IC My Mind Meditation in Muller Chapel
Open Meditation: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 
​Contact: Julia Lapp (jlapp@ithaca.edu)

Making the Peaks Higher: Outcomes Department by Department
Sponsors: H&S Assessment Committee / Center for Faculty Excellence

Wednesday May 8, 2019, 10:30-1:15 (lunch provided)
Location: A&E VIP room
Register through this link

Are there ways to design useful and meaningful departmental assessment processes? How can assessment processes guide planning for programmatic change? How can the assessment narrative of one department inform others’ assessment plan, implementation, analysis, and decision-making? To answer these questions (and more), please join the H&S Assessment Committee as they partner with the Center for Faculty Excellence to host a working lunch centered on departmental assessment processes. This workshop will be facilitated by H&S faculty from Integrative Studies (Mary Ann Erikson), Theatre Arts (Steve TenEyck), English (Hugh Egan), as well as members of the H&S Assessment Committee.

All faculty are invited to come and discuss the why, what and how of programmatic assessment that matters. It is an opportunity to work alongside other H&S faculty members on assessment challenges. Presentations may include (but are not limited to):

  • assessment currently in use,
  • assessment rubrics,
  • sharing assessment outcomes, and
  • examples of changes made to the program or the assessment

10:30-12:00 PM Assessment Narratives and Discussion
“How we got to where we are and how we’re using assessment to improve our program”
12:15-1:15 PM: Lunch and Continued Discussion

Chairs Academy Sessions May and June 2019

May 22 – Learning to Lead Effectively within the Department
9:30-12:00, Klingenstein Lounge
Topics: Developing the Mission and Vision of the Department; Team building; Departmental morale;
Faculty evaluations—teaching, 2nd year and 4th year reviews;
Supporting faculty between recruitment and tenure (faculty development);
Supporting NTEN and Term faculty;
Understanding the academic calendar for planning purposes;
Introduction to dealing with difficulty in the department
(Refreshments provided)
Resister through this link

May 29 – Conflict Management and Resolution
9:00-12:00 (Breakfast 8.30-9.00) in Hill 107
Register through this link

June 4 –  Getting the Bigger Financial Picture/Admissions, Enrollment and You
1:00-3:30pm in Hill 107
Admissions/Enrollment Overview: Future Trends and how they connect to College and Department Finances  (Nicole Eversley Bradwell, Yuko Mulugetta, Lisa Hoskey)
Finance Overview: How finances work at IC and what that means for departments (Bill Guerrero & team; Marc Israel)
(Refreshments provided)
Register through this link 

June 12 – The Chair and the Law: Legal Issues for Chairs
1:00-4:00 PM, Klingenstein
Legal Issues, including: Working with contingent faculty
FERPA; Title IX/Clery Act; Student complaints
(Guilherme Costa; Marc Israel)
(Refreshments provided)
Register through this link 

*Provost Cornish anticipates that department chairs will attend all sessions relevant to their needs and interests.

Synchronizing Student Engagement within the First-Year Experience

When: Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Campus Center, Clark and Klingenstein


Please join the campus-wide collaborative discussion designed for staff and faculty as stakeholders in our students’ first year experience. Our guest facilitators, Dr. Jimmy Howard, University of Oregon and Gena Merliss, Monroe Community College, combine their expertise to lead an interactive work day to conceptualize shared purposes, best practices, our connected roles, and needed action steps to support an engaged first year experience. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Co-Sponsors: Office of the Provost, Ithaca Seminar (ICSM), Honors Program, Exploratory Program, Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC), New Student & Transition Programs, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, Center for Civic Engagement, and the Center for Faculty Excellence

About our guest facilitators:
Jimmy Howard currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Student for Prevention and Response at the University of Oregon. In this position he leads multiple teams in the areas of sexual violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, sexual violence support services, and crisis response. Jimmy oversees the University of Oregon’s Student Care Team and serves as the Deputy Title IX coordinator for undergraduate students.
Jimmy earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University. His dissertation “Building a Model of Black Women’s Confidence in Campus Sexual Assault Resources: A Critical Race Feminist Quantitative Study” is a quantitative exploration of Black women’s confidence in sexual violence policies on college campuses. His scholarship and publications focus on critical issues of race and gender in higher education, equity in assessment practices, and racializing sexual violence policy and protocol. Jimmy has teaching experience at the college level and is currently an affiliate faculty within the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University. Jimmy has taught master’s level student affairs courses in research, student development, and law.

