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Rowan University
Campus Initiatives

 


College of Science and Mathematics and
College of Communication and Creative Arts
Mentor Program

Action Plan

Mentor's Worksheet

 

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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:

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 (sbrana@rowan.edu) in the Faculty Center.

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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:

The Faculty Center proudly supports 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?

You can download the proposal form and guidelines (both in .doc format) and submit to Deb Martin, Director, Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at martind@rowan.edu.

Applications for 2014-2015 are due July 15th, 2014. Any questions, please contact Deb Martin at 856-256-4079.

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RU Safe:
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 walpole@rowan.edu or 856-256-4706.

If you have an immediate inquiry you can contact:

Information:
Creating Safe Zones on Campus
When a Student Comes Out to You
Issues Around Coming Out
Benefits and Risks of Being an Ally
Becoming an Ally
Answers to Commonly Asked Ally Questions

Power Point presentation


Links of interest:

Campus Pride
http://www.campuspride.org
http://www.lgbtcampus.org

Gay, lesbian, straight
http://www.glsen.org

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Lunch With The Provost

In an effort to facilitate communication and community among various campus members, once a month, our Provost, Jim Newell, hosts an informal faculty/professional staff lunch in the Provost's conference room (Bole Hall). 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.

October 2nd - Associate Professors (10-13 years of service)

October 26th - New tenure track hires

November 29th - Full Professors (not chairs)

February 21st - Professional Staff

March 27th - Chairs

April 16th - Newly tenured

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