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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Faculty Development Seminars 2017-2018

Last updated on 3/14/2018

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, 2013-2014, 2014-20152015-2016, and 2016-2017. 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.



APRIL 2018

Thursday, April 12, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, NVC 14-269
CTL Workshop: Facilitating Online Discussion

How do you foster engaging and educational dialogue that doesn’t take you a whole day to grade? How can you make discussion boards or class blogs spaces for meaningful, student-driven conversation about course topics and materials? We’ll look at examples of discussion forums across the disciplines and consider ways to use online discussion for a variety of aims, including generating ideas for an upcoming paper or project; analyzing a reading; encouraging group work, peer review, and class community; and exploring questions in preparation for a class session or exam.


Tuesday, April 24, 12:45-2:30 PM, NVC 6-210
Undergraduate Research and Engagement Faculty Lunch Seminar: How to Bolster Students' Nationally Competitive Fellowship Application Success with Great Faculty Support

Valeria Hymas, Deputy Director of National and Prestigious Student Fellowships Advising, has coached Baruch students through the application process for a number of national and international fellowships that they've gone on to win, including the JK Watson, Boren, Fulbright fellowships, the NYC Urban Fellows program, and many others. Our students have been so successful that in the 2017-2018 school year, Baruch is among the top Fulbright producing colleges and universities in the country. Needless to say, support from professors including great letters of recommendation play a key part of every student's application file. At this lunch, Hymas will answer questions and offer advice on how to support your students applying for a fellowship, and offer suggestions about how you can write strong, vivid recommendation letters that will make your students stand out from all the rest.

Lunch will be served. RSVP to:


Thursday, April 26, 12:30-2:15 PM, NVC 14-235
Say My Name: Workshop on Pronouncing the names of our Chinese and Chinese Heritage Students

While up to 75% of Chinese students take on westernized nicknames, many would prefer to use their given names—if only non-native Chinese speakers could pronounce them correctly. We at Baruch can show our Chinese and Chinese Heritage students that they are valued on campus by learning how to say their names properly. Please join Baruch College’s International Student Services, the Office of Global Initiatives, and the Confucius Institute for Global Finance for this event. The staff of Baruch’s Confucius Institute—Xinwei Sun, PhD, Jing Shao, PhD and Li Wang, PhD—will share their insights into Chinese names. Attendees will learn how names are used in the Chinese workplace and family; receive an introduction to the four tones of the Chinese language; find out the most common Chinese family names; and hear the difference in pronunciation of the Roman alphabet between Chinese and English.

Lunch will be served.  RSVP is required:


MARCH 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, H- 763
CTL Workshop: Collaborative Learning/Group Work

Experts contend that collaborative learning encourages risk-taking and creativity for students and teachers alike, yet many faculty members remain wary of group work. They cite problems including unequal effort among group members, poor organization and communication, and confusion or even resentment about grading practices. What are some ways to tap the benefits of collaborative learning while encouraging students to share the load and work productively in small groups, both in and out of class?
In this session, we’ll explore approaches to collaborative learning designed to help students generate original ideas and take the lead in class discussion and project development. We’ll consider both informal collaborative exercises and formal group assignments that could be adopted for F2F or online settings. Bring your questions, ideas, and assignments to share!


Monday, March 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, NVC 14-250
Spring Forum on Tenure and Promotion

Tenure and promotion is arguably the most critical milestone in an academician’s career, as well as one of the most important decisions made by one’s peers and College administrators. In recognition of the significance of tenure and promotion, I am establishing an annual, College-wide dialogue on the subject. The panelists will represent key roles in the tenure and promotion process:  a recent faculty candidate, a department Chair, a Dean, a member of the College P&B Committee, and the Provost. Once each participant has spoken briefly about their experience and/or role in the process, the Forum will then be opened up for questions from the audience. You will hear directly from key players and – importantly – your peers.


Tuesday, March 13, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, NVC 14-269
CTL Workshop: Copyright and Creative Commons

As we create, curate, and share educational materials for our online and hybrid courses it is important to understand the licenses associated with these materials.  In this session, we’ll explore a number of the questions that are generated by the shift to digital materials. What is Fair Use? How do I share library materials? What is Creative Commons and what kind of Creative Commons license should I use?


