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For details about events, including abstract, bios, links to handouts, recordings, and other material, follow the links below. Event information gets updated on a regular basis. Please contact us at teachers@lmu.edu with any questions or suggestions.

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Date  Event Speaker(s)/Presenter(s) 
8/8/14  Part-Time Faculty Orientation  Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE 
8/11/14  Completing Core Course Design   
8/11/14  Integrating Active Learning   
8/12/14  First-Year Seminar Course Design   
8/12/14  Designing Information Literacy Assignments   
8/13/14  Not Just Skills: Teaching Transferable Writing Knowledge Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, MIT
8/13/14  Evaluating Students’ Writing, and our Writing Instruction Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, MIT
8/14/14  Designing, Sequencing, and Scaffolding Writing Assignments Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, MIT
8/14/14  From Assignment to Revision: How Instruction and Feedback Shape Student Writing Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, MIT
8/14/14  Best Practices for the Collaboration between Course Instructor and Writing Instructor Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, MIT
8/15/14  First Year Seminar Writing Instructor Training
8/20/14  Part-Time Faculty Orientation Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/23/14  Part-Time Faculty Orientation Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/25/14  New Faculty Meet-and-Greet Center for Teaching Excellence
Office of Faculty Affairs
8/26/14  Part-Time Faculty Orientation  Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE 
9/3/14  Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: FYS Instructors and Writing Instructors   
9/16/14 Faculty Retention Report  The Office of the Vice President of Intercultural Affairs
The Office of Institutional Research 
10/6/14  CREATE-STEM Seminar  Philip Molebash, School of Education, LMU
11/3/14  CREATE-STEM Seminar  Janessa Shapiro, Psychology, UCLA 
11/17/14  CREATE-STEM Seminar  Stacy Brown, Cal State Pomona 


Part-Time Faculty Orientation
Friday, August 8, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:00pm in UNH 3030

During the part‐time faculty orientation, we will be covering topics such as
  • LMU’s Mission + History
  • Getting Ready for Class
  • LMU’s Students
  • Academic Rules and Procedures at LMU
  • Syllabus, Grading, Academic Honesty, Course Evaluations, …
  • FERPA, What, Why, and How - Federal Law: Record Privacy and Security, PROWL
  • MYLMUConnect (Blackboard) – Communication, Collaboration, Document Sharing, Assessment, …
  • Course Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Syllabus and Assignment Workshop 
During lunch you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from several LMU offices that can support you in your teaching, such as:
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Center for Service and Action
  • Disability Support Services
  • First Year Experience
  • Hannon Library
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • LMU Bookstore
  • Mission and Ministry
  • Parking
  • Public Safety
  • Registrar
  • Student Psychological Services 
Alternative Dates:
Wednesday, 8/20/14
Saturday, 8/23/14

Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Completing Core Course Design
Monday, August 11, 2014 from 9:00am to 12:30pm in UNH 3030

During this workshop, instructors will have the opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions on their core course design. Based on key course design aspects, we will consider all relevant aspects of the course, such as learning outcomes, over structure, in-class activities, assignments, quizzes, etc. To participate in this workshop instructors should have a fully or almost fully developed course proposal and syllabus. Instructors should bring along a copy of the syllabus, all assignments, readings, and other material for the course so that they can discuss details of their courses with others and receive feedback and suggestions from other workshop participants.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Breakfast will be available at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Interactive Active Learning
Monday, August 11, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm

During this workshop we will explore different active learning elements in a hands-on and immersive fashion and how to best integrate them into our classes. We will consider different levels of course re-conceptualization, role adjustment, and implementation and discuss task design, learning assessment, and integration into the syllabus. We will also consider student resistance to a different learning environment – how to anticipate, detect, and manage it. Participants will leave with ideas and designs for active learning course components adapted to their respective core courses.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and refreshments will be available in the afternoon. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar. 

