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Institute on Teaching and Learning

19th Annual Institute: Honoring Our Success, Forging Our Future

The 19th Annual Institute on Teaching and Learning will take place Tuesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 13 via Zoom. The Faculty Center invites you to attend a reimagined Faculty Institute, now called the Institute on Teaching and Learning. This event is open to all faculty and student-facing staff. This year’s theme, Honoring Our Strengths, Forging Our Future, is designed to honor our work during an unprecedented year and to fuel our inspiration as we continue into the future.

Day 1 - Tuesday, May 11: Honor, Inspire, Imagine

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: Welcome and Event Overview - Joan Walker, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Opening Remarks - Vanya Quiñones, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Keynote: The Engaged Futures of the University. Dr. Roopika Risam, Associate Professor of Secondary and Higher Education and English at Salem State University and creator of the podcast, Rocking the Academy.

At a moment when higher ed is in turmoil, we must reimagine its role and articulate its unique contributions to public life. But what is the unique role of regional comprehensive universities in this mission? In this talk, Roopika Risam will discuss the role that community engaged teaching and scholarship has to play in envisioning new futures for the university.

11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: MINDFUL BREAK: Option to participate in a brief guide to walking meditation led by Sophie Kaufman

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Panel: Putting a Pace Education to Work for Transformative Change. In this session, we’ll draw inspiration from hearing how Pace graduates are putting their fingerprints on the world. Co-Moderated by alumni Miriam Lecroix and Keriann Stout

Panel includes: Jordan Gonsalves, Kelsey Parker, Doris Galarza, Eric Paulk, Mackenzie Dolishny, and Julie Gauthier

12:15 p.m.–12:30 p.m.: MINDFUL BREAK led by Sophie Kaufman

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Lightning Talks Over Lunch. In this casual, mid-day session, you are invited to pop in and out of brief talks about resources for teaching and learning at Pace. Each round will include lightning-fast Q&A with each round of presenters. Moderated by Joan Walker, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Round 1: 12:30-1:15; Greg Murphy, Laura Kaplan, Emily Bent, Susan Thomas, Joseph Lee and Satish Kolluri

Round 2: 1:20-2:00; Sarah Cunningham, Jim Lawler, Beth Gordon, Denise Santiago, Pamela Fuentes Peralta, and Emmett Griffith

2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Panel: Experiential Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom. Opportunities for experiential learning are a signature strength of a Pace education. This panel explores the questions, “What does experiential learning mean to you? Where does experiential learning happen?” Moderated by Heather Novak, Interim Director, Center for Community Action & Research

Panel includes: Rachel Carpenter, Sophie Kauffman, Marcy Kelly, Kelley Kreitz, Jessica Magaldi, Jennifer Pankowski, Christelle Scharff, and Emily Waldman

3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.: Closing: Reflecting on Day 1 and Looking Ahead to Day 2. Facilitator: Joan Walker, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Day 2 - Thursday May 13: Learn, Organize, Act!

9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.: Recapping Day 1 of the Institute, Highlights for Day 2. Introduction of our Keynote Speaker.

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Keynote: Building a More Generous University: Collaboration, Community, Solidarity. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Professor of English at Michigan State University, and author of Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University.

The dominant structure in the academy over the last decades has been competition – for positions, for resources, for time, for acclaim. This competition has long structured the ways that we work on campus, to our detriment. What might be possible for us collectively – as an institution, as a field, as a profession – if we were to refuse competition and instead take collaboration, community, and even solidarity as our guiding principles? What would we need to change in our institutions to make such a transformation possible? And how do we go about creating that change? This talk will explore the ways that all of us can act as change agents, building the relationships necessary to make our institution the more generous and collaborative place we want it to be.

11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: MINDFUL BREAK led by Sophie Kaufman

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Panel: Multidisciplinary Collaborations. This session highlights innovative ways that our faculty are using collaboration to create multidisciplinary models of teaching and scholarship. Moderated by Joan Walker, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Panel includes: Cathy Dwyer & Catherine Zimmer, Anne Toomey & Meng Xu, Andreea Cotoranu, Eric Chang & Elmer Mojica, Iride Lamartina-Lens, and Joanne Singleton

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.: LUNCH BREAK

1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Student and Faculty Panel: Learnings from the Association of American Colleges and Universities Diversity, Equity and Student Success Conference. In March 2021, six STEM faculty and 9 CHP faculty and students attended the AACU Conference on Diversity, Equity and Student Success. This panel will focus on lessons learned from the conference with the goal of determining 3-5 actionable recommendations that our community can pursue. Moderated by Marcy Kelly, Professor & Department Chair of Biology, and Sophie Kaufman, Assistant Dean for Grants and Strategic Initiatives

Panel includes:

Faculty - Eric Chang, Emilio Fernandez, Yana Shvartsberg, Marie Lourdes Charles, Ana Amaya, Ellayne Ganzfried, Aaron Steiner, and Millie Hepburn-Smith

Students - Gabriella Imperato, Kisha Thompson, Deanna Ellison, and Larissa Rapoport

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: BREAK

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Faculty Recognition Ceremony. This event recognizes faculty career achievements and accomplishments in teaching, service and scholarship during the 2020-2021 academic year. Join President Krislov and Provost Quiñones in celebrating and honoring their work.

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