Time: 1:00PM - Location Sprague Library Room 031 (lower level)
Dr. Cigdem Talgar will introduce the work of Dr. Ellen Langer and her book "The Power of Mindful Learning" (Perseus, 1997) to foster a discussion of how the concept of mindfulness applied to teaching practice can inform classroom discussion, student engagement, and create an effective and broader sense of context, an awareness of the persistence of self-imposed limitations, and methods of creative learning for students. Those familiar with the concepts of mindful learning and those curious to learn more will appreciate an overview of Langer's dialogue on mindfulness, student engagement and motivation, as well as examples of how these concepts can be applied to the classroom. Copies of Langer's book are available in the library for loan. For more information on Dr. Langer and her work, please visit: http://www.ellenlanger.com/
Time: 2:00 - 3:30PM - Location UH 1010
Title: Challenges of Teaching in an Era of Suspicion and Scorn of Higher Education
Cecelia Tichi is the author of eleven books, including mystery novels and nonfiction. She is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Professor of American Studies at Vanderbilt University and the winner of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literature.
Cecelia's recent books and public presentations explore the relation of citizen activism to progressive social change in the United States. Her Exposes and Excess: Muckraking in America 1900/2000 (2004) showed how corrective civic action is inspired by vibrant writers' fact-filled narratives that expose special interests' and governmental damage and dishonesty. Her newest book, Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America (And What They Teach Us) tells the story of seven Americans of the Gilded Age—three men and four women—who laid the foundation for human rights in modem democratic America.
Description: Dr. Tichi's talk draws upon classroom work that extends over four decades, from tutorials and seminars to auditoriums filled with hundreds of students (and platoons of graduate assistants needing guidance in grading and leading discussion sections). The discussion will focus on the challenges of teaching in this era of suspicion of (and even scorn for) higher education, an era when critical thinking takes a back seat to practical skills and the economy casts a dark shadow over students and teachers alike. She will emphasize teaching as an act of hope for the future.
Time: 2:30PM - Location Sprague Library Room 031 (lower level)
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 further discuss the field, including current research, ongoing practice, and programs at other 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. There will be exciting opportunities for further development of Contemplative Pedagogy projects and programs at MSU that can affect student learning, motivation, and classroom dynamics.
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM - Location SC 411-414
Purpose: Assist faculty in exploring issues of diversity in their classrooms.
The Research Academy is proud to announce keynote speaker Rhonda Roland Shearer, Founder and Director of the Art Science Research Laboratory, editor-in-chief, publisher, iMediaEthics.org, adjunct lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, will present "How to do Interdisciplinary Studies: Moving from Sound Philosophy to Practice."
The Creative Research Center in the College of the Arts at Montclair State University www.montclair.edu/creativeresearch will cover the Third Annual Showcase on Teaching and Learning. Dr. Neil Baldwin, Director of the CRC, will serve as rapporteur for the day's proceedings; his comprehensive essay will be published online in early May 2012 at https://blogs.montclair.edu/crdirector/
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