Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 Events & Programs

Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 Events & Programs

Educause Virtual Conference

September 29-October 2, 2014, Milne 208

Educause is one of the top organizations on the use of technology in higher education, and brings together some of the leading speakers in Teaching and Learning each year at their annual conference. Highlights of this conference include:
•    The Learning Brain: Implications for Teaching, Monday, September 29, 12:30-4:00pm; Edward C. Bowen, Director of Consulting, Dallas Learning Solutions
•    Disruptive Innovation and the Future of Higher Education, Tuesday, September 30, 8:00-9:30am; Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School
•    Leadership Lessons of History from the American Presidents, Wednesday, October 1, 10:30-11:30am; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
•    New Responsibilities for Postsecondary Education in the 21st Century, Thursday, October 2, 10:15-11:15am; Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York

ESL Workshop with Irene Belyakov-Goodman

October 27, 2014, 4:00-5:00 PM, Milne 213

Dr. Irene Belyakov-Goodman

A workshop to help Geneseo teachers (particularly INTD 105 instructors) and tutors at the Center for Academic Excellence understand the specific issues that need to be addressed in the writing by speakers whose first language is not English.


HERI Faculty Survey Presentation

October 30, 2014, 2:30-3:45, Milne 208

Julie Rao, PhD

This presentation provides an overview and highlights of the HERI Faculty, results of service-learning analysis, and faculty's opinions of students, relationships with administration, feeling on the priorities of the college, and diversity.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the HERI Faculty Survey, how Geneseo's faculty compare to our four year college peers and how they might apply the survey results.

Faculty Colloquium: Rational Disagreement Among Peers

November 5, 2014, 2:30-3:45, Milne 213 

Dr. Theodor Everett

When you find out that other, equally reliable people disagree with you on matters of importance, should you "stick to your guns" or should you "split the difference" with your opponents? Dr. Everett argues that both answers can be seen as rational, depending on two different, sometimes conflicting principles of rationality that all of us accept.

Case Study Faculty Development Workshop

November 10, 2014, 2:30-3:45, Milne 208

Dr. Nancy Schiller

The case method uses realistic or true narratives to provide opportunities for students to integrate information in an authentic context and engage with ethical and societal problems related to their discipline. While cases have a long history in business, law, and medical education, their use in undergraduate education, however, is relatively recent.  At the University at Buffalo, we have been experimenting with the method for over 20 years and have found it to be a powerful pedagogical tool. Cases can be used not only to teach concepts and content, but also process and critical thinking skills. Moreover, the method is extraordinarily flexible: cases can be presented in a variety of formats, ranging from the classical discussion method used in business and law schools to Problem-Based Learning and Team Learning, with their emphasis on small-group, cooperative learning strategies.  This presentation will provide an overview of the case method as well as introduce the resources and services available through the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo.

Nancy Schiller is Co-Director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science and Librarian in the Science & Engineering Information Center in the University Libraries at the University at Buffalo



Service Learning workshop with Mary Mohan

November 18, 2014, 1:00-2:30, Doty 302E

Dr. Mary L. Mohan

This interactive discussion presented by Dr. Mary L. Mohan, Professor in the Department of Communication will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities inherent in planning and executing service-learning projects.  Topics will include creating community partnerships that form the basis of collaborative civic engagement and avenues for developing research and scholarship. Information will be made available for how faculty/staff may become involved with the newly-formed Institute for Community Well-Being that facilitates town/gown relationship building and problem-solving.


Notes of the refugee crisis in the middle east

November 19, 2014, 2:30-3:45, Mine 105

Dr. Jun Okada

This talk is based on Okada's CIEE Faculty Development Seminar in Amman, Jordan and Istanbul, Turkey during summer of 2014. It is a firsthand reflection on her impression of the refugee crisis by a non-expert. Sharing anecdotes, slides and video, Okada discusses the valuable experience of hearing the stories of refugees, aid workers, and the people who have lived everyday in the shadow of war, loss, and enforced migration and how it has impacted her continued interest in globalization, borders and identity, non-Western cinemas, and transitional justice.

These faculty presentations are open to everyone in our Geneseo community (faculty, staff, and students), and intended as an opportunity to share the rich scholarly activity on campus with our colleagues.


Give Kids the World Ice Cream Social Fundraiser

January 19, 2015, 2:00-4:00, MacVittie Lobby

Fundraiser organized by students raising money for the Give Kids the World Trip.

Excellent Sheep Book discussion

January 30, 2015, 2:30-3:30, Milne 208

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM A book discussion on William Deresiewicz's book "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life." The first couple sentence of the description: "A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be-but aren’t-providing.



Online Teaching discussion

February 25, 2015, 11:30-12:30, Milne 208

Wednesday, February 25, the Instructional Design Team (CIT/Milne/TLC) will host a panel discussion on the topic of online teaching from 11:30am - 12:30pm in Milne 208.

The panel will consist of faculty members who have taught online during the Geneseo summer session including: Colleen Garrity (Geography), Meredith Harrigan (Communications), and Kristi Krumrine (Anthropology).

Global Geneseo: Internationalization Laboratory

March 6, 2015, 12:00-1:30, Milne 213

March 9, 2015, 2:30-3:45

March 11, 2015, 8:30-9:45

Last year SUNY Geneseo joined the American Council on Education's Internationalization Laboratory, a collaborative program that assists colleges in strengthening their work in global learning. This initiative, called Global Geneseo, involved a self-study conducted by a campus-wide team of twenty-five members, chaired by Professor Meredith Harrigan and Professor Ron Herzman. The Global Geneseo team has now issued its report in preparation for an external visit from ACE program members, and would like your feedback. These events are an opportunity to have conversation and provide feedback to the Global Geneseo team.


Innovative Teaching Technology Session on top Hat

March 25, 2015, 2:30-3:30 in Newton 121

Looking for ways to engage your class? Want to create innovative formative assessment? Always finding yourself asking questions on the fly that you wish you kept data for? Top Hat can help you accomplish all that and more.

Our campus has implemented Top Hat this year and is looking for ways to boost our use of it. The system is easy to use and involves no purchased clickers or software. Come hear Geneseo Faculty talk about their experience with Top Hat during this hour-long session.

Excellent Sheep Book Discussion

March 27, 2015, 2:30-3:30 in Milne 208

A book discussion on William Deresiewicz's book "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life." The first couple sentence of the description: "A groundbreaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be-but aren’t providing.