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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Faculty Development Seminars 2014-2015



Last updated on 5/11/2015

Support for many of these seminars is provided in part by the Baruch College Fund. Also see the archived series for 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014.   For Research Without Borders (presentations about their research by members of the Baruch faculty and invited guests), go here.

Please feel free to send ideas for seminars to
Associate Provost Dennis Slavin.

 

SEMINARS IN SPRING 2015

 

MAY 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 12:45-2 PM, NVC 2-215
Dare to Engage Working Group: Safe Zone Workshop

Safe Zone is a two-hour workshop where Baruch students, faculty, and staff can acquire a foundational understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) communities. Participants will leave this session with a basic understanding of related terms, a history of LGBTQIA concerns in the United States, an awareness of how to be a better ally, and resources for further learning.                                 

Sign up to attend at Safe Zone

 

Tuesday, May 12, 5:30-7 PM, NVC 14-269
Globus Lecture: New Tools for Student Collaboration

The Great Works of Literature Program in English invites you to the Globus Event, "New Tools for Student Collaboration," featuring guest speakers Matthew K. Gold, Associate Professor and Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives at the CUNY Graduate Center, along with PhD candidates Erin Glass and Jennifer Stoops. Gold, Glass, and Stoops are winners of a prestigious 2014 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for “Social Paper,” a software project that enables students to easily share writing and feedback with peers. Connected with the CUNY Academic Commons, an open source social network built by and for students and faculty, Social Paper critically intervenes in the disturbing trends of digital surveillance, locked proprietary code, and obsolescence/disappearance of tools. They will share details of their winning project and discuss its broader applications in our classrooms and research.

A light supper will be served.

To ensure that we order enough food, please RSVP to Dr. Carina Pasquesi at carina.pasquesi@baruch.cuny.edu by 2 pm on Monday, May 11.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 1:00-2:30 PM, 135 E 22nd Street Room 308
Universal Preschool and Mothers' Employement

We invite you to join us at next week’s faculty seminar on Wednesday, May 13thElia De La Cruz Toledo, Postdoctoral Researcher at Columbia Population Research Center will present a paper on "Universal preschool and mothers' employment" . The paper is avalible here.

For more information please contact Samantha MacBride

 

Thursday, May 14, All Day Event, Vertical Campus Lobby and Multi-Purpose Room
Creative Inquiry Day

Celebrate undergraduate research and creative endeavors at Baruch! Students are encouraged to showcase their independent projects, such as an Honors Thesis, independent study, creative arts pieces, or service learning outcomes. Students can Sign upto present their poster or project. The deadline for signup is April 1. Baruch will print your poster for free! Prizes will be awarded in six categories:  Business, Humanities, Natural Science, Psychology, Public Affairs and Social Science. For further information, contact Prof. Nancy Aries.

RSVP as soon as you can to researchandengagement@gmail.com.

 

Friday, May 29, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, NVC 14-220
The 15th Symposium on Communication-Intensive Teaching and Learning: Learning Through Design (With Keynote Speaker Ellen Lupton

This year, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute invites all Baruch faculty, both full- and part-time, to join us for the 15th Symposium on Communication-Intensive Teaching and Learning. 

At this year’s event, we're hoping to spark a conversation about the ways that our students—and we ourselves as educators and academics—can think through design, no matter what our discipline. Design Thinking is characterized by real-world problem solving, collaboration, research, and constant revision. If that sounds familiar, it’s not by accident: Design Thinking constitutes the skills we’re fostering in our students every time we write an assignment or step into the classroom. 

We hope to see you there! 

Please RSVP: Symposium@baruch.cuny.edu 

 

 

APRIL 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 12:30 PM, NVC 3-215
Dare to Engage Working Group: Safe Zone Workshop

The Baruch College Dare to Engage Working Group* is sponsoring a Safe Zone Workshop for the Baruch College community on Tuesday, April 21, at 12:30pm in NVC 3-215.

Safe Zone is a two-hour workshop in which Baruch students, faculty, and staff can acquire a foundational understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) communities. Participants will leave this session with a basic understanding of related terms, a history of LGBTQIA concerns in the United States, an awareness of how to be a better ally, and resources for further learning.

