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

DAILY GRIND: Telling Likely Stories
Join us Monday, April 1, for a special edition of the Daily Grind. We will be joined by playwright and poet, Saviana Stanescu-Condeescu, playwright and drama professor, Claire Gleitman, and journalist/documentarian, James Rada, for a conversation about the power and importance of narratives in our lives. 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Saviana Stanescu-Condeescu is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright and faculty member in the IC Theatre Arts department, where she teaches playwriting.
Saviana is the author of numerous award winning plays, as well as a distinguished poet. Her plays: “Aliens with extraordinary skills” (Inmigrantes con Habilidades Extraordinarias) and “Final Countdown” (Cuenta Regresiva) ran for a year in Mexico City at Teatro La Capilla, Teatro El Milagro, and Foro La Gruta.. “Bucharest Underground” won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-Drama.  In Stockholm, Sweden, Saviana’s play “White Embers” produced by Dramalabbet made it in the TOP 3 of Best Plays in 2008, and in NYC is published by Samuel French as one of their 2010 OOB festival winners.

Claire Gleitman is Professor of English and Chair of the IC English Department. She is a playwright whose original two-act play, Speech Acts, was produced by Theater Catalyst in the spring of 2004, under the direction of Carol Laratonda. Claire is a founding member (along with Jack Hrkach, in the Theatre Department) of the On the Verge play-reading series.

James Rada is an Associate Professor of Journalism in the Park School of Communication. He has published extensively on media portrayals of African Americans. James is currently producing a documentary: The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Equality. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech at the March.

Join us for Coffee, Conversation, and Croissants beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
9:00 -11:00 a.m., Klingenstein Lounge
Facilitator: Janice Elich Monroe, Faculty Development Coordinator

Are you interested in learning more about student-centered learning? If so, please join us for an exploration of student-centered learning theory, techniques, and applications. This workshop will be presented utilizing the World/Learning Café method, a student-centered technique. During this program you will have an opportunity for an in depth and interactive exploration of the following topics:

*What is student-centered learning and how can it be applied in the classroom?
*What are the pros and cons associated with student-centered learning?
*How can you assess student learning when utilizing student-centered approaches?
*How can faculty increase student CHOICE in the learning process?
*Where does your teaching approach fit into the student-centered learning continuum? How can you modify your courses to be more student centered?

The World/Learning Café method allows participants to learn new information while sharing their own knowledge and techniques. Participants are seated at tables, which are covered in paper that can be written on, in a cafeteria-style setting. Each table is assigned a specific topic and has a facilitator who can provide some background information related to the topic. As the participants discuss the topic they write notes on the tablecloths. Participants rotate from table to table leaving behind notes about their discussion of each topic. The session will end with summaries of each topic and an opportunity to discuss the question, where do we go from here?

The World/Learning Café method requires a minimum of 20 people to be effective. It is useful to have people who have experience in student-centered learning as well as people who are new to the topic involved in the discussions. Please sign up for this session and pass the word on to your friends and colleagues so that this workshop will enable maximum impact. Please reserve your seat here.

Shaianne Osterreich, Ithaca Seminar Coordinator and Associate Professor

Helping students transition to the academic and social rigors of college life is an important piece of the Ithaca Seminar. This workshop will provide you with some best practices and new ideas from long time ICSM faculty. The emphasis for this hour will be on sharing ideas on what works.

Please register for one of the following sessions:
Monday, April 8, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (register here)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (register here)

Both sessions will take place in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
3:00 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Description forthcoming.
register here


As you enter your second semester at Ithaca College, the Center for Faculty Excellence would like to secure your input on the New Faculty Orientation Program that you were involved in during the Fall semester. To accomplish this task, we are scheduling three sessions where you can share your impressions of the program and interact with other first-year faculty on the trials, tribulations, and successes of your first semester at Ithaca College. Perhaps through these interactions you will be able to gain some new ideas, have a few laughs, and find out that you have friends who are having similar experiences.

Please register for one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (register here)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:10 - 1:05 p.m. (register here)
Friday, April 19, 2013, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (register here)

All session will take place in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center.


If you are a faculty member who is going to serve as a Faculty Associate in the First-Year Residential Experience Program, a summer orientation advisor or an Ithaca Seminar instructor please attend one of these sessions. Each session will provide a one hour overview of the Integrated Core Curriculum, the themes and perspectives, and the First-Year Residential Experience Program. The presentation will give you the information you need to know in order to answer parents/students’ questions and begin to plan for the fall. The Faculty Associates will follow the first hour with a half hour small group planning meeting to begin to develop ideas for the residence hall programs linked to each theme.

Please register for one of the following sessions:
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. (register here)
Monday, April 29, 2013, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (register here)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (register here)
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (register here)

All session will take place in the Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center.

Faculty Senates 2013: Challenges & Opportunities

Thursday, April 25, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Join the presenter, who serves as AAUP chair of the Committee on College and University Governance, as he guides you through a brief history of the development of shared governance and then explores how faculty senates can more effectively contribute to meeting the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the 21st century. Participants will:
- Understand effective faculty senate models and traits that make faculty senates work.
- Hear about current and future challenges that can impact and influence the effective role for faculty in governance.
- Explore why in turbulent times university governance especially needs faculty involvement.
- Understand the link between the overall expectations of faculty and the increased role faculty play in college and university governance.
register here

Friday, April 26, 2013
4:00 p.m., Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center
Snap!- sometimes you have to go back so you can get out A true story of a young girl's experience of mental illness and her incredible journey back to sanity and freedom. A powerful and compassionate tale of darkness and redemption with exquisite music by cellist Elizabeth Simkin.

" absolutely beautiful, and truly unlike anything I've ever seen. It was dynamic and illustrative, and honest. Her ability to use humor was stunning. Incredible music! So beautifully performed." Ithaca College audience member

"Harrowing, riveting and unexpectedly hilarious." Harvard Crimson Review
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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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