Tuesday, March 13, 12:45-2:30 PM, NVC 6-210
Undergraduate Research and Engagement Faculty Lunch Seminar: Addressing Climate Change Across the Curriculum

Climate change is a crucial, fundamental issue for everyone on the planet. Baruch students, whatever their chosen fields, need to be prepared to address it, in order to work effectively to minimize its impact. Research shows that students whose education has confronted climate change directly are more likely to graduate; they are also more prepared for a range of different careers. At this lunch, Profs. Mindy Engle-Friedman, Cynthia Thompson, Chester Zarnoch, Deborah Balk, Christopher Hallowell and Steven Young, all members of Baruch’s Climate Change Faculty Seminar, will discuss techniques and strategies for productively introducing the issue of climate change into Baruch classrooms in every discipline. 

Lunch will be served. RSVP to:


Thursday, March 15, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, NVC 14-269
CTL Workshop: Remixing Final Projects

In this workshop, we’ll first explore some creative and/or multimedia projects which served as an alternative to the traditional end-of-semester test or research paper. Each presenter will discuss a project that their class conducted as well as the milestones that supported the project’s development. For the second half of this workshop, participants should bring a description or a draft of a final semester project to receive feedback.


Tuesday, March 20, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, NVC 14-269
CTL Workshop: Gamifying Your Course

Learn how to gamify your lessons or assessments in this 1-hour workshop. We will learn about best practices from game-based learning (GBL) pedagogies. We will then brainstorm strategies for gamifying our own courses in the last half hour of the workshop. 


Wednesday, March 21, 3:00 - 4:30 PM, NVC 14-269
CTL Workshop: Bridging Online Work with the Face-to-Face Class

In hybrid courses, students are learning and doing work in at least two different environments: the face to face classroom and the online world. What are the opportunities and challenges of each classroom space? How can you bridge these two different learning environment to create a cohesive classroom experience for your students? This working session will cover topics such as classroom culture and assignment design to support faculty’s exploration on how they might develop courses that make the most of the hybrid model. 




Tuesday, February 6, 2:30 - 3:30 PM, NVC 14-275
CTL Workshop: Vocat and Video Annotation

Interested in experimenting with multimedia assignments? Seeking out solutions for recorded lectures and review sessions? We’ll help you get setup on Vocat, Baruch’s homegrown multimedia uploading and evaluation tool, and discuss its wide array of uses both inside and outside the classroom. Students can use Vocat to post presentation videos, screen captures, photographs, art projects, visual aids, or podcasts. Professors can upload recorded lectures or review sessions, and Vocat also accepts YouTube videos so that both students and instructors can embed and annotate outside content relevant to the class. Whether you’re a Vocat veteran or interested in trying it for the first time, this hands-on workshop will help you get the most out of the tool.




Wednesday, December 6, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, NVC 14-275
CTL Event: OER Initiative Showcase

At this informal gathering, faculty who participated in the OER Initiative this fall will be speaking about their processes as they planned and implemented their zero textbook cost courses, and they will also be sharing about particular materials and assignments. Come and get some insight into using OER/zero cost materials, get to know other faculty who are participating in the OER Initiative, and enjoy some light refreshments!


Monday, December 11, 3:00-4:30 PM, location TBD
CTL Event: How Do Faculty Discuss Justice Pedagogies with Their Peers? Program Models From Across CUNY

At this session, we’ll discuss various models and resources that faculty and staff at other CUNY schools have used or developed to address these (and other) questions on their own campuses. Join us for a brief presentation of our findings followed by an open discussion as we explore potential models for creating a collaborative learning community for faculty at Baruch that addresses ways we may all move toward more equitable pedagogies.

Questions? Contact Alfred Waller at


Thursday, December 14, 2:30-4:30 PM, room NVC 14-266
CLT Workshop: Active Learning in Math

This past summer, a team of Intermediate Algebra instructors explored the possibilities of active learning pedagogy by working in small teams in consultation with the CTL to develop lesson plans that incorporate active learning in the classroom. We invite you to join some of the instructors that worked on the curriculum design project for a demonstration of active learning techniques and a discussion of their experiences developing active learning lesson plans for mathematics. You can see the fruits of their labor, as well as some great resources and a FAQ about active learning pedagogy, by visiting the project blog here. This work was supported from an “Encouraging Academic Momentum” grant from CUNY Central.

Spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please RSVP no later than November 30 by clicking here.




November 7, 12:30-2:00 PM, NVC 8-210
Weissman Global Seminar -
How Do Experiential Food Security Measures Respond to Shocks: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll
Experiential food security measures are becoming more popular given their versatility and low cost to collect, but it is unclear whether biases in these subjective measures affect their ability to estimate underlying wellbeing. Given the growing emphasis on such measures in tracking the nutrition-related Sustainable Development Goals, it is important to better understand how they compare to more traditional measures, like calories and dietary diversity, which can be more expensive to collect. Previous research has found that dietary diversity is more sensitive to shocks than calories. Anna D'Souza of teh Marxe School will examine the sensitivity of experiential measures from the Gallup Food Insecurity Experience Scale to regional temperature and precipitation shocks, which serve as a proxy for exogenous income shocks for rural households. The individual-level data from 2014 cover over 150 countries, with at least 1000 individuals in each country. We find that less severe indicators of experiential food security (e.g., poor diet quality) are more responsive to shocks than more severe indicators (e.g., skipping meals), similar to the traditional measures. This evidence suggests that the low-cost experiential measure data could be useful in the rapid monitoring of food security.

Lunch will be served. For more information on this event contact


Wednesday, November 15, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, H-135 (multiple dates available - see below)
BCTC Workshop -
Getting to know CUNYfirst Query Viewer
Have you been asked to download data from CUNYfirst, but are unsure about the steps involved? Do you need to download data from CUNYfirst and use the data for other purposes? Do you want to learn how to access "real-time" data from CUNYfirst? If so, attend a session of "Getting to know CUNYfirst Query Viewer." Query Viewer is a CUNYfirst end-user reporting tool that allows users to view and run existing queries. Those with access can run queries and download the data they need into other software applications, such as Excel.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017  -10am 2:00pm : register
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:00pm-3:00pm : register
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:00pm-4:00pm : register
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 10:00am-12:00pm : register

For more information on this event contact Angel Luis Arcelay.

Monday, November 27, 1:00-3:30 PM, CUNY Central Office, 205 East 42nd Street, 8th Floor Conference Room
Faculty Diversity Dialougues - On Race and Cultural Competencies with Deirdre Cooper Owens

Led by experts in the field, CUNY Faculty Diversity Dialogues are forums for CUNY administration, staff, and faculty to build awareness around a range of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This series will provide a forum for discussion focused on matters of inclusion, implicit bias, intercultural communications, and efforts to increase diversity through faculty and staff recruitment, retention, and advancement in the workplace. Building on the momentum of the first FDD held in May 2017, the ORD will host a series of dialogues throughout the year.

RSVP/Registration Required: building security will be provided with a list of attendees prior to event:



Tuesday, November 28, 12:30-2:00 PM, NVC 14-285
A CLT Working Session: Active Listening in Our Classroom

Join the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute and the CTL as we further investigate how we as educators can teach our students to listen more empathetically and receptively, and how we can do the same ourselves. Building on the insights generated earlier in the month at the Schwartz Communication Institute’s Symposium on Communication-intensive Teaching and Learning (“Active Listening,” which featured keynote speaker Leonard Lopate), we’ll share active-listening strategies and develop specific classroom activities.


Tuesday, November 28, 1:00-2:30 PM, NVC 6-210
Undergraduate Research and Engagement Faculty Lunch Seminar: Meet the Honors Program - Serving High-Achieving Students through a Mission of Equity

This lunch offers a wonderful opportunity for both students and faculty to learn more about Baruch’s Honors program——and how it helps high-achieving students of all backgrounds attain an excellent education. Come learn about the different Honors tracks for Baruch students and the many ways you can engage with the Honors program as faculty. In addition, you will discover opportunities beyond the Honors program for talented, high-initiative students, including prestigious national fellowships, Creative Inquiry Day exhibitions, and thesis writing support. Speakers include Honors Program Director Jody Clark Vaisman and Hanna Fatemi, Assistant Director. 

