Spring 2011: Focusing on the Student Experience—In the Classroom and Beyond

  • Created 24 May 2011; Published 7 June 2011
    LTC: Understanding Transgender in the Classroom

    How do transgender students experience the classroom? This session provides information, shares perspectives and explores the ways in which we can create effective learning environments for transgender students. Presenters: Kaaren Williamsen, Director of Gender & Sexuality Center & LGBT Advisor; Bill North, Associate Professor of History; Garrett Hoffman, '08.

  • Created 10 May 2011; Published 20 May 2011
    LTC: The Past, Present, and Future of Grade Inflation

    What are the causes of grade inflation? How does Carleton fit into this much-denounced national trend? What are its consequences? And how should we respond? Presenters: George Shuffelton, Associate Professor of English; Jim Fergerson, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment; Cliff Clark, Professor of History and M.A. and A.D. Hulings Professor of American Studies; Amy Csizmar Dalal, Associate Professor of Computer Science.

  • Created 28 April 2011; Published 2 May 2011
    LTC: Ensuring Healthy Classrooms: Exploring the Impact of Sensitive Material on Students

    In every discipline, the presentation of sensitive material in the classroom can cause students who have had experiences with similar events to disengage from the class. In this session we will explore ways to best address sensitive material while still ensuring a productive, healthy, and challenging learning environment. Cosponsored by CAASHA (Carleton Advocates Against Sexual Harassment and Assault). Presenters: Drew Weis, Wellness Center clinical psychologist; Bill North, associate professor of history; Lori Pearson, associate professor of religion; and Kendall Bills ’13

  • Created 21 April 2011; Published 2 May 2011
    LTC: Teaching Circles

    Carleton’s first teaching circle met in winter term; participants observed each other’s classes, compared responses to student work, and discussed pedagogical strategies. Weekly discussions led beyond classroom techniques to an awareness of a teaching persona in each faculty member: a potential limit, a potential strength, and the source of what we do as teachers. Presenters: George Shuffelton, associate professor of English; Susan Jaret McKinstry, Helen F. Lewis Professor of English; and Peter Balaam, associate professor of English

  • Created 12 April 2011; Published 22 April 2011
    LTC: Going Global: Global Engagement at Carleton

    What should global engagement consist of at Carleton? With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, several groups involved with the Global Engagement Initiative have spent this academic year generating ideas, with implications for the curriculum, faculty development, student life, service, off-campus studies, and even comps!

    Presenters: Scott Carpenter, professor of French and director of the Global Engagement Initiative; Sigi Leonhard, professor of German and director of cross-cultural studies; and Katie Ryor, professor of art history and director of Asian studies

  • Created 7 April 2011; Published 22 April 2011
    LTC: Group vs Individual Problem Solving Strategies

    What does individual learning look like in a group context? Learn about Marcy Osgood’s online, interactive problem-based learning environment for a large biochemistry class that allows her to assess both group and individual problem solving as well as target interventions.

    Cosponsored by CISMI and HHMI.

    Presenter: Marcy Osgood, associate professor and vice chair, department of biochemistry and molecular biology, University of New Mexico.

  • Created 31 March 2011; Published 22 April 2011
    LTC: Imagining the Mediterranean in the 14th Century

    What did the Mediterranean world of 1338—a world of complex fault lines among faiths, political groups, and differing historical experiences—look like? Learn about how Italian priest and polemicist Opicino de Canistris used maps, texts, and drawings to explain the place of contemporary Christians in his world and why it mattered.

    Cosponsored by Dialogos Faculty Research Series and the Humanities Center.

    Victoria Morse, associate professor of history (presenter), and David Lefkowitz, associate professor of art (discussant)

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