Fall 2009 EVENTS

Passion into Practice: Talking about Teaching

To IRB or not to IRB? This is the Question…
Wednesday, September 23rd from 4:30 to 6:00 (Presentation Room) Professor Wes Perkins of the Anthropology and Sociology Department

Who needs to submit their professional and course research projects involving human subjects for review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
What is defined as research on human subjects?
What is the review process?
What are the different types of applications that can be submitted?
These questions and others will be discussed in this informal session with the current IRB chair.

The Ethics of the Online Academy
Tuesday, October 20th from 4:30 to 6:00 (Presentation Room)
Professor Leah Shafer, visiting Assistant Professor of the Media and Society Program

While the internet offers tremendous possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning practices, its use as a classroom tool also raises profound ethical questions about authorship, accessibility, consent, and interpretation.

  • How can we intellectually and ethically navigate the boundaries between the personal and private while taking advantage of collaborative and intercultural opportunities of digital domains?
  • How can we devise an ethical and flexible framework for guiding the use of online resources in our classes?
  • How could online work go horribly wrong? Or amazingly right?

We will discuss both potential pitfalls and best practices in this interactive forum.

Tips and Take-Aways from NSF Reviewers
Tuesday, November 10th from 5:00 to 6:15 (Presentation Room)
Professors Christine de Denus, Kristy Kenyon, Jim MaKinster, Justin Miller and Steve Penn

This session will be an informal discussion with HWS faculty who recently served as reviewers for the National Science Foundation.

  • What are the most compelling aspects of a competitive proposal?
  • What's the quickest way for a proposal to land in the reviewer's Recycle Bin?
  • What weight do reviewers give to the applicant's publication record?
  • What weight do reviewers give to including undergraduates in research?
  • And what about the RUI Impact Statement?

Anyone interested in submitting a NSF proposal is encouraged to attend and learn from the experience of your colleagues.

Faculty Reading Groups

Two faculty reading groups will meet this fall. One group will be reading L. Dee Fink's book Creating Significant Learning Experiences and will meet every other Friday from 3:00-4:30 in the Rosensweig Learning Commons. The second group will be reading Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed and will meet every other Thursday from 12:00-1:30 in the Rosensweig Learning Commons. Please contact CTL Director Susan Pliner (x3354) to join these conversations.



All sessions will be held at the Learning Commons Presentation Room on the first floor of the Library from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese will be served.

If you'd like to learn more about any of the upcoming events or if you'd like to see additional events offered, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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