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Posted by Susanne Morgan at 6:41PM   |  Add a comment

The commitment of Ithaca College to faculty development was really visible at last week’s annual POD conference……six of us were there! As a long-term active POD member, I was thrilled to introduce Jan Monroe, Dennis Charsky, Ali Erkan, and Michael Smith (and share with former POD member Carol Henderson) to this conference. They will say more: for me, the transition to my retirement role was lovely. I continued my scholarly engagement with 2 sessions, connected with numerous colleagues and collaborators, progressed in my future role as a consultant, and generally enjoyed the interactive environment. POD stands for the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and that is evident in the combined perspective of supporting individual faculty and demonstrating good teaching, as well as acting at an institutional level. Plus lots of networking.  More soon from my wonderful colleagues; I am so proud of everyone!


Posted by Michael Buck at 8:44AM   |  Add a comment

2010 Faculty Mentoring Program Kickoff Event – Faculty Mentoring Workshop


October 22, 2010 from 2-4 pm in Business 301


This workshop will open with a discussion of the keys to creating and developing effective faculty mentoring relationships.   The roles, responsibilities and expectations of both mentors and mentees will also be discussed.  The highlight of the workshop will be the Speed-Mentoring event, an opportunity for mentees to meet potential mentors. If you are interested in the Faculty Mentoring Program as either a mentee or mentor, please plan to join us for this event. 


The Speed-Mentoring Model (based on the speed-dating concept) will provide an opportunity for mentees to “get to know” potential mentors and fellow mentees.  This process will lead to the creation of either mentoring partners and/or mentoring groups with other junior faculty with similar needs and interests for the 2010-2011 academic year.


During the Speed-Mentoring process, mentees will rotate every 5 minutes, spending time dialoguing with each potential mentor. During these five-minute conversations, mentees can ask questions to determine if the mentor would be an appropriate match for their particular needs.   

At the end of the speed-mentoring session, each mentee will complete and submit a confidential mentor selection form.   The Faculty Development Coordinator and Faculty Development Committee will use this information to match mentors-mentees or to create small mentoring groups. 


If you are interested in the Faculty Mentoring Program as either a mentee or mentor please plan on joining us for this event.  If you would like more information or are planning to attend, please contact or RSVP to Jan Monroe at by Wednesday October 20, 2010.


Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jan Monroe at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Posted by Michael Buck at 9:39PM   |  Add a comment

As we head back to campus and prepare for the return of students and the beginning of the semester, I wanted to alert everyone to some opportunities for faculty development.

As you may know, each year H&S kicks off the academic year with a faculty forum organized around a topic reflecting our current concerns and interests. This year's faculty forum, held on Tuesday August 17, will focus on interdisciplinarity: what it means for H&S, how it figures into our curricular discussions, what its relation is to integrative learning and teaching.
Assisting us this year is Robert Frodeman, Professor of Philosophy and former Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of North Texas (UNT). Professor Frodeman specializes in environmental philosophy, the philosophy of science policy, and the theory of interdisciplinarity. He is also the founding director of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at UNT ( <>), and editor of the just-published /Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity/.
Clearly, this topic lends itself to a discussion beyond school boundaries, so this forum is open to faculty from outside of the school who are interested in, or are already pursuing, interdisciplinary studies of one kind of another. The portion of the forum devoted to interdisciplinarity will begin at 10:30, with a brief keynote by Professor Frodeman followed by a structured discussion of its implications; we will end with lunch at 12:30.

In order to make appropriate arrangements, please RSVP to <> by Friday August 13.

2010 Fall Faculty Development Workshop: Saturday, August 28, 8:30-4:00 Student Centered Integrative Learning: Creating Meaning...Building Bridges...Developing Interdisciplinary Networks with Dr. Tine Reimers Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty and Program Development at the University at Albany. A light breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:00 and lunch served from 12-1.    Registration

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jan Monroe, Faculty Development Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.


See you on campus!

Michael Buck

Posted by Susanne Morgan at 11:59AM   |  17 comments

The end of May ends my formal responsibilities to Ithaca College! I am filled with gratitude for my years here and the relationships with all of you. You have made my life the best it could possibly be. I'll be in town and in the community, and on campus having fun!

Some of my dear friends/colleagues are hosting a dish to pass at the Stewart Park Pavilion on Saturday May 21 (the day before Commencement) from 4 to 7. Rachel Wagner and Ali Erkan have more information.

Can't come but what to share a memory or a wish? Use the "Comment" feature on the blog!

Posted by Susanne Morgan at 4:25PM   |  1 comment

Today is my daughter's birthday. She was born the day before the last class of my very first year teaching. Her brother will be 39 in July, born 2 weeks after I finished my dissertation.

And this is my last month as a faculty member. Yikes! I'm thinking about lots of things: how the roots of what I'm doing now are in those very early days in my very first job. How undergraduate education is very different now, and how we struggled to figure things out. And also how scholarship has changed. I'm reclaiming my voice as a scholar, from the days with no mentor for "real" scholarship to writing for the public to finding a scholarly home as I retire.

We're building the May Faculty Institute on Tuesday the 25th around reflections (Julian Euell as Dr Only and Shewanee Howard on teaching in the black female body; and reflections by several groups of faculty who are crossing boundaries.) I will pull together some of my own reflections too.

Have a look, and register now! The CFE Home Page has the link.

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