Students
  • Oral Communication Proficiency Requirements and Integration of Oral Communication into Existing Courses  

Hello, I Am Proficient in Diversity!
Implementing the Diversity Proficiency at Providence College
Wednesday, May 1, 2013,12:30-1:30
Nuria Alonso García, Keith Morton, and Mary Anne Sedney

The Diversity Subcommittee of the Core Curriculum Committee invites faculty, staff and students to a discussion of the diversity proficiency. Committee members will describe the approach that has evolved for approving submissions, and will discuss merits, challenges and alternatives to this approach.

Some specific questions to facilitate the conversations are:

  • How narrowly or broadly should the College interpret diversity?
  • What skills do we hope to cultivate via the diversity proficiency?
  • What would be the minimum evidence of learning to satisfy this proficiency?

Next fall the Committee will offer a follow-up session based on specific examples of courses meeting the diversity proficiency.

Exploring Matters of Work and Family from a“Sociological Imagination” Perspective
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Dr. Abigail Brooks
,Director, Women’s Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Sociology
An open, lively, and collaborative conversation on the challenges of combining work and family in the United States today. 

  • "How do the work-family policies in the United States compare to work-family policies in other nation states?"
  • "How might combining work and family become less anxiety-making, more fulfilling, and more enjoyable? "

These were some of the questions and themes that will drove the discussion. 

Why Cutting Corners Doesn’t Work for Academics
Wednesday February 27th, 201, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
A Presentation by Dr. Katie Linder
Explore whether (and how) popular time management techniques can be applied to our academic lives and discuss how some time management techniques may be antithetical to learning, collaboration, and growth.

Dr. Katie Linder is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Katie’s mission is to help those in the higher education community (including students, faculty, staff, and administrators) to thrive on their pathways to academic and scholarly success.

Becoming Civically Proficient

December 4th, 2012,12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Providence College has incorporated a Civic Engagement Proficiency into the new Core Curriculum, beginning with the Class of 2016. Do you have ideas for how to offer courses satisfying this new proficiency for your majors and minors? Come hear your colleagues from different departments and programs talk about the very different approaches they have taken to developing or revising their courses to meet the proficiency, and discuss your own questions and concerns with them.

Rick Battistoni, Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service and Chair of the Civic Engagement Proficiency Subcommittee for the CCC, will facilitate a panel including:

  • Edward Andrews, History

  • Robert Hackey, Health Policy Management

  • Jeffrey Johnson, American Studies & History

  • Julia Jordan-Zachery, Black Studies & Political Science

  • Nicholas Longo, Global Studies

  • Brian McCadden, Education

Tired of Writing Citations on Napkins?  Use RefWorks

Thursday, November 15, 2012 ,2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Learn how to streamline your research with RefWorks, a bibliographic citation management tool available to all Providence College faculty, staff, and students. Import references from online databases & the library catalog, organize your references into folders by topic or project, and generate a bibliography formatted in a variety of citation styles.

In addition to RefWorks, you'll learn more about other time savers and new services available from the library, such as:

  • SelectedWorks -- Create an online profile and portfolio of your scholarly work New Book Alerts -- Want to know the new titles available to order from your field?
  • Swank Motion Pictures: Digital Campus -- Request video streaming links for feature films and documentaries.
  • Sakai and Reserves -- Link to library resources.
  • iPads -- Still thinking about purchasing one? Borrow from us first.
Textbook Writing:  The Confluence of Teaching and Scholarship

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 , 4:00 - 6:30
Dr. Michael Spiegler,
Professor of Psychology
Looking for a way (or another way) to integrate your teaching and scholarship?  If so, writing a textbook could fit the bill.  Textbooks are a major learning resource for students and a valuable form of scholarship.  For faculty new to textbook writing, the workshop will provide a realistic overview of what writing a textbook entails, what is required, how to get started, and how to translate classroom teaching into textbook pedagogy. Faculty with textbook writing experience can hone their skills as the workshop will focus on practical information and advice, including addressing participants' specific questions and concerns.