First-Year Seminar Course Design
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 9:00am to 12:30pm in UNH 3030

This workshop is specifically for instructors who wish to develop or revise a First-Year Seminar based on the Core criteria and with the support and feedback from colleagues. During this workshop, faculty will develop or revise a syllabus and assignment structure for their First-Year Seminar based on key course design principles. We will also be discussing best practices as well as experiences and suggestions from FYS instructors during 2013-14. This hands-on workshop will offer the opportunity to discuss and work together with colleagues when developing the course outline.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Breakfast will be available at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar. 

Designing Information Literacy Assignments
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm

What are the challenges students have with information literacy in our classes? In what areas/aspects of our class does information literacy matter? How can assignments best address these aspects? How can assignments be designed to address information literacy challenges students experience? Guided by these questions and examples, this workshop offers the opportunity to design information literacy assignments at different levels and to workshop them with other instructors and librarians. This workshop will also offer the opportunity to design assignments related to the modules in the library’s FYS Information Literacy tutorial and review that tutorial (whether as part of a FYS or not), as well as the integration of the tutorial into the syllabus. This workshop is designed for all instructors using information literacy assignments (FYS Faculty and Writing Instructors, RA Instructors, and Instructors teaching classes with Core Information Literacy flags or any other classes addressing information literacy).

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and refreshments will be available in the afternoon. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Not Just Skills: Teaching Transferable Writing Knowledge
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

Presented By: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

In First-Year Seminars and other writing-intensive classes, we hope not only to provide assignments and give students practice in writing academic essays, but also to teach students writing concepts and processes that they can carry with them to other classes and writing situations. Recent research suggests that, because writing is always situational and domain-specific, students struggle to abstract conceptual knowledge about writing, and to effectively adapt it for new situations. In order to do this, students need to be aware not only of individual “skills” in writing, such as integrating sources, but also of the system of rhetorical choices and constraints that help us shape how we communicate in different disciplines, and for different audiences. Drawing from research on knowledge transfer, as well as on longitudinal studies of writing development, this workshop will focus on how to design writing instruction that will aid students in conceptualizing, abstracting, and adapting their writing knowledge for new situations.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Breakfast will be available at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Additional August Core Course Development Workshops offered by Suzanne Lane:

8/13/14 (pm): Evaluating Students' Writing, and our Writing Instruction
8/14/14 (am): Designing, Sequencing, and Scaffolding Writing Assignments
8/14/14 (pm): From Assignment to Revision: How Instruction and Feedback Shape Student Writing
8/14/14 (pm): Best Practices for the Collaboration between Course Instructor and Writing Instructor

Printouts of presentation slides are available upon request.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Evaluating Students’ Writing, and our Writing Instruction
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Presented By: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

When we assign writing, we have an obligation to evaluate the written work that students produce. We usually think of this task as “grading,” and are primarily measuring whether individual students have produced strong or weak work on the assignment. While this is necessary, this approach in itself cannot differentiate between what students have learned in our class, and what knowledge they brought with them. Various forms of student self-assessment can help us parse these different knowledge bases, and thus gain a better sense of the effectiveness of our teaching. We can also use this combined evaluation process to gain information about what students have collectively understood about writing, and where their writing knowledge overall is stronger or weaker. Evaluating writing in this way helps us to also evaluate our teaching, as this approach to evaluation provides a feedback loop on what students as a whole have learned well, missed, or misunderstood about genre and rhetorical structure, as well as what they understand about the habits and processes involved in academic writing. This workshop will provide a framework for evaluating written work as a reflection of conceptual knowledge about writing, as well as introduce other specific tools for evaluating students’ writing knowledge and our own teaching.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and refreshments will be available in the afternoon. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Additional August Core Course Development Workshops offered by Suzanne Lane:

8/13/14 (am): Not Just Skills: Teaching Transferable Writing Knowledge
8/14/14 (am): Designing, Sequencing, and Scaffolding Writing Assignments
8/14/14 (pm): From Assignment to Revision: How Instruction and Feedback Shape Student Writing
8/14/14 (pm): Best Practices for the Collaboration between Course Instructor and Writing Instructor

