The Deanery provides a variety of information for faculty. It announces committee decisions such as course changes approved by Educational Policy Committee, amendments to the Faculty Handbook, and other faculty business. It also publishes announcements about grants, fellowships, and research opportunities that come to the Academic Affairs Office, as well as news about professional activities (articles published, papers given, or other participation in conferences and workshops) and other items of general interest to the faculty.
Faculty who wish to submit material for The Deanery should forward it to the Provost's Office.
Click on the links below to open issues of The Deanery; this year's issues are listed first, followed by a full set of issues since the 2002-2003 academic year.
GLCA New Directions Initiative
The Great Lakes Colleges Association has received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the New Directions Initiative. The program's focus is to support the renewal and continued professional growth of liberal arts faculty members in `mid-career' - the extensive professional period between receiving tenure and thinking seriously about retirement.
A particular emphasis of this program is to encourage faculty members to think outside traditional boundaries and divisions of their discipline and of typical faculty work. Three themes within the initiative capture this emphasis; however, a proposal need not be directed at a particular theme:
- To Broaden Intellectual Perspectives, helping mid-career faculty to expand their horizons and understand issues beyond the context of their own disciplines
- To Stimulate Innovation in Pedagogy, providing opportunities for faculty to sharpen pedagogy, based on expanding knowledge and best practices for teaching both within and beyond particular fields of study;
- To Consider Career Options, which accord individual faculty members the time required to explore a new career direction.
Proposals will be reviewed three times in the fall and the spring.
Fall 2011 review dates: September 19, October 31, and December 12.
Spring 2012 review dates: February 6, April 2, and June 4.
A call for proposals, program description and forms can be found at: http://www.glca.org/images/stories/New_Directions/New_Directions_CFP_2011-12.pdf
Albion Informational Meetings: Tuesday, August 30, 2011.
Individual meetings with Program Officers Greg Wegner and Simon Gray are available throughout the day.
Lunch from noon to 1:00
Faculty Social in the Wendell Will Room, 4:00-5:30
To sign up for an individual meeting or for lunch, please email or call (0776) Beth Lincoln, Albion Campus Facilitator.
GLCA Faculty Contact and Collaborator Form Please fill out and email a copy to Beth Lincoln if you are interested in finding collaborators (or having potential collaborators find you) within the GLCA.
Teaching and Learning Resources
The following are links to the resource sections of several respected centers for teaching and learning and other electronic versions of important publications on college teaching. If you have other favorites to share, please send the links to the Associate Provost.
Active Learning Links
In passive learning, students sit in the classroom and listen to you lecture. In active learning, students interact with the course material in a variety of ways, thus making it more likely that they will retain what they have learned.
Eastern Kentucky University TLC Teaching Tips
This large collection of links is a great gateway to articles about active learning.
Teaching Strategies: Active and Collaborative Learning
From the University of Michigan CRLT, another collection of annotated links.
Active Learning for the College Classroom
Twenty-nine techniques for active learning, summarized by two University of California, L.A. professors.
From the University of Oklahoma Instructional Development Program, a model of active learning with some suggestions for implementing it.
IDEA Paper 34: Focusing on Active, Meaningful Learning
A Kansas State biology professor shares some techniques that have worked for her. This link will probably take you to the Idea Center home page. Click on “IDEA Papers,” and then select IDEA Paper 34.
A quick guide to active learning from the University of Central Florida Faculty Center. Nearly everything is presented in short bullet points.
How to Teach Using Role-Playing
The Carleton College Geology Department has a great teaching and learning website. This page tells you everything you need to know about role-playing as a teaching tool.
Professional Development Module on Active Learning
A professor at El Paso Community College discusses aspects of active learning, including what to do with students who have a hard time getting involved. This article also contains an extensive bibliography with several helpful links.
The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science has many examples of case studies as well as information on how to use and assess them.
Links to On-campus Resources
Spring Retreat 2008: Albion in 2015
Drew Dunham's Presentation: "Who are our students? Who will be our students?" (Microsoft PowerPoint Format)
Fall Retreat 2007: Motivating Students to Learn
Resources and Reports
Suggested Reading: Capturing and Directing the Motivation to Learn (PDF)
Other Resources: Motivating Students' Best Work
Tools for Teaching: Motivating Students
Assessing Writing - Rubric presented by S. Hendrix (Microsoft Word Format)
Fall Retreat 2006: Learning about Learning - Metacognition
Resources and Reports
Suggested Reading: How People Learn - Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
Aimed at new Albion College faculty members, but open to all Albion College faculty, this annual workshop enables each participant to teach a “slice” of a lesson and to receive feedback from colleagues in a small group situation. The workshop begins with a night of discussion and reflection on teaching/learning issues, followed by two nights of microteaching. This workshop, funded by a grant from the Hewlett-Mellon Fund for Faculty Development, affirms the importance of teaching and learning at Albion College and fosters a collaborative, community-building environment.
Dates for the 2010 Microteaching Workshop were as follows:
Friday, January 29; Monday, February 1; and Tuesday, February 2.
Contact Beth Lincoln, Jocelyn McWhirter, or the Center for Teaching and Learning, for more information.