Lunch will be served. RSVP to:




Tuesday, October 10, 12:30-2:00 PM, NVC 8-210
Weissman Global Seminar -
Inside Story: Narrating Undocumented Immigration
Undocumented immigrants across the United States have confronted the risks of detention and deportation to tell their stories publicly in hopes of advancing immigration reform. In this talk, Sarah Bishop will foreground the work of immigrant activists and artists to illuminate the centrality of storytelling in the immigrant rights movement, and to reveal the power and limitations of framing and strategic messaging for advancing sociopolitical change. Tracing storytelling through both organizational and grassroots activism reveals the obstacles that stories-as-activism must overcome, demonstrates the ways members of the movement have advocated for reframing when stories have unintended effects, and attests to the unique facility of digital media to serve immigrant storytellers in search of an audience.  

Lunch will be served. For more information on this event contact


Wednesday, October 11, 3:00-4:30 PM, NVC 14-275
Teaching a Hybrid Course: Information Session

Thinking about teaching a hybrid course? Interested in exploring new educational technologies? Working on developing useful and fulfilling online learning experiences? Join us to learn more about teaching a hybrid course at Baruch. As part of Baruch’s Online Learning Week, this workshop will present the various obstacles and opportunities of teaching a hybrid course. During the workshop we will share information about how to find resources and support for teaching a hybrid and discuss the following topics related to hybrid teaching and learning:
Course structuring and time management, educational technologies, policies and administrative details, outcomes and lessons learned from the English department’s Great Works program and application information for the CTL’s Spring 2018 Hybrid Seminar.


Thursday, October 12, 12:30-1:30 PM, NVC 14-269
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL): Information Session

Are you interested in creating opportunities for your students to interact virtually with students and faculty overseas? Do you want to deepen your students’ cross-cultural skills and global outlook? Adding a COIL component to your course allows you to create these experiences for your students.
Please join the Office of Global Initiatives and the CTL as we launch the new Baruch COIL Faculty Fellows Program, in which faculty will receive support to develop strategies for incorporating into their courses. Learn about this new initiative that will start in Spring 2018. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to


Tuesday, October 24, 12:30-2:30 PM, NVC 14-266
New Faculty Seminar: Teaching at Baruch

The Office of the Provost hosts part 3 of a 4-part new faculty seminar designed to prepare new faculty for their first year at Baruch. This sesssion will be led by Associate Provosts Dennis Slavin and Patricia Price.  They will be joined by members of the Baruch community with significant teaching experience at each of the three schools and by the directors of academic support units that include important resourses for teaching. This event is open to first year faculty only.

Lunch will be served. RSVP to:


Tuesday, October 24, 1:00-2:30 PM, NVC 6-210
Undergraduate Research and Engagement Faculty Seminar: Only Connect! Baruch's Freshman Learning Communities

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this fall, Baruch College’s program of Freshman Learning Communities is directed by Associate Dean Gary Hentzi, who will speak about it over lunch. The program has counterparts in a large number of colleges and universities across the country; its underlying principle is that learning has a social dimension.  A large body of research suggests that students learn most effectively in an environment that promotes regular exchanges with others, faculty as well as peers. The goal of our learning communities is to create such an environment for our incoming freshmen, and thereby empower them to pursue creative and research goals from the very beginning of their college years.  Recently, the program has included a number of globally-themed communities, which expand the concept to complement the college’s other global initiatives.

