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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Faculty Development Seminars for 2004-2005

Last updated on 4/20/05

Please feel free to send ideas for seminars to Associate Provost Dennis Slavin. The sessions below are listed in loose chronological order. Also see the archived Faculty Seminar Series for 2002-2003 and 2003-2004.


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

Teaching Large Classes

Some of the issues will be specific to classes of 60 or more, but many will be relevant to smaller classes as well. All members of the faculty are invited. Topics will include: engaging students; creating assignments and/or exams that are both meaningful for the students and feasible for faculty to assess; encouraging class participation; facilitating "active" learning; using technology to improve presentations; using Blackboard well; monitoring and modeling academic integrity; managing attendance, lateness, bad behavior; assessing your own effectiveness; and others.


Tuesday, January 18, 12:00-2:00, VC 3-150

Glenn Albright (Psychology)

Norman Kleinberg (Economics/Finance)

Andrew Tomasello (Fine and Performing Arts)

See a video of this discussion.


Monday, January 24, 6:00-8:00, VC 3-150

Glenn Albright (Psychology)

Hayden Noel (Marketing)

Kathy Pence (History)

See a video of this discussion.


Faculty Roundtable Series on College Writing

Organized by Cheryl Smith (English), Mikhail Gershovich (Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute), and Maria Jerskey (Writing Center), this Roundtable Series will address common faculty concerns with student writing at Baruch College.   Faculty across the disciplines interested in sharing and learning new strategies to improve student writing are encouraged to attend see the three events listed below. New roundtable sessions will be added in upcoming semesters based on attendees' concerns. Space is limited.   Please confirm your plans to attend a roundtable session by emailing your session choice(s) to


Roundtable I:   Getting the Most Out of Keys for Writers

Thursday, February 10, 12:30-2:00, VC 14-280

How can freshmen, introduced to Keys for Writers in their required composition courses, successfully continue to utilize the text as a resource throughout their academic careers?   Distinguished scholar, handbook author, and ESL expert Ann Raimes will join us to discuss strategies for utilizing her book to improve student writing in courses in all disciplines and at all levels. Lunch will be served.

Please confirm your plans to attend:



Tuesday, February 22, 12:45-2:00, Gayle Delong (Eco/Fin), VC 7-205
Monday, February 28, 6:00-7:15, Karl Lang (Stat/CIS), VC 7-205

Baruch College now subscribes to the plagiarism detection software "" Gerry Dalgish (English) is the campus coordinator; he can members of the faculty with a password and other basic information: 646-312-3919 or The Turnitin software is quite easy to use, but two members of our faculty who have used it extensively have graciously volunteered to lead the two sessions cited above devoted to explaining how it works to colleagues. If you attend, please feel free to bring a student paper (or any Word document) on disk or to send it in advance as an attachment to either Gayle or Karl. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided at both sessions. (NB: The Academic Integrity Committee recommends that all members of the faculty who use inform their students of their intention to use plagiarism detection software.)

RSVP (specifying which session): 212-802-2820 or

Faculty Development Workshop on Developing Learning Goals

Wednesday, February 23, 12:30-2:00, VC 8-213 (for international faculty members)

Thursday, March 3, 1:00-2:30, VC 8-213 (open to all members of the faculty)

A workshop led by Elisabeth Gareis (Communication Studies) on formulating student-oriented objectives that aim at a high degree of active learning and student achievement.

Please confirm your plans to attend by sending an e-mail with your selection of workshop and date/time to


Open Forums for Adjunct Faculty Members

Tuesday, March 1, 6:00-8:00, Location TBA

Wednesday, March 2, 6:00-8:00, Location TBA
Administrators and faculty members will discuss and answer questions on a wide range of issues,
beginning with the college's academic integrity initiative. A sandwich/fruits/drink buffet will be available.

Please confirm your plans to attend:

Roundtable II:   Addressing the Needs of ESL Writers

Thursday, March 10, 12:30-2:00, VC 14-280

What do you do when your students can't develop or articulate their ideas in standard academic English? This session will address the challenges of working with a diverse student populationa diversity often reflected in a wide range of language skills that produce a variety of problems in student comprehension, engagement, and ultimately, writing and performance.  ESL experts will guide our discussion and offer strategies. Lunch will be served.

Please confirm your plans to attend:

Baruch College Faculty Conference:

Integrating Information Literacy & Communication Skills Across the Curriculum: Learning Goals & Assessment (follow link for more information and registration)

Friday, March 11, 8:30-2:30, VC 14-220

Today an educated person must be able to function proficiently in a rapidly evolving information environment, think critically about the content and quality of information, and communicate findings and conclusions effectively. Such skills are necessary not only for academic success across all disciplines, but also for career success, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently acknowledged the importance of these skills by requiring the integration of information literacy and communication across the curriculum as a criterion for accreditation. Learning opportunities that optimize the development of information literacy and communication skills and facilitate assessment of student learning will be the focus of a this conference.

The Teaching Portfolio (of special interest to junior faculty)
Tuesday, March 15, 12:30-2:00, VC 14-280
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. Richard Holowczak
(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.
Free lunch provided.
RSVP: or 212-802-2805

English 2150 Workshops: Best Practices For Achieving Learning Goals
Wednesday, March 16, 4:00-5:30, VC 7-238  or
Thursday, March 17, 9:00-10:30, VC 7-238

ENG 2150 faculty are invited to share information about effective classroom activities. The goal is first to identify these common practices (like peer review, revision, and others) and then to submit, after the meeting, different applications that have proved to be successful. At the end of the semester, three anonymous student responses representing a typical range of achievement from low to high in response to these assignments will be collected in an effort to assess learning outcomes and provide examples of best practices for use in future semesters. These workshops will be led by Jessica Lang (English Department, Acting Writing Program Director) and Paula Berggren (Chair, English Department Composition Committee).

Faculty Development Workshop on Effective Lecturing

Wednesday, March 23, 12:30-2:00, VC 8-170 (for international faculty members)

Thursday, March 24, 1:00-2:30, VC 8-170 (open to all members of the faculty)

A workshop led by Elisabeth Gareis (Communication Studies) on successful verbal and nonverbal delivery, audience sensitivity, whiteboard use, and PowerPoint slide design.

Please confirm your plans to attend by sending an e-mail with your selection of workshop and date/time to


Workshop on Immigration Issues

Friday, March 25, 10:00-noon, 135 East 22nd St., Provost's Conference Room (7th floor)

Associate Provost Barbara Lawrence and Prof. Alan Wernick will discuss Baruch policy regarding immigration sponsorship of international faculty. They will also discuss the USCIS rules and regulations for qualifying for both temporary and permanent immigration status.

Please confirm your plans to attend by sending an e-mail to

NB: We are pleased to announce that the Baruch College Guide to Immigration for Faculty Members, which includes links to government and other documents, is now available online at

Roundtable III:   Designing Effective Writing Assignments

Thursday, May 11, 11:30-1:00, VC 14-285 (session postponed from April 21)

What kinds of assignments facilitate the best student writing? Unclearly worded writing tasks and insufficiently stated assignment goals confuse students and result in poor writing.  In this session, writing across the curriculum (WAC) professionals will address designing assignments that help students learn course content, practice critical thinking strategies, and produce stronger writing. Topics may include designing assignments that encourage a sense of audience; considering possibilities for pre-writing, drafting, and revision; balancing low and high stakes writing assignments; and articulating the goals, purpose, requirements, and assessment criteria of an assignment. Lunch will be served.

Please confirm your plans to attend:


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

Technology Orientations for Adjunct Faculty

Summer 2004 (and continuing)

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.

Orientation Session I (for new full-time faculty members)

Thursday, 19 August, 9:30 a.m., VC 14-250

This session focused on teaching and included discussion of syllabi, academic integrity, classroom management, and instructional technology.

Orientation Session II (for new full-time faculty)

Friday, 10 September, 9:00 a.m., VC 14-250

Orientation II was designed to respond to issues that arose during the first week of teaching. New faculty members were introduced to some of the important people throughout the college.

Workshops for International Faculty Members

  • Creative Assignments

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 12:302:00 p.m., VC 8-213

Thursday, October 7, 12:302:00 p.m., VC 8-213 

  • Testing and Grading

Wednesday, November 3, 12:302:00 p.m., VC 8-213

Thursday, November 4, 12:302:00 p.m., VC 8-213

Creative Assignments covers tips for promoting student learning through engaging homework assignments. Testing and Grading will address the issues related to quiz and test design, preventing academic dishonesty, and grading practices.  Prof. Elisabeth Gareis (Communication Studies) will conduct both workshops. Please confirm your plans to attend a workshop by sending an e-mail with your selection of workshop and date/time to Prof. Gareis at or (646) 312-3731. For more information on services available to international faculty members, see International Faculty Development Program.

Three Informal Meetings for New Faculty in the Zicklin School

  • A chat with Dean John Elliott

Friday, October 1, 10:00 a.m., VC 13-263

  • Guaranteed money to support your research

    Led by Professor Joseph Weintrop
    Friday, October 15, 10:00 a.m., VC 13-263

  • Make your students learn and love you at the same time

Friday, November 12, 10:00 a.m., VC 13-263

Professors Ann Brandwein, Marios Koufaris, Steven Melnik, and Gloria Thomas

Assessing Learning Goals in ENG 2100

Having agreed upon a quartet of central learning goals to be aimed at in Writing 1, faculty teaching the course will meet to share sample assignments designed to assist students to reach each of these goals. By scrutinizing anonymous examples of students' responses to different assignments, we hope to identify, analyze, and disseminate those that have elicited the most successful student work so that instructors who teach the course in the future will be able to adapt and build upon effective teaching strategies. There will be three separate sessions of the workshop. At these sessions, sample assignments will be introduced and examined. A follow-up workshop will be held during the final exam period.

  • Wednesday, 27 October, 4:00-5:30 pm, VC 7-238
  • Thursday, 28 October, 12:45-2:15 pm, VC 7-238
  • Tuesday, 9 November, 1:30-3:00 pm, VC 7-238


Day of Faculty Development Workshops

Friday, November 5, VC 14-270

  • 9:30-10:30 Maneuvering through the Journal World: Identifying and Submitting Work to Appropriate Professional Journals/Publications ( Professor Turan Bali, Economics and Finance; Professor Eva Chou, English; Professor Sanders Korenman, School of Public Affairs; and Professor Donald Vredenburgh, Management)
  • 10:35-11:35 An Inside View of Personnel and Budget Committees (Glenn Petersen, Chair of Scociology/Anthropology)
  • 11:40-12:40 How to Develop, Prepare, Review and Submit Your Personnel File (Abby Santana, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs )
  • 12:45-1:45 When Things Don't Work Out: The Grievance and Appeals Process (Gayana Jurkevich, PSC Grievance Officer, Baruch College Chapter, and Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)

        Organized by the Office of Affirmative Action and the Affirmative Action Committee, these seminars are Baruch-specific; there is ample time to answer questions in detail. While they are targeted to new and junior faculty, all faculty are invited. Faculty may attend any or all of the sessions. Because the setting is relaxed and informal, faculty feel free to ask questions and receive specific, candid answers to their questions.

      If you plan to attend any of the sessions, please check all that apply on the linked registration form and fax it to the Affirmative Action Office (212-802-2867). If you prefer, you may register by phone (212-802-2865). If you have questions, please call Carmen Pedrogo, Affirmative Action Officer, at the above number.

Information Literacy, Communication Skills, and Assessment

Friday, November 19, Noon-2:00 pm, Newman Library, Room 135

The integration of information literacy and communication skills across the curriculum is one of Baruch College's criteria for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This seminar/workshop will help explain the concept of "information literacy" and provide an opportunity for some of the faculty members planning to participate in the college's Information Literacy Conference on March 11 to present brief descriptions of their work. All members of the faculty are invited to attend both seminar and conference. Lunch will be served.

Rsvp to or call 646-312-1615.

Using WebGrade
In a continuing effort to provide instructors with tools to ease their workload, BCTC and the Office of the Registrar have released a web-based system for the submission of final grades (WebGrade) each semester.

What is it? WebGrade is an online grading system that allows instructors to submit final grades for their courses via the Web. It can be accessed from any internet-accessible computer (PC, MAC or UNIX) using a standard Web browser. Once the grades are submitted, they will be automatically sent to students via e-mail and loaded within a few hours to the student information system (SIMS/BOSS).

Changes since summer 2004: In response to faculty feedback from previous semesters several changes were made to WebGrade. The login process has been simplified and several of the technical elements have been improved.

Workshops and tutorial: Faculty and staff workshops have been scheduled for November and can be reviewed at Additional sessions may be scheduled by departmental request. In addition, full documentation and a revised on-line tutorial are available at

Departmental WebGrade Workshops (additional workshops added as they are announced; adjuncts who do not receive the "extra" hour that comes with teaching six or more hours at Baruch will be paid at the 60% rate to attend these workshops)

Modern Languages and Comparative Literature

Thursday, December 2, 12:30-2:30, VC 6-120

Composition Committee

Thursday, December 16, 12:45-3:00 pm

The Composition Committee will review the assignments that discussed with ENG 2100 faculty in the meetings listed above (October and November) en route to putting together an assessment of learning goals.

The Compleat Academic: A Two-Day Colloquium at Hunter College for all CUNY Junior Faculty

Thursday and Friday, December 16-17, Hunter College

Room 1700 East (President's Conference Room), 68th Street and Lexington Ave.
The major presenters at this two-day colloquium for CUNY junior faculty in all disciplines will be Virginia Valian and Vita Rabinowitz, Co-Directors of the Gender Equity Project, who will address a broad range of topics relevant to the early career challenges faced by junior faculty. The colloquium is funded by the CUNY Faculty Development Program. For more information please see:

Great Works

Tuesday, December 21, 12:00-2:00 pm

Those teaching ENG/LTT 2800-2850 will discuss learning goals and assessment in ENG/LTT 2800-2850. Mikhail Gershovich, Jody Rosen, and Ann Wallace from the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute will discuss the workshops for students that Jody Rosen and Ann Wallace organized this semester.

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