CTL Events

February 2023

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  • First 5 Social-barbara hosts
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  • Hive/CTL Human Centered Design
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  • Guilt Free Book Club-In Person
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  • CURE panel
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  • Guilt Free Book Club-In Person
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Ongoing Events

Every other Thursday, 12-1PM Starting Jan 26th

This book club strives to be guilt-free in every way. You don’t need to have read to attend, and you are welcomed join in at any time — arriving late, leaving early, or missing a week is perfectly OK! This semester we’ll be reading Picture a Professor: Interrupting Biases about Faculty and Increasing Student Learning.

This book aims to inspire transformative student learning while challenging stereotypes about what a professor looks like. Representing a variety of scholarly disciplines, the volume’s contributing authors offer practical advice for effectively navigating student preconceptions about embodied identity and academic expertise. Each contributor recognizes the pervasiveness of racialized, gendered, and other biases about professors and recommends specific ways to respond to and interrupt such preconceptions-helping students, teachers, and others re-envision what we think of when we picture a professor.

Scholars Moten and Harney describe entering the space of the undercommons as a ‘ruptural and enraptured disclosure of the commons … where the commons give refuge, where the refuge gives commons.’ (Moten and Harney, 2004) As contingent faculty (part-time, visiting, and adjunct) how do we make use of the liminal space we occupy to engender community? How do we convert these liminal spaces and ways of being in them as sites of refuge and care to inform a liberatory pedagogy? Guided by the notion of the undercommons, this Faculty Learning Community invites BIPoC contingent faculty and early scholars to come together to think through the ways in which our experiential, ancestral and lived knowledges can define our pedagogy and other aspects of our work in academe.

This group will explore questions related to how students prepare for class and how we can help them develop study habits suited to their goals. For instance, we’ll consider different kinds of note-taking strategies and modalities, different roles note-taking can play in a class, and ways of helping students become more self-aware about their reading habits and approach to studying. We’ll meet every two weeks, at a time and place to be determined by the group.

hosted by Barbara Junisbai. in the past two years, barbara has been practicing visioning in her professional and personal life, in her teaching and service, and with her organizational studies students. the process follows a “backward design” model: we take a moment, in community, to name what joyful, meaningful, and fulfilling teaching (and life!) looks like for each of us. we then plot out in a playful, generous, and possibility-filled way concrete steps, resources, deadlines, and accountability structures that help us realize our vision

Past Events

Videos from our past events are available on our Youtube Channel!

Teaching Tune-Up

A one-day Mini-Conference on Teaching, just before the Semester starts!

Sessions on:

Difficult Classroom Moments with Barbara Junisbai (CTL, PIT) and Michelle Decker (CTL, SCR)
Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty with Sara Hollar (CTL)
Building Metacognition into your Course’s Structure with Cory Davia and Gail Gottfried (CMC)
Learning Experience Observers with Sara Hollar (CTL)
Using Simulations as Learning Tools with Ben Radd (POM)
Course Flexibility: Encouraging both Student Agency and Accountability with Mary Hatcher-Skeers (Keck Sci, SCR)

January 11th, 9am-3pm

Student Feedback: Summative Feedback

Melissa Medina (Professor and Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation at University of Oklahoma) shares research on effective student course evaluations, and how to best use them. More details to come!

Thursday Oct 6th 10:00am-11:15 am, location TBD 

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/x5jyz9GzB6BttRES9

Community-Based Teaching

This second event in the series will feature a new panel of Claremont Colleges professors from across the disciplines who have taught community-based courses. Possible discussion topics include 1) how to design a community-engaged course; 2) the unique challenges of adapting existing courses in various disciplines; 3) the differences between community-engaged versus classroom-based pedagogy. Attendees will have an opportunity to workshop ideas for future or current courses. The goal of the workshop is to share experiences, introduce novices to community-based pedagogy, and form a community at the Colleges for those involved in community-based teaching.

Thursday Nov 17th, 12-1:15

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/H5owLGUZ44k6ZEcs6

Student Feedback: Summative Feedback

A carefully designed feedback form can give you valuable information about how your class is going and how it can be improved, making the semester a better experience for both you and your students. Learn how to use mid-semester feedback to:

  • Course-correct after a rocky start.

  • Tailor your course to the students you actually have, not the students you wish you had or the students you had last year.

  • Give students more input and more of a say over their education.

  • Improve your relationships with students by making them feel heard, respected, and that their perspective is valued.

Thursday Oct 6th 10:00am-11:15 am, location TBD 

Recording available here: https://youtu.be/TjiyFt6YI-E

Community-Based Teaching

This event will feature a panel of Claremont Colleges professors from across the disciplines who have taught community-based courses. Possible discussion topics include 1) how to design a community-engaged course; 2) the unique challenges of adapting existing courses in various disciplines; 3) the differences between community-engaged versus classroom-based pedagogy. Attendees will have an opportunity to workshop ideas for future or current courses. The goal of the workshop is to share experiences, introduce novices to community-based pedagogy, and form a community at the Colleges for those involved in community-based teaching.

Thursday September 22nd, 4:15-5:30 PM, Mudd 2 South Classroom 

Recording available here: https://youtu.be/_gdWdikO_T8

Pre-Semester Workshop

Intentional Course Design: Making Space for the Good Stuff

In this workshop, the CTL will guide you through a short reflective process to identify your values and goals for your courses. We’ll talk about things like community-building, creativity, or critical thinking– the Good Stuff that fuels you and your students. We’ll share some practical tips to shrink the burden of organizing and delivering your course, so you can spend more time with the things that matter most to you and your students. If possible bring (or have in mind) an assignment from one of your courses to work with.

Presenters: Sara Hollar, Barbara Junisbai, Sadie Otte, Michelle Decker

Tuesday, August 23rd: 10:30am-11:45am Honnold Mudd Library- Keck Classroom Library (also Called Mudd 2 South Classroom)
Wednesday August 24th: 4:15pm-5:30pm POM-The Hive Studio 2

Recording available here: https://youtu.be/STWHeEmT2ig

Fostering a sense of belonging in STEM: The Role of Teaching and Mentoring

Led by Dr. Chrissy Stachl, hosted in partnership with the Keck Science Department

A sense of belonging—the extent to which an individual feels valued by and accepted in a community—is an important predictor of retention throughout academia. In her research, Dr. Stachl has studied how teaching, mentoring, and imposter phenomenon play a role in shaping a sense of belonging among STEM faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. In this workshop, we will discuss these findings, their implications in promoting positive culture change within undergraduate and graduate academic communities, and how mentoring relationships can play a role in enhancing sense of belonging within STEM. Although this research was conducted in STEM, a sense of belonging and mentoring are important in all disciplines. Therefore, faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited from all disciplines.

Wednesday, September 7th: 12:00-1:00 PM, on Zoom

Recording available upon request.

Looking for event descriptions from previous years?  Click on the Academic Year below to find them!

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2022

Youtube Channel

Spring Teaching Tune Up

Workshop Videos