teaching squares closing ceremony

Tuesday, April 23, 2019; 4:15pm-5:30pm; Marlo Room, Farinon; Light refreshments/snacks provided

Sponsored by: CITLS

This event is being held for all faculty who participated in the Lafayette Teaching Squares Program during the Spring 2019 semester to reflect upon a season of observation, self-assessment and collegial partnership.


inclusive teaching and excellence Series: Belonging in Stem film screening & Discussion

Thursday, April 11, 2019; 4:15pm-6pm; Landis Cinema, Buck Hall; Light refreshments provided

Sponsored by: CITLS, Mathematics, Engineering, Women’s and Gender Studies

The entire Lafayette community (faculty, students, staff) is invited to the screening of the film Can We Talk? Difficult Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color: Sense of Belonging and Obstacles to STEM Fields by Dr. Kendall Moore, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Professor of Journalism and Film Media at the University of Rhode Island. This film looks at various obstacles and impediments–structural, cultural, psychological, and institutional–that effectively limit the inclusion and participation of underrepresented people of color in STEM fields.  The event will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. A registration link is to come.


ARC: WORKS in progress talk series: from pharmaceuticals to photovoltaics: designing molecules and materials with insights from computational chemistry

Wednesday, April 10, 2019; 12pm-1pm; Gendebein Room, Skillman Library; Lunch provided

Presenter: Heidi Hendrickson

Sponsored by: CITLS, ARC, & Skillman Library

In the Hendrickson group, we use computational methods to investigate molecules and materials that can be used to solve a wide variety of chemical problems. We carry out all of our “experiments” on the computer, which means that there are endless possibilities in the types of molecular systems and processes that we can model! This talk will provide an overview of current projects in our group. We seek to understand the electronic properties of various polymer materials, which enables us to determine how these materials may be used in electronic devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, and field-effect transistors. FOR MORE INFORMATION


dare to be dark event

Monday, April 8, 2019; 12pm-1pm; Gendebein Room, Skillman Library; Lunch provided

Panelists: Students Aditi Desai ’20 & Nia Burrell ’19 and faculty Lijuan Xu, Wendy Wilson-Fall, Nestor Gil, Yih-Choung Yu 

Sponsored by: CITLS, ACA, Skillman Library, Tri Delta, Dean’s Office

Colorism is discrimination between individuals, often within the same racial or ethnic group, with regards to skin tone. During this session, student (Aditi Desai ’20, Nia Burrell ’19) and faculty (Lijuan Xu, Wendy Wilson-Fall, Nestor Gil, Yih-Choung Yu) panelists will share their experiences to raise awareness of the challenges with colorism in various racial/ethnic groups. Participants will also have the opportunity to reflect upon their personal experiences and perspectives with colorism.


Inclusive teaching and excellence series: working with international students in the classroom

Tuesday, March 26, 2019; 12:15pm-1:15pm; AEC 204; Lunch provided

Presenter: Tingting Kang, Multi-Language Learner Support Specialist, Office of Advising and Co-Curricular Programs

Sponsored by: CITLS & Office of Advising and Co-Curricular Programs

As one component of an inclusive approach to teaching, this workshop discusses the role of cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the educational experiences of international students and pedagogical strategies that instructors can employ to help international students adjust to US academic culture.


Inclusive Teaching and Excellence Series: Affordability of Course Materials

Tuesday, March 12, 2019; 12:15pm-1:15pm; Gendebein Room, Skillman Library; Lunch provided

Presenter: Ben Jahre, Research and Instruction Librarian

Sponsored by: CITLS & Skillman Library

The cost of course materials such as textbooks and digital homework packs, has been skyrocketing over the past 10+ years. As Lafayette aims to become more affordable and recruit students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, the issue of classroom affordability will become increasingly important. Professors Angela Bell and Michael Nees will talk about their experiences with Open Educational Resources, followed by an open discussion of how members of the Lafayette community have been impacted by, and dealt with, the issue of course material affordability.


ARc: works in progress talk series: an unconventional book: crossing boundaries in alex appella’s visual literature

Thursday, March 7, 2019; 12:15pm-1:15pm; Gendebein Room, Skillman Library; Lunch provided

Presenter: Jessica Carr

Sponsored by: CITLS, ARC, & Skillman Library

This paper analyzes the life of Alex Appella’s art book Entonces El Libro(“And so the book,” published in English as The János Book)and the Bibliotecas Ambulantes (“Traveling Libraries”) that developed after the trade publication of Entonces El Libro in Argentina.The life of Appella’s publications demonstrates the multidirectionality of Jewish text. It is also an excellent example to consider how Jewish writing is available to Jews and non-Jews, simultaneously as Jewish and generalizable narrative. FOR MORE INFORMATION


Inclusive teaching and excellence series: Myth of model of minority

Wednesday, February 27, 2019; 12pm-1pm; AEC 429; Lunch provided

Sponsored by: CITLS, Library, Office of Advising and Co-curricular Programs

Some voices in the classroom are rarely heard, including those of Asian and Asian-American students who reportedly experience high amounts of discrimination in academic settings that often go unnoticed. One prevailing stereotype of Asian and Asian-American students is that they are “model minorities,” denying their diverse social and cultural identities. For this initiative, faculty will review and discuss published narratives of Asian-American college students and consider how they can seek to enhance belonging of Asian and Asian American students in their classrooms. The outcomes of these sessions include increased awareness of the myth, practical strategies and space to discuss challenges.