Printouts of presentation slides are available upon request.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Designing, Sequencing, and Scaffolding Writing Assignments
Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9:00am to 12:30pm in UNH 3030

Presented By: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

A main goal of the First-Year Seminars is that students will learn to “engage critically and reflectively in scholarly discourse,” but what kinds of in-class activities will promote this learning? What teaching needs to occur before students can fully engage with writing assignments? How should assignments be designed so that the instruction and the assignment challenges change and build on each other over the course of the semester? This workshop will help faculty consider the various concepts and contexts that shape student writing, and will offer strategies for constructing both the sequence of assignments over a semester, and the instruction that will support and scaffold student learning through those assignments. Working with examples from different disciplines, and with both formal and informal assignments, participants will gain hands-on experience with working backwards from the learning objectives, to designing the assignment sequence, to developing the in-class activities that will promote learning.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop. Breakfast will be available at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Additional August Core Course Development Workshops offered by Suzanne Lane:

8/13/14 (am): Not Just Skills: Teaching Transferable Writing Knowledge
8/13/14 (pm): Evaluating Students’ Writing, and our Writing Instruction
8/14/14 (pm): From Assignment to Revision: How Instruction and Feedback Shape Student Writing
8/14/14 (pm): Best Practices for the Collaboration between Course Instructor and Writing Instructor

Printouts of presentation slides are available upon request.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

From Assignment to Revision: How Instruction and Feedback Shape Student Writing
Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm in UNH 3030

Presented By: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

What kind of instruction and feedback will help students understand how to write and revise their essay, report, or article, to hone and extend their thinking, or to write more effectively in their next assignment? This workshop will draw on research on the writing process and revision to explore the range of assignment and responding practices, from rubrics to peer review to individual conferences, and when each is effective. By considering feedback in relation to other forms of instruction, participants will learn to provide the kinds of comments and strategies that will help students understand how to improve both their essays and their abilities as writers.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and refreshments will be available in the afternoon. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu.

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

Additional August Core Course Development Workshops offered by Suzanne Lane:

8/13/14 (am): Not Just Skills: Teaching Transferable Writing Knowledge
8/13/14 (pm): Evaluating Students’ Writing, and our Writing Instruction
8/14/14 (am): Designing, Sequencing, and Scaffolding Writing Assignments
8/14/14 (pm): Best Practices for the Collaboration between Course Instructor and Writing Instructor

Printouts of presentation slides are available upon request.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Best Practices for the Collaboration between Course Instructor and Writing Instructor
Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm in UNH 3030

Presented by: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

More details to follow.

Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Additional August Core Course Development Workshops offered by Suzanne Lane:

8/13/14 (am): Not Just Skills: Teaching Transferable Writing Knowledge
8/13/14 (pm): Evaluating Students’ Writing, and our Writing Instruction
8/14/14 (am): Designing, Sequencing, and Scaffolding Writing Assignments
8/14/14 (pm): From Assignment to Revision: How Instruction and Feedback Shape Student Writing

FYS Writing Instructors only. 

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar. 

First Year Seminar Writing Instructor Training
Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9:00am to 3:00pm in UNH 3030

Facilitators: ARC University Advisors, CTE Director

Topics will include:
  • Contextualizing the First Year Seminar at LMU
  • Writing Studies research that informs writing instructor role
  • Key resources that support FYS writing instructors
  • Working with First-Year Students
  • Administrative issues
FYS Writing Instructors only.

