Events

Upcoming and Recent Events


Spring 2015

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May 8, 2015 - The 6th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase

Time & Location: 8:30am - 4:00pm, University Hall 7th Floor Conference Center

Call for Proposals are now open! Please learn more about proposal guidelines, the line-up of the day, and more here:

http://www.montclair.edu/academy/events/university-showcase/


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Faculty Teaching Circles: Learn more...http://www.montclair.edu/academy/events/teaching-circles/

  • Friday, February 13 - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 18 - 2:30pm
  • Friday, April 17 - 9:00am

Location: Sprague Library Room 031 (lower level) unless otherwise noted.

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Improving Student Reading Through Study Guides - pending confirmation

April 2015

Brief: creating and using study (or reading) guides for engaged learning and active reading. Participants should bring reading assignments that they will use to create study guides. Practice and assessment.


Fall 2014

November 19, 2014 - Teaching Circle

Time & Location: 2:00pm, Sprague Library room 031 (lower level)

Light refreshments will be served.

Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles

October 24, 2014 - Teaching Circle

Time & Location: 2:00pm, Sprague Library, room 031 (lower level)

Light refreshments will be served. 

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles


September 22, 2014 - Annual Day of Mindfulness

The Research Academy invites the campus community of students, faculty, staff, and friends to join us for a day-long series of workshops, events, and activities devoted to practicing mindfuless. Mindfulness practice is centered on developing equanimity, focus, compassion, and introspection in order to be more present in your life, enjoy greater academic success and personal satisfaction, and to develop a broader sense of peace and fellowship with the world. Learn more...

Teaching Circles

Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning. For Fall dates and to learn more, go here...

  • September 24, 2014 - 2:30pm in Sprague Library Room 031 (lower level)

Spring 2014

February 12, 2014 - Can We Talk? How to Constructively Facilitate and Engage Your Students in Difficult Dialogues on Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Facilitated by:

Dr. Milton A. Fuentes, Psychology

Dr. Silvia C. Pastor, Psychology

Dr. Muninder K. Ahluwalia, Counseling and Educational Leadership

Location: University Hall ADP Center Room 1145

Time: 11:30am - 12:45pm

As classrooms become increasingly diverse, difficult dialogues on race, gender and sexual orientation have often served to polarize students and teachers rather than to clarify and increase mutual understanding about majority-minority group relations. Most well-intentioned instructors find themselves ill-prepared to deal with the often explosive race-related emotions that manifest themselves in the classroom. Poorly handled, such dialogues may result in disastrous consequences (anger, hostility, silence, complaints, misunderstandings, blockages of the learning process, etc.); skillfully handled they present an opportunity for growth, improved communication, and learning. During this Archived Guest Lecture, Derald Wing Sue will share strategies on how to constructively facilitate and engage your students in difficult dialogues on race, gender, and sexual orientation.

The facilitators of this event will present an earlier online webinar offered by the Wiley Faculty Network. They will guide participants through the key discussion points raised in the presentation and lead a conversation on how the ideas offered in the webinar are applicable or can be used with Montclair State University students.

Please RSVP here, as space is limited: https://oit-app2.montclair.edu/msusurvey/index.php?sid=81883&lang=en

 

FALL 2013

The Provost's Series on University Teaching and Learning Presents:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Special Guest Speaker Dr. Reynol Junco,

Associate Professor, Purdue University;

Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University.

Dr. Reynol JuncoTitle:

"Srsly? We're going to use it for class?": Evidence-based approaches to using social media in the classroom

Description:

How can social media like Facebook and Twitter be used to support student learning? Find out at this engaging talk by Rey Junco, a psychologist and education and social media researcher. Rey will connect research on social media to classroom applications and discuss the ways in which faculty can enhance student engagement, social and academic integration, and learning through the use of these technologies. Rey's discussion will be based on his forthcoming book, Engaging Students through Social Media: An Evidence-Based Approach for Student Affairs, (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, march 2014).

We ask that all attendees register before the event, as space is limited. Please register now!

When: September 27, 2013
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Location: University Hall Room 1010

In the afternoon, Rey will sit down with Art Esposito for "Inside the Educator's Studio," an interview-format discussion with students and the campus community on using social media as a communication tool. More information will be coming soon! Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to attend this important discussion-based event!

