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The Academic Affairs office is organizing a Summer Faculty Development Week for August 15-19. These will be hosted on-campus in Old Main 104. Each session will be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long.  Breakfast and Lunch will also be served all five days in the Faculty Lounge.

Bookmark this page to stay tuned for more information and other events happening this week!

Tuesday, August 16th

Dr. Jennifer Desiderio
Dr. Christopher Lee
Dr. Rebecca Kraweic

Collaborative Annotation via

9:00AM – 10:15AM

Panelists (left to right):

Dr. Jennifer Desiderio, Associate Professor of English, Co-Director of First-Year Experience

Dr. Becky Kraweic, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies and Theology

Dr. Christopher Lee, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology

Dr. Graham Stowe, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Writing Center

Collaborative Annotation allows students to discuss a source at the site of the source by creating a shared, conversational marginalia on web-based documents and pages. In this session faculty discuss their methods and experiences with collaborative annotation using the toolset, built into D2L.  

Student (Dis)Engagement: A Conversation

1:00PM – 2:15PM

In this session, faculty will discuss extraordinary teaching challenges we face in the COVID-19 (and likely post-COVID-19) era, surrounding student disaffection, disengagement, frustration, and even hostility.  The pandemic, associated economic disruptions, tumultuous politics, the perils and pressures of emergency remote academics have all taken their toll on students and faculty.  Academics seem harder to do in 2022, than in the semesters before Spring 2020.  

We will attempt to develop practical, actionable steps to rebuild a mutually supportive classroom community, and assist students who may be struggling to focus in and complete their academic work.  

Wednesday, August 17th

Self-Care and Wellness

9:00AM – 10:15AM

Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Theology

This session will introduce some of the health and wellness resources the college and our insurance providers offer, and will include a short walk in Forest Lawn Cemetery across the street (weather-permitting – please wear comfortable shoes)

Benjamin Dunkle

WordPress for Research

1:00PM – 2:15PM

Benjamin Dunkle, Associate Professor of Digital Media Arts

WordPress is the most popular website management tool in the world. It’s also free and open-source.

In this session, you’ll learn how to use it as a tool for publishing a variety of content types. No experience with WordPress is required.

Thursday, August 18th

Classroom Technology: A Conversation

9:00AM – 10:15AM

Canisius College Media Center works hard to provide effective and easy-to-use classroom technology, and they are interested to know how faculty use (or do not use) classroom technologies.  In this session, faculty sit down with the Media Center staff and discuss how they employ existing classroom technology, and some new improvements or possibilities for Canisius classrooms in the future.   

Dr. Stephen Chanderbhan

Mission and Identity in the Classroom

10:30AM – 11:45AM

Dr. Stephen Chanderbhan, Associate Professor, Philosophy, and Director, Catholic Studies

Canisius faculty and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation have developed a new resource to assist professors in incorporating Jesuit pedagogy, Catholic social teaching, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition into their courses. This is not a spiritual resource for Catholics. Instead, the Mission In Curriculum resource is aimed at linking what we do in our classrooms to who we are as an institution by providing background on some of the values that are unique to a Catholic, Jesuit college. Come join a conversation about the resource, its development, and its future. Learn how your courses can benefit by aligning course content and activities with Jesuit social and intellectual perspectives.

Dr. Jennifer Desiderio
Tracy Callaghan

FYE Planning For Success

2:30PM – 3:45PM

Dr. Jennifer Desiderio, Associate Professor of English, Co-Director of First-Year Experience

Tracy Callaghan, Assistant Dean of Student Success, Director of Academic Achievement, Co-Director of First-Year Experience

FYE instructors are required to attend the session.

This session will help prepare faculty to teach the First-Year Experience (FYE) course for incoming undergraduate students in CAS and SEHS. Co-directors Jen Desiderio and Tracy Callaghan will introduce the goals and objectives of FYE and review the syllabus, assignments, and policies for FYE. While getting to know one another and building the FYE team, we will review the class modules and curriculum. 

Friday, August 20th

Introductory ‘R’ Workshop

Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Learn the basics of R, the free statistical program that is becoming one of the normative data analytic tools in many disciplines today. We will focus on applications rather than underlying math or programming and geared towards the individual who has never worked with R before, or is still getting comfortable with R and has taken one undergraduate-level statistics course. Ideally, individuals will come with a data set they want to work with, a question/hypothesis or two in mind about the data and some understanding of their discipline-specific best practices of how to approach the data. Bring your own device to this workshop!

More Sessions TBA!