Lunch will be served. RSVP to:



Wednesday, September 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM or Thursday, September 14, 12:30 -2:00 PM, room H-123
CLT Workshop: Vocat Beyond the Classroom

Interested in experimenting with multimedia assignments? Seeking out solutions for recorded lectures and review sessions? In this hour-long session, we’ll help you get set up on Vocat, Baruch’s homegrown multimedia uploading and evaluation tool, and discuss its wide array of uses both inside and outside the classroom. Students can use Vocat to post presentation videos, screen captures, photographs, art projects, visual aids, or podcasts. Professors can upload recorded lectures or review sessions, and Vocat also accepts YouTube videos so that both students and instructors can embed and annotate outside content relevant to the class. Whether you’re a Vocat veteran or interested in trying it for the first time.
For more information visit: 


Wednesday, September 13 or Thursday, September 14, 3:30-4:30 PM, NVC 14-275
CLT Workshop: Web-Conferencing Bootcamp

Looking for an easy way to hold online office hours? Need to conduct a remote session with your students? Looking to incorporate a synchronous session in an online class? Come check out a range of web-conferencing options that could be used in your class, such as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Cisco WebEx, and Google Hangouts.
For more information visit:


Thursday, September 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, H-763
CLT Workshop: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Grants Workshop

This session offers faculty and graduate students a basic understanding of applying for grants that support SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) projects. Learn about resources that help faculty identify internal and external funding opportunities and some basics on how to approach the grant writing process. Please click here to RSVP.


Thursday, September 14, 12:30-2:00 PM, NVC 8-210
Weissman Global Seminar -
Aldemaro Romero Jr. - Death and Taxes:  The First Depletion of a Natural Resource Caused by Europeans in the American Continent
Interdisciplinary approaches have been used not only to interpret past patterns of natural resource utilization but also to provide useful tools for conservation biology and resource management.  I report the depletion of the pearl oyster (Pinctada imbricata) beds off the coasts of the island of Cubagua, Venezuela, in the sixteenth century and the replacement of the oyster by the turkey-wind mussel (Arca zebra).  I used historical tax data to conclude that the rapid depletion of this resource was the result not only of overexploitation in a short period of time but also the ecology of the place used by humans to carry out such activity. Under conditions of ecological stress generated by overexploitation, the turkey-wing mussel outcompeted the pearl oyster, thus preventing its recovery.   Finally, I propose that the exploitation of the pearl oyster beds directly influenced the demographic, social, and cultural conditions of the indigenous human population in the Caribbean and, to a certain extent, Africa.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information on this event contact


Thursday, September 19, 12:30 -2:15 PM, NVC 14-266
New Faculty Seminar: Reseach at Baruch

The Office of the Provost hosts part 2 of a 4-part new faculty seminar, designed to prepare new faculty for their first year at Baruch.  This session will feature presentations from Arthur Downing, Vice President for Information Services and Dean of Library, as well as representatives form Sponsored Programs and Research, and the Human Research Protection Program. This event is open to first year faculty only

Lunch will be served. RSVP to:


Thursday, September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM, NVC 14-269
CLT Workshop: Creating Vibrant Discussions Online-Using Blackboard and Blogs@Baruch

How do you create opportunities for meaningful discussions online? This workshop is a chance to learn how to design assignments and questions that encourage timely and rich student interactions.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2:00-4:00 PM or Thursday, September 28, 10 am -12:00 pm, room H-123
Online Learning Week Event: Assignment Design Bootcamp

Do you wonder how you would convert one of your course meetings to be online? Want to participate in “Online Learning Week” but need some help navigating and brainstorming options for your class? Stop by and share what you currently do, and the CTL staff will help you develop an approach that makes sense for you, your students and your discipline. Bring your syllabus, typical course materials and questions!
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Wednesday, August 16, 9:30 AM -4:00 PM, NVC 14-290
New Faculty Seminar: Baruch 101 and Human Resources

The Office of the Provost hosts part 1 of a 4-part orientation, designed to prepare new faculty for their first year at Baruch.  Associate Provost Dennis Slavin and Associate Provost Patricia Price will lead the first session of the orientation series. The session will conclude with a presentation by Human resources. This event is open to first year faculty only

Breakfast and lunch will be served. RSVP to:


Tuesday, August 29, 2-3:00 pm or Thursday, August 31, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, NVC 6-145
Intro to Blackboard Workshop
This hands-on session is designed for instructors, graduate assistants, and staff with little or no prior Blackboard experience.  Learn the basics of Blackboard including: accessing the software, uploading content to your Blackboard course, customizing the Blackboard Interface, understanding the Communication Features, working with the course Control Panel, and learning where to go for help. Please contact the Help Desk to register.