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Examining Literacies Across the Disciplines - Building a Collaborative Community 

The Fifteenth annual Faculty Institute will take place May 17-18, 2016, on the Pleasantville Campus. The primary purpose of the Faculty Institute is to promote teaching excellence and collaboration.  The planning committee invites and encourages your participation in this year's Institute with this call for session proposals.

This year’s Institute examines the various literacies across the disciplines and how the creation of a collaborative student community capable of effective communications can contribute to unifying our diverse campus population. Specifically, we’ll look at writing across the curriculum, oral communications, critical reading, information and technical literacies. When combined, these multiple approaches to learning are relevant in all academic disciplines and throughout a student's undergraduate education. We also seek to explore how literacy competence can foster collaborations and bonds among professors, students, and support services (i.e., writing centers, libraries). Here, we seek examples of how faculty can instill various literacies.

Consistent with this theme we welcome proposals for interactive workshops and presentations that address:

  • Who the Pace students are and how they excel with the various literacies
  • Writing best practices across disciplines
  • Collaborative practices—inside and outside of the classroom
  • High- and low-stakes writing (i.e. formal and informal)
  • Innovative assignments to address the different literacies
  • Academic assignments for a Digital Platform
  • Talking to students about the different literacies
  • Ideas/goals for building a strong literacy support system
  • Writing-enhanced courses
  • Responding to student writing
  • Literacies beyond the classroom
  • Collaborative writing between faculty and staff

The committee is seeking 90-minute or 45-minute sessions that demonstrate innovative, interdisciplinary and unconventional efforts that faculty, staff, and students can engage in to advance teaching and learning. The focus should address successful strategies that can improve student engagement and retention. For the 90-minute sessions, the proposals need to include multiple presenters involve student collaboration (if possible) and be very hands on and highly interactive.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Please submit a title and a 150-word abstract of your session.
  • Clearly identify whether you are submitting a 90-minute workshop OR a 45-minute presentation.
  • For both session formats, indicate how you will engage the audience. Some ideas include: discussion, questions, games and simulations; participant adaptation and development of classroom activities similar to yours; break-out groups for activities or discussion; and incorporating multimedia.
  • Indicate media requirements and/or other needs for your presentation.
  • Provide the names, titles and schools of each presenter along with telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and other contact information, including students who may be presenting.
  • Please let us know if you would like to be a track chair/facilitator, responsible for introducing participants and keeping time.

Feedback from faculty, administrators, and staff regarding previous Faculty Institutes and the accomplished presentations by Pace colleagues has been tremendous. Attendance averages well over 130 of your colleagues!

**The deadline to submit is April 1st, 2016**

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