Spring 2021 Conversations about Scholarship and Teaching

Friday, January 22 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Inclusivity, Equity, and Excellence in Teaching and Evaluating Teaching: A Conversation with Dr. Chavella Pittman
Please join the Serie Center and the Dean’s Office of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship for a visit with Dr. Chavella Pittman, sociology professor at Dominican University and faculty development expert in the areas of inclusive pedagogy, assessing teaching effectiveness, and supporting faculty of color. Dr. Pittman will tell us about her online workshops on these critical topics and answer questions. You are welcome to attend regardless of whether or not you have already engaged with Dr. Pittman’s online workshops (and, if you have not already done so, you may still register for any or all of the workshops). If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, January 29 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Works in Progress
2020 was a challenging year on so many levels, including for scholarship. 2021 is already presenting significant challenges, and perhaps also some opportunities. What are your current research ideas and interests? What are you working on now? What would you be working on if you had the time, energy, or space to work on it? Come engage in a “round robin” format to share your current scholarly (in the broadest sense of the word) ideas, disappointments, proud moments, and goals. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, February 5 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Advancing Access and Accommodations
Join Disability Services staff in a discussion on continuing the work of access/accommodations for students with disabilities in Spring 2021. What have we learned? What is working? What is difficult? How are accommodations different for your classes since moving to virtual format? What are best practices for communicating with students with disabilities? This is a discussion-based forum; please bring your ideas on how DS can best support your work through information sharing. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, February 12 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Media Engagement: Playing the Game
Working with the media can sometimes be a perplexing and frustrating experience. It’s often difficult to know exactly what fickle reporters, producers and editors are looking for, and even when you do, sometimes things don’t work out as expected. Yet the media is still worth engaging. The upside of becoming a reporter’s go-to source, appearing as an expert guest on a show or podcast, or publishing an opinion piece is tremendous. 

The media offers some power to move the needle on issues you care about deeply, as well as a boost in professional reputation and new opportunities for collaboration and funding. 

While engaging with the media requires timing, patience, and a bit of luck, there are ways to position yourself for success. Please join Joe Linstroth, Macalester’s media relations director, for a series of workshops designed to offer strategies and tips that can help you achieve your goals as a public impact scholar. Joe joined Macalester in April 2020 after an award-winning career as a public radio journalist in Chicago and Michigan. 

Most frustrations with the media — the inaccessibility, some reporters’ lack of comprehensive knowledge, the feeling of being “burned” — can be attributed to cultural misunderstanding. In order to play the media game effectively, it is useful to have a sense of what journalists are looking for and the constraints in which they operate. The goal of this session is to discuss broad strategies for working with the media to ensure positive outcomes and to review the various types of media engagement, from the less time-consuming (becoming a source) to the most (op-eds). 

This is part one of a three-program series on media engagement. Each will build off of each other but attendance at all three is not required to get something out of them. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, February 19 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Using Institutional Data to Inform the Post-2020 Future
Using brief data vignettes from Institutional Research surveys conducted pre- and post-COVