Professor Scharff working with students.

The Faculty Center develops, organizes and hosts various events for Pace University faculty, staff and Alumni. Below is a list of our current and past events. On the left side menu are also specific events and workshops that are not included below, such as:

  • Academic Portfolio Workshops
  • Adjunct Faculty Resources Webinar
  • Alumni Series - Presented by the Teaching Fellows
  • Faculty Exchange
  • Faculty Research Workshop
  • Institute on Teaching and Learning
  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Write Club

The Faculty Center also schedules workshops for Tenure and Promotion and Department Chairs (please click on Leadership).

If you have any questions, please email

Past Events

Zoom | April 21, 2021 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Organizers: Kelley Kreitz, Maria Iacullo-Bird
Presenters: Pamela Fuentes Peralta, Sarah Blackwood, and Maria Iacullo-Bird

This workshop will feature methods of incorporating archival research into the classroom. We will highlight several current examples, and also hold a conversation to share ideas, offer success stories, and identify needs for institutional support of teaching with archives.

Zoom | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Presenters: Courtney Gosnell, Greg Murphy, and Steven Bookman

Many workshops about open educational resources (OER) focus on helping faculty to find and use OER materials. However, another side to OER is the focus of student OER involvement. Adding to the evolving conversation and scholarship on student OER involvement, the purpose of this presentation is to discuss how students can become more involved in OER class syllabi and materials.

Presentation - Scaling Introductory Programming Courses (PDF)

Zoom | Friday, April 9, 2021  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Christelle Scharff
Speaker: Mehran Sahami

Interest in computing science, especially the ability to program, has grown dramatically in the past decade. At the same time, we see the technology sector come under greater scrutiny for practices that can promote bias and violate user privacy. In this talk we consider both these issues.

First, we examine scaling introductory CS education through a project called Code in Place which offered a free online Python programming course to 10,000 learners. Notably, the course was different than a traditional MOOC in that students participated in weekly small group discussion sections that were taught by approximately 1,000 volunteer educators. We describe the details of this project and results from the first iteration, noting that we are in the process of launching a second iteration of the class this Spring.

Second, we describe on-going work at Stanford to promote education in computing ethics both through new deeply multidisciplinary courses as well as infusing ethics education across undergraduate core classes. In this way, we hope to prepare a new generation of students to not only address technological problems, but also the attendant social problems that technology can create.

Zoom | Monday, April 5, 2021 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Facilitators: Kelley Kreitz, Dan Farkas, and Manchul Shin
Presenters: Matt Aiello-Lammens (Environmental Studies and Science), Francine Falk-Ross (School of Education), Peter McDermott (School of Education)

Do you bring digital mapping into your teaching? Are you interested in learning about it? This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore possible approaches to digital mapping, such as visualizing demographic data and engaging students in finding new ways to investigate archival materials.

We will share ideas, offer success stories, and identify needs for institutional support of digital mapping–which may include creating a list of resources, identifying potential collaborations, broadening community engagement, and increasing transparency relating to resource sharing across the university.

This workshop is open to all faculty and staff. No prior experience with digital mapping is required.

Stress Management Presentation (PDF)

Zoom | Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Facilitators: Sally Dickerson and Sophie Kaufman

Concerned about burnout? A chance to breathe… At the beginning of the pandemic, we were often in situations in which we were dealing with new, unexpected stressors; and, we developed coping mechanisms for this acute context. However, as the pandemic has continued, the context has shifted to a more chronic condition, with perhaps different – and compounding – stressors emerging. How can we best cope in this continually challenging environment?

In this session, we will talk about the breath – one key aspect that can help us cope and downregulate our body’s response to stressful contexts. The breath is a key component of both meditation and yoga – strategies that can be incorporated either as a longer practice or as a short pause and chance to reset during your day. We will talk about both the science and applications of these techniques, and practice together -- so that you have additional tools to help skillfully cope with the pandemic, other related stressors, and the myriad of other challenges you may be facing.

Zoom | Monday, March 1, 2021 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Facilitators: Susan Thomas and Kelley Kreitz
Presenters: Elodie Silberstein and Derek Stroup

Are you incorporating zines, small press, artists’ books, or independent publishing materials into your teaching, or considering doing so? Or are you interested in incorporating these materials in your teaching?  This workshop will provide an opportunity to share ideas about introducing the history and/or making of zines in your courses. We will discuss past approaches from the library and courses in English, Art, Women’s and Gender Studies, Latinx Studies, Creative Writing, and other programs. We will also identify needs for institutional support of such projects.

The goals of this workshop are to bring together faculty at Pace who are incorporating zines into their teaching to help identify current success stories and needs that might be supported going forward, and to highlight zine pedagogy as an example of what experiential learning looks like at Pace.

Teaching Through the Age of Disinformation (PDF)

Zoom | Friday, February 26, 2021 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Facilitators: Paul Ziek and Kate Fink

Paul Ziek and Kate Fink in the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts offer their perspectives on curbing disinformation in the classroom. The session will include practical advice on engaging with students as well as strategies to encourage media literacy and critical thinking.

2021-2022 TAP Information Session Presentation (PDF)

Zoom | Friday, February 19, 2021 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Provost’s Office facilitates this session to address the TAP Timeline, TAP guidelines and guidelines for developing TAP Dossier for tenure-track or tenured faculty applying for tenure and/or promotion.