When: September 27, 2013
Time: 2:30PM
Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

Please register to attend the afternoon session here: https://oit-app2.montclair.edu/msusurvey/index.php?sid=41824&lang=en

Speaker bio:

Rey Junco is a is an Associate Professor of Library Science at Purdue University and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Rey’s primary research interest is using quantitative methods to analyze the effects of social media on youth psychosocial development, engagement, and learning. His research has focused on informing best practices in using social technologies to enhance learning outcomes. Rey has found that technology, specifically social media like Facebook and Twitter, can be used in ways that improve engagement and academic performance. Currently, Rey is investigating the ability to use trace data (seemingly irrelevant data collected through natural uses of technology) in order to provide real-time and unobtrusive prediction of student outcomes. Rey is also interested in examining how social media affect interpersonal relationships, online discourse, digital inequalities, and how the use of digital media promotes formal and informal learning.


Dr. Reynol Junco's blog, Social Media in Higher Education, contains links to his research, other publications, and information on his forthcoming book, Engaging Students through Social Media: An Evidence-Based Approach for Student Affairs (Wiley, March 2014).

Due to limited space, please reserve your seat now: Click Here to Register Now!

Reynol Junco's visit to the Montclair State campus is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the following programs:

The Center of Pedagogy
The School of Communication and Media
The School of Business
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Department of Spanish and Italian
The Office of Student Development and Campus Life
The Office of the Provost
The Department of Psychology
The Research Academy for University Learning

With additional support graciously provided by:

The Academic Technology Committee

 


 

Please check back frequently as we add and update the coming events for Fall 2013. Thank you.

Friday, September 20 2013 - Faculty Teaching Circle

Time & Location: 1:30pm, Sprague Library, room 031 (lower level)

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles


 

Friday, October 4, 2013 - Mindful Learning: Philosophy and Practice

Time & Location: 11:00am-1:00pm; Sprague Library Room 031 (lower level)

Facilitated by Dr. David Lee Keiser and Julie Dalley. Open to the campus community.

All Montclair State faculty and staff are invited to join us as we explore best practices in Contemplative Pedagogy, a holistic approach to thoughtful teaching, mindful awareness, and curricular development. In this interactive workshop, Dr. David Lee Keiser will present examples of best practices from around the world, around the nation, and happening right here at Montclair State. Instructors interested in creating a mindful approach to their pedagogical practice will appreciate a chance to explore various methods of integrating contemplative practice. Examples will be provided from an array of disciplines and institutions, including The University of Michigan, Brown and Vanderbilt Universities, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and The Garrison Institute. There will be ample time for discussion and modeling of secular contemplative practices.

To learn more about Contemplative Pedagogy and the Research Academy's Contemplative Pedagogy and Practice Program at Montclair State, please visit: http://www.montclair.edu/academy/contemplative-pedagogy/

Please R.S.V.P. to Julie Dalley at dalleyj@montclair.edu. Drop-in's welcome!


 

Thursday, October 17 2013 - Faculty Teaching Circle

Time & Location: 1:00pm, Sprague Library, room 031 (lower level)

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles


 

Friday, November 8 2013 - Faculty Teaching Circle

Time & Location: 9:00am, Sprague Library, room 031 (lower level)

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles


SPRING 2013 EVENTS

Monday, March 18, 2013 - "Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice:" The possibilities and limits of contemplative practices in higher education.

In a recent publication from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2008), William Sullivan and Mathew Rosin argued that "Shaping the Life of the Mind for Practice" offered a compelling vision for how to refocus the purpose of higher education. Yet, while their vision remains relevant and, indeed, compelling their use of the term "Mind" had no sense of coming to know one's mind in the manner that is stressed in contemplative practices. We still think of learning in higher education as something that must be pulled from the outside in. What if we also thought about learning from the inside out? How might our work in higher education be enhanced if we combined the idea of 'Practice" with contemplative practices so that coming to know one's own mind was at the center of our work? In this talk, I will explore the possibilities and limits of such a union.

 Jonathan Miller-Lane is Associate Professor of Education at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and a third degree black belt in Aikido. He teaches courses in the Foundations of Education, Secondary Methodology, Peace Education and is currently working with colleagues in Italian, American Studies, and Classics to plan a Sophomore Seminar in the Liberal Arts to begin in the fall of 2013. His publications examine the role of the body as a site of knowing. His most recent essay, "Toward an Embodied Liberal Arts" appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Liberal Education.

Dr. Miller-Lane's visit is made possible by funds provided by the Contemplative Mind-1440 Teaching and Learning Center Grant, funded by The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and in membership with the Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE).


Friday, March 22, 2013 - Faculty Teaching Circle

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles


Friday, February 22, 2013 - Getting in the Groove: A Two-Part Faculty Writing Workshop

This workshop will focus on several areas of faculty writing development. The first part will take us through several writing exercises to begin crafting teaching statements/philosophies. While the exercises will be focused on teaching statements/philosophies, they will be useful and transferable to other scholarly writing tasks. This leads us to the second part of our workshop, which will use the research of noted faculty writing scholar Robert Boice, and his books Professors as Writers and The New Faculty Member to break out and summarize his key writing tips for faculty, especially for new faculty members looking to find a balance --or groove-- between teaching responsibilities and writing expectations. Participants will have the opportunity to practice some of Boice's exercises for their own writing development. Attendees will also be given the chance to troubleshoot and discuss key issues in faculty writing, as well as share their best practices/challenges as an ongoing effort to build a collaborative faculty writing community.

