May Faculty Institute 2011

Envisioning a Positive Future: Tools and Strategies for Innovative Approaches to Teaching

Monday May 23

8:30 - 9:00        Light Breakfast/Refreshments

9:00-10:45        It is not just about the environment: Building sustainability into your class

Presenter:           Jason Hamilton, Associate Professor Department of Environmental Studies 

Session Description: How do you incorporate concepts and approaches of sustainability into your particular class and/or discipline without loosing the integrity of your content?  How sustainability can be an integrating approach to teaching and learning that will support your course goals and outcomes.  How can you secure a mini grant to incorporate sustainability into your courses? Mini Grants are available.

10:45-11:15      Case Study: Sustainable solutions to diabetes among the Pima Indians

Presenter:           Nancy Jacobson, Assistant Professor Biology

Session Description:  The high levels of Type II diabetes among the Pima Indians of the southwestern United States are clearly not sustainable.  This example will be used to show the breadth of thinking needed when looking at a problem through a sustainability lens, and will also demonstrate the case study method of teaching.

11:15- 12:00     Speed Networking with faculty who have used these concepts and are willing to share their ideas, successes and failures.  Please come prepared with ideas and questions about how you could incorporate sustainability concepts into you classes.

12:00-1:30         Lunch 

1:30-4:30           Building Cultural Competency through Community-Based Learning: A Community/IC Partnership

Coordinator:           Elan Shapiro, Lecturer Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences 

Presenters:            Laura Branca, Principal Training for Change Associates Dorothy Cotton Institute

                           Jemila Sequiera, Coordinator, Whole Community Project Cornell Cooperative Extension – Tompkins County

                           Kirtrina Baxter, Program Coordinator, Southside Community Center

                           Amy Frith, Assistant Professor Graduate Study in Health Promotion and Physical Education 

Session Description: How can we orient students doing community work as an integral part of our courses to the unique nature of the Ithaca and Tompkins County communities?  What are the challenges of working across differences in race, class and place?  How can we build faculty capacity to support responsible and effective community-based learning?  As one response to these questions, a team of IC faculty linked to six downtown organizations, co-developed a training module that substituted for a week of classes in four Spring 2011 courses.  Students in these classes then worked with the organizations and reflected on their experiences as part of their coursework.  We feel that our discoveries may be of use to faculty in considering how to do community-linked coursework.  The findings may also impact IC 20/20 plans for community engagement.

In this workshop the team will describe the development and implementation of the training module, the short-term outcomes, their partnership process, and what we’ve learned so far.  The team will facilitate small and large group learning on how to build community partnerships, improve future trainings, and strategies for enhancing IC20/20 plans for a new level of community engagement.


Tuesday – May 24

8:30-9:00          Light Breakfast/Refreshments

9:00-11:00        Navigating the Academic Legal Minefield - What you need to Know and Do to protect yourself!

Presenter:           The Office of Legal Affairs

Session Description: Whether they realize it or not, faculty are confronted with a continually changing legal environment that directly affects their work as teachers, scholars, and members of the campus community.  These challenges include understanding significant legislative reforms relevant to higher education, intellectual property issues, and responsibilities related to the tenure review process. This workshop will provide important information and interactive discussion about these and other legal issues affecting faculty, including FERPA, providing academic accommodations for individuals with disabilities, and responsibilities related to traveling with students.

11:00-11:15       Break

11:15-12:00       Everything you wanted to know about APC but were afraid to ask.

Presenter:            Ann Lynn Chair, Academic Policies Curriculum Sub Committee APC

Session Description: An overview of the curriculum proposal process including new curriculum proposal forms and how to use them, description of how decisions are made, discussion of common mistakes and suggestions on where to go for help.

12:00-1:00         Lunch

1:00-2:00           Given "x"... the Student will "y" ... Developing Measurable Objectives                             

Presenter:             Lis Chabot, College Librarian 

Session Description: During this workshop the participants will:

1.         Compare and contrast learning outcomes/goals vs. learning objectives

2.         Identify the 3 parts of a well-written learning objective.

3.         Classify learning objectives

4.         Write learning objectives that communicate clearly and include a measurable verb.

5.         Be introduced to the concept of creating a sequence of learning objectives

2:00-2:30           External Grants

Presenter:            Bashar Hanna, Associate Provost for Programs and Initiatives

Session Description: In recent years, Ithaca College has been successful in securing a number of external grants.  In this session you will learn about the resources that the College provides to help you be successful in proposing, securing and managing external grants.

2:30-3:00           Internal Grants

Presenter:            Carol Henderson, Associate Provost for Academic Policies and Administration

Session Description: Ithaca College offers a variety of internal grants for faculty, to support their continuing development as teachers and scholars.  This session will describe each of these competitive grant programs and the processes for application and review.

3:00-4:30          Geographical Information Systems (GIS) IC2 Project - Past Projects & New Initiatives

Presenters:          Ali Erkan, John Barr, Michael Trotti, Nancy Menning, Julie Nastasi & Marilyn Dispensa

Session Description: One of the IC2 projects initiated last year is based on Faculty Development. Our premise is that faculty members who are empowered with new computational tools will be able to utilize these tools in their discipline-specific scholarship/teaching in innovative ways. Given the importance of spatial data processing, we decided to build our efforts on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which can loosely be defined as a map oriented visualization of information for any discipline. Please click on the three links below for a sample of the diversity of applications that exists in this technology.

The three projects that emerged from the Spring 2011 are

Our initiative is built on three main components, each building on the results of the previous:

  • An introductory computational course centered around GIS.
  • Application of the acquired knowledge/skills/technology in a discipline specific scholarship project.
  • Application of the acquired knowledge/skills/technology in a discipline specific course.

This course was taught by Ali Erkan in Spring 2011 and will be taught John Barr in Spring 2012.

Participation clearly requires a significant investment of time and effort. Therefore, there is a three credit reassigned time associated with involvement.

Because there are only three seats reserved for faculty members in each of the two times the GIS course is offered, we welcome proposals from faculty members who are interested signing up for one of these seats. One of the goals of the last session on the second day of the May Institute (5/25/2011) will be to discuss this process and answer all questions regarding the experience.