Hallmarks of Supervisory Success (PDF)

Zoom | Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12-1:15pm 
Facilitator: Susan Donahue, Executive Director, Talent Development and Continuing Education

The transition to Department Chair brings new challenges. Moving into a supervisory role can be a balancing act.  Please join a conversation on January 19, 12-1:15pm, as we explore best practices of supervisory success which will help you assume your new responsibilities, improve your ability to supervise others, and maintain the balance in your role. Topics discussed will include:

  • building personal credibility with employees, peers, and Deans
  • activating work group commitment
  • engaging supervisory support

LGBTQ+ Workshop Series (3 events)

Zoom | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday January 19 - 21, 2021 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Rachel Simon and Emmett Griffith from Pace​'s LGBTQA Centers

Would you like to learn more about how to better support LGBTQA students in your classes? Do you have questions about TGNCNB identities and learning but nobody to ask? Join the Pace LGBTQA Center's Associate Directors for the below workshop:

  • LGBTQ+ Identity & Issues: A 90 minute overview of LGBTQ+ identities, information & issues facing queer college student populations.
  • Trans 101: A 90 minute workshop focused on trans and non-binary identities and issues facing TGNCNB college students.
  • ​Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ+ Students: A 90 minute reflective workshop focused on inclusive tools and practical ways to better support LGBTQ+ college students in the classroom

Zoom | Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Presenter: Eugenio Solis de Ovando, Adjunct Associate Professor, Seidenberg School of CSIS

Tips to Improve the Quality of your Zoom Online Classes (PDF)

Zoom | Monday, October 26, 2020 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. and Thursday, October 29, 3:25 p.m.– 4:25 p.m.
Presenter: Eugenio Solis de Ovando, Adjunct Associate Professor, Seidenberg School of CSIS

Zoom has helped us quickly shift to remote virtual learning. Synchronous online class sessions, where everyone joins a Zoom meeting at a scheduled time, has been the go to for many classes, but Zoom will work best if you make some key decisions and develop Zoom fluency. This workshop is designed to review different techniques and ways to improve the quality of Zoom online classes, which include:

  • Ways to improve the quality of the webcam or how to connect an external camera.
  • Ways to improve sound quality.
  • Using a second screen or TV so you can see your students.
  • Adjusting preferences in Zoom to improve the videoconference experience.
  • Improving view angle, camera position and workspace.
  • Inexpensive gadgets to help improve quality.

Partnering for Student Success (PDF)

Zoom | Friday, October 23, 2020 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Presenters: Melissa Grant, Jennifer Talbot, Ross Christofferson

Academic Advisement, New Student Experience & Transitions, and the Learning Center will share detailed information about their newly structured departments and enhanced services to illustrate how they support student success and welcome faculty partnership.

Presentation on Managing Effectively at Pace session (PDF).

Facilitators: Sia Bundor and Luciana Ziegler, Human Resources
Zoom | Wednesday October 21, 2020 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.

This session will review important information and resources related to your administrative role of supervising staff and adjuncts to include but not limited to: performance management, compliance, administrative responsibilities, important policies and procedures, code of conduct and civility, etc.

How to Write an Op-Ed (PDF)

Zoom | Monday, October 19, 2020 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Presenters: Jerry McKinstry

Do you wish you knew more about writing about your scholarship for the public? Please join us for this one-hour session led by Jerry McKinstry, Director of Public Affairs-Westchester at Pace. The session will focus on what an Op-Ed is (and is not) and strategies for creating an effective Op-Ed piece for the general public.

Incorporating Civic Engagement into Your Course: National Grant Opportunity

Zoom | Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Presenters: Stephanie Hsu (English, NY), Melanie LaRosa (Media & Communication Arts, Pleasantville), Rachel Simon, (English & Gender Studies & Office of Multicultural Affairs), Erin Mysogland (Center for Community Action and Research & Peace and Justice Studies, NY), and Heather Novak (Center for Community Action and Research & Political Science, Pleasantville)

This session will introduce the Civic Engagement and Public Value undergraduate course requirement. Since 2002, faculty have incorporated a sustained community component into their courses, giving students the opportunity to connect the things they learn in these courses to real world community needs. The Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) ProgramTM is a national opportunity for courses in the STEM and Social Sciences. PFLs engage in ongoing faculty development opportunities. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to talk to faculty who have successfully won grants from Project Pericles. This training is appropriate for those who have experience with Civic Engagement to those who are just beginning.

Zoom | August 13, 2020

This orientation is meant to introduce new faculty to Pace policies and several key contacts and departments at Pace that provide resources and services for faculty and students. We will review topics on expectations, research, human resources, Pace Library, teaching with technology, the University Calendar, COVID-19, diversity and inclusion, and student success.

Zoom | Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Interested in incorporating Open Educational Resources into your course(s), whether on a small or large scale? Join our “how to” workshop and: Learn search strategies for building content; generate ideas based on what other faculty are doing; have your questions answered about copyright issues; and hear about student projects and contributions in the classroom.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Location: Videoconference - New York City Campus Civic E319 / Pleasantville Campus Miller Hall Room 16

Peer observations of teaching are a standard requirement on the road to tenure because high-quality peer feedback can spur professional growth. But what goes into an effective peer observation? This session is designed for faculty who would like to invite peer observation and for those who conduct peer observations. It focuses on strategies for (1) initiating and conducting a peer observation and on (2) frameworks for providing and using feedback after an observation. Bring your questions about peer observation to this interactive session.