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  • January Faculty Workshop Annoucement

    The workshops are scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click above for descriptions, times and locations of each workshop.

    The January Faculty workshop are scheduled to be held on Monday, January 25, 2016. The three workshop titles and descriptions are listed below.

    How to improve your department's website

    In this workshop, the Web Strategy team will walk you through WordPress--the application our campus
    uses to manage WheatonCollege.edu. We’ll show you how to perform basic tasks, and provide guidance
    for improving the appearance and usability of your department’s website. Coffee and refreshments
    will be provided.

    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Greenaway Room, Library

    Lunch with LIS

    Please join Sue Wawrzaszek and Tracey Leger-Hornby for an informal discussion on LIS Research and
    Instruction Services. What essential services and resources should we plan for? How do our
    makerspaces, online resources, and other innovations change how we think about R&I services? What
    concerns do you have as we begin a strategic planning process for this essential area of faculty
    and student support?

    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to Bernice Morrissey for the luncheon workshop.

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: May Room, Mary Lyon

    The 'ins and outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities

    Come to this interactive workshop sponsored by Disability Services to learn more about the
    process and some quick and 'easy' tips to reach diverse learners.
    Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    Location: SC1314

    Please contact Associate Provost Shawn Christian for questions and/or additional information. Coffee, refreshments and the luncheon is courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

    Click here for: printable workshop schedule. 

  • Faculty Workshop: The 'ins & outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities

    2:00-4:30 pm on Monday, January 25th in SC1314.

    Come to this interactive workshop sponsored by Disability Services to learn more about the process and some quick and 'easy' tips to reach diverse learners. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    Time: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
    Location: SC1314

    "The 'ins and outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities" is the third of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

  • Faculty Workshop: Lunch with LIS

    12:00-1:30 pm, Monday, January 25th in the May Room, Mary Lyon. >>Read more…

    Please join Sue Wawrzaszek and Tracey Leger-Hornby for an informal discussion on LIS Research and Instruction Services. What essential services and resources should we plan for? How do our makerspaces, online resources, and other innovations change how we think about R&I services? What concerns do you have as we begin a strategic planning process for this essential area of faculty and student support?

    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to bmorriss@wheatoncollege.edu to attend the Lunch with LIS workshop.

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: May Room, Mary Lyon

    "Lunch with LIS" is the second of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

     

  • Faculty Workshop: How to Improve Your Department's Website

    9:30-11:30 am, Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Greenaway Room, Library.

    In this workshop, the Web Strategy team will walk you through WordPress--the application our campus uses to manage WheatonCollege.edu. We’ll show you how to perform basic tasks, and provide guidance for improving the appearance and usability of your department’s website.

    Date: Monday, January 25, 2016
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Greenaway Room, Library

    "How to Improve Your Department's Website" is the first of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

  • Curricular Review Faculty Retreat

    Reminder: The retreat is scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2016 at 9:00 am in Hindle Auditorium. Coffee and refreshments available at 8:30 am in Hindle Lobby.

    Date: Friday: January 22, 2016

    8:30 am - coffee/refreshments - Hindle Lobby
    9:00 am - formal program to begin - Hindle Auditorium
    12:00 pm - Lunch provided - Davis Spencer Cafe
    4:00 pm - Cocktail Reception 

    Agenda details to follow.
    Contact: Jim Mancall  

  • Democracy's Disappointments: lessons from John Dewey and Michel Foucault on WWI and the Iranian Revolution

    Presented by Asst. Prof. of Pol. Sc., Nick Dorzweiler, Tues., Nov. 17th, 12:30-1:30 pm in Chase Small.

    From Karl Marx (Paris Commune of 1871) to George Orwell (Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939) to Jean-Paul Sartre (French protests of May 1968), Western intellectuals have often spoken of collective political movements using the language of miracles and utopias. More often than not, however, these intellectuals have been met with disappointment when their high hopes failed to materialize in practice. In this presentation, I consider two of the more misguided instances of such lofty democratic rhetoric: John Dewey’s support for American involvement in World War I and Michel Foucault’s celebration of the Iranian Revolution. These two thinkers’ experiences teach us, I argue, that while we can remain alive to the potential of collective political movements, so too must we find a way to acknowledge the strains and fissures that invariably attends them.

    Nick Dorzweiler, Assistant Professor of Political Science is scheduled to present his talk onTuesday, November 17, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Chase Small.  All are welcome to attend.

  • Finally, Some Answers: Lexomic Beowulf

    Presented by Mike Drout, Professor of English, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 (Chase Small, 12:30-1:30 pm.) All are welcome. Read more…

    For four years, Wheaton's Lexomics Research Group has been using and inventing new methods of digital analysis to try to understand the greatest Old English poem, Beowulf. This summer we were able to uncover remarkable new evidence about the complex textual and transmission history of the poem by combining Lexomic methods with traditional appraches. We now know how its author put Beowulf together, where he drew upon sources, and which of these sources were written or oral, Old English or Latin, thus uncovering a lost history of textual production in the earliest centuries of English literary history. In this talk, Professor Drout will discuss the way we created this "textual x-ray", how we finally came to understand what the evidence was telling us, and the implications of this success for future literary study.

    All are welcome to attend the next Faculty Lunch Talk, presented by Michael Drout, Professor of English.

    Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Location: Chase Small 

     

     

  • Do experiential learning activities make a difference? Results of a real-world trial in the college classroom

    Assist. Prof. of Psychology will present findings from a controlled evaluation of the effects of experiential learning activities in the teaching of Psychology and Law. Wed., Nov. 4th at 12:30 pm., Chase Small.

    Christina Riggs-Romaine, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will present findings from a controlled evaluation of the effects of experiential learning activities in the teaching of Psychology and Law. Multiple sections of the course, taught with and without experiential activities (at Wheaton College and 3 other campuses) will be compared. This talk will explore the effects of the activities on student learning, engagement, and feedback.

    Please join us for the next Faculty Lunch talk on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Chase Small.

    Click here for the full schedule of Faculty Lunch Talks for Fall, 2015.

     

  • Pluto: what did we discover during the new horizons flyby

    Please join us on Tues., Oct. 27th for the next Faculty Lunch Talk presented by Professor Geoff Collins, Geology. All are welcome. 12:30 pm, Chase Small

    Professor of Geology Geoff Collins will present a follow up Faculty Lunch Talk to his previous talk entitled: New Horizons at Pluto: what will we find this summer? Please join Professor Collins who will provide the most current findings about the planet Pluto:

    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Place: Chase Small

    Link to: New Horizons at Pluto: what will we find this summer?
    Presented Spring, 2015 by Professor Collins

     

     

     

     

     

  • Serious games: using computer simulations in a climate change roleplaying activity

    Presented on Wed., Oct. 21st at 12:30 p, in Chase Small by Jason Goodman, Assoc. Prof. of Physics.

    Role-playing activities are a great way to help students understand the challenges involved in real-world negotiations, such as those required to combat anthropogenic climate change. But students often reach unrealistically amicable solutions, because they lack the historical context and partisan viewpoint of real negotiators. They are also often unable to verify that their negotiated solutions achieve their goals. I will discuss several strategies for making mock climate change negotiations more challenging and fun, including rigged briefing materials, scoring systems, and most notable, a real-time computer climate model which simulates the outcome of proposed climate change agreements during the negotiation.

    All are welcome to attend the next Faculty Lunch talks presented by Jason Goodman, Associate Professor of Physics.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small

     Click here for the full schedule for Fall 2015.