Fall Faculty Development Day

Faculty Development Day

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Carver 234

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Choose one of the following:

  • Syllabus Review

Setting the right tone and helping students understand the requirements of the course is a delicate balance. In this session, Tracy Dinesen will focus on two different interpretations of the title. First, we’ll review our own syllabi and consider whether they are enticing students to learn. Then we’ll discuss ways of reviewing the syllabus with students at the beginning of the semester. Reading the syllabus aloud to students is unlikely to get students excited about the class, but what alternatives are there? Please bring a copy of one of your syllabi.

  • Supporting Student Internships

Internships allow Simpson College students to gain valuable hands-on experience, explore career options, apply classroom knowledge, develop skills, broaden networks, and prepare for the world-of-work. This session, led by Bobbi Meyer, Internship Coordinator, will discuss your role in supervising student internships. Bobbi will cover the registration process, the partnership between faculty and the Career Services office, legal matters concerning internships, and best practices for assisting students in having meaningful experiences.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Choose one of the following:

  • “Oops! I did it again!” Teaching Students Focused Proofreading

Wouldn’t it be nice if students always turned in carefully proofread written work? This session focuses on teaching students specific proofreading techniques, so they can identify and revise their work before submitting it for a grade. Handouts include sample assignment sheets that help students learn to apply good grammar practices to their own writing to avoid the most common sentence-level writing errors. Beth Beggs, the Writing Across the Curriculum Director, will lead this workshop.

  • Conducting Research at Simpson

This panel discussion will provide an overview of the wide variety of resources available on campus to help you conduct research. You’ll have a chance to learn about RSC Grants from JJ Butts, RefWorks from Mary Peterson, and undergraduate research from Deb Czarneski.

Lunch service will begin at 11:45.   (a session opportunity at lunch also!)

  • What’s New in Scholar?

Grab your lunch and then join Jule Thorsen for a demonstration of the changes to Scholar followed by time to work on your Scholar course.


1:00 – 2:15 p.m. – Choose one of the following:

  • Peer Review: Helping Students Help Each Other

Peer review can be a great way for students to give and receive feedback on their work before submitting it for a grade. However, students do not always give each other useful feedback. In this workshop, Jennifer Ross Nostrala will share strategies for making peer review work effectively.

  • In Search of Balance: Meeting the Needs of Students, Self, and Family

Student tour guides often tell prospective students that faculty are available 24/7. Some of us even try to be, but that’s an unrealistic expectation. Where do we draw the lines? How can we be accessible to students and still have a personal life? Come discuss this important issue with panelists Jackie Brittingham, Marilyn Mueller, and Justin Nostrala.


2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sign up for an Individual Appointment with a Tech Guru!


2:30 – 5:00 p.m.    Dunn Library Open House

Web Training: Create or Update Your Online Biography
You don’t have to sign up or pre-register. Training will begin every half hour until 4:30 so you can join at 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4 or 4:30, whatever your schedule allows. And you can stay as long as you like. Many of you have been through the training. Encourage your colleagues to come and see how simple it is. Or, if you want to drop by and brush up on some web skills, ask questions, or receive assistance with any updates you want to make.  Greg Votava and Oscar Preis from PR will be there to help guide you!

Research Assistance Center Open House
The Research Assistance Center (RAC), located on the first floor of Dunn , is the new information literacy hub. Faculty can get assistance on information literacy instruction and assignments; books and other material on information literacy will be available here as well as online. Students can receive guidance in the RAC on all steps of the research process. Librarians are available 8:00 – 4:30 M-F and other hours by appointment. Come see this new space and service!

Writing Center Open House
When you enter Dunn library, walk straight back to the far end and you’ll be in the new Writing Center. Come see the Center and find out about the resources available for students and for faculty. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Beth Beggs, the Writing Across the Curriculum Director.