Taming Sakai:  Faculty Highlight Innovative Uses

Friday, October 12, 2012,2:30 - 3:30
Dr. Mary Anne Sedney
, Professor of Psychology
Dr. Jay Pike, Asst Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Wataru Ishizuka, Asst Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science
For anyone who is ready to take the use of Sakai to the next level, particularly those interested in using the system to have students practice with course material (Tests & Quizzes) and incorporate online help with videos (Discussion Forums)
Access the website referred to by Presenter
Dr. Mary Anne Sedney Ph. D, Professor of Psychology:
Using Online Quizzing to Improve Student Preparedness and Learning Outcome - John Broida

The Provost's Forum on Engaged Learning

"Faculty/Student Discussions on Student Engagement"

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, 4:00-7:00, Slavin Center '64 HallOver the past few years, faculty from across the campus have gathered in seminars and presentations to discuss a new "culture of learning" throughout higher education. On the 16th, all PC faculty are invited to exchange ideas on more effective ways of teaching and learning.

Conversation with Teacher of the Year: Teaching as a Creative Act

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 3:00-4:30
Chard deNiord,
Professor of English
T. S. Eliot wrote that the successful poet is like the burglar who feeds the guard dogs steak out front so he can break in undetected in back and steal the jewels, the implication being that the reader, like the student, is wary of new knowledge, especially sophisticated knowledge and must let his presumptuous guard down in order to learn. The teacher must exercise her own creative methods for both inspiring and motivating her students to fill their houses with the riches of their own learning. In this conversation, I will discuss the pedagogy of creativity as an essential aspect of critical thinking and intellectual growth.

Food from a "Glocal" Perspective:  Italy, the Mediterranean and the Globe
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 1:00-2:00

Dr. Kathleen Cornely
, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Learn about Kathleen’s CIEE-sponsored trip to Italy in June, 2012 for an International Faculty Development Seminar that promotes interdisciplinarity and the incorporation of an international dimension into course design, teaching, research, and advising. This presentation will include consideration of the “glocal” concept as it relates to “Italian” food and the idea of the “Mediterranean diet.” A sampling of Italian food and refreshments will be provided

Workshop for New Faculty

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 9:00-3:00
New faculty are invited to a hands-on workshop where they will meet other faculty and learn about teaching, learning, and support at PC. Participants include the Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award recipient for 2011-2012, Professor Chard deNiord as well as Professors Kevin O’Connor, Raymond Hain, and current students.

DWC Colloquium Speed Dating

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 2:30-4:00
Dr. Vance Morgan, Director of the DWC Program
Dr. Sandra Keating, Associate Director of the DWC Program
Are you thinking about proposing a DWC colloquium course or looking for ideas? Do you need a partner? Join us at the CTE for a brief overview of the colloquium teaching experience followed by opportunities to discuss ideas and connect with colleagues.

Welcome Reception for New Faculty
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 3:00-4:30

The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Academic Affairs host this annual event to welcome our new faculty to Providence College.  This is an "open house" format where the newest members of our academic community will share their teaching and research interests in an informal setting. 

​Post-Sabbatical Faculty
Lecture Series

Arts & Sciences faculty members who were on sabbatical in 2011-2012 will discuss the results of their sabbatical research with a general audience of faculty peers in the informal setting of the CTE. Faculty from the entire College are encouraged to attend.

Completed Lectures 2012-13

Dr. Eric Hirsch, Professor of Sociology
"Ending Homelessness in Rhode Island"      

Fr. Jon Alexander, Associate Professor History
"Surprisingly Similar: The Autobiographical Apologias of William Apess, Whittaker Chambers, Angela Davis, Elizabeth Fisher, Lillian Hellman, and James Wilkinson"

Jim Janecek, Associate Professor of Art "Imagery in Traditional and Digital Media"

Jack Costello,Professor of Biology"
Maybe Ignoring the World is a Good Idea"

Dr. Elizabeth Bridgham,
Associate Professor of English
"The Function of Dickens Criticism at the Present Time; or, What's Dickens Doing in the Pacific?"

Dr. Sharon Ann Murphy,
Associate Professor of History
"The Public Perception of Banks in the Early American Republic"

Dr. Thomas F. Strasser,
Associate Professor of Art and Art History
"Greek Seafaring in the Stone and Bronze Ages" (Or ‘How to choose the wrong country for your sabbatical research’)

Dr. Despina D. Prassas,
Associate Professor of Theology
"Who is the real paterfamilias? Ambrose of  Milan's De virginibus"

Dr. Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science and Public & Community Service Studies

"The Civic Value of an Undergraduate Degree: How Multi-term Undergraduate Civic Engagement Programs Impact Civic Identity and Action After College"

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity