College of Science and Mathematics and
College of Communication and Creative Arts
Mid Semester Focus
The MSF on teaching and learning is a mid-semester evaluation technique that provides instructors with rich and meaningful feedback from their students regarding the learning environment in a course. The process is entirely voluntary and data confidential.
How does it work?
A trained faculty consultant from the Faculty Center contacts the instructor prior to the group to discuss basic course information and any concerns the instructor might have about the course. The consultant then comes to the class and spends 30-45 minutes conducting the focus group with the class. During the session, the consultant guides the students through a discussion based on these questions related to learning:
- What is working in this class?
- What is not working?
- What are some suggestions you have to improve this class?
- What are YOU doing that is working for you?
- What are you NOT doing?
- What could you do to improve your learning in this course?
The students explore these questions individually and in small groups, write their responses on the board, and then the consultant facilitates a discussion with all of the students regarding the information on the board. After the session, the consultant meets with the instructor to discuss the feedback.
Feedback obtained from the session can be used to enhance classroom interactions, student learning, and teaching strategies. Most importantly, the instructor receives feedback during the semester, when the instructor can engage students in the feedback loop, not at the end of the semester when the students have moved on.
MSFs for spring 2014 will be scheduled in January and conducted weeks 6, 7, and 8 of the spring semester. Space is limited; appointments will be made on a first come basis. If interested, contact Carla Sbrana (email@example.com) in the Faculty Center.
Faculty Learning Communities
A Faculty Learning Community is a cross-disciplinary group of six to twelve people who come together for a year-long adventure in active, collaborative, and dialogic learning. Participants become a community of learners, not a decision-making body, task-force, or committee.
A community of learners is distinct from other university groups in that it offers opportunities for:
- Professional Development - developing, honing, and practicing the skills of life-long learning
- Community Building - breaking down the barriers of specialization and engaging with interested individuals across the institutions
- Reflective Learning - gaining a deeper understanding of the many ways of thinking about a phenomenon, experiencing cross-disciplinary dialogue
The Faculty Center proudly supported the work of the following Faculty Learning Communities for 2013-2014:
Department Chairs Learning Community, Beena Sukumaran
Medical Education Collaborative Community, Jacqueline Kaari
Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women in Science, Tabbetha Dobbins
New Faculty Learning Community, Kelly Duke Bryant & Jane Bean-Folkes
Linguistic Differences and Student Experiences of Academic Writing, Roberta Zehner
Are you interested in starting your own Faculty Learning Community?
Applications for 2014-2015 are due July 15th, 2014. Any questions, please contact Deb Martin at 856-256-4079.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual awareness
The safe zone training involves learning about, providing a safe space for, and being a resource for LGBTQIA students on campus. The training is completely voluntary, and those who choose to go through it are invited, but not required, to display a sticker indicating their willingness to provide a safe space in their office and to become a resource for these students. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. MaryBeth Walpole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-256-4706.
If you have an immediate inquiry you can contact:
- The Office of Multicultural Affairs, 856-256-4448
- The Dean of Students, 856-256-4266
- The Counseling Center, 856-256-4222
Links of interest:
Gay, lesbian, straight
Lunch With The Provost
Our Provost, Jim Newell, hosts an informal faculty/professional staff lunch in the Provost's conference room, Bole Hall from 12:15-1:30 p.m. The purpose of the lunch is for faculty and professional staff to discuss issues, raise questions, or to have general conversations about activities and initiatives at Rowan. Conversations are open and the agenda is determined by the faculty/staff in attendance.
September 24, 2014 - Associate Professors (10-13 years of service)
October 29, 2014 - New tenure track hires
November 19, 2014 - Full Professors (not chairs)
February 25, 2015 - Professional Staff
March 25, 2015 - Department Chairs
April 29, 2015 - Newly tenured