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Faculty Corner: November 2018

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From insightful workshops and lectures to a one-of-a-kind faculty leadership program, here are some faculty development opportunities to take advantage of this month!

Apply To the Periclean Faculty Leadership Program™

Project Pericles is pleased to announce the third round of the Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™. This faculty leadership and course development program is dedicated to incorporating civil dialogue, civic engagement, and social responsibility across the undergraduate curriculum. The Periclean Faculty Leaders will champion civic engagement in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. The program supports faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines as they create and teach new courses that address issues of social concern, enrich curriculum, and enhance student social interest and involvement.

Periclean Faculty Leaders will also organize campus-wide activities and/or prepare an academic paper or research project. Due to the interest of Periclean campuses and the generous support of the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Project Pericles will be offering the PFL Program on an annual basis beginning with this cohort in 20192020.

Pace is invited to nominate one or two eligible faculty members from different disciplines to be Periclean Faculty Leaders. Faculty in disciplines in which civic engagement is not traditionally a focus should be encouraged to apply. View courses from previous PFLs.

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 17. Award announcements will be made in March 19, for courses to be taught in fall 2019.

Interested in learning more? For application materials and more information, please email Mary Ann Murphy.

Upcoming Faculty Development Events

On Campus:

Research Lecture Series
Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Atari Stage or Ready for Prime Time?
Presented by: Roy Girasa, PhD

Monday, November 12 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | Miller M16 (PLV), Videoconference on 18th floor Boardroom (NYC)

Bitcoin was the first major innovative use of blockchain technology, which has spawned numerous imitators and hard fork variations resulting in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), technological advances, and uses by numerous corporate and individual participants. An area that appears to be promising is that of “smart contracts” that has the capacity to replace much of contractual arrangements in use today as well as many other uses. The discussion will focus initially on blockchain technology and then proceed to smart contracts and whether they will become a mainstay of financial dealings and, if so, when such occurrences may take place.

Off Campus:

Faculty Resource Network (NYU)
Holding Restorative Classroom Conversations
Presented by: Robert Hawkins, PhD

Thursday, November 8 | 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

Sometimes conflict in the classroom is unavoidable. Conflict can be difficult to manage, can deflect from the curriculum, and may interfere with learning. At other times, conflict is welcome and can even enhance the educational experience. This discussion will focus on holding productive conversations in the classroom following conflict. Using a restorative dialogue approach, we will explore how to regain focus and create an environment of acceptance in the classroom while advancing learning outcomes.

>>Register to attend Holding Restorative Classroom Conversations

Faculty Resource Network (NYU)
Increasing Student Engagement Using Technology in Online, Blended, and In-Person Courses
Presented by: Instructional Designers from NYU IT

November 9 | 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | 60 Washington Square South, Room 802

With active learning practices on the rise in college and university classrooms, educators are seeking pedagogically sound information about the best ways to implement this teaching approach. Active learning refers to any course-related activity (in-class or out-of-class) that promotes student participation and supports the path to understanding, integrating, evaluating, and applying new ideas and information. Technology tools can offer valuable opportunities to increase student engagement and collaboration.

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of various pedagogical strategies that can be adapted for use in online, blended, and in-person courses. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about instructional technology tools, and to engage in discussions on effective (and ineffective) active learning techniques.

>> Register to attend Increasing Student Engagement Workshop

Have a faculty development event you’d like to share with us? Email us!