Sign up to attend at Safe Zone

*The Dare to Engage Working Group is dedicated to ensuring that Baruch College provides a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) students, faculty, and staff. We believe that only by creating an open and inclusive environment can the Baruch community grow into an accepting campus, committed to the safety and development of its members in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity expression. The group serves as an advocate and resource dedicated to the ongoing exploration of the LGBTQIA experience inside and outside of the classroom through campus programming, education, consultation, and support.  For more information about D2E go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/studentaffairs/esafezone/index.htm

RSVP as soon as you can at Safe Zone

 

Thursday, April 23, 1:00-2:20 PM, NVC 6-210
International Conference on Undergraduate Research, Fall 2015

Organized through an alliance of Monash University in Australia and the University of Warwick in the UK (learn more at www.icurportal.com), ICUR allows undergraduates from across the globe to share their original research via video conferencing at the beginning of each fall semester. Prof. Katherine Pence and students who participated in Fall 2014 will discuss ICUR and give details on the upcoming Fall 2015 session and how to participate. RSVP now to researchandengagement@gmail.com for the final Undergrad Research and Civic Engagement Faculty Lunch Seminar of the spring,

Please note that the venue for the lunch seminars is now VC 6-210 and that seating is limited. RSVP as soon as you can to researchandengagement@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 1:00-2:00, NVC 3-210
Sexual Assault Response Training for Faculty and Staff

Join Baruch's Title IX Coordinator and Chief Diversity Officer Kieran Morrow, and Campus Intervention Team

Member Chris Diggs to learn about ways to support students who have been affected by sexual violence. In this session you will develop practical skills for engaging in conversations with students. You will also learn about the College's policies and resources at Baruch and beyond.

Please RSVP to Chris at Christina.Diggs@baruch.cuny.edu

 

Wednesday, April 29, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, NVC 14-269
Assessment Forum: What are we Doing and Why?

In this big-picture assessment forum, we will review assessment expectations at Baruch College. We’ll discuss questions about all aspects of assessment – from research design (should we use a standardized test or student interviews?) to analysis of data (how do we translate student criticisms into results?) to using results to inform curricula.

  • Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the goals of academic assessment
  • Begin or refine the process of academic assessment within a department
  • Adapt their program, department, or course to assessment findings
  • Use resources offered by the Office of Academic Assessment to improve assessment practices 

RSVP to: Joseph.Bendana@baruch.cuny.edu

 

MARCH 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 1:00-2:20 PM, NVC 6-210
The Annotation Project: Collaborative Research and Writing in the Great Works of Literature Classroom

Prof. Cheryl Smith and some of her students will talk about the development of a digital humanities space for the sharing of literary annotations and translations by undergraduates. The website encourages discussion of literary annotation and translation as well as collaborative research and writing. Students work collaboratively in small groups to draft an annotation plan for a text assigned to them, determining what kinds of annotations to write in order to explicate and enhance the text. Over the course of the semester they do research and compose notes that provide analytical or interpretive insights; historical, social, religious, and artistic contextualization; and reflections on language use and translation choices, as well as original translations of passages.

Please note that the venue for the lunch seminars is now VC 6-210 and that seating is limited. RSVP as soon as you can to researchandengagement@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 12:30-1:45 PM, Newman Library Bulding Room 135
Artstor Workshop
The Newman Library has arranged for one-month trial membership with the Artstor Digital Library, which contains more than 1.8 million images and tools for education and research. If you register with a Baruch email address, you will be able to search, view, organize, download, print, and share content from some of the world’s leading museums, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists.Professor Lisa Ellis of the Newman Library has offered to conduct an Artstor workshop on Tuesday, March 10, at 12:30-1:45pm in room 135, on the first floor of the Library and Technology Building. The workshop will provide a great opportunity for those interested to gain hands-on experience using Artstor. Prof. Ellis will give a general overview of Artstor and cover the following features and functions: 

  • View, Print, and Download Images
  • Search
  • Image Group Download
  • Folders and Image Groups
  • Export to Power Point

 The Artstor trial will be only for the month of March. You will be able to gain access off-campus during the trial, but to do so you must use the following link from the library’s webpage, which requires access via the proxy server: http://guides.newman.baruch.cuny.edu/databases/trials

For the workshop, kindly RSVP to lisa.ellis@baruch.cuny.edu.

Please note If you cannot attend, but are interested in scheduling a session for you or your department, please feel free to contact Prof. Ellis to make these arrangements.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2:30-4:00 PM, 151 E. 25th Street (Newman Library Bulding) Room 763
Teaching Ethics: How to Start Ethics Discussions and How Not to Snuff Them Out by Accident
Part of the March 18 orientation event for new faculty, a series organized by the Provost’s Office, will be an informal presentation and discussion by Professor Douglas Lackey (Department of Philosophy) on the subject of leading classroom discussions of ethics.

To RSVP or for further information on this event contact Megan Joskow.