Jimmy also earned his M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Clemson University where he focused his academic work on student development. Jimmy earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he majored in Psychology.

Gena Merliss is Coordinator of Monroe Community College’s Teaching and Creativity Center in Rochester, NY. Gena works with faculty to develop critical reflection in order to improve instruction and student learning. Prior to her current role, Gena taught developmental math and integrated reading and writing to students who did not place into college level coursework. As a faculty member, Gena experimented with many different strategies to help students develop non-cognitive skills and self-awareness within content areas courses. Gena earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Biological Anthropology from Swarthmore College.


Sustainable Compassion

Roundtable Discussion 

Friday, April 26, 4:00 – 4:45pm
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett
Open to faculty only.

Public Talk: Sustainable Compassion

DR. JOHN MAKRANSKY, Boston College
Co-Founder, Foundation for Active Compassion & Courage of Care Coalition.
Friday, April 26, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Textor 101
Open to IC students, faculty, staff and to the public. No registration is required.


Led by DR. JOHN MAKRANSKY, Boston College
Co-Founder, Foundation for Active Compassion & Courage of Care Coalition.
aturday, April 27, 10:00 – 1:00pm
Muller Chapel, Ithaca College
Registration limited to 70 people (IC faculty, staff, students and also open to the public). The workshop is FREE (registration is required).
Click here to register.

SUSTAINABLE COMPASSION TRAINING (SCT) adapts a pattern of contemplative practice seen across faith traditions into a secular and inter-religious form aligned with areas of social psychology and neuroscience. SCT helps individuals cultivate a more inclusive and replenishing power of care and compassion for themselves and others that is less susceptible to bias, empathic distress and burnout.

JOHN MAKRANSKY is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College and Senior Academic Advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Kathmandu University, Nepal.  Dr. Makransky developed the SCT model, which was incorporated into an international education initiative that was launched by the Mind and Life Institute in 2014 and continues under the Courage of Care Coalition.  For the past 15 years, he has taught ways to cultivate more inclusive and sustainable compassion to educators, healthcare and mental health providers, social workers, hospice volunteers, clergy, and those who work with prisoners, at-risk youth, the hungry, and the dying.  Dr. Makransky has taught contemplative workshops at numerous institutions, and he is also former president of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies.

Organizer: Mindfulness and Wellness Initiative Working Group (Ithaca College)

Contact person: Prof. Kati Lustyik (Dept. of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies) klustyik@ithaca.edu.

Sponsors: Center for Faculty Excellence, The Provost Office, Department of Media, Arts, Sciences and Studies, Park School of Communications, and Office of Religious & Spiritual Life


Crafting an Effective Tenure Statement

Ever wondered what goes into a tenure statement, how to narrate what you learned from a rough class or semester, and what T&P committees do and don't want to see?

Join Associate Professor Elizabeth Bleicher (English/ Honors/ Exploratory) for a workshop on reflection, structure and writing.  Both sessions will be held in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett.

Thursday, March 28, 12:00 – 1:00pm (RSVP through this form)
Monday, April 1 from 4:00 – 5:00pm (RSVP though this form)


Women's Mentoring Network

The Women’s Mentoring Network is pleased to announce an exciting event titled “Women Leaders in Higher Education Fireside Chat” featuring three women leaders at Ithaca College. Join your colleagues for a lively discussion that will dive into topics and issues related to being a woman leader in higher education.We are honored that President Shirley Collado, Provost La Jerne Cornish, and Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President Nancy Pringle will be sharing their stories with us!

There will be time for open questions, and networking while enjoying wine, other beverages, and hors d’oeuvres.
This event is open to all faculty and staff that identify as women.

April 15, 4-6pm
Clark Lounge

Please RSVP through this form.

