January Professional Activities Workshop (JPAW)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
9 AM -3:45 PM
Olin-Rice Science Center


January 16, 2013

9:00 AM Coffee and Pastries. Smail Gallery, in the atrium of the Olin-Rice Science Center.
SPATIAL VISUALIZATION: ADDING ANOTHER DIMENSION TO YOUR SCHOLARSHIP AND TEACHING.  Joanna Inglot (Art and Art History), Ashley Nepp (Geography) and Josh Allen and Alison Sommer (Academic Information Associates). The analysis of geographic and spatial relationships can be put to good use in a variety of subject areas. From the representation of historic events on a rendered landscape, to the reimagining of a space, tools for these types of projects are plentiful and easy to utilize. Come join us as we explore how tools like Google Maps, Google Earth, and Sketchup can be used to enhance your scholarship and teaching. There will be plenty of time for discussion and experimentation with these tools.
NOT JUST A PILE OF STUFF: MANAGING DIGITAL COLLECTIONS AND SCHOLARSHIP.  Johan Oberg and Chris Schommer (Library). Come and learn about how CONTENTdm and Digital Commons, two great systems available from the library, can help you manage and disseminate research. At this session, library staff will talk about their services and how they are working with faculty and staff to manage large digital collections, and permanently make digital scholarship available to a worldwide audience.
JUST ONE THING I WISH DEPARTMENT CHAIRS KNEW. Bob Graf (Employment Services), Kate Walker (Finance), Jeff Allen (Admissions), David Warch (Communications and Public Relations) In this “lightning round,” staff directors take 7-10 minutes to describe “just one thing” they wish more department chairs knew or would do.  After all speakers have shared their ideas, we will reflect on recurring themes and distinct points of view. Join us for this special discussion about doing the work of a department chair from the unique perspective of our administrative staff colleagues.
10:45-11:00 Break.
11:00 AM-12:15 PM
WHAT DOES A DIRECTOR OF WRITING DO?  Dr. Carol Rutz, Director of Writing (Carleton College) and Dr. Erika Scheurer, Director of Writing (University of St. Thomas). Macalester's General Education Requirements committee recently recommended in a report on student writing that the college develop a writing program and hire a director of writing.  But what, exactly, would a director of writing do?  In this program, two nationally-respected writing directors help us imagine how a director of writing at Macalester might enhance our pedagogy and improve student writing performance by describing the nature of their work on their own campuses.
Lunch. Smail Gallery.
FACILITATING CLASSROOM DISCUSSION WHENEVER AND WHEREVER.  Shilad Sen and Libby Shoop (Math, Statistics, and Computer Science) and Josh Allen (Academic Information Associate). Have you ever had to cut a fantastic discussion in class short due to time, been unable to answer everyone’s question on the homework, or get everyone to participate in class? Do you struggle to get your students to use forums to keep the class discussion going outside of class? Class time is precious and most of the time, there just isn’t enough of it. Come join us as we explore how to engender online class discussion. We will explore how Piazza and Google Moderator have been able to help faculty and students engage with each other both in and out of the classroom.
BUILDING DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS AT MACALESTER.  Rachael Huener (German and Russian Studies) and Chris Wells (Environmental Studies). In summer 2012, Wells and Huener each received "seed grants" from the Mellon Planning Grant for the Digital Humanities to design new projects that advanced their research and teaching.  In this program, Wells will discuss his work on a Minnesota environmental history application for mobile computing devices and Huener will discuss the templates she created to help students fulfill multimedia writing projects in her courses.
THE NEWEST GENERATION OF RESEARCH ORGANIZATION AND PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS.    Chris Wells (Environmental Studies), Brad Belbas (Academic Information Associate), and Ron Joslin (Library). Want to spend more time and energy producing scholarship and less managing information? Creating a database of bibliographic references used to require hours of tedious data entry. Fortunately, with free tools such as Zotero, now you can capture dozens of references, full-text articles, and document other types of information with a couple mouse clicks. You can also create a formatted bibliography in your discipline's publication style just as easily so you can focus on your writing.
SABBATICAL?  RESEARCH PROJECT?  FINDING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND WRITING AN EFFECTIVE PROPOSAL.  Michelle Epp and Abbey Showalter-Loch (Corporate and Foundation Relations). Seeking and securing external funds for your summer research projects or your sabbatical can be daunting. Come and learn how to identify external sources of support whether you prefer to search on your own or work with staff in Corporate and Foundation Relations to choose which funders to approach. We will also discuss strategies for writing an effective proposal once the funding source has been identified. Please be prepared to put together a one-page summary of your proposed project and discuss it with the other participants.