 

Monday, March 23, 1:00-2:20 PM, NVC 6-210
Investigating New York Immigrant Theater Traditions

Prof. Deb Caplan and students from her theater course will discuss their primary hands-on research projects which investigate a particular immigrant theater tradition in NYC. Students will share the results of their investigations, which include maps, live tours of neighborhoods, oral histories, and web exhibits detailing their findings. 

Please note that the venue for the lunch seminars is now VC 6-210 and that seating is limited. RSVP as soon as you can to researchandengagement@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, March 26, 12:30-2:00 PM, NVC 14-266
Faculty Focus Group: Writing With Numbers
The Writing Center and The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute invite you to a conversation about writing with numbers, to better help our units develop programming that supports you and your students.

What work do you assign that requires students to express numerical information or concepts—in prose, in tables, or in charts? What work would you assign if you knew you had co-curricular support? Are there particular workshops or interventions that would help you move your students to the next level? Please feel free to bring copies of any assignments you use in your courses.

Lunch will be served. 

RSVP to Paul HillerPaul.Hiller@baruch.cuny.edu

 

Monday, March 30, 6:00-8:30 PM, Newman Library Bulding Room 750
CUNY Admissions Policy, it's Effect
on Black and Latino Enrollment: Debate + Discussion
Recent articles, such as the one that appeared in The Atlantic in January and the report issued by the Community Service Society (CSS) in February, shone a sharp spotlight on the dramatic drop in Black and Latino enrollment at CUNY’s top colleges. The CUNY administration has sharply disputed these findings, generating heated, spirited debate in the cyber sphere. We would like to move this vital discussion to an open public forum in which all interested parties can fully and clearly articulate their positions. Toward this end, Richard Alvarez, Director of CUNY Admissions, and the authors of the CSS report, Changes in the Racial/Ethnic Composition of students at the City University of New York, will be on hand to present two sides of this story to students, faculty, high school counselors, and other interested parties.  This event is free and open to the public

Contact Person – Dr. Arthur Lewin 646-312-4443 or Arthur.Lewin@baruch.cuny.edu

This event is brought to you by concerned faculty and students of Baruch College and the City University of New York.

 

February 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 11:00-2:30 PM, Newman Library Bulding Room 755
Assessment Workshop Data Driven Decision Making

Assessment of academic programs and student learning has become increasingly important. While it is generally acknowledged that assessment of student learning should be carried out, making productive use of results is often a challenge. Faculty and administrators struggle to translate data into practical strategies that improve student learning outcomes. This presentation will introduce participants to ways that assessment can be used to shape policies that have impact on student outcomes.

You will leave the workshop able to:

  • Cite examples of how to use both quantitative and qualitative data to guide decision making

  • Understand the importance of analyzing data relevant to the needs of diverse student populations

  • Explain the importance of disseminating assessment information to various stakeholders, including students and faculty

  • Think strategically about how to implement student support strategies using assessment data

RSVP to: Joseph.Bendana@baruch.cuny.edu

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00 PM, 17 Lexington Ave, 3rd Floor Skylight Room
Dinner to Discuss:Israel, Academic Freedom, and the Role of Scholars in Peacemaking (A conversation with Professor Cary Nelson, University  of Illinois, With a response by:  Professor Mitchell Cohen, Department of Political Science, Moderator: Professor Andrew Sloin, Department of History)
Over the last few years, CUNY campuses have faced an increasing number of struggles over the pressure to boycott Israeli universities. As part of a growing debate on this issue, those at this gathering will be invited to discuss: what stands between academic freedom and academic boycotts? What are the roles and motivations of academics to join or abstain from this debate? Is Academic Freedom, a fundamental value in higher education, being eroded? What possible benefits or damages will an academic boycott on Israel academics produce? Is there a plausible route to peace between Israelis and Palestinians?

The event will begin with a presentation by Prof. Cary Nelson, followed by a response by Prof. Mitchell Cohen. The discussion will then be opened to the members of the audience, moderated by Prof. Sloin.

Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is co-editor of The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel and former president of the American Association of University Professors.

 Please RSVP by Friday, February 20.

Hillel at Baruch College

646-312-4760

 

JANUARY 2015

Thursday, January 22, 11:00-4:00 PM, NVC 8-160
Clicker Software: Turning Point 5 Workshop
Because Turning Technologies is discontinuing its support for the previous version of TurningPoint (i.e., the Classroom Student Response System, or “clicker,” software that we use on campus), BCTC will be upgrading to the latest version of the software (TurningPoint 5) this Spring 2015 term. The new version has many new features (including integrated “anywhere” polling and self-paced polling), yet it also retains much of the same look-and-feel and the same functionality as the version we have been using. In addition, we have purchased 10 new receivers and 800 new clickers, which have the following enhanced features:  ability for students to see their selected responses displayed on the clicker’s LCD screen as well as the ability to view the battery life and correct channel.

NOTE:  the TurningPoint software will be upgraded on the lecterns in all classrooms. If you need any assistance in upgrading the software on your Baruch-owned office computer or laptop, please contact the Help Desk using the contact information below.

If you would like to learn more about the new software, clickers, and receivers, please feel free to attend the workshops listed below, which will cover using TurningPoint 5 with clickers in the classroom. The two sessions, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, have the same content and will take place on Thursday, January 22nd. A clicker expert from Turning Technologies will be conducting the sessions. Also, on that same day, we will also have two “open” sessions, where you can drop by to ask questions one-on-one.

Two introductory workshops on Thursday, January 22

1.     11am-noon  in NVC 8-160

2.     2-3PM in NVC 8-160

 This introductory workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Downloading and Installing Software
  • Tour of the Dashboard
  • Creating a Presentation
  • Hardware Setup
  • Running a Presentation
  • Saving Sessions
  • Generating Reports

 Two Open Sessions on Thursday, January 22

Feel free to drop by and ask questions of the TurningPoint instructor one-on-one during these “drop-by” hours.

1.     Noon-1pm  in NVC 8-160

2.     3-4PM in NVC 8-160

RSVP to Kevin Wolff at Kevin.Wolff@baruch.cuny.edu.

 

SEMINARS IN FALL 2014

 

DECEMBER 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 12:45-2:20 PM, NVC 14-267
Hands-On Blogs@Baruch and Vocat Workshops for Faculty
The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a workshop during which we will explore free or low-cost options, tools, and techniques available to educators interested in teaching with data. Reading and representing data is as relevant today in the humanities as in the sciences, and the quality and quantity of available data is rapidly expanding. This workshop will introduce some options to faculty interested in creatively integrating work with data into their courses. From the meta-tagging of archival texts for historians to the tracing of Twitter trends in sociology, we will explore how to harness the pedagogical value of these emerging resources. We’ll discuss trends in sourcing, preparing, and visualizing data, and offer suggestions and examples of how these skills can be introduced in the classroom across the disciplines. We will also examine the capacities of specific open-source visualization software that can be used by instructor and student alike. Faculty with all levels of knowledge and skill are encouraged to attend.

RSVP to Craig Stone at Craig.Stone@baruch.cuny.edu.

Thursday, December 4, 2-3:00 PM, NVC 6-150
Blackboard Grade Center and Assignments
This workshop will cover issues specifically related to Grade Center usage for working with gradable items (e.g., tests and assignments). For a complete description of this workshop or to register for this event, please click here.

 

NOVEMBER 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 1-2:30 PM, NVC 7-215
Creative Inquiry Day: Vaunting Student Achievement
Professor Nancy Aries, Director of Baruch's Honors Program, and Jody Clark Vaisman, Associate Director, launched Creative Inquiry Day in spring 2014 with resounding success. They join Kamelia Kilawan, a 2014 Creative Inquiry Day prizewinner and now a Columbia University graduate student, to talk about what the day aims to do, the many ways students can participate, and how Baruch faculty can begin now to help students develop research posters and other projects for display at the next Creative Inquiry Day on May 14, 2015.

Lunch will be served.  Seating is limited so please rsvp to researchandengagement@gmail.com if you plan to attend. New faculty are very warmly welcomed.

Tuesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 20, 12:45-2:20 PM, NVC 8-140
Hands-On Blogs@Baruch and Vocat Workshops for Faculty
Are you interested in how you might integrate Blogs@Baruch and Vocat into your teaching, learning, and scholarship? The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a pair of hand-on workshops for faculty interested in learning more about Vocat and Blogs@Baruch. CTL staff will briefly present both tools, and then will be available for one-on-one consultation and support. Faculty members who are already using Vocat or Blogs@Baruch and would like help with specific features or capabilities are also welcome to attend.

RSVP to Craig Stone at Craig.Stone@baruch.cuny.edu.

 

OCTOBER 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 1-2:00 pm, NVC 8-185
Writing Center Open House
Are you hoping to incorporate more writing in your classes? Looking for pointers to teach executive summaries, comparison and contrast, critical reviews, or thesis statements? Do you want to learn how to give feedback that leads to the revisions you hoped for? Or assign group writing projects that feel fair? Do you just want someone to talk to about what you’re seeing in your students’ papers? Then join us for this introduction to the services and resources at the Writing Center. For a complete description of this event please contact Paul Hiller.

Tuesday, October 7, 12:30-2:00 pm, NVC 14-290
New Faculty Orientation: Focus on Service
This session is for new faculty memebers only.

Seasoned colleagues who will lead our discussion:

  • Prof. Nancy Aries, School of Public Affairs; Director, Baruch College Honors Program
  • Prof. Terrence Martell, Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance; Director, Weissman Center for International Business; Chair, University Faculty Senate
  • Prof. Glenn Peterson, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

 Lunch will be served.  To RSVP or for further information on this event contact Vanessa Cano.

Tuesday, October 14, 1-2:30 PM, NVC 7-215
The Baruch Honors Thesis: What Faculty Need to Know
The Honors Thesis has long been a way for the College's most ambitious and accomplished students to pursue their own research goals. Prof. Heiland, Chair of the Honors Thesis Committee, Keri Bertino, Writing Center Director, Heather Samples, Schwarz Institute Director and Prof. Golob, who has successfully mentored a number of honors thesis writers, will join Daniel Sungmo Yang and Jeremy Sze, who both completed Honors Theses last year, to discuss the challenges and rewards of the process. Specifics will be given on the time-frame for the thesis, how faculty can identify and help develop students into honors thesis writers early in their undergraduate careers, and the benefits of writing an honors thesis and of mentoring an honors thesis writer. With Prof. Frank W. Heiland, Writing Center Director Keri Bertino, Schwarz Institute Director Heather Samples, Prof. Stephanie Golob, Daniel Sangmo Yang and Jeremy Sze

Lunch will be served.  Seating is limited so please rsvp to researchandengagement@gmail.com if you plan to attend. New faculty are very warmly welcomed.

Tuesday, October 14, 12:30-2:00 pm, NVC 14-290
New Faculty Orientation: Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion
This session is for new faculty memebers only. This overview will take as its point of departure the current version of our “Handbook on Reappointment, Tenure, Promotion, and Certification”and will focus on creating and maintaining the personnel binder used for these actions.

 Lunch will be served.  To RSVP or for further information on this event contact Vanessa Cano.

Friday, October 24, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM, D-301
Academic Assessment Workshop
Though assessment is an increasingly important part of higher education, it is often misunderstood and implemented unsystematically. This workshop is to help faculty and administrators at Baruch avoid such problems and address any existing questions or concerns about the assessment process. We will begin with an overview of past assessment efforts at Baruch and then dive into talks and activities designed to create a shared conception of assessment and develop general program assessment skills. It is our hope that through this workshop, participants will broaden their understanding of the continuous improvement of student learning, by learning how to design assessment processes; develop measurable student outcomes; and apply data collection and data reporting methods.

Breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information or to RSVP contact Joseph Bendana at 646-660-6535.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 10-11:00 am, NVC 6-150
Intermediate Blackboard Workshop
This hands-on session is designed for instructors, graduate assistants, and staff who have prior experience Blackboard but would like to explore Blackboard's features (especially Assignment Objects and Grade Center) in more depth.   For a complete description of this workshop please click here.

Tuesday, September 16, 12:30-2:00 pm, NVC 14-267
New Faculty Orientation: Focus on Teaching
We will begin by trying to answer any issues that have come up during your first weeks at Baruch and continue with a discussion led by the colleagues listed below.

Seasoned colleagues who will lead our discussion:

  • Prof. Stephan Dilchert, Department of Management
  • Prof. Kenneth Guest, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Prof. Ted Joyce, Department of Economics and Finance
  • Prof. Marios Koufaris, Department of Statistics and Computer Information Systems
  • Prof. Michael S. Seltzer, School of Public Affairs
  • Prof. Cheryl Smith, Department of English

 Lunch will be served.  To RSVP or for further information on this event contact Vanessa Cano.

Friday, September 19, 1-2:00 pm, NVC 8-185
Writing Center Open House
Are you hoping to incorporate more writing in your classes? Looking for pointers to teach executive summaries, comparison and contrast, critical reviews, or thesis statements? Do you want to learn how to give feedback that leads to the revisions you hoped for? Or assign group writing projects that feel fair? Do you just want someone to talk to about what you’re seeing in your students’ papers? Then join us for this introduction to the services and resources at the Writing Center. For a complete description of this event please contact Paul Hiller.

Tuesday, September 30, 12:30-2:00 pm, NVC 14-280
New Faculty Orientation: Focus on Research
This session is for new faculty memebers only.

Seasoned colleagues who will lead our discussion:

  • Arthur Downing, Vice President for Information Services and Dean of the Library
  • Alan Evelyn, Sponsored Programs and Research
  • Keisha Peterson, Research Compliance Officer
  • Luke Waltzer, Center for Teaching and Learning

 Lunch will be served.  To RSVP or for further information on this event contact Vanessa Cano.