Events & Programs

Spring 2018

NOTE: Events are listed in order by date.  Please scroll down. 
Events are open to faculty and staff. Registration is encouraged; walk- ins are always welcome.


Equity and inclusion in evaluating teaching: Promises, pitfalls, and practical solutions
Sponsored by School of Humanities & Sciences, CFE, and Office of the Provost
Tuesday, January 16, 8.30am - 4.30pm, including breaks and lunch.
Workshop Leader: Hari Kumar
Please RSVP by January 10.

Schedule in Brief:
8:00-8:30   Croissants & Coffee
8.30-8.45: Introduction and overview of the day
Session 1: 8.45 - 10.15: Contexts and Assumptions in Evaluating Teaching
Session 2: 10.30 - 12.00: Key Pitfalls and Biases in Evaluating Teaching
Lunch    12-1.00 pm
Session 3: 1.00 - 2.30: Evaluating Teaching and Learning with Equity and Inclusion: A Multifaceted Approach
Session 4: 2.45 - 4.15: Practical Methods, Methodologies, and Interventions
4.15-4.30 pm: Wrap-up

Making the Move from Associate to Full Professor
Sponsored by the H&S Dean’s Office & the Center for Faculty Excellence
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 pm, from February 6 through April 26*
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett

*Please note that sessions are cancelled during Spring Break (March 10-18) and April 4-10.

The H&S Dean's office--in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Excellence-- will be initiating a program this semester for supporting/ mentoring associate professors in their endeavor to achieve full professorships. The dean is particularly concerned at the very little support available to mid-career faculty in their path to promotion. To that end, he has asked Asma Barlas to coordinate this program which will have two related components. One will be to convene some focus groups so as to get a sense of the challenges associate professors face in maintaining an active scholarly agenda/profile. The other will be to meet with interested faculty individually to talk about their concerns and needs. The meetings will be every Tuesday/ Thursday during the noon hour in the CFE. At the end of the semester, we will meet collectively with the dean. Please feel free to get in touch with Asma Barlas (Politics) directly about this initiative at any time, at Per Dr. Barlas, "Colleagues, The reason I've set aside both Tuesday /Thursday is because I know some faculty have regularly scheduled meetings on one of these days. Also, you're welcome to come as often as you'd like since these aren't mandatory meetings and we will design them to meet the needs of individual faculty as we go along."


Navigating the College Search with Students in Your Family and Community
Wednesday, January 31, 8:30-9:30 am (with complimentary light breakfast fare)
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett

The Offices of Admission and Student Financial Services in collaboration with the CFE are hosting an information and discussion session on supporting high school students in the college search process.  We will discuss topics including how to narrow the college selection, apply for financial aid, and support the student during the college search.  We welcome all Ithaca College faculty and staff who are interested in learning how to prepare a student in their family or community for their college search and look forward to discussing your questions.

Please RSVP.

R Roundtable Discussion 
Thursday, February 1, 9:00-10:00am
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett 


R is a free and multi-functional open-source software environment used across disciplines to facilitate computations.  It is currently being used on campus in many ways such as facilitating research in Physics and Biology, exploring Calculus concepts, and analyzing data in Statistics classes. “R” you interested in learning more about how faculty and students are using the R software environment in their research and teaching?

Please join us for a discussion in which faculty will share their experiences with R.  Event takes place on Thursday, February 1 from 9-10 a.m. in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center.

Please RSVP

Contemplative Café
Wednesday, February 7, 12:10-1:00pm
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett

~~“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgement, character and will. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”   -William James (1890/1950

Please join us for the Contemplative Café - Wednesday, February 7, 12:10-1pm, in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center. Mary Ann Erickson will discuss her teacher certification training from The Center for Koru Mindfulness, a program developed at Duke University specifically to introduce emerging adults to meditation practice.  Mary Ann will discuss the structure of the program and how it might inform the efforts of faculty to share mindfulness practices with students.

(Sponsored by the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group) 

Individuals requiring accommodations should contact Kathryn Caldwell at or (607) 274-1371.  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible. 

Please RSVP via this link: /jotform/preview.php?formID=80281818734

Reflective Pedagogy: Tools for Teaching
Tuesday, February 13, 2:30-3:20pm or Wednesday, February 14, 12-12:50pm
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett

Are you interested in how your learners make connections between their various learning experiences? Eric Machan Howd, Department of Writing, will share his experiences and facilitate a discussion with faculty colleagues. Please join us to better understand the landscape of reflective-based pedagogies as well as the various frameworks you can use to promote life-long learning and meta-cognition in your teaching.

Please RSVP

Double-Edged Sword: Learning Disability and the Pursuit of Grad School
Thursday, March 1, 12-1:00pm
101 Muller Faculty Center

Student Accessibility Services, in conjunction with the Center for Academic Advancement, Career Services, and the Center for Faculty Excellence, is pleased to welcome Peta Long. Peta Long will share her personal story involving dyslexia as she pursued a post-graduate degree. Peta will reveal her experiences with dyslexia and explain differences in learning to better understand how one learns and how to use that information to approach ones work. Having had the opportunity to be both a teacher and a student, she will provide insight into how her difficulties challenge and motivate her through the academic journey.

This will be an interactive session open to students, faculty and staff. Students exploring their own learning styles are encouraged to attend. This will also serve as a learning and professional development opportunity for faculty and staff.

Peta is completing her PhD in Mass Communication and Media Studies at Syracuse’s Newhouse School. Peta will be on campus as part of the Park School of Communications ALANA scholars-in-residence program and will be doing a series of presentations on topics related to the communications field as well.  In addition to her personal experiences, she will reference information during this session from The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain coauthored by Dr. Brock Eide and Dr. Fernette Eide.

RSVP here

Writing Reflective Prompts
March 21, 12-12:50pm & March 27, 1-1:50pm
316 Gannett, Center for Faculty Excellence

How do you help learners reflect?  What reflective prompts help to deepen learning experiences? Join your colleagues at the Center for Faculty Excellence in a 50-minute workshop on writing reflective prompts.  Eric Machan Howd, Department of Writing, will lead this hands-on experience for attendees to have practice and share the writing of reflective prompts during this time together. Please join us.

RSVP for March 21 here 

RSVP for March 27 here 

Student Accessibility Services Informational Sessions
Tuesday, March 20, 2:30-3:45pm & Friday, March 30, 12-1:00pm
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett

 As the spring semester moves forward, faculty and staff should be aware that more than15% of our student population is registered with Student Accessibility Services.  As a faculty member, it is likely that you will work with students on campus with a variety of disabilities including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, physical impairments, psychiatric or psychological conditions, and other health related needs. Topics that will be covered in this informational session include:
* process and procedures of the SAS office
* roles and responsibilities
* academic accommodations and other areas of interest
There will also be time for questions and answers. 
Presenters include:
Leslie ReidManager, Student Accessibility Services
Jean Celeste-Astorina, Student Accessibility Specialist.

RSVP for March 20th session here

RSVP for March 30th session here. 


Student Engagement and Success: Strengthening, Promoting, and Measuring Efforts Across Campus
Tuesday, March 22, 8:30am-3:30pm
Campus Center, Klingenstein Lounge 

Please join us for a collaborative discussion facilitated by Dr. Jillian Kizie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and National Survey of Student Engagement Institute Faculty, Indiana University, Bloomington. Sponsoring Coalition: Ithaca College Seminar (ICSM), Honors Program, IC Student Learning Outcome Assessment Committee (SLOAC), Center for Civic Engagement, Integrative Core Cirriculum (ICC), and the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE). More details coming soon. 


Contemplative Cafe: Utilizing Mindfulness Strategies to Support Student Learning
Friday, March 23, NOON - 1pm, Feel free to bring a lunch
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett

Join us at the Center for Faculty Excellence for the Contemplative Cafe, a series of presentations and conversations about the use of contemplative and reflective pedagogies in the classroom. This week, Kit Muma from Biology and Michael Faber, former IC Chaplain, will present. Michael Faber will share his experience of teaching a course on meditation to IC students, and Kit Muma will share how she uses mindfulness and meditation techniques in her science courses. 

RSVP here


Kudos to You: Celebrating Faculty and Staff Engagement and Scholarship
Monday, April 16, 4pm - 5:30pm
Clark Lounge, Campus Center

Join us as we celebrate the successful endeavors of our faculty and staff. Throughout the academic year “kudos” are made explicit, for publishing books and scholarly articles, making award winning films, giving conference talks, commenting for the national media, etc.  Less known but celebration worthy are the several IC resources that support creative thinking, collaboration and the dissemination of ideas across campus through our library and innovative space design. We invite faculty and staff to share in the celebration of a year of our productivity across the campus. Selected short presentations will provide a taste of our collective and notable work. We hope you take time to be together and enjoy light refreshments. 

Sponsors: TELE Collaborative (Technology Enhanced Learning and Engagement), IC Library, Teaching and Learning with Technology, and the Center for Faculty Excellence.

No RSVP required.