Congratulations are in order!
Sophia Georgiakaki and Amber Gilewski were the keynote speakers at the Monroe Community College OER Conference on March 16. Marsha Powell, Marty Christofferson, and Tony DeFranco also attended to speak about their roles in OER at TC3 and assist with the workshops.
Rehema Underwood (Adjunct, Psychology) has successfully defended her dissertation, Attachment Styles, Leadership Behavior, and Perceptions of Leadership Behavior in Academic Management at Walden University. She traveled to Orlando in January to receive her Ph. D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Congratulations, Dr. Underwood!
Lisa Ford (Professor, English, Creative Writing/Screenwriting, Digital Cinema), has been awarded grants from the TC3 Foundation, Technicolor's Creative District, the Welch Allyn Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts (administered by CNY Arts) for the production of her new short film, The Wish Horse.
Adam Ferguson (Adjunct, English) has had an article, "Dreams of Signification: Inception, Source Code, and 'The Library of Babel" accepted for publication in The American Journal of Semiotics.
What's New at the CTC?
College Teaching Center Theme for 2014-15
The CTC's theme this year is "Challenge and Support." Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that we have to do one or the other: EITHER demand rigorous and challenging academic standards. OR support struggling students by telling them they're doing a good job no matter what. The truth is that students need both. Students give their best when they know that we care about them and that we have high standards for them, what Lisa Delpit has called a "warm demander."
Our theme grew out of last year's Reading and Discussion Group. It combines two of the five benchmarks of effective educational practice in community colleges identified in the 2014 CCSSE. We will revisit this theme throughout the year in various programs.
Here's a rundown of what we have planned for the year:
Writing to Learn Expands This Year
The Writing to Learn program, which we introduced on campus last year, is a set of teaching practices that use the writing process as a learning tool for all disciplines. The program was developed by Bard College's Institute for Writing & Thinking. The response from teachers that participated last year was overwhelmingly positive. Based on the response, the College is expanding the opportunities for interested faculty. Fifteen faculty have been selected from across the arts and sciences to participate in a year-long program that will include 6 full days of training. Watch for announcements of other opportunities to participate in shorter workshops throughout the year.
Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating the Art of Teaching Comes to Coltivare
The 2015 CCCAT conference will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015, at TC3's new Coltivare center in downtown Ithaca. We are very fortunate to have as our keynote speaker Arleen Arnsparger of the Center for Community College Student Engagement. You can read more about her work on the conference home page.
Our thanks go out to the workshop presenters who will represent TC3:
- Michelle Whitecraft: Technology, Cognition & Emotion
- Nancy Dickerson and Maria Nissi: Poverty-Minded Instruction: Strategies for All Students
- Jill Loop, Robert Earle, Kerry Curran and Eric Jenes: Wearing Many Hats: Pedagogical Success Stories from Three Instructors' Tenure as Tutors
Seating is limited this year. In an attempt to treat all fairly, we are letting you know ahead of time that we will take registrations on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Feb. 27. Everyone who registers will be added to the registration list/waiting list in the order the requests are received. Registration will remain open until March 27. In other years, once we reach the registration deadline, TC3 picks up a few extra seats from colleges that don't need them. If that happens we will go down the waiting list to fill the available seats. We're thrilled that the conference is always embraced enthusiastically by our faculty, and we will do our best to accomodate people.
Roundtables Focus on Sharing About Teaching
We hear often from faculty that you want time to simply talk with each other about teaching, with no agenda. So we are changing the Roundtables a little bit this year, focusing less on presenting and more on sharing. The CTC Board has these regular sharing opportunities planned for spring semester:
- "What's Working?" Friday, February 20. Bring your success stories, so others can benefit. You might also want to bring a pedagogical problem and get ideas and feedback from your colleagues. If you would be interested in hosting a "What's Working" session later this semester, contact Jill Loop .
- Reading & Discussion Group The Reading and Discussion Group will continue to have two sessions, one at noon and one at 4 pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month: February 25, March 25 and April 22. Watch your e-mail for date reminders and links to the readings. Over the last two years this group has shared some wonderful comraderie, and discussion about some of the difficult realities of college teaching today. We invite all of our colleagues to join us..
- Adjunct Conversation With the Dean The monthly adjunct get together is one of our most popular Roundtables. It will continue this semester on the fourth Monday of each month, February 23, March 23 and April 27.
As always, the Rountables will be held in the CTC on Monday and Wednesday at noon. (And maybe an occasional Friday.) There are many slots open for any topic you want to offer. Just let us know by e-mailing Jill Loop.
New Adjunct Orientation
A committee of the CTC Board is meeting this semester to evaluate our procedures for New Adjunct Orientation and make recommendations for an even better welcome to the TC3 community. We encourage adjuncts, whether you're an old hand or relatively new, to let us know what you found out along the way that you wish you had known at the beginning. Suggestions can go to Patty Buchanan, our CTC Adjunct Coordinator.
Professional Development Mentorships and Partnerships
Mentorships and Partnerships take many forms. Sometimes a more experienced teacher mentors a newer one, visiting each other's classrooms and working on pedagogical issues together. We have also had some very interesting Partnerships between two experienced faculty. For example, last year two of our Writing to Learn participants took on the challenge of incorporating the writing strategies they were learning into art classes. One of our full-time faculty members partnered with an adjunct to develop a new curriculum for pre-college math. The CTC program provides a small stipend to encourage and reward all these types of projects. If you have a project in mind that goes beyond your regular teaching responsibilities, you can apply to be part of the Mentorship/Partnership program. For more information, contact the CTC Coordinator, Barbara Kobritz.
Every day at the CTC
The CTC door is always open. If you need some space to spread out and work, or if you're looking for a quiet, relaxing place to chat with colleagues between classes or over lunch, please make yourself at home.
We have two computers, a black and white printer, and a color printer to help with your work. We also have comfy sofas and chairs where you can read or chat, a microwave for heating your lunch, and some professional reading you might want to peruse. And check out our photo gallery, curated by TC3's own Harry Littell.
About the CTC
The mission of the College Teaching Center is to help educators share resources and experiences to enhance teaching and learning.
How do I contact the CTC?
What does the CTC do?
- Organizes and hosts roundtable discussions
- Sponsors and manages the Professional Development Mentoring Program
- Co-sponsors the annual Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating the Art of Teaching conference
- Houses computers, printers and scanner for faculty use
- Houses publications on teaching and learning
- Provides orientation for adjunct faculty
- Provides a place and a space for faculty to converse and interact.
Where is the CTC?
The CTC is located in the Library on the second floor of the Baker Commons.
Who runs the CTC?
The CTC is managed by a Board of Directors, with both elected and appointed positions. Elections are held every May. Faculty and adjunct faculty members who are interested in serving should notify our current chair, Jeanne Cameron.
Each year the Board selects two paid coordinators, one faculty and one adjunct.
Current Board members:
- Cornelia Rea –Faculty
- Jill Loop – Adjunct Faculty
2013 - 2016
- Kelly Wessell - Faculty
- Jeanne Cameron, Chair - Faculty
- Katrina Campbell - Faculty
- Nancy Estep – Adjunct Faculty
2014 - 2017
- Susan Cerretani - Faculty
- Becky Spencer - Faculty
- Kathy McDonough - Faculty
- Maria Nissi– Associate Director of CollegeNow
- Bob Yavits – Instructional Software Specialist
- Khaki Wunderlich – Dean of Organizational Success and Learning, non-voting
- Carl Penziul – Dean of Instruction, non-voting
Coordinators for 2014-2015