Announcing the Fall Schedule for Lunchtime Conversations

lunchtime conversationWe are pleased to announce the schedule for this semester’s Lunchtime Conversation Series. These are conversations on issues related to pedagogy, scholarship, and the intellectual enterprise, open to all and held in the Employee Lounge in the ground floor of Liberal Arts from noon till 1:15 on each date.

Tuesday, September 30:
A discussion of participants’ experiences in the summer 2014 Faculty Resource Network (FRN) at New York University. The FRN sponsors a variety of professional development programs for faculty from over fifty colleges and universities, including Marygrove. This past summer six of our colleagues attended. After the presentations, we will talk about the various opportunities the FRN offers for its members.

Tuesday, October 28:
“Cool Teaching Strategies: Wicked Problems and Social Messies.” A conversation about using creative new teaching strategies to promote student engagement and problem-solving.

Tuesday, November 25:
“Teaching Ethics in the Classroom.” A roundtable conversation on how to integrate teaching ethics into your courses.

As always, refreshments and good conversation are guaranteed. Look for reminders and additional information as the dates draw near.

Next Lunchtime Conversation Happens 3/25

lunchtime conversationGreetings, all. This is a reminder that the next Lunchtime Conversation will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from noon till 1:15 pm in the Employee Lounge on the ground floor of Liberal Arts.

The topic will be the works of Natasha Trethewey, this year’s guest artist in Marygrove’s Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. Dr. Audrey Becker and Dr. Frank Rashid will facilitate the discussion as they introduce the craft and vision of the current US Poet Laureate.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Trethewey has published four poetry collections: Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006) and Thrall (2012). Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Native Guard and has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Trethewey is currently Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University as well as State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

Trethewey will deliver the annual Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Alumnae Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

As always, tasty food will be plentiful at our Lunchtime Conversation.

Room Change: Today’s Lunchtime Conversation in LA 241

lunchtime conversationA quick note about today’s Lunchtime Conversation: Because of on-going construction in the Employee Lounge, the session will be held in LA 241 from noon till 1:15.

The topic remains the same: a discussion of faculty members’ on-going scholarly and creative projects.

Reminder: Next Lunchtime Conversation held on 2/18

lunchtime conversationThis is a reminder that the next Lunchtime Conversation will be held on Tuesday, February 18, from noon till 1:15 pm in the Employee Lounge on the ground floor of Liberal Arts.

This month’s topic will be the discussion of faculty members’ on-going scholarly and creative projects that we postponed from the snowed-out session last month. As you may recall, this month’s discussion was originally scheduled to be the conversation about re-inventing the faculty development awards program, but in considering it I felt the importance of the subject warranted having that talk with the larger faculty. Please stay tuned for news about when that will be.

On Tuesday, several of our colleagues will be talking about their current projects. If you’re interested in joining the discussion by sharing what you’re working on, please come. Also, if you’re considering a project and would like some feedback from your colleagues on how to get started, how to negotiate complications, or how to publish or present, this is a good time to talk about that, too.

As always, tasty food will be plentiful to fuel our good work.

Announcing the Winter Lunchtime Conversation Series Schedule

lunchtime conversationWe are pleased to announce the winter Lunchtime Conversation Series schedule. As always,  please come with ideas, suggestions, and issues related to improving the value and reach of our faculty development awards. The conversations will be held in the Employee Lounge on the ground floor of Liberal Arts from noon till 1:15 on each date.

Tuesday, January 28:
A wide-ranging conversation about faculty members’ on-going scholarly and creative projects. All who would like to discuss their current activities are welcome to share their projects, findings, approaches, and so on. If you’re interested in taking part, please let me know.

Tuesday, February 18:
An important discussion about the faculty development awards program. Please come with ideas, suggestions, and issues related to improving the value and reach of our faculty development awards.

Tuesday, March 25:
A discussion of the works of this year’s guest artist in the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series, US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, in preparation for her visit on April 4.

As always, yummy refreshments and tasty conversations are guaranteed. Look for reminders and additional information as the dates draw near.

First Lunchtime Conversation Thursday 10/3

brown bagThis is a reminder that the first Lunchtime Conversation of the academic year will be held this Thursday, October 3, from noon till 1:15 in the Employee Lounge in the ground floor of Liberal Arts.

The conversation will consist of a discussion of participants’ experiences in last summer’s Faculty Resource Network (FRN) activities at New York University. The FRN sponsors a variety of professional development programs for faculty from over fifty colleges and universities, including Marygrove.

Talking about their experiences will be:
Linda Brawner, Denise Powell, and Theodora Williams, discussing their seminar, “Play, Games, and Education in the Digital Age.”

Steffanie Bowles and Mary Byrnes, discussing their seminar, “Narrative Filmmaking as a Teaching Strategy.”

Vivian Johnson, discussing her seminar, “Cosmopolitanism and Pop Culture.”

Jennifer Tsui, discussing her seminar, “Evidence-based Biology Teaching: Just the Facts or Thinking Like Scientists?”

Loretta Woodard, discussing her seminar, “Contemporary Black Women Writers: Race, Gender, and Political Imagination.”

Technology, pedagogy, film, pop culture, science, and literature . . . something for everyone. After the presentations, you will hear about the range of opportunities the FRN offers its members.

Please plan to join us, and invite colleagues and students who would be interested in these timely and important topics.

As always, tasty refreshments will fuel our good discussions.

Lunchtime Conversation: Feb. 19 at Noon

SandwichThe next Lunchtime Conversation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from Noon – 1:15 p.m. in the Employee Lounge on the ground floor of the Liberal Arts Building.

This conversation will consist of a sampling of ongoing faculty scholarship. Discussing their current projects will be Audrey Becker, assistant professor of English; Mary Byrnes, assistant professor of sociology; Brian Crane, assistant professor of mathematics; Michael Martin, assistant professor of English; and Steve Scribner, associate professor of chemistry.

If you are working on a scholarly or creative project that you’d like to share with your colleagues, please join us. Please come, too, if you’d simply like to appreciate and talk about the variety of work that’s ongoing at Marygrove.

As always, refreshments will be available.

Next Lunchtime Conversation is Tuesday, Nov. 20 from Noon – 1:15 p.m.

The next Lunchtime Conversation will take place on Tuesday, November 20, from Noon until 1:15 p.m. in the Employee Lounge in the ground floor of Liberal Arts.

This conversation will consist of a discussion of issues and options related to the capstone course. The format will be an informal roundtable discussion among faculty from several different disciplines, including: Continue reading

Next Lunchtime Conversation is Oct. 23 from Noon – 1:15 p.m.

The next Lunchtime Conversation will take place on Tuesday, October 23, from Noon – 1:15 p.m. in the Employee Lounge in the ground floor of the Liberal Arts building.

This conversation will consist of a discussion of the questions generated by the Values and Principles of Leadership Team last summer. Darcy Brandel and Jeanne Andreoli will facilitate. Continue reading