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What is Critical Thinking? Expanding Boundaries in Learning


The 17th Annual Faculty Institute will take place May 17th and 18th, 2018 on the Pleasantville Campus.  As you know, the purpose of the yearly Faculty Institute is to promote faculty excellence and collaboration by offering faculty an opportunity for dialog with colleagues throughout the university.

This year’s Institute offers insights into critical thinking and how faculty can deepen critical analysis of the curricula.  This Institute will explore pedagogies for expanding critical thinking throughout the disciplines.  It will offer insights and strategies for helping students listen and thoughtfully consider others’ points of view, even when those opinions conflict with their own.  Importantly, this year’s Institute will examine how critical thinking can help faculty and students navigate the multiple and diverse world views heard in contemporary life.

The Faculty Institute will also seek to explore how expanding the boundaries in the learning experience will improve learning outcomes and foster an enriched collaboration among faculty and our students.  Explicit discussions of diversity, culture, politics, and religion are a means to reach our goal of improving critical thinking and professional relationships among faculty and students.  Motivating faculty and students to view the world both critically and with an open mind improves and expands learning goals within and outside of the classroom.  More importantly, thinking critically about curricula enables faculty to provide a more student-centered, equitable education experience.

The planning committee invites and encourages your participation in this year’s Institute with this call for session proposals.  Consistent with the theme of critical thinking and expanded boundaries in learning we welcome interactive workshops and presentation proposals that address the following:

  • Expanding the comfort zone within teaching and learning
  • Defining critical thinking in the information age
  • Teaching and being aware of metacognition
  • Strategies for enhancing students’ skills that can be demonstrated/used across courses, disciplines, and beyond
  • Weighing evidence to enhance critical analysis in the classroom
  • Demonstrating best practices that highlight the diversity of the classroom and achieve positive learning outcomes
  • Engaging with students in and beyond the classroom
  • Enhancing critical thinking skills of our students
  • Faculty reflections on how they can think critically when designing their courses and presenting course content
  • Demonstrating how to give critical feedback to students

The committee is seeking 60-minute sessions that demonstrate innovative, interdisciplinary and unconventional efforts that faculty, staff, and students can engage in to advance the theme of the Institute.

We hope you will share your expertise.

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**The deadline to submit is March 19, 2018**