 Please RSVP to advising@lmu.edu.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU event calendar.
Part-Time Faculty Orientation
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:00pm in UNH 3030

During the part‐time faculty orientation, we will be covering topics such as
  • LMU’s Mission + History
  • Getting Ready for Class
  • LMU’s Students
  • Academic Rules and Procedures at LMU
  • Syllabus, Grading, Academic Honesty, Course Evaluations, …
  • FERPA, What, Why, and How - Federal Law: Record Privacy and Security, PROWL
  • MYLMUConnect (Blackboard) – Communication, Collaboration, Document Sharing, Assessment, …
  • Course Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Syllabus and Assignment Workshop 
During lunch you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from several LMU offices that can support you in your teaching, such as:
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Center for Service and Action
  • Disability Support Services
  • First Year Experience
  • Hannon Library
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • LMU Bookstore
  • Mission and Ministry
  • Parking
  • Public Safety
  • Registrar
  • Student Psychological Services 
Alternative Dates:
Friday, 8/8/14
Saturday, 8/23/14

Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Part-Time Faculty Orientation
Satday, August 23, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:00pm in UNH 3030

During the part‐time faculty orientation, we will be covering topics such as
  • LMU’s Mission + History
  • Getting Ready for Class
  • LMU’s Students
  • Academic Rules and Procedures at LMU
  • Syllabus, Grading, Academic Honesty, Course Evaluations, …
  • FERPA, What, Why, and How - Federal Law: Record Privacy and Security, PROWL
  • MYLMUConnect (Blackboard) – Communication, Collaboration, Document Sharing, Assessment, …
  • Course Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Syllabus and Assignment Workshop 
During lunch you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from several LMU offices that can support you in your teaching, such as:
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Center for Service and Action
  • Disability Support Services
  • First Year Experience
  • Hannon Library
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • LMU Bookstore
  • Mission and Ministry
  • Parking
  • Public Safety
  • Registrar
  • Student Psychological Services 
Alternative Dates:
Friday, 8/8/14
Saturday, 8/23/14

Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

New Faculty Meet-and-Greet
Monday, August 25, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Marymount Center

Event Flyer

Let's get together to celebrate the start of the new school year.

All faculty members are invited!

Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

This event is organized by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Part-Time Faculty Orientation
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 9:00am to 12:30pm in UNH 3030

During the part‐time faculty orientation, we will be covering topics such as
  • LMU’s Mission + History
  • Getting Ready for Class
  • LMU’s Students
  • Academic Rules and Procedures at LMU
  • Syllabus, Grading, Academic Honesty, Course Evaluations, …
  • FERPA, What, Why, and How - Federal Law: Record Privacy and Security, PROWL
  • MYLMUConnect (Blackboard) – Communication, Collaboration, Document Sharing, Assessment, …
  • Course Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Syllabus and Assignment Workshop 
During lunch you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from several LMU offices that can support you in your teaching, such as:
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Center for Service and Action
  • Disability Support Services
  • First Year Experience
  • Hannon Library
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • LMU Bookstore
  • Mission and Ministry
  • Parking
  • Public Safety
  • Registrar
  • Student Psychological Services 
Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: FYS Instructors and Writing Instructors
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:15pm in UNH 3030

Event Flyer

This WCC Get-Together is designed for FYS and Writing Instructors teaching in Fall 2014.

Please direct all questions to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.

Faculty Retention Report
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 12:15pm to 1:30pm in UNH 3030

Inviting parties:
The Office of the Vice President of Intercultural Affairs
The Office of Institutional Research

This study focuses on assistant professor tenure-line Westchester hires between fall 2002 and fall 2006. The study was guided by the following questions: How many tenure-line faculty members have been hired? What were their outcomes? When did departures occur? Were outcomes correlated to gender, ethnicity, discipline, or other factors? What was the record of new assistant professors achieving tenure? The answers to these questions may help hiring and faculty support processes, provide new institutional statistics that describe career advancement, and even inform planning related to faculty renewal.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar. 

CREATE-STEM Seminar
Monday, October 6, 2014 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in UNH 3030

Presented by: Philip Molebash, School of Education, LMU

More details to follow.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.
CREATE-STEM Seminar
Monday, November 3, 2014 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in UNH 3030

Presented by: Janessa Shapiro, Psychology, UCLA

More details to follow.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.
CREATE-STEM Seminar
Monday, November 17, 2014 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in UNH 3030

Presented by: Stacy Brown, Cal State Pomona

More details to follow.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Click HERE to view the event in the LMU events calendar.