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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Faculty Development Seminars: Fall 2003 - Spring 2004

Last updated on 9/13/04


Support for many of these seminars is provided in part by the Joseph Drown Foundation.

Two Seminars for Instructors of LTT 2850 and English 2850

  • Teaching the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    April 27 at 12:00 p.m., VC 8-210
  • Teaching "Pedro Paramo" by Mexican writer Juan Rulfo
    May 5 at 10:45 a.m., VC 7-210

Marquez and Rulfo are included in the Norton Anthology used by LTT and English faculty teaching Great Works 2850. Organized by the department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature and the English department, these events are made possible by a grant from the CUNY Council on Foreign Languages and supported by additional funds from CUNY Vice Chancellor Louise Mirrer and the Drown Foundation.

Grading criteria in Writing II (English 2150)

Thursday, April 22, 12:45-2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Visible Knowledge Project

Thursday, April 1, 12:00-2:00, VC 14-285
The Visible Knowledge Project is a multi-year, grant-funded investigation of ways in which technology can enhance student understanding in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Prof. Paula Berggren (English) and her VKP colleagues from CCNY, Lehman, and York will discuss the "researchable questions" that they are asking and demonstrate some of the effective pedagogical strategies they have identified. You are invited to share your own insights into the process of student learning and consider how the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning can help us all improve our classroom practice.

Ethics Discussions in the Classroom: How to Start Them, How to Keep them Going, and How Not To Go Off the Rails

Tuesday, March 2 at 2 p.m., Room VC 14-290

Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m., Room VC 14-290

During Ethics Week (March 15-19) we encourage members of the faculty to discuss ethical issues relevant to their subjects/disciplines with their classes. Initiating and sustaining such discussions can, of course, be challenging. To help you meet that challenge we are sponsoring three sessions of this faculty development workshop led by Prof. Douglas Lackey (Philosophy) before Ethics Week begins:

The Teaching Portfolio (of special interest to junior faculty)
Monday, March 1, 10:30-12:00, Room VC 14-266

Teaching portfolios have become a necessary tool in the job or promotion seeker's tool belt. If you are stymied by the question: "What is your teaching philosophy?" then you should strongly consider working on a teaching portfolio right away. In this seminar, Richard Holowczak (Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems and Director, Subotnick Financial Services Center) will present the basic components of a teaching portfolio, and will discuss how they can be used for formal evaluation, and self-evaluation and improvement.

Making the Transition to Active Learning

Monday, January 26, 2:00-5:00, VC 14-270

Monday, January 26, 7:00-9:00, VC 14-270

Active learning has received considerable attention recently as faculty look for ways to enhance the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods. This workshop will introduce faculty to a range of proven instructional techniques, including active, collaborative, cooperative, and problem-based learning. The workshop will define each of these instructional methods and provide an overview of their effectiveness. Time will also be provided so participants can experience active learning and
develop ways to incorporate it into their own courses. Participants should leave the workshop with practical teaching materials that can be used immediately, as well as with helpful references on active learning to stimulate future course developments.

The workshop is designed for faculty who are interested in introducing active learning into their courses or expanding the active learning component of their courses. The primary goal of the workshop is to help faculty make the transition to a more active learning environment, with lessons drawn from the educational literature and our own experience making this transition.

Owing to the generous support of the Joseph Drown Foundation, we are able to sponsor these two sessions. They will be led by Professors Michael Prince and Brian Hoyt of Bucknell University.



Academic Integrity

Many of the faculty development efforts in Fall 2003 have focused on academic integrity, with sessions in the following departments:

September 4: Black and Hispanic Studies

September 10: Political Science

September 11: History

October 9: English

October 23: Math

October 28: Philosophy

November 13: Fine and Performing Arts

November 20: Modern Languages and Comparative Literature

November 20: School of Public Affairs

Grading criteria in Writing I

English Department Conference Room, VC 7-210

The English Department expects that everyone currently teaching ENG 2100 will attend one of these sessions to discuss appropriate criteria for grading student work in ENG 2100.

  • Thursday, November 20, 12:45-2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 3, 12:15-1:45 p.m.
  • Monday, December 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m

Adjunct Teaching Workshops in the Zicklin School

Informal discussions of teaching excellence led by excellent adjunct faculty in ZSB. To accomodate varied schedules, the following three events (two dinners and a brunch) are planned:

November 10, 6-8 pm, VC 14-270   

Terry Balkaran, Accounting

Annette Courgey, Statistics

Al Lieberman, Marketing       

Bert Merchant, Accounting

November 15, 9-11 am, VC 13-215   

Herb Brinberg, Management

Cynthia Clark, Management

Dan Gagliardi, Marketing

November 18, 6-8 pm, VC 14-270   

Elaine Anderson, Law

Terry Balkaran, Accounting

Cynthia Clark, Management

Ed Martin, Accounting

6 November, 12:30 pm, VC 14-280

Strategies for Fostering Academic Integrity in the Classroom

Sponsored by the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute

Workshop led by Alison Lovell, Senior Communication Fellow

•  learn effective strategies to reduce student plagiarism

•  work with other faculty to assess the best ways to confront the problem

•  take steps to foster academic honesty in your own courses, even this semester

•  share your stories about student plagiarism

5 September, 9:30 am, VC 14-250

Orientation Session II (for new full-time faculty)

Orientation II will be designed to respond to issues that will have arisen during the first week of teaching and to introduce new faculty to some of the important people throughout the college.

29 August, 9:30 am, VC 14-250

Orientation Session I (for new full-time faculty)

This session will focus on teaching and will include discussion of syllabi, academic integrity, and classroom management.

Summer 2003 (and continuing)

Technology Orientations for Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty were offered payment at the 60% rate for orientation sessions in classroom and other instructional technology. The sessions are ongoing, see

for schedule and contact information. Contact Dennis Slavin (212-802-2805) for payment information.

See the archived Faculty Seminar Series for 2002-2003 and the series for 2004-2005.