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Applying for Academic Jobs

Presented by Kathy Jackson, Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 7A Sparks Building, University Park

Kathy JacksonThinking of a career in academia? Whether you are interested in teaching at a community college, small liberal arts school, or a research-intensive university, this workshop will introduce you to the process of applying for academic jobs. Participants will learn about the job search timeline and suggestions for preparing early. Example job application materials will be discussed. Graduate students of any year and post-docs are welcome to attend this workshop led by Senior Research Associate and Instructional Consultant Kathy Jackson and Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman.

 

Takeaways: Guidelines on job-search timing and materials

Teaching a Large Class Effectively

Presented by Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Classes of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert for Teaching a Large Class Effectively.

 

Takeaways: Tips on mapping out punctuated lectures, creating a small-class atmosphere, and using assessments that gather key information without overwhelming the instructor.

Teaching a Large Class Effectively

Presented by Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 7A Sparks Building, University Park

Classes of 100 or more can be opportunities to reach many students at one time—or they can be painful to all involved. Join Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman for Teaching a Large Class Effectively.

 

Takeaways: Tips on mapping out punctuated lectures, creating a small-class atmosphere, and using assessments that gather key information without overwhelming the instructor.

SRTE Question and Answer Session

Presented by Angela Linse
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time(s): Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park
Angela LinseHow can SRTEs (Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness) be used to improve teaching and learning? Faculty, administrators and staff are invited to bring these and other questions to this informal Q & A session/Brown Bag Luncheon facilitated by Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

 

This event will be offered in a face to face format in 315 Rider Building, University Park, and Polycom.

 

Polycom available at the following locations:


University Park - Originating Location: 315 Rider Building


If you do not see your campus listed above, please see your Instructional Design Specialist or contact us at site@psu.edu or 814-863-2599.

 

Participants are free to bring their own beverages and lunch.

Coping with Challenging Situations in Class

Presented Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Moments of conflict … questions you don’t know the answer to … students who have not done the reading…. The issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do. Join Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman for Coping with Challenging Situations in Class.

 

Takeaways: Processes for anticipating and dealing with challenges.

Coping with Challenging Situations in Class

Presented by Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert
Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 7A Sparks Building, University Park

Moments of conflict … questions you don’t know the answer to … students who have not done the reading…. The issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do. Join Graduate Consultants Whitney Zimmerman and Stephen Van Wert for Coping with Challenging Situations in Class.

 

Takeaways: Processes for anticipating and dealing with challenges.

Thanks, Mrs. Sawyer: How my first grade teacher is helping me translate twenty-first century education

Presented by Susan Russell, 2014-2015 Penn State Laureate
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time(s): 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library

The twenty-first century has created an entirely new student, one that perceives, receives, and conceives information differently. Big data has changed the way students think, but not the way they experience knowledge. What if every teacher knows something from their own process of learning that can translate knowledge into an experience? What if all we have to do is remember "how" we made "what" we know part of our own lives? How far back do you remember? Who was that first teacher and what did she/he really teach you? In this session we'll discuss how the answers to these questions can help us be better teachers.

 

Susan Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literature/criticism, Playwriting, Musical Theatre History, and Women in Theatre. She received her PhD in Theatre Studies from Florida State University’s School of Theatre in 2007, her Master of Arts degree from Florida State University in 2003, and her BA in Theatre from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC in 1979. Between her education pursuits, she experienced a twenty-five year career as a professional actor on and off-Broadway as well as a career in regional theatre and opera companies across the country. As a playwright, her works Olympia (1998) and Present Perfect (1999) have been produced by Emerging Artists Theatre in New York City, and in 2000, Lincoln Center selected Present Perfect for its Millennium Living Room Festival at the HERE Theatre in Soho. Her play Severe Clear was a semi-finalist in the 2006 O’Neill Theatre Center Playwriting Competition, and her 2009 play Ecoute: Pieces of Reynaldo Hahn, which was written for Penn State Professor Norman Spivey, toured to 40 college and university campuses across the country. Dr. Russell is the author of Body Language: Stop the Violence/Start the Conversation, and Body Language: Cultural Conversations Reaching Out and Reaching In, and these texts are supplied free of charge to school systems and community organizations. Dr. Russell was honored in 2012 with the Penn State Commission For Women's Faculty Award for her work on women's issues at Penn State University and in the surrounding community, in 2013 she was selected as one of the Faces of Penn State, and in 2014, Russell was appointed as The 2014-2015 Penn State Laureate.

Writing a Teaching Philosophy: First Steps

Presented by Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time(s): 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: 315 Rider Building, University Park

Teaching philosophy statements are commonly used in the hiring and tenure processes. But it can be challenging to put your “philosophy” into words. Perhaps you are not sure if you even have a philosophy. This interactive workshop, presented by Graduate Consultants Stephen Van Wert and Whitney Zimmerman, is designed to help you begin articulating and developing your statement of teaching philosophy.

 

Takeaways: Focal questions for drafting a teaching philosophy; examples to consider.