Please join us on the following Fridays for discussions focused on teaching and learning at Smith. Unless otherwise indicated, we will meet in Neilson Browsing Room from noon until 1 p.m., with lunch provided (meat, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free/grain-free options).
September 11, 2015
Snapshots of a Digital Humanities Classroom [Renaissance Literature Version]
Katherine Rowe (Provost & Dean of Faculty)
Via a few modest course assignments and one grander initiative, Prof. Rowe will illustrate some of the values for humanities classrooms that are realized when we bring our students under the hood of digital scholarly resources.
September 18, 2015
Building Liberal Arts Capacities through Digital Social Learning
Rebecca Frost Davis (Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, St. Edwards University)
How can assignments that take advantage of digital tools and methods build student capacities in critical reading, thinking, and writing? What do community-engagement, global learning, and problem-solving look like in our globally-networked, data-driven, participatory digital culture? In short, how do we do liberal arts learning in the emerging digital ecosystem? This talk will explore strategies for uniting the best of liberal arts education with our constantly changing digital culture.
October 2, 2015
Integrating and Evaluating Creative Projects in a Traditional Course
Thalia Pandiri (Classics)
Michael Barresi (Biological Sciences)
What a scientist and a humanist have learned over the years, and their different approaches to assignments and evaluation.
October 16, 2015
Study Abroad Advising - Making the Most of the Before, During, and After
Lisa Johnson (Assistant Dean for International Study)
During this session we will talk about the different types of study abroad programs/host institutions, explore ways advisers can encourage their advisees to create learning goals for their abroad experience, and ways to improve what and how advisers can learn from students upon their return.
October 23, 2015 - No teaching arts lunch due to scheduled visit from The Dalai Lama.
October 30, 2015
What is a Class Dean for?
Margaret Bruzelius (Dean of the Senior Class & Associate Dean of the College)
The Class Deans will talk briefly about the ways in which they help, advise, exhort, and encourage student in navigating their academic careers. They also provide advice and direction to faculty in their instruction and advising of students.
November 6, 2015
The Coltrane Elegies: the collaborative, digital 'critical edition' as an approach to teaching literary texts.
Rick Millington (English Language & Literature)
An account of a compact, collaborative digital humanities project using Smith-supported (and easy-to-use!) WordPress software-and designed to bring together some of the skills developed in an introductory course in literary interpretation.
November 13, 2015
Strengthening and Diversifying Women's Voices in the College Classroom
Benita Jackson (Psychology)
"Speaking articulately" is one of the key capacities Smith College has designated as crucial to student success. In collaboration with the Wurtele Center for Work and Life, we studied student perspectives and practical steps faculty can take to help students cultivate a growth mindset around speaking in classes. The goal is to help you increase and sustain participation from a wider range of students to make your teaching more effective for the students and fun for you.
December 4, 2015
Teaching for Inclusiveness
Dwight Hamilton (Chief Diversity Officer)
Students are coming to Smith from a wider variety of backgrounds than ever before. While this diversity provides many opportunities for teaching and learning, professors must be intentional about the informal and formal methods they exercise for creating inclusive and equitable classrooms to make the most of this diversity. Come hear about some of the best practices being used across the country and share your own.
December 11, 2015- MEETS IN THE CONFERENCE CENTER OAK ROOM
Teaching and Learning with International Students: Perspectives on the Global Learner
Rebecca Hovey (Dean for International Study and co-Director, Lewis Global Studies Center)
Guest Speaker TBA