Spring Professional Activities Workshop (SPAW)
Wednesday, May 22
8:30 AM -4:00 PM

The Spring Professional Activities Workshop (SPAW) is a faculty development conference at Macalester designed to provide hands-on activities in the major areas of faculty professional activities: scholarship, teaching, advising, and service. All faculty members are welcome and may attend as many or as few of the sessions as their interests and time allow.


Wednesday, May 22

Olin Rice Smail Gallery Light Breakfast, Coffee and Tea
Olin Rice 241
Technology Tapas.  Arthur Mitchell (Asian Languages and Cultures) and the Academic Information Associates.
Come whet your appetite by sampling some tools you can put to good use in your courses, such as interactive whiteboards, YouTube as part of your GoogleApps account, Google Talk and audio hijack, and “flipping” student presentations by using Google Hangout. We will even show you LastPass, a password management  tool to avoid cognitive overload. We'll demo the technology and discuss how your colleagues are using them effectively in their teaching. Come hungry for new possibilities!
Olin Rice 205
Leading Effective Classroom Discussions on Difficult Issues. Chris MacDonald-Dennis (Multicultural Life) and Jim Hoppe (Dean of Students)
Difficult or controversial issues can either shut down discussion in the classroom or lead to fruitful academic engagement. Developing strategies enables faculty to facilitate effective discussions about contentious issues. Come share with and learn from other faculty members general techniques that work across discussions.
Olin Rice 241
Zotero: The Newest Generation of Research Organization and Productivity Tools. Chris Wells (Environmental Studies)
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 spectacularly powerful (and 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.
Olin Rice 205
Grants of All Shapes and Sizes.  Michelle Epp and Abbey Showalter-Loch (Corporate and Foundation Relations)
Thinking of your project in phases can be a useful way of not only organizing your work but also assembling a portfolio of options for funding. Come and discuss how short-term funding can lead to larger scale success. We will present some of the different options available as well as ways 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. Please be prepared to put together a one-page summary of your proposed project and discuss it with the other
Olin Rice 241
Get a Job!  Just One Thing I Wish Faculty Knew about How to Help Students Get a Job. Neely Crane-Smith (Alumni Relations), Sarah West (Economics), Joyce Minor (Economics), and Mike Porter (Internship Office)
More and more students are keenly interested in attaining a job once they leave college and they increasingly turn to Macalester faculty to help them. In this lightning round, our colleagues share just one thing they wish other faculty knew about how to help Macalester students land non-academic jobs. After all the speakers have shared their advice, we will reflect on recurring themes and distinct points of view. Join us for this special discussion from the unique perspective of our colleagues who have had real success in helping students get a job.
Olin Rice 205
Engaging Humanities and Fine Arts Students in Summer Research: Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Models. Kendrick Brown (Assoc. Dean of the Faculty), Paul Fischer (Chemistry),  and Daylanne English (English)
Many endowed or externally-funded research opportunities exist for Macalester students and faculty to work on collaborative projects during the summer.  What exactly does it mean to collaborate with students? This session will present  different collaborative research models that humanities and fine arts faculty have employed to successfully secure summer funding and provide effective partnerships with students. Attention also will be given to the challenges and benefits of faculty-student collaborative research for humanists and fine artists.
Olin Rice Smail Gallery
Olin Rice 241
Advising Bright Lights:  Resources, Strategies, Models.  Ann Minnick (Academic Programs), Paul Dosh (Political Science), Paul Schadewald (Civic Engagement Center), and Patrick Schmidt (Political Science)
Looking for a great tool to help your students plan their time at Mac?  Wondering what types of questions can encourage students to be more intentional?  Interested in identifying strategies to work effectively with a large number of advisees?  Come to hear your colleagues talk about the advising philosophies and practices that inform their work with students.
Olin Rice 205
Engage Students with the Closest Field Site Possible.  Suzanne Savanick Hanson (Sustainability Coordinator) and Christy Manning (Environmental Studies and Psychology)
Use Mac's campus as a sustainability teaching tool!   Learn how faculty from different fields have used the campus as a site for class projects and field trips.  Find out how faculty have built on student interests in sustainability to engage them with course material.  Uncover hidden stashes of real-world data and campus sustainability projects waiting for your class.
Olin Rice 241
Aligning our Hopes for Study Away with the Programs we Promote: A Discussion of the Outcomes of the SARC+ Committee.  Christy Hanson (IGC), Kelly MacGregor (Geology), and Patrick Schmidt (Political Science).
The SARC+ committee worked throughout the 2012-2013 academic year to consolidate and articulate the values and learning goals that the Macalester community has for study away. These learning goals will be used to assess the programs in our study away portfolio and to refine how we consider the value of our investments in study away. During this session, the panel will describe the outcomes of the work of SARC+ and moderate a discussion about how to best proceed with an assessment of study away program options.