Faculty Development Activities Undertaken in Support of the Year of Advising, 2016-2017

Upcoming Events:

Second Alumni Panel on Advising and Inclusivity – January 17, 2017
Please join us at the January Professional Activities Workshop on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. A set of alumni has agreed to return to campus for this program. More info to come.

Ongoing Events

Faculty Learning Community of Advising and Inclusivity
Eleven pre-tenure colleagues are participating in this semester-long forum led by Ann Minnick, Adrienne Christiansen and Sarah West. This program will be repeated during the spring semester for any interested faculty, not just pre-tenure colleagues.

Past Events

Talking About Teaching – “Teaching, Advising and ‘Flexibility with Attendance’: A Conversation
Beth Severy-Hoven was the first presenter in this year’s series. Her description of the presentation: Over the last couple of years I have seen a sharp rise in the number of students eligible for the accommodation “flexibility with attendance,” an accommodation that has proven challenging for me to manage well. After describing some of my experiences and presenting the Classics department’s current experiment with a policy on attendance, I will open the floor to conversation. What is your attendance policy and how have you tried making it flexible? What constitutes a reasonable accommodation in terms of attendance? Does having a significant subset of students attend class irregularly fundamentally alter the academic program of your class? What are some best practices in advising students with this accommodation? How can we help students develop skills in advocating for them selves and their particular challenges effectively and creatively? What expectations about school and life do we set up when attendance is flexible? Who do we exclude when we are too rigid? I look forward to an engaging exchange of strategies, philosophies and ideas about”flexibility with attendance.”

FAIR: Fall Academic Issues Retreat    (Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2016)
Macalester College kicked off a ‘Year of Advising’  with this retreat which focused on advising and its role in enhancing an inclusive academic environment at Macalester. The programming highlighted the many ways we can build on our strengths as advisers and enhance our students’ academic experience, especially for first generation students and historically underrepresented students. 

Windows on our Work Session – “Unveiling Advising” September 23, 2016.
Please join us at Davis Court (Markim Hall) where Associate Dean of the Faculty Paul Overvoorde will lead this WOW program. The “Teaching and Advising” section of our annual addendum prompts us to “Describe any specific initiatives related to advising that you have undertaken.” How do we know whether these initiatives, or any of our activities, are effective? What are ways we find out what students value from an advising session? How do we sort out if we are becoming better advisors? This working session aims to gather the wisdom of practice from faculty so that we become enabled to more effectively advise students.

Faculty Reading Group – September 21, October 5, and October 19, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Bill Hart, Religious Studies, will lead the group in reading and discussing Richard Light’s “Making the Most of College.” All three sessions will be held in the Serie Center.

Talking About Teaching – “Writing, Advising, and Professor-Student Engagement: Social Science Inquiry Insights and Provocations” November 4, 2016
Erik Larson, Sociology, will share some findings from two of the studies carried out in the spring of 2016 by students from his Social Science Inquiry course. One of the on-campus studies examines student-faculty interaction (with particular emphasis on how students understand office hours) and the other examines how first-year students reported experiencing the new first-year seminar. What do students think are good reasons to visit office hours? Were there differences in the experiences between students in opt-out and writing-designated first year courses? And will our TATter come up some story to connect these two sets of findings?