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The Center for Faculty Excellence is pleased to announce the following February events.  Please visit for additional events offered through the Center for Faculty Excellence.

GRAND OPENING! The Daily Grind
Friday, February 1, 2013, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Coffee, Croissants, and Conversation--The Three Cs of Civilized Life
On Friday, February 1, join us for the three Cs. Our special guests will be several colleagues who will be sharing their recent scholarship, research, and creativity.

The Daily Grind will be open every weekday morning from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation. Please drop by to chat with colleagues, watch the news, or just get ready for the workday. The First Friday of each month we will have a special event.

The Educational Value of Multisensory Environments
Dr. Marja Sirkkola, Principal Lecturer at HAMK University for Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna, Finland
Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:00 p.m. (bring your lunch)
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

Join Dr. Sirkkola for an informal conversation about her work on multi-sensory environments and socio-cultural animation. Dr. Sirkkola has worked as an Art Therapist and as a Principle Lecturer at HAMK University in the Education and Research Centre for Wellbeing. She is internationally known for her work on multi-sensory environments.

What is MSE?
What is multi-sensory work?
What is socio-cultural work?

Register Here

Monday, February 4, 2013
2:00 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Presented by Susan Adams Delaney, Assistant Professor, Department of Writing

Faculty should bring one or more current writing assignments they’re using so that we can work together to understand the goals of the assignment, how it fits within current learning objectives, and how it responds to particular disciplinary or departmental needs. The goal of this workshop is to have faculty understand just how much expectations of student writing vary and to assess what’s working—or not—the way assignments are currently structured. This is also an opportunity to introduce faculty to various resources that can help them improve these assignments, such as John Bean’s book Engaging Writing and various websites (such as the OWL and the Colorado Writing Guides). Faculty will do reflective writing and leave with a clear working plan for improving the assignments they brought with them.
Register Here
(Please scroll down to view Writing Workshop 2.)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

All faculty and staff members are invited to attend a workshop designed to assist in the development of short-term study abroad programs. Short-term study abroad programming is an important component of the overseas study abroad options available to Ithaca College students. College faculty and staff members have successfully lead programs over the past few years in a number of different locations, including most recently Belize, Canada, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Italy, Malawi, and the United Kingdom. We will discuss program planning and development, proposal submission, safety and security measures, risk management, best practice, as well as other relevant topics.

Register through the Office of International Programs at or 274-1676.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
4:00 p.m., Clark Lounge

Ithaca College Theatre Arts and the Center for Faculty Excellence present a FREE staged reading of DREAM ACTS: A Play About Undocumented DREAM-Eligible Youth
Written collectively by:
Chiori Miyagawa, Mia Chung, Jessica Litwak, Saviana Stanescu and Andrea Thome
Project originally conceived by Chiori Miyagawa
Directed by: Saviana Condeescu, Assistant Professor of Playwriting & Theatre Studies at Ithaca College

Dream Acts is a fictional play about DREAM-eligible youth, in which five undocumented teens from Nigeria, Mexico, The Ukraine, Korea, and Jordan face the extraordinary challenge of living ordinary lives under the radar. Each story is moving and urgent; some are funny, others are tragic, and through their experiences, we learn about the DREAM Act and the secret lives led by undocumented youth.

The reading will by followed by a panel discussion.

Finding the Fit: Integrating Teaching and Research
Friday, February 8, 2013
Noon - 1:00 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge
Presentation by Dr. Jeffrey W. Mantz, Program Director
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate
The National Science Foundation

How are teaching and research related to each other? What about the role of external funding? Dr. Mantz will talk about his experience as new faculty member and how he worked to link his teaching and research. From his perspective as an NSF program officer, he will discuss the whys and hows of external funding and how such funding can help faculty members provide research experiences for their undergraduates.

Friday, February 8, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge
Dr. Jeffrey Mantz, Program Director, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation
Dr. Katherine Beissner, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Cyndy Scheibe, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Doug Turnbull, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
Dr. Michael Rogers, Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Symposium on integrating teaching, research, and funding. How do teaching and research inform each other? How can external funding enrich the undergraduate experience? When should you look for external funding? Which funding agency best suits your project? Our symposiasts represent funding from a variety of external sources and are well placed to share their experiences and to answer your questions.
2.00-2.30 PM Reception for Dr. Jeffrey Mantz, Refreshments Provided
2.30-4.00 PM Symposium
Register Here

Integrating Assessment: From Writing SLOs to Closing the Loop

Reception and Keynote (see below for workshops and discussions)
Monday, February 11, 2013, 3:00 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge
Presentation by Professor Laura Gambino
Assessment and Information Technology
New College, CUNY, New York
Register Here

Integrating Assessment: From Writing SLO's to Closing the Loop

Workshops and Discussions
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Klingenstein Lounge
8:15 - 9:20 a.m., Writing SLO's and Program Outcomes
9:30 - 10:20 a.m., Effective and Efficient Data Collection and Analysis
10:45 - 11:45 a.m., Closing the Loop
Register Here (attendance at all three sessions is not required)

Monday, February 25, 2013
2:00 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Presented by Susan Adams Delaney, Assistant Professor, Department of Writing

This workshop will focus on creating opportunities for students to develop writing projects in the early, informal stages. We’ll try out different prewriting strategies and practice peer- and teacher-response activities. Faculty will have the opportunity to share disciplinary and individual priorities in order to emphasize that writing is context-dependent. Faculty will leave with a clear set of strategies to implement in their own classes.
Register Here
(Please visit to view Writing Workshop 3 in March.)


Thursday, February 28, 2013
2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Presented by Dr. Luke Keller, Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Faculty and staff are often asked to write letters recommending students for scholarships, fellowships, internships, graduate school, medical school, and jobs. As with resumes, an effective letter of recommendation can make a significant positive impact on the student's success, while a mediocre letter—even a positive one—can trigger the circular file. We will discuss strategies for crafting effective letters that stand out.

This short workshop is designed for early career faculty and staff, but we welcome more experienced letter writers to the discussion.
Register Here


Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Laurie Wasik at or (607) 274-3734. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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