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Faculty Corner: March 2019

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Save the Date for the 18th Annual Faculty Institute in NYC on May 22. Plus, faculty-specific Middle States questions, and upcoming faculty development events!

Upcoming Faculty Conferences

Best Practices Conference: High Impact Practices (HIP) and What It Means to Be HIP
Friday, March 8 | Pleasantville Campus

The Best Practices Conference will examine high-impact practices that may be used to improve student engagement and success while increasing your enjoyment of teaching.

Prior to and following the keynote session with Kathy Landy, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Queensborough Community College, there will be roundtables to discuss an array of HIP practices. If you use high-impact practice in your graduate or undergraduate courses, or want to learn more about HIP, please join us!

For a complete schedule of events and to register, visit the Best Practices Conference website.


18th Annual Faculty Institute: Teaching and Motivating Students to Learn
Tuesday, May 21–Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | New York City Campus

This year’s Institute explores pedagogies for expanding and motivating student learning and offers insights into how classroom interaction and exchange can be a vital part of the learning process.

The Institute is pleased to announce that Bryan Dewsbury, PhD, a biology professor at the University of Rhode Island who was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, will speak about the important role faculty play in students’ lives. Dewsbury’s presentation, in addition to Pace faculty workshops, will offer critical opportunities to reflect on teaching and motivating students to learn.

A complete schedule of events will be posted soon on the 18th Annual Faculty Institute website.


Middle States Self-Study: Questions for Faculty

In preparation for the upcoming Middle States site visit, we encourage you to watch our Middle States video, which gives background on the Self-Study and examines how the University is maintaining and increasing its institutional effectiveness. After answering our general questions, we recommend you answer the following faculty-specific questions:

  • >> How does Pace assure its curriculum is high quality?
  • >> How does Pace encourage or support faculty scholarly research, creative activity, and discovery?
  • >> What opportunities have you had working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings?
  • >> How does Pace provide support for student learning and effective teaching?
  • >> How are the faculty participating in the life of the University and in the planning for the future?

Questions? For additional information regarding Middle States, please visit their website.


Upcoming Faculty Development Events

Teaching at the Tap RoomTeaching with Popular Culture
Presenter: Heather Woodley, PhD (NYU)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place | Register for this event

The young adults in our classrooms are learning every day from sources well beyond required textbooks. They are watching and discussing music, film, television, social media, games, comics, and more. These elements of popular culture, these texts of real life, are valuable tools for students to make connections to academic content and skills, and to build bridges to teaching for social justice. We will explore examples of diverse media, including IG/FB/Twitter, Netflix's Black Mirror and The Haunting of Hill House, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Marvel's Black Panther, and various popular music genres. We also will explore tangible ways to integrate them into our class content and assessments, including collaborative groupings and authentic assessments.

Academic Writing Workshop
Presenter: Anton Borst and Robert DiYanni, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, NYU

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place | Register for this event

What is academic writing and how do we teach it to our students? These are the central questions we will explore during this interactive workshop, in which we will confront an under-acknowledged paradox of teaching: that sometimes being an expert practitioner of something can make teaching more, rather than less, difficult. Participants will develop and share strategies through discussion and group tasks as we work through several writing samples.

Faculty Exchange
Presenter: Interim Associate Provost Hillary Knepper, Assistant Vice President of OSA Doug Berman, and The Faculty Center

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | NYC, Student Center West | Register for this event

The Faculty Center will be hosting a faculty exchange to introduce the new Interim Associate Provost and new AVP for the Office of Student Assistance to meet with faculty, and have an informal discussion about various topics.

Faculty Hour: Interdisciplinary Conversations
Presenter: Assistant Provost Joan Walker, Associate Provost for Research Sally Dickerson, Executive Director of the Faculty Center Jim Stenerson

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 3:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. | NYC: Civic Tower Boardroom North and South; PLV: Miller, 316 | Register for this event

Join Pace faculty members for an interdisciplinary conversation, the theme of which is slated to be "The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier."