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2013 Teaching and Pedagogy Workshop

Sponsored by the First Seminar Program and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Previous Workshops: 2012 2011

Teaching and Pedagogy Workshop (May 13, 2013)
2013 Schedule

Please register by May 6, 2013.

Session One: 9:30-10:20

  1. Academic Integrity Panel, Loser 004Moderator: Rick Kamber (Philosophy, Religion, & Classics); Panelists: Angela Chong (Student Affairs), Keith Pecor (Biology), Tyler Liberty (SGA President), Rosa Zagari-Marinzoli (Humanities & Social Sciences).
    This panel will discuss academic integrity issues on campus, answer your questions, and update attendees on current governance discussions on the TCNJ AI policy.

  2. Leading Effective Seminar Discussions, Loser 106. Glenn Steinberg (English) This interactive presentation will review model writing assignments from several different types of FSPs to help faculty generate ideas for how to use writing (both formally and informally) to increase student learning.

Session Two: 10:30-11:20

  1. Writing Assignments that Help Improve Student Learning, Loser 004. Nina Ringer (Writing Program).
    This interactive presentation will review model writing assignments from several different types of FSPs to help faculty generate ideas for how to use writing (both formally and informally) to increase student learning
  2. Expanding Cultural Awareness in the Classroom & Integrating New Technologies in Teaching and Learning, Loser 106.  Waheeda Lillevik (Marketing, Management and Interdisciplinary Business) and Lynn Braender (Accounting & Information Systems)

Session Three: 11:30-12:20

  1. Using Peer Reviewers Effectively: More Student Writing Without More Grading, Loser 004. Diane Gruenberg (Tutoring Center).
    Do you wish students would get another pair of eyes on the penultimate draft so they can see how their writing is—or isn’t—understood before submitting it to you?  Come to see how tutors facilitate Students Writing And Talking Teams (SWATTs) that you can invite to your class for peer feedback and conversation.   
  2. Panel on Student Assessment, Loser 106. Jean Kirnan (Psychology), John Allison (Chemistry), Tom Hagedorn (Math/Stat), Madeline Weinland (Psychology).
    This interactive panel presentation shares initial results and recommendations from a CETL sponsored learning community investigating how to assess learning outcomes.  Learn more about direct vs. indirect assessment measures and strategies that can help strengthen your teaching and students’ learning.

Lunch:  12:30-1:35 pm , 
Loser 123

Session Four: 1:45-2:35 pm

  1. Giving Productive Feedback on Writing Assignments, Loser 004. Nina Ringer (Writing Program)
    This presentation will help instructors give effective feedback that will help students create stronger final drafts. 
  2. Teaching Oral Communication Skills to Your Students, Loser 106. John Sisko (Philosophy, Religion, & Classics)
    This presentation will share information on creative and time-effective frameworks for embedding oral communication skills within our classes.

Session Five: 2:45-3:35 pm

  1. Recording Lectures, Presentations and Other Demonstrations Using ScreencastingLoser 004, Andrew Carver (Finance)
    Screencasts can range from PowerPoint slides with instructor’s audio overlays to a complete whiteboard lecture. Putting part of a class into the form of a video gives the instructor the ability to relay more information outside of class, freeing up in-class time for discussion and problem solving. This workshop introduces what is involved in making a screencast video: hardware, software, and time.
  2. Community Engaged Learning: Best practices for new and returning faculty partners, Heather Camp (Bonner Center), Loser 106.Community Engaged Learning projects provide us with the opportunity to connect the classroom to the world around us in direct and profound ways. We can significantly enhance the educational process while making it possible for students to address an unmet local need – in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and juvenile jails.


Biographical Information for Presenters

TCNJ Teaching and Pedagogy Workshop 2013

John Allison is Professor of Chemistry and Director of TCNJ’s Forensic Chemistry Program. He received his B.S. in Chemistry (Math Minor) from Widener University, his Ph.D. in Chemistry (Math Minor) from the University of Delaware, and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.  He taught at Michigan State University for 25 years then returned home to this area in 2004.  He has published more than 100 publications in leading Chemistry and Forensic Science Journals, has made more than 200 presentations, has had one play produced, and published his first (fictional) novel this year. He is currently the Academic Integrity Officer for the FSP Program.

Lynn Braender is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting and Information Systems Department at The College of New Jersey where she currently teaches courses in Management Information Systems and Database Management Systems.    She is the Facilitator for the Transforming Teaching and Learning through New Technology Learning Community and the Assessment Coordinator for the School of Business.  From 2007 to 2010, she worked as the Academic Computing Advisor to The College of New Jersey. During this time, she offered monthly Lunch’n Learn workshops on Technology in Higher Education.  She has been a speaker at Regional conferences on the topic of using technology to support the learning environment; she has also published in the area.  Dr. Braender earned her B.A. and MA in Business from Trenton State College and her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Drexel University.


Heather Camp earned a Master of Science in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She has over 13 years of experience in the non-profit, international development and education sectors. She helped to establish the Bonner Center at TCNJ before going on to earn her Masters.  In her role as Senior Program Director for CEL II & Special Initiatives, Heather coordinates the Community Engaged Learning II Initiative, organizing upper-level classes at TCNJ in which students substantially build the capacity of the community partner organization while offering students a more advanced learning opportunity. Heather also supervises the Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA program. Prior to working at TCNJ, Heather worked at Princeton University, the YWCA of Trenton, Safe Homes (a part of Good Shepherd in New York), Global Potential (NY, NY), and the Cambodia Project.


Andrew Carver is an Associate Professor of finance at The College of New Jersey’s School of Business. He previously worked as an Equity Research Analyst at Morningstar Inc., covering the banking sector. Earlier in his career, he worked as an associate on the currency options desk at NationsBanc-CRT, which later became part of Bank of America. His work experience also includes internships at AXA Rosenberg Investment Management and Eli Lilly’s decision science group. Carver’s research and teaching interests include capital budgeting, and derivatives.  He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and economics, and earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Andrew Carver is a CFA charterholder.


Angela Chong has areas of interest in Student Conduct and Fraternity/Sorority Development and Advisement; she also conducts Legal Research and Writing, and Policy Development and Implementation.  Within her day–to–day activities, she works within the areas of Compliance with Federal and State Legislation, Employment Discrimination, First Amendment Issues, and Academic Freedom.  Her skill set also includes Public Speaking and Conflict Resolution/Mediation, and Tactical Interviewing and Statement Analysis.  Other areas include Leadership Development and TCNJ Governance. Ms. Chong earned a JD in Higher Education Law and Policy from Stetson University College of Law in May 2009, an MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs in May 2000 from Indiana University and a BS in Communications from Southeast Missouri State University in May 1998.


Diane Gruenberg directs the College Tutoring Center & Writer’s Place.  Prior to joining the professional staff at TCNJ, she taught literature and writing at Upsala College, Rutgers, NYU, and Yunnan Teachers University (People’s Republic of China), and she has served as a writing and assessment consultant for Educational Testing Service working on PRAXIS, GMAT, GRE, and SAT/Verbal tests for too many years to reveal.  Diane earned an MA in literature from Long Island University and an EdS in Educational Administration from Rutgers.


Tom Hagedorn is the Coordinator of the First Seminar Program at The College of New Jersey.  He is also Co-chair and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and Chair-Elect of the New Jersey section of the Mathematical Association of America. Tom’s mathematical research is in computational number theory, algebra, and mathematical biology.  He has published many scholarly articles in mathematics and received three grants from the National Science Foundation supporting his research and teaching.  His recent teaching interests include Linear Algebra and (for the FSP program), “The Mathematics of Voting” and  “Does What We Eat Matter:  The Culture, Politics, and Science of Food.”  He received his doctorate in mathematics from Harvard University in 1994.


Rick Kamber is Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).  He earned a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University.  He did postdoctoral work at Oxford University.  He served as Dean of Fine Arts and Communication and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Susquehanna University and as Vice President for Development at Muhlenberg College before going to TCNJ as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.  After nine years as dean, he returned to teaching and became Chair of TCNJ’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. He has twice served as a guest professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.  He is the author of three books in the history of philosophy and articles on a wide variety of subjects, including aesthetics, existentialism, film, the Holocaust, and higher education.  His most recent work is in experimental philosophy.  Two articles on this subject, “Experimental Philosophy of Art” and “The Future of Philosophy as Problem-Solving Disciple” were published last year.  He is currently working on a book entitled Why Philosophers Can’t Agree.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium.  He is President of the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC).

Jean P. Kirnan received her Ph.D. in Psychometrics from Fordham University in 1986. She is a Professor at The College of New Jersey where she has taught in the Psychology Department since 1986, serving as department chair from 2005-2009. Dr. Kirnan is currently the Chair of the Psychology Department’s Assessment Committee as well as the Chair of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She recently established the TAPLab, Testing and Assessment in Psychology, to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to explore advanced topics and projects in measurement. Dr. Kirnan has written over 25 technical reports and published articles. The articles reflect her broad research interests within measurement and the technical reports document private consulting projects.  She has completed over 20 invited test reviews and was recently recognized by Mental Measurements Yearbook as a “Distinguished Reviewer”. Dr. Kirnan is a member of APA (American Psychological Association) and SIOP (Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and holds the Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR) from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Tyler Liberty is currently serving as the President of Student Governement. Amongst his other duties, he serves as a member on the the the Committee on Planning and Priorities, the Cabinet of Student Advisors and also sits on the CAP Sub Committee on Academic Integrity. He previously served as the Student Government Vice President for Community Relations, and has sat on the Academic Integrity and Traffic Appeals boards. Last summer he studied abroad in Beijing, China learning Chinese and plans to pickup a second Major in the language.  While he still has yet to solidify his post graduation plans, he is eyeing a career in Student Activities and can’t wait to see where life takes him.


Waheeda Lillevik teaches Cross-Cultural Management in the School of Business.  Her research focuses on both cross-cultural management and diversity management, incorporating ethics, corporate governance and comparative perspectives.  Her current work looks at culture shock and acculturation in the business environment.  She is currently the Program Chair of Gender and Diversity in Organizations at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, and she has taught at institutions in Canada and the UK prior to coming to TCNJ.


Keith Pecor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, where he teaches Ecology and Field Biology, Freshwater Ecology, and Biology of the Invertebrates.  His research focuses on the ecology of crayfish and other freshwater invertebrates.  He has served as Academic Integrity Officer for the School of Science since 2009.  Before coming to TCNJ, he taught for two years at Rhodes College.  He earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Memphis and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan.


Nina Ringer is Interim Director of the Writing Program. She has taught at TCNJ since 1998, has coordinated the WRI 101 course, served on the Writing Program Committee, currently serves on the First Seminar Coordinating Committee and Liberal Learning Program Council, and teaches WRI 101, WRI 102 and a First Seminar. Nina holds an A.B. in English from The University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before TCNJ, she taught writing at NYU, John Jay College, and SUNY Cortland. Her most recent conference presentations have been on ways to use tutors in the classroom and on reading a film and writing about it. Her WRI 102 and First Seminar courses focus on writing about film, and she even manages to work a film or two into her FSP on the Presidential election.

John Sisko is Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He received his BA from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) and his PhD. from Rutgers University.  John has previously taught at Temple University, the College of William & Mary, and the California State University at San Bernardino. His research interests are in ancient philosophy, notably Aristotle’s philosophy of mind and early Greek cosmology. John has published in the leading journals in his field, including Ancient Philosophy, Apeiron, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Classical Quarterly, Mind, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Phronesis. He has led numerous professional development seminars on Socratic method and character development pedagogy for public school teachers, and he is currently editing a volume on ancient philosophy of mind.


Glenn A. Steinberg is an Associate Professor in the English Department at TCNJ and teaches a wide range of courses on western European literature through the Renaissance, Shakespeare, literary theory, and the Bible as literature.  His research focuses on the reception of classical and medieval texts in England during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance with a particular emphasis on the evolving reputations of Virgil, Dante, and Chaucer from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries.  He taught for four years at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, before coming to The College of New Jersey in 1998 and served as coordinator of TCNJ’s First Seminar Program from 2005 to 2010.  He has also served as (co-)coordinator of TCNJ’s Classical Studies program since 2003.  He holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.


Maddie Weinland has been the program coordinator of the psychology department since September 2012. She works closely with the Psychology Department Assessment Committee to implement the department’s assessment plan.  Maddie helps to facilitate and promote the department’s 09X advising sequence, and is a member of the Learning Community on Facilitating Student Outcomes Assessment. Maddie received her BA in English and History from Denison University in 2010, and her MA in English from Arcadia University in 2012.

Rosa Zagari-Marinzoli has served as the Assistant Dean in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2001.  She has also served as one of the Academic Integrity officers for HSS since that time. She also reviews the TCNJ Academic Integrity Policy in FSP classes. In 2006 she organized an all day Academic Integrity Forum at TCNJ. Prior to 2001, she was an Assistant Professor of Italian at TCNJ and a lecturer of Italian at Princeton University. She is an active member of NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association and has presented on Advising Practices in HSS at National, Regional and State conferences. Rosa Zagari-Marinzoli received a BA in Spanish and Italian at SUNY at Stony Brook and an MA and PHD in Italian at Rutgers University.