If you have questions about this event or the Women’s Mentoring Network, please contact Julie Dorsey (jdorsey@ithaca.edu x1078). The purpose of the Women’s Mentoring Network is to enable women at Ithaca College to connect in meaningful ways to support their goals.


Contemplative Café Series

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence on behalf of Julia Lapp, Faculty in Residence.

Increasing Connection through Mindfulness Practice
by Dr. Matt Vosler, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
When: Monday, March 25, 12:00-1:00pm
Register through this form

Have you ever wondered how to increase connection in your classroom?  Are you finding that your students are lacking connection to each other and you would like to deepen that connection to foster a greater community atmosphere in your classroom?  If you answered yes to these questions or would like to add some more activities to setting up your classroom atmosphere, this is the workshop for you!  We will be focusing on how to incorporate leadership activities and empathy building initiatives into your classroom to improve your sense of community.

Dr. Matt Vosler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies with a research focus on creativity development through adventure programming.  Dr. Vosler also focus his research on developing empathy and compassion through leadership and how to transfer these skills to new leaders.

The Science and Practice of Mindfulness
by Dr. Laura Amoriello, Department of Performance Studies
When: Monday, February 25, 12:00-1:00pm

How might refined attention bring about deepened concentration, insight, and awareness within our classrooms? Join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group for a discussion of pedagogical techniques for learning. The Contemplative Café series will be held in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett.

How can we encourage students to make mindfulness a part of their daily lives? Laura will share her experience teaching the Fall 2018 Ithaca Seminar, The Science and Practice of Mindfulness, including ideas for helping students commit to meditation and other mindful practices. In addition, as she has begun to incorporate mindful strategies into her music teaching, Laura will share which of these has proven helpful, both in and out of the classroom.


Spring 2019 Coffee Conversation Series

The Women’s Mentoring Network is proud to announce the spring 2019 Coffee Conversation Series, with topics selected and hosted by women across campus.

Registration will be limited to 10 women (faculty and staff) per conversation to allow for meaningful dialogue. If there is interest that exceeds capacity, we can explore adding more dates.

Additionally, if there is a new topic that you would like to host, please email Julie Dorsey (jdorsey@ithaca.edu) to discuss details.

All conversations are held at the Center for Faculty Excellence 316 Gannett

New Women Professionals in Higher Ed: February 20th, 4-5pm
Hosted by Eileen Harrington
This conversation will be an open space to talk about the transition of being a new professional woman in higher education. We will discuss some of the challenges coming in as new professionals and how to work with conflict as it comes up in the professional setting.

Single Parenting in the Academy: March 5th, 12-1pm (RSVP here)
Hosted by Doreen Hettich-Atkins
Serving as a solo parent while working full-time has many challenges and rewards! This conversation will serve as an opportunity for women who are single or solo parents, or grandparents raising grandkids, the opportunity to come together to share strategies and resources, and provide mutual support.

New and Expecting Parents: March 19th, 12-1pm

Hosted by Kelly Dowd
This conversation will provide space for women who care for young children or expect to welcome a new child into their families soon to come together for mutual support. The conversation will be a place to share ideas, resources, support, stores, adventures (and misadventures!) of caring for young children. Parent and guardians of all kinds are welcome.

New and Expecting Parents: March 29th 3:30-4:30

Hosted by Kelly Dowd
This conversation will provide space for women who care for young children or expect to welcome a new child into their families soon to come together for mutual support. The conversation will be a place to share ideas, resources, support, stores, adventures (and misadventures!) of caring for young children. Parent and guardians of all kinds are welcome.

Supporting our Aging Parents and Family Members: April 10th, 12-1pm

Hosted by Eileen Harrington
In this conversation, we will discuss the topic of supporting our aging parents and family members, and navigating the emotional aspects surrounding day to day care and long term planning for our loved ones.

Dual Career Couples in Higher Ed: April 19th, 12-1pm
(RSVP through this form)
Hosted by Jess Shapiro
Many women are part of dual-career couples with both people working in higher education, either as faculty or staff.  We will discuss the unique set of challenges and opportunities that come with this, whether or not both individuals work at Ithaca College. 

Purpose of the Women’s Mentoring Network: to enable faculty and staff who identify as women at Ithaca College to connect in meaningful ways to support their goals