Senior Symposium

The seventh annual Senior Symposium will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. The Senior Symposium is open to all HWS seniors and MAT students to provide students with a venue to share and celebrate their independent projects, scholarly research, and intellectual passions.

A large part of Senior Symposium success relies on faculty participation in several different roles: first, seeking out students of promise and encouraging them to apply; second, sponsoring students by reviewing their applications and abstracts (all applications must have a faculty sponsor's signature); third, guiding applicants toward the abstract writing clinics and presentation workshops, as well as the sample abstracts available on the Senior Symposium website; fourth, using your expertise to help ensure high quality in the student's application and presentation. We will be calling for faculty willing to facilitate abstract and presentation workshops, as so many faculty were kind enough to do in previous years. Visit the Senior Symposium website or contact Ruth Shields (shields@hws.edu or x3959) for more information.

Faculty Learning Communities

Each semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning puts out a call to faculty for Faculty Learning Community proposals. These cross-disciplinary faculty groups engage in an active, collaborative, and self-guided exploration of a teaching and learning topic in order to (1) better understand the topic and the scholarship of teaching and learning on that topic, (2) make modifications to their teaching practice based on what they have learned and (3) promote better teaching and learning across the institution by sharing what they have learned with a wider audience. 

Support for First-Year Seminar Faculty

From course proposals to course design, syllabus and assignment construction and in-class teaching and learning consultation, the CTL, in conjunction with both the Provost's office and the Learning Commons, supports future and current First-Year Seminar faculty. Please contact Susan Hess  (shess@hws.edu or 3787) for additional information.

Syllabus Clarity Workshops

The CTL (with Learning Commons partners) offers August and January syllabus clarity workshops; these workshops use interdisciplinary peer-feedback groups to help faculty assess whether the syllabus is complete, clear, and effective in communicating a course to students. 

Faculty Institutes and Workshops

The CTL offers or partners to offer several in-depth sessions on a variety of topics of interest to faculty.  Some of these include:

“Creating and Sustaining Respectful teaching and Learning Environments,” August 2011 (with guest Mathew Ouellett of the University of Massachusetts)

“Making Critical Thinking Visible,” January 2010 (with guest Bill Roberson of the State University of New York at Albany)

“First-Year Design,” May 2009 (in conjunction with the Provost’s office)

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Contact Us

Questions or suggestions:
Contact Susan Pliner at pliner@hws.edu or (315) 781-3354, or Susan Hess at shess@hws.edu or (315) 781-3787


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