New Faculty Orientation Workshop - August 15-16, 2016


Please note that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change


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During our orientation workshop, you will have the opportunity to talk with pre-tenure faculty members, winners of the Kirk Award for Teaching, students, and other colleagues. Please come prepared to ask questions and engage in the conversation! You will also engage in a syllabus swap with a new colleague, so please bring one copy of a syllabus you will be using for one of your fall term courses on Tuesday.



Monday, August 15



8:30 – 9:00 am            Coffee Talk (Ewen Room; Campus Center)

Please join your new colleagues for pastries and conversation.


9:00 – 9:15 am            Welcome

John Roush, President

Stephanie Fabritius, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College


9:15 – 9:45 am            Introductions


9:45 – 10:30 am          What is Good Teaching?: A Conversation with Kirk Award Winners

Steve Asmus (Biology), Stephen Dove (History) and Judith Jia (Art); Facilitated by Matthew Pierce (Religion)


10:30 – 10:45 am        Break


10:45 – 12:15 pm        Classroom and College Procedures

 Stephanie Fabritius (Dean of the College), Brian Cusato (Associate Dean), and Mary Gulley (Assistant

                                    Dean of Advising)


12:15 – 12:30 pm        Break


12:30 – 1:30 pm          Lunch (Nichols Dining Room; Campus Center)

Please join your new colleagues, including several tenured Centre College faculty members, for lunch.




Tuesday, August 16


8:30 – 9:00 am            Getting to Know Grace Doherty Library (Grissom Room; Library)

Please join your new colleagues for pastries and coffee, and to meet our terrific library staff.


9:10 – 9:30 am            Welcome Back (Ewen Room; Campus Center)


9:30 – 10:00 am          The Meaning of Liberal Arts and General Education

John Kinkade, Associate Professor of English


10:00 – 10:15 am        Break


10:15 – 10:45 am        Student Perspectives: A Conversation with Centre College Students

                                   Adriana Martin, Zack Schmucker, and Kelly Tran; Facilitated by Gregory Chery (Director of Community Service

                                   and the Bonner Program)


10:45 – 11:30 am         What I Wish I Knew Then: A Conversation with Pre-Tenure Faculty

 Laura Chinchilla (Spanish), Amy Frederick (Art History), Mark Galatowitsch (Biology), Kerry Paumi (Chemistry),

 Tara Strauch (History), Brett Werner (Environmental Studies),


11:30 – 11:45 am        Break


11:45 – 12:15 pm        Syllabus Building


12:15 – 12:30 pm        Closing Thoughts, Questions, and Concerns


12:30 – 1:30 pm          Lunch (Campus Center  Rooms)

Please join your new colleagues and Division Chairs for lunch.




Friday, August 19

6:00 pm                      Dinner (Overstreet House)

Please join your new colleagues and mentors for dinner. Spouses/partners are encouraged to attend too.








2016-2017 New Faculty Orientation Sessions


All sessions will begin at 4:00 pm in the Campus Center 201.



September 20:              How Students Learn


October 18:                  Effective and Efficient Grading Strategies


November 15:               Thinking Reflectively about Teaching


February 7:                   Creating Effective Assignments


March 7:                       Student Advising


April 4:                         Shared College Governance


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