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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Faculty Seminars 2006-2007

Last updated on 1/18/2008


Orientation for New Faculty
Tuesday, August 22, 10:00 - 3:00, NVC 8-210
Discussion with members of the Provost's Office followed by lunch and introduction to instructional technology with Jim Russell.

Teaching Large Classes in Zicklin
Monday, August 28, 12:00-2:00, NVC 14-270
Discussion for faculty, GTFs, and TA's led by Carol Morgan, Phyllis Zadra, and Dennis Slavin; followed by discussion of instructional technology with Jim Russell.

Master Teacher Series
Generous support from the Baruch College Fund allows us to bring to Baruch extraordinary teachers and presenters to lead workshops focusing on issues and techniques related to teaching and learning. All members of the faculty are welcome, but space for these events is limited. Refreshments will be served at each event. Members of the adjunct faculty are paid at the 60% rate.

Master Teacher Series
Stephen Brookfield
Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher
Tuesday, September 12, 12:30-2:00, NVC 14-270
Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Stephen Brookfield has written ten books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods, and critical theory. This workshop is based on Brookfield’s Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher (Jossey Bass Higher and Adult Education Series, 1995).Follow this link for more information on Prof. Brookfield.
RSVP to Abigail Stevens at  or  646-660-6500.

Seminar Series for New Faculty
Support from the BCF allows us to present this series of six Friday-morning meetings in fall 2006. The goal is to encourage discussion about teaching among new members of our faculty and to introduce them to resources throughout the Baruch College community. The first 60-90 minutes of each Friday session will be devoted to aspects of teaching, with discussions led by experienced colleagues and/or invited guests. The last hour will include presentations by representatives of various campus offices, departments, and programs.

Workshops for New Faculty
A Learning-Centered Approach to Teaching
Friday, September 15, 10:00-12:30, NVC 14-266
Discussion led by Phyllis Zadra and Dennis Slavin with focus on Robert B. Barr and John Tagg, "From teaching to learning -- A new paradigm for undergraduate education." Change, 27:6 (November/December 1995), 12-25. This was followed by presentations by Carol Morgan of SACC (Student Academic Consulting Center); Maria Jerskey (Writing Center); Dionne Brown and Faraz Khalid (Advisement Center); and Dr. Caroline Kasnakian (Counseling Center).

Anthropology/Sociology Faculty Roundtable Series
Tuesday, September 19, 12:30-2:00, NVC 4-260
Sessions 2 and 3: TBA
This three-part seminar sponsored by the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute and the Office of the Provost will provide a forum for Anthropology/Sociology faculty teaching Communication-Intensive Courses to engage in dialogue on writing-intensive curriculum design and instruction.  Topics include responding to student writing, high- and low- stakes writing assignments, and instructional technology in the communication-intensive course. Participants will be eligible for a stipend.  For more information, please contact Diana Rickard (Sr. Communication Fellow),

Workshop for BUS1000 Recitation Leaders
Communication Intensive Instruction and Pedagogy
Wednesday, September 27, 10:30-12:00, Annex 323
This series of workshops for recitation leaders for large lecture sections of BUS 1000 (for dates other sessions, see entries below marked * ) addresses the demands of communication-intensive instruction in large lecture courses with small recitation sections. Topics include assignment design, classroom management, high- and low- stakes writing assignments, assigning oral presentations, and responding to student writing.  Participants are eligible for a stipend. For more information, please contact Jenny Boully, CUNY Writing Fellow,

Workshops for New Faculty
Using Blackboard Well
Friday, September 29, 10:00-12:30, NVC 14-266
Presentation by Paula Berggren (English) primarily on use of discussion boards to stimulate class discussion and engage students. Presentations by Alan Evelyn and Melisa Mendez of SPAR (Sponsored Programs and Research) and Mikhail Gershovich (Bernard L. Schwartz Communications Institute).

Workshops for New Faculty
Teaching and Learning
Friday, September 29, 12:30-2:30, NVC 14-275
New faculty in the Zicklin School met with Phyllis Zadra, Gloria Thomas (Marketing), Steven Melnik (Accounting), and Marios Koufaris (S/CIS). Materials provided by Carol Morgan and the presenting faculty provided background for discussion and will service as future resources.

Workshops for Great Works Faculty
Friday, October 6, 10:00-1:30, NVC 8-210
Building on the success of a similar program in the Spring of 2006, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute will sponsor an extended faculty development seminar series for instructors of Great Works courses (Eng/LTT 2800/2850). The program, with three meetings spaced throughout the semester (also 11/3 and 12/8), is designed as a forum for faculty members to explore strategies for bringing written and oral communication activities into their classrooms as active tools for learning. Meetings will be conducted as roundtable discussions and will rely upon participants to lead by sharing their experiences and expertise in order to generate ideas for incorporating oral, written and computer mediated communication into the Great Works curriculum. Participating faculty will receive a stipend. For more information, please contact Jody Rosen (Sr. Communication Fellow),

Workshops for New Faculty
Harnessing Diversity
Friday, October 12, 10:00-12:30, NVC 8-210
Discussion led by Glenn Petersen (Sociology/Anthropology). Presentations by Carmen Pedrogo (Affirmative Action Office) and Liz Robinson (Office of Human Resources).

Workshop for BUS1000 Recitation Leaders
Communication Intensive Instruction and Pedagogy
Wednesday, October 18, 10:30-12:00, Annex 323
See description under September 27.

Blogging Across the Curriculum at Baruch
Wednesday, October 25, 12:30pm, Location TBA
Sponsored by the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute and BCTC, this roundtable discussion will explore the pedagogical implications of new instructional media including weblogs and wikis. Participants will consider ways in which weblog and wikis might be incorporated in undergraduate courses as a means of encouraging active learning and as media for write-to-learn strategies. RSVP to

Master Teacher Series
Sherry Lee Linkon
How Can Assessment Work for Us?
Thursday, October 26, 10:00-11:15, NVC 14-269
One facet of good teaching includes assessing how what is covered in class relates to what students actually learn. While some assessment is so ingrained as to be almost reflexive, much of the current discussion focuses on making other practices more intentional. Dr. Linkon is the author an article that appeared in Academe in summer 2005 with the same title as that of today's discussion. She is Professor of English and American Studies at Youngstown State University, where she is also Co-Director of The Center for Working-Class Studies.

Combating Student Plagiarism
Thursday, October 26, 2:00
Webcast for librarians, sponsored by the American Library Association. Among other issues, the webcast will explore the role of the academic librarian in combating student plagiarism. For more information:

Workshop for New Faculty
Student Engagement and Classroom Management
Friday, October 27, 10:00-12:30, NVC 14-266
Discussion led by Mindy Engle-Friedman (Psychology and College Ombuds). Presentations by Ben Corpus (Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management) and Ron Aaron (Office of Student Development).

Workshops for BUS1000 Recitation Leaders
Communication Intensive Instruction and Pedagogy
Wednesday, November 1, 10:30-12:00, Annex 323
See description under September 27.

Workshops for Zicklin Faculty
Case-Method Teaching
Thursday, November 2, 1:30-3:00, NVC 14-267
A brief organizing session on case-method teaching for members of the Zicklin faculty. Objectives include: introducing those who do not use case methods to its strengths and limitations; discussing how one goes about becoming a case-method teacher; suggesting how we might use resources at Baruch to help promote case-method teaching; deciding on next steps. The session will include presentations by Professors Schepers, Korn, Kumar (Management) and Chang (Real Estate). Please address any questions to Professor Ted Joyce (Economics and Finance) at

Workshops for Great Works Faculty
Friday, November 3, 10:00-1:30, NVC 8-210
For description of this seminar, see October 6.

Workshops for New Faculty
Open Discussion about K. Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard, 2004)
Friday, November 10, 10:00-12:30, NVC 8-210
Presentations by Barbara Sirois (Office of Services for Students with Disabilities); Gayana Jurkevich (PSC Grievance Officer and Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature); and Terrence Martell (Faculty Senate and Department of Economics and Finance).

Master Teacher Series
Stephanie Nickerson
Best Practices in Class Observation
Wednesday, November 15, 2:00-4:00, NVC 14-280
Faculty members at Baruch observe each other in the classroom on a regular basis. This workshop is designed to help observers conduct effective class observations by introducing them to a format and approach that can reduce anxiety on the part of observed instructors and increase observers’ ability to see meaningful teaching behavior. Following the process can improve the experience for both observers and the instructors they observe. Stephanie Nickerson taught college and graduate school students for 22 years. She started a Teaching and Learning Center at the New School and worked at NYU for many years as an Instructional Consultant. She has been working with individual faculty members at Baruch since December 2005.

Workshops for Instructors of English: For 2100T/2150T Faculty
Understanding Multilingual Writing Competence
Thursday, November 16, 12:30-2:30, NVC 7-210

This ENG 2100/2150 Faculty Seminar will feature a talk by Prof. Suresh Canagarajah (English) on the topic indicated above. The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute and the Department of English present this seminar series on writing instruction for members of the adjunct and full-time faculty teaching Baruch's introductory writing courses. This seminar will provide a forum for instructors to share best practices strategies for improving student writing and to engage in dialogue with fellow faculty on the specific pedagogical demands and challenges of the introductory writing sequence. Participants will be eligible for a stipend. For more information, please contact Prof. Ellen Block (

Workshops for New Faculty
Teaching Jumbo Lectures: Issues and Strategies
Friday, November 17, 10:00-12:30, NVC 8-210
Discussion led by Ted Joyce (Economics and Finance). Presentations by representatives from the Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC), Executives on Campus (EOC), the Baruch College Bookstore, and the Athletic Recreation Complex (ARC).

Workshops for BUS1000 Recitation Leaders
Communication Intensive Instruction and Pedagog
Wednesday, November 29, 10:30-12:00, Annex 323
See description under September 27.

Workshops for BUS1000 Recitation Leaders
Communication Intensive Instruction and Pedagogy
Wednesday, December 6, 10:30-12:00, Annex 323
See description under September 27.

Workshops for Great Works Faculty
Friday, December 8, 10:00-1:30, NVC 8-210
For description of this seminar, see October 6.


Workshops for Instructors of English: For 2150 Faculty
Evaluation of Course Goals, Learning Objectives, and Writing Assignments in ENG 2150
January 19, 11:00-2:00, NVC 7-210
Participants will discuss the application of learning objectives and writing goals (developed for the teaching of writing and literature in ENG 2150) in classes they have taught; they will further evaluate the effectiveness of these goals and objectives through active discussion of the different types of literature, writing activities, assignments, and syllabi they have developed for class use. An important component of this workshop is the sharing of effective assignments, pedagogical strategies, and syllabi that have proven useful for the teaching of writing and literature in the past and which can serve as models for the future.

Master Teacher Series
Mel Silberman
Getting Started with Active Learning

Wednesday, February 7, 12:30-2:30, NVC 14-285
Wednesday, February 7, 6:00-8:00, NVC 14-285
Dr. Mel Silberman is a psychologist known internationally as a pioneer in the areas of active learning, interpersonal intelligence, and team development. He is Professor of Adult and Organizational Development at Temple University and President of "Active Training," a company based in Princeton, NJ. Two of Dr. Silberman's books are available in the Baruch bookstore:

  • Active Learning: 101 Strategies to Teach Any Subject (Allyn & Bacon, 1996)
  • Teaching Actively (Allyn & Bacon, 2005)

"Where Active Learning is the ultimate book of recipes for improving classroom teaching, Teaching Actively shows you how to become an exceptional chef. From engaging students to presenting brain-friendly instruction, Teaching Actively is an approach to teaching that you can use to dramatically improve learning in your classroom." (

For more information on Dr. Silberman and the work he does, visit
RSVP to Abigail Stevens at or 646-660-6500.

Workshops for New and Junior Faculty
Tenure and Promotion

Friday, February 23, 9:15-1:00, 151 East 25th St. (Newman Library Building), Room 763
The Baruch College Affirmative Action Committee will sponsor seminars for faculty on tenure and promotion. The underlying principle of the seminars is for experienced faculty to share their knowledge, experience and expertise, and bring that knowledge, experience and expertise to the issues at hand. Faculty organize and lead most of the sessions. The seminars are directed at the common issues facing all faculty as they navigate through the tenure and promotion process rather than specific disciplinary topics. Although the seminars have been designed for new and junior faculty, all faculty are cordially invited to attend.

If you plan to attend any of the sessions, please e-mail Carmen Pedrogo at and indicate the sessions you will attend. For questions or to register by phone, please call the Affirmative Action Office at 646-312-4542. Light refreshments will be served.

The sessions/topics are as follows:

9:15 a.m.

How to Develop, Prepare, Review and Submit Your Personnel File (Ms. Abby Santana, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs)

10:00 a.m.

An Inside View of Personnel & Budget Committees (Prof. Glenn Petersen, Chair, Sociology/Anthropology)

11:00 a.m.

Maneuvering through the Journal World: Identifying and Submitting Work to Appropriate Professional Journals/Publications (Prof. Raquel Benbunan-Fich, CIS; Prof. Hector Cordero-Guzman, Black and Hispanic Studies; Prof. Andrea Gabor, Journalism; and Prof. Shoshanna Sofaer, School of Public Affairs)

12:30 p.m.

When Things Don't Work Out: The Grievance and Appeals Process (Professor Gayana Jurkevich, PSC Grievance Counselor, Baruch College Chapter; Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)

Workshops for Instructors of English: For 2150 Faculty
Close Reading and Pre-Writing
February 23, 11:00-2:00, NVC 7-210
This workshop will examine the value of pre-writing and close reading through the sharing of effective prewriting activities developed by faculty, utilizing different media.  The ultimate objective of this workshop is to determine ways in which close reading and prewriting can be used to help students to think critically about the literature they read (fictional and non-fictional alike) and respond to it with accuracy, clarity, and conviction.

