Fall 2016 Events

Fall 2016

New Faculty Orientation: Opening Session 

Wednesday, August 24th, 8:30 am-3:00 pm (Salon of Maison)

Our new faculty orientation begins with a full-day session, which will be followed by two additional meetings in the fall and spring semesters. New faculty will be greeted by our senior administrators, take a tour of campus and visit some of the key offices that will be helpful to them throughout the year, and learn more about resources that will ensure a successful first year.


Course Innovation Academy: Opening Session 

Friday, August 26th, 9:00-12:30 pm (Commonwealth Room) 

The 2016-2017 Course Innovation Academy will open with a discussion of Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do and our hopes for the courses that we would like to transform over the course of our year together. Visit our summary of last year’s Academy for more information on this exciting initiative.


Food for Thought: The Classroom as Retreat Space

Wednesday, September 21st, 12:00-1:00 pm (Marriott Room) 

Discussion leader Esteban Loustaunau (MCLC) will lead our first Food for Thought session of the year, focused on the idea of the classroom as a retreat space.  Come for a free lunch and discussion of this fascinating approach to thinking about the role of the classroom in the education of our students.


Faculty Learning Community: Make It Stick

Thursday, October 6th, 6:00-8:00 pm (Salon of Maison) 

Our fall Fall Faculty Learning Community will focus on a discussion of the book Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. We’ll begin with dinner and discussion in small groups at our tables, and then open for a whole-group discussion of the implications of the book for our course design and classroom practice.


Course Innovation Academy Special Session

Thursday, October 13th, 4:00-6:00 pm (Commonwealth Room)

We will have a special guest hosting our Academy session in October. Robin Morgan, the Director of the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence at Indiana University Southeast, will provide an overview of some course innovation options to our Academy members and help us take new steps forward in our thinking.


Food for Thought: Teaching Information Literacy

Wednesday, October 19th, 12:00-1:00 pm (Library Instruction Room)

The D’Alzon library staff have created an outstanding set of resources to help instructors teach information literacy to their students.  The pages include learning objectives for multiple aspects of this topic; text, links, and short videos to help students become familiar with key concepts and skills; and brief assignments that instructors can assign for students to complete. This special Food for Thought event, co-sponsored by the CTE and the D’Alzon Library, will introduce Assumption faculty to this excellent new teaching resource.


Food for Thought: How Tests Promote Classroom Learning

Tuesday, November 15th, 12:00-1:00 pm (Marriott Room)

Discussion leader Leamarie Gordon (Psychology) will present an overview of the theory of retrieval practice, which suggests that deeper learning occurs when students engage in frequent efforts to retrieve material from their memories. Tests and quizzes offer one interesting way promote retrieval practice, and hence can not only measure the learning of our students, but actually help to create that learning.