Faculty Research Forum

Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 12pm-1pm; Gendebein Room, Skillman Library; Lunch provided

Presenters: Professors Hongxing Liu (Economics) and Megan Rothenberger

Sponsored by: CITLS, Library, & ARC

Professors Hongxing Liu (an enviromental economist) and Megan Rothenberger (a conservation biologist) will discuss their scholarships during the lunchtime presentation. They will highlight what they research, how they frame research questions, what research methods they employ, as well as how they manage and store research data.


Inclusive teaching and excellence series: back when shakespeare was black

Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 12pm-1pm; Gendebein Room, Skillman Library; Lunch provided

Sponsored by: CITLS, Keefe Colloquium in the Public Humanities, and Skillman Library

During this panel discussion, Lafayette faculty and students will discuss their experiences with teaching and learning about race in a traditional curriculum. This session is a pre-event for the upcoming “Teaching Shakespeare and Race” colloquium being held March 26-28, 2019 at Lafayette College.


community OF PRACTICE: The power of community-based learning and research in and out of the classroom

Wednesday, February 13, 2019; 12pm-1pm; Wilson Room; Lunch provided

Presenters: Amy Koritz, Director, Center for Civic Engagement & Professor, English, Drew University

Sponsored by: CITLS & Landis Center for Community Engagement

Please join us in a discussion about community engagement in higher education led by Amy Koritz, Ph.D. Professor Koritz is a Professor of English and Director of the Center of Civic Engagement at Drew University. She is also the co-editor of Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina (University of Michigan Press, 2009), which, through a collection of essays, explores the ways institutions of higher education and the arts responded to the destruction Hurricane Katrina inflicted on the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Topics covered during the discussion with Professor Koritz will include how to build strong community partnerships, how to bridge the gap between community-engaged teaching and scholarship, and how to connect community engagement outcomes to course outcomes. This workshop is open to all faculty with an interest in community engagement. Please stay after the event to learn more about the community-based learning and research community of practice being developed.


teaching Squares program kick-off

Tuesday, February 12, 2019; 4:15pm-5:30pm; Marlo Room, Farinon; Light refreshments provided

Sponsored by: CITLS

All Lafayette faculty have the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Teaching Squares initiative, an exciting program aimed to foster teaching excellence at the College. This initiative allows instructors from diverse disciplines to form a teaching square (group of 4 faculty) and observe one another’s classes to see other methods of teaching at the institution, gather formative feedback on instruction, and reflect upon teaching practices. An additional goal of the program is to build community among Lafayette faculty. FOR MORE INFORMATION


Inclusive Teaching and Excellence Series: What Lafayette students want faculty to know (moderator: Dean Chris Hunt)

Friday, February 8, 2019; 12pm-1pm; Kirby 104 Auditorium,  Lunch provided

Sponsored by: CITLS, Kaleidoscope Students, Campus Life

What can Lafayette faculty do to help diverse students feel empowered in the classroom? How can professors help students feel a stronger sense of belonging at Lafayette?  Join us during a lunchtime discussion where a panel of Lafayette students will respond to these questions to kick off our first Inclusive Teaching & Excellence Series session for Spring 2019.  Faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend.  Register by Friday, February 1st. Registration Link: https://lafayettec.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bJhOCxTFGw0QZuJ




teaching with technology grant awardees

Wednesday, December 5, 2018; 12pm-1pm; OCGE 216; Lunch provided

Presenters: Jason Simms, Jason Alley, & Greta Bergstresser (ITS)

Sponsored by: CITLS & ITS

ITS, in partnership with the ITaL committee, provides Teaching with Technology grants throughout each year to support the integration of innovative technology into the teaching and learning process. As part of the grant, past recipients report out on their experiences and results. Come join some of your colleagues to hear their thoughts on the inspiration, execution, and outcomes of their projects! https://its.lafayette.edu/teachingtechgrant/


inclusive teaching and excellence series: inclusive Classrooms at lafayette faculty panel

Friday, November 9, 2018; 12pm- 1pm; AEC 429; Lunch provided

Presenters: Professors: Angela Bell (Psychology), Julia Nicodemus (Engineering Studies), Chris Ruebeck (Economics), Rachel Goshgarian (History), and Christopher Lee (History)

Sponsored by: CITLS

Please join us for an informative panel discussion where faculty from different disciplines will share how they create inclusive classroom environments here at Lafayette.


intellectual property rights dinner

Thursday, November 8, 2018; 4:30pm; Clay Ketchum Room, Marquis Hall

Presenters: with attorney Kyle vos Strache

Sponsored by: CITLS, Dyer Center

RSVP here: https://doodle.com/poll/rvuw6x8q3xq8di9g

Kyle vos Strache works with numerous universities on IP issues/disputes and technology commercialization. This workshop is geared toward all faculty and will include topics pertinent across disciplines (introduction to intellectual property rights, technology transfer/commercialization in higher education, patentability criteria, copyrights, trademarks).


