First-Year Faculty Seminar

This seminar is designed for all first-year or new faculty. The goals are to build community and engagement among new faculty, provide substantive discussions about processes of learning and teaching, and generate collaborative support regarding teaching practices that best suit each individual’s courses, discipline, and goals. A centerpiece of the seminar, which will meet four times each semester, is our reading and discussion of the books On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to your First Semester (James Lang) and How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Susan Ambrose et al).

The first seminar was developed and led by Frank Hassebrock (Department of Psychology) and Margot Singer (Department of English) in 2012-13. The seminars were coordinated by Margot Singer and Wes Walter (Department of Physics and Astronomy) from 2013-2015 and then by David Goodwin (Department of Geosciences) and Sarah Huston-Comeaux (Department of Psychology).

The coordinators for the seminar this year are David Goodwin and Rebecca Homan (Department of Biology).

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