2010-2011 Programs

Writing Across Borders

Friday, Sept. 10th, 2:00-3:30pm, in the CTL

In the twenty-five minute film, Writing Across Borders, students from a broad array of countries and cultures talk about adapting to writing assignments, requirements, rhetorical styles, and teachers’ expectations in US colleges and universities, and instructors offer advice on helping international students make these adaptations to do their best work. A screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion with Christine Cozzens, director of the Center for Writing and Speaking, Jennifer Lund, director of the Office of International Education, and several international students.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Speaking & the Office of International Education

Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome

Thursday, Sept. 23rd, 1:00 -1:50 pm, in the CTL

Increasing numbers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) are enrolling in college. Sheila Wagner will give an overview of ASD and AS along with guidelines for helping students with ASD and AS succeed academically.  Sheila is an Assistant Director at the Emory Autism Center and the Program Coordinator of the MONARCH School-Age Program at Emory University.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Advising

Scottie Safe Zone Training Session

Friday, October 22nd, 2:00-4:00pm, in the CTL

Scottie Safe Zone exists to create safe spaces for members of our community who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or questioning (LGBTQIQ). Upon completion of this session, you are invited to become an ally to students, faculty, and staff who need information and resources about LGBTQIQ issues. The training also is designed for individuals who simply wish to increase their awareness of and knowledge about the concerns and needs of LGBTQIQ-identified people.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs

From Bach to BMW: Interdisciplinary Explorations of Culture, Economy, Religion, and History in Contemporary Germany

Friday, November 12th, 3-4:30pm, in the CTL

In May of 2010 a faculty development seminar sponsored by a grant from The Halle Foundation enabled a group of eight ASC faculty members to spend two weeks in Berlin, Dresden, and Leipzig to gain a first-hand experience in contemporary eastern Germany. Come and see what kind of ideas, experiences (and photos) your colleagues from Art History, Economics, English/Film Studies, History, Spanish, Religious Studies/Asian Studies gathered. Faculty from any discipline who are considering taking students to Germany are especially encouraged to attend.

Workshop on Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach

Facilitated by Veta Goler

Friday, November 19th, 2-4:00pm, in the CTL

Veta Goler, PhD, is Division Coordinator for Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Dance at Spelman College. With a background as a modern dance artist and dance historian—choreographing, performing, and presenting her research (on contemporary African American women modern dance choreographers) nationally and internationally—and publishing in several journals and anthologies, she has expanded her research interests to include explorations of contemplative practices in education and the workplace. She is a national Circle of Trust facilitator, and leads retreats, workshops, and other activities based in the work of education innovator Parker J. Palmer.

Co-sponsored by the Bonnie Brown Johnson Women’s Health Lectureship

QPR in the CTL

Tuesday, December 7th, 9:30am – 12:30pm, in the CTL

Facilitated by Beth Krakow, outreach coordinator & Holly Byrd, director ASC Counseling and Psychological Services

QPR… is a nationwide suicide prevention program, similar to CPR (it is easily learned & may save a life); Teaches staff & faculty how to be “gatekeepers”- not therapists; Stands for: Question…a person about their distress/suicide thoughts, Persuade…the person to get help and, Refer…the person to the appropriate resource. Trainees learn to: 1) Recognize suicide warning signs early on (2) Intervene and refer at an early stage (3) Act as a liaison for the distressed individual to receive professional assessment & treatment.

Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services

The New and Improved Moodle!  What you need to know about making the transition…

Thursday, December 9th, 10-11:00 a.m. in the CTL

Learn more about the easy-to-use grade-book, the digital repository, transferring and backing up files, and potentially useful plug-ins.

Co-sponsored by the Educational Technology Center

Debating Moral Education with Elizabeth Kiss

Friday, January 21st, 3-5:00pm, in the CTL

President Kiss will join the faculty for a conversation about her recently published
anthology, Debating Moral Education: Rethinking the Role of the Modern University
(Elizabeth Kiss & J. Peter Euben, eds. Duke University Press Books, 2010).  Sections of the book authored by Elizabeth are available on the FEC Moodle site: http://courses.agnesscott.edu/

Co-sponsored by the FEC

Public Health Across the Curriculum

Thursday, January 27th, 1-1:50pm, in the South Dining Room

The Bevier Public Health Initiative is a multi-faceted effort to engage Agnes Scott students and faculty in the growing field of public health. The public health minor, introduced in 2009, allows students to choose two electives from a growing list of courses that integrate public health topics. Many faculty members who teach these courses have had support from the Bevier Public Health Initiative to modify existing courses in order to incorporate a public theme or topic. Come learn what your colleagues in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics have accomplished with Bevier support, and find out how to obtain funding for a similar course development project in summer 2011!

Co-sponsored by the Public Health Program

Competing Notions of Civility in the Classroom

Friday, January 28th, 3-5:00pm, in the CTL

Texting, emailing, taking calls. Side conversations, sleeping, ad hominem attacks. These and other student- behaviors can pose serious challenges in the classroom. Join us for a conversation about strategies for addressing these and other behaviors before they become disruptive.

Co-sponsored by CASA

Understanding and Supporting Students with ADHD

Friday, February 25th, 3:00-5:00pm in the CTL

Agnes Scott, like most postsecondary institutions, is welcoming increasing numbers of students with ADHD. Students with ADHD often experience significant academic challenges that require more support than is provided by a checklist of approved accommodations. This program will feature a video made by an Agnes Scott student about her experiences with ADHD, followed by discussion of symptoms of ADHD and teaching strategies to better support students with ADHD.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Advising and Student Disability Services

Making Courses More Accessible

Tuesday, March 8th, 1:00-1:50pm in the South Dining Room of Evans

Students with disabilities are enrolling in college who once would not have had the opportunity to do so. Join us for a conversation about how to minimize common barriers to the success of students with disabilities; the strategies discussed will benefit all Agnes Scott students.

Use the links below to download materials from this presentation.
DF- Faculty Facts in Flash 3-8-11

Beyond PDF also covers Word documents and Power Point etc.  http://www.accesselearning.net

Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Advising and Student Disability Services

Trauma Content in Courses: Anticipating and Responding Effectively to Students’ Emotional Reactions

Tuesday, March 22nd, 1:00-1:50 in the South Dining Room of Evans

Do you teach courses in which issues of war, assault, or other kinds of interpersonal violence are addressed, even incidentally? Join Claire Fuller and other CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) staff members to discuss how to handle the range of student reactions you may have seen and we at CAPS routinely hear about.

Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services

Making Sense of Oral Presentations

Friday, March 25th, 3:00-5:00pm in the CTL

Are you interested in helping students hone their speaking skills, but haven’t a clue where to begin? Do you assign oral presentations, but then dread sitting through them? Are you stymied when it comes to evaluating oral projects? Do you have ideas about innovative uses of student presentations? Join David Lawrence, director of the speaking center, and colleagues from across the disciplines with whom he has collaborated to discuss how to design and evaluate oral assignments effectively.

Use the links below to download materials from this presentation.

Co-sponsored by the Speaking Center

Incorporating Environmental & Sustainability Issues into Your Classes

Tuesday, April 12th, 1:00-1:50pm in Lower Evans A & B

Interested in environmental and sustainability issues, but unsure how they are relevant to your teaching? Thinking about attending the 2011 Azalea Project Summer Workshop? Come hear faculty members from music to chemistry and beyond discuss how they drew on the 2010 Azalea Project Summer Workshop to enhance their courses with “sustainable” content.

Co-sponsored by the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program

Curricular Innovations I & II

I. Friday, April 15th, 2-5pm, in the CTL
II. Thursday, April 21st, 1:00-1:50pm, in the South Dining Hall

The on-going “right-sizing” of the college inevitably will have a profound impact on the curriculum. According to our Bylaws, “the faculty has general charge of …curricular planning…” (Bylaw 1.2). Perhaps we can turn the current difficulties into an opportunity for creative and innovative thinking about our curriculum.  Join other faculty members for discussion about curricular innovations in light of on-going changes at the college.

Co-sponsored by the Curriculum Committee

Discover how mobile devices and iOS are helping transform education
AcademiX 2011 Webinar

Friday, April 29 2011 11:00AM to 4:00PM, Buttrick, G-4

Please see Emory AcademiX 2011 download for complete schedule.

Join colleagues from across the country in exploring how mobility is changing the way universities work. In eight 20-minute talks, leading educators will discuss how iOS development, mobile devices, and apps have impacted the way students learn, the new teaching methods that are emerging, and the Apple technologies that help enable it all. Co-sponsored by the Information Technology Services.

The Graduate is the Product: the Living Portfolio

Friday, April 29th, 4:00-5:00pm, in the CTL

Several seniors from various disciplines will present their experience with electronic portfolios as a tool for reflecting upon their intellectual journey at Agnes Scott.

Use the links below to download materials from this presentation.

The Graduate is the Product

Co-sponsored by the Art Department