Compute-to-learn workshop

Friday, November 2, 2018; 9:30am – 3:pm; AEC 302 & Kunkel 117; Light refreshments & lunch provided

Presenters: Heidi P. Hendrickson, Assistant Professor, Lafayette College & Ellen Mulvihill, PhD Candidate, The University of Michigan

Sponsored by: CITLS

View the full schedule of workshop here: https://calendar.lafayette.edu/node/36442

RSVP by 10/26/18 here: https://lafayettec.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b2wUAAVlIw8fEvb

The Compute-to-Learn (C2L) Pedagogy is a semester-long, project-based learning experience in which students collaborate within a peer-led studio environment to create Mathematica demonstrations of abstract course concepts that can be illuminated by dynamic computation. During this experience, students learn key programming skills that they apply within the context of their discipline. At the end of the semester, the student demonstrations undergo external peer-review and are published on the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. Mathematica Demonstrations in the Wolfram Demonstrations Project span STEM fields. Faculty from all STEM fields are encouraged to attend the workshop!


Information Literacy Brownbag

Friday, November 2, 2018; 12:10pm – 1:10pm; Skillman Library, Gendebien Room; Lunch provided

Presenters: Professors Angela Bell, Eric Ho, and Olga Cristina Rodriguez-Ulloa

Sponsored by: CITLS and Skillman Library

Professors Angela Bell (Psychology), Eric Ho (Biology), and Olga Cristina Rodriguez-Ulloa (Foreign Languages & Literature)  will host a lunch time discussion on how they integrated information literacy into their respective courses: PYSC 327 Advanced Social Psychology, BIOL 270 Biostatistics, and SPAN 421 Seminar. If you would like to learn more about their endeavor and/or are interested in applying for an information literacy grant for Spring 2019, please join us!


Tools that Facilitate Multimodal Teaching and learning activities

Wednesday, October 31, 2018; 12pm- 1pm; OCGE 216; Lunch provided

Presenters: Jason Simms, Jason Alley, Greta Bergstresser

Sponsored by: CITLS, Learning and Research Technologies


Teachers are increasingly seeking alternatives to more traditional assignments and activities, such as papers, presentations, and discussion forums. This session will explore several “multimodal” tools that facilitate more creative, interactive, and dynamic pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning activities that can be leveraged by the teacher, or by individual or teams of students. Options covered will range from comparatively simple tools found in Moodle, such as the Glossary and Book, to more complex platforms, including Scalar, Omeka, Story Maps, and WordPress.


Faculty Research Forum

Wednesday, October 24, 2018; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Skillman Library, Gendebien Room; Lunch provided

Presenters: Professors Benjamin Cohen and Michael Nees

Sponsored by: Academic Research Committee, CITLS, and Skillman Library

Professors Benjamin Cohen (Engineering Studies) and Michael Nees (Psychology) will speak about their research, what their research entails, how they frame research questions, what research methods they employ, and how they manage and store research data.


Op-ed Writing Session

Wednesday, October 17; 12pm-1pm; OCGE 216; Lunch provided

Presenters: Dick Jones Communications and Prof. Seo-Hyun Park

Sponsored by: CITLS, Communications, Skillman Library


One way to reach a broader public with your scholarship, research and insights into current events is by writing op-eds for major print and digital news outlets. Seo-Hyun Park, a frequent contributor of op-eds to The Washington Post, and Laura Snyder, whose firm is helping Lafayette’s stories gain greater national visibility, will discuss topics such as what editors look for in op-eds, what makes an op-ed persuasive, when you should write an op-ed, and how to get them published.


Using Lecture Capture and Web Conferencing in the Classroom

Wednesday, October 3, 2018; 12pm-1pm; OCGE 216; Lunch Provided

Presenters: Jason Simms, Jason Alley, & Greta Bergstresser (ITS)

Sponsored by: CITLS & ITS

Lecture capture enhances and extends the value of course lectures by allowing students to access lectures for review, missed classes, or a flipped classroom format. Web conferencing tools also allow instructors to bring in outside speakers, cast to the classroom computer from an alternate device (smartphone or tablet), and have students and instructors interact in innovative ways. We will talk about the tools available on campus as well as the pedagogical reasons for using lecture capture or web conferencing. Lunch will be provided.


Peer Observation of Teaching Session

Wednesday, September 26, 2018; 12:00pm – 1:00pm; Oechsle Hall, Room 223; Lunch provided

Presenter: Tracie Addy, Director of CITLS

Peer observation of teaching can be particularly powerful for both instructors and observers. With the ultimate goal of fostering student learning, instructors can reflect upon and modify instructional practices using the feedback given. Observers can learn new pedagogies to enhance their own teaching. This session will highlight attributes of effective peer observation of teaching based on what we know from the literature.

To attend this program, please RSVP by Monday, September 17th using the following Qualtrics link: https://lafayettec.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3KLaCYL0ydT8NIV .