International Faculty Development Workshops
Effective PowerPoint
Wednesday, February 28, 12:30-2:00, NVC 8-170
Thursday, March 1, 12:30-2:00, NVC 8-170
Workshops led by Prof. Elisabeth Gareis of the Communication Studies Department for members of Baruch's international faculty. Topics will include:

  • how to design effective slide shows;
  • comparing "good" vs. "bad" slide design;
  • where to find high-quality visuals (photos, drawings, diagrams, etc.);
  • how to animate graphs;
  • how to deliver slide shows effectively (including tips on smooth slide transitions);
  • pros/cons of PowerPoint; and
  • helping students improve their PowerPoint skills.

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

Academic Integrity Conference
Friday, March 9, 9:00-3:15, 151 E. 25th Street, Room 750
Faculty members, students, and administrators are invited to a CUNY-wide Academic Integrity Conference to discuss a wide range of issues in open forums, break-out sessions, and in response to our keynote speaker Lawrence Simon (Baruch BBA ’65), Vice Chairman, Ivy Asset Management Corporation and a trustee of the Baruch College Fund.

Register: (username = your last name)


Master Teacher Series
Ken Bain
What the Best College Teachers Do
Friday, March 16, 10:00-12:30, NVC 14-270
Discussion led by Ken Bain (Montclair State College) based on his book What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard, 2004). Internationally recognized for his insights into teaching and learning, and for a fifteen-year study of what the best educators do, Dr. Bain has presented invited workshops or lectures at nearly two hundred universities and events throughout the world, including three at Baruch in spring 2006.

 RSVP to Abigail Stevens at or 646-660-6500.

Faculty Book Club
Wednesday, March 21, 12:30-2:00, NVC 8-213
This semester's book club selection is Donald L. Finkel, Teaching with Your Mouth Shut (Boynton/Cook, 2000). Those members of the faculty who signed up in January 2007 will be provided with free copies and are invited to attend any of the five sessions: March 27, April 16, 19, or 26.. The discussions will be facilitated alternately by Elisabeth Gareis and Leigh Williams of the Communication Studies Department.

RSVP  Participants should confirm their plans to attend by sending an e-mail to Elisabeth Gareis at with their preferred date.

Workshops for Instructors of English: For 2150 Faculty
Grading, Assessment, Peer-Review, and Revision
March 23, 11:00-2:00, NVC 7-210
This session will focus on how to respond to students’ writing and encourage substantive revision. Participants will discuss the use of grading rubrics, strategies for providing constructive feedback, and ways of encouraging effective peer-review workshops. The goal of this session is to determine which grading and assessment practices are most effective in encouraging students to approach writing as a process that requires continuous rethinking and revision.

Faculty Book Club
Tuesday, March 27, 6:00-7:30, NVC 8-213
Monday, April 16, 6:00-7:30, NVC 8-213
Thursday, April 19, 12:30-2:00, NVC 8-213
Thursday, April 26, 6:00-7:30, NVC 8-213

This semester's book club selection is Donald L. Finkel, Teaching with Your Mouth Shut (Boynton/Cook, 2000). See March 21 entry for more information.

Master Teacher Series
Aswath Damodaran
Teaching: Art or Science?
Tuesday, April 24, 12:30-2:30, NVC 14-285
Aswath Damodaran is Professor of Finance at NYU's Stern School of Business. His skill and enthusiasm in the classroom garnered him the Schools of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988, and the Distinguished Teaching award from NYU in 1990. He has been voted "Professor of the Year" by the graduating MBA class five times during his career at NYU.

Workshops for Instructors of English: For 2150 Faculty
Incorporating New Technologies in the Classroom
April 27, 11:00-2:00, NVC 7-210
This workshop will underscore strategies for using new technologies such as Blackboard and Blogs in the classroom.  The session will not only cover basic technical questions about how to use these services; it will also explore how they can be implemented so as to support particular pedagogical strategies such as promoting critical dialogue among students and encouraging sensitivity to audience.  The workshop will also consider how students’ facility with new media technologies shapes their approach to writing and self-expression.

Workshops for Great Faculty Works
How Best to Help ESL Students Succeed in Great Works
Monday, 21 May, 2:15-4:15, NVC 8-210
Additional discussion of the availability of a single T section each semester and ways of assisting the ESL students who are mainstreamed into the regular sections of ENG/LTT 2800-2850.