The workshop will be two hours. Attendees can attend all or a portion of the workshop, based on their needs. The first hour will deal with writing teaching statements, the second on more general faculty writing practices.


May 3, 2013 - 4th Annual University Learning and Teaching Showcase

The Research Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Ambrose, Vice-Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Education, Northeastern University, will present as Keynote Speaker for the 4th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase.

Dr. Ambrose is co-author of four books, most recently How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2010), which has been widely praised for integrating fundamental research in the cognitive sciences and practical application.

The Creative Research Center in the College of the Arts at Montclair State University www.montclair.edu/creativeresearch will cover the Fourth Annual Showcase on Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Neil Baldwin, www.neilbaldwinbooks.com, Professor, Theatre & Dance, and Director of the CRC, will serve as rapporteur for the day's proceedings; his essay will be published in mid-May 2013 at https://blogs.montclair.edu/crdirector/.

See more information about the 4th Annual University Showcase and its keynote speaker, Dr. Susan Ambrose


Fall 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - Faculty Teaching Circle

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles


Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Teaching Research Methods: A Discussion Group

Time & Location: 11:00am - 1:00pm, Adelina Granito Ferraro Lounge (formerly Courtyard Lounge in University Hall)

Do you teach a research methodology course for your discipline? Do you plan on teaching a course like this? Do you wonder what others are doing to engage students in the class? How about how the same principle is being taught across different disciplines? This interdisciplinary discussion is being established to provide you with exactly that. Starting with gathering frequently asked questions, as well as frequently encountered problems (both across disciplines and within a discipline), we will meet to discuss ways to engage students with regards to different topics that are covered in such courses. This discussion group will meet monthly and anyone is welcome to join in on the discussion.

For more information about the Teaching Research Methods Discussion Groups


Friday, October 19, 2012 - Faculty Teaching Circle

Time & Location: 1:00pm, Sprague Library, room 031 (lower level)

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles


Friday, October 26, 2012 - Provost's Series on University Teaching and Learning presents Guest Speaker Daniel Simons

As part of the Provost's Series on Teaching and Learning guest speaker Daniel Simons, professor of psychology and head of the Visual Cognition Laboratory at the University of Illinois, will be speaking to the MSU community. His research explores the limits of awareness and memory, the reasons why we often are unaware of those limits, and the implications of such limits for our personal and professional lives.

Description: The human mind is a remarkable learning machine, but it also presents some of the greatest obstacles to effective teaching and learning. Most of us harbor and rely upon flawed intuitions about how our minds work, leading to ineffective teaching and learning strategies. We think we see more of the world than we actually do, we trust our vivid memories more than we should, and we make assumptions about what we know and how effectively we communicate with others. In this talk, I will survey a variety of everyday illusions, cases in which we think we know how our minds work but don't. I will then discuss the implications of these limits and mistaken intuitions for teaching and highlight some ways we can counteract them.

About the Speaker: After receiving his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Cornell University, Daniel Simons spent five years on the faculty at Harvard University, before moving to Illinois in 2002. He is a Fellow and Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science, and Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and he has received many awards for his research and teaching, including the 2003 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association. He has more than 50 scientific publications and has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research.

In addition to his scholarly research, he has penned articles for the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education (among others). In 2010, he and his colleague Christopher Chabris co-authored the New York Times bestseller, The Invisible Gorilla. You can read more about him and his work at www.dansimons.com


Friday, November 9, 2012 - Teaching Research Methods: A Discussion Group

Time & Location: 11:00am - 1:00pm, Adelina Granito Ferraro Lounge (formerly Courtyard Lounge in University Hall)

Do you teach a research methodology course for your discipline? Do you plan on teaching a course like this? Do you wonder what others are doing to engage students in the class? How about how the same principle is being taught across different disciplines? This interdisciplinary discussion is being established to provide you with exactly that. Starting with gathering frequently asked questions, as well as frequently encountered problems (both across disciplines and within a discipline), we will meet to discuss ways to engage students with regards to different topics that are covered in such courses. This discussion group will meet monthly and anyone is welcome to join in on the discussion.

See more information about the Teaching Research Methods Discussion Groups


Monday, November 12, 2012 - Faculty Teaching Circle

Time & Location: 11:00am, Sprague Library, room 031 (lower level)

The Teaching Circles are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

See more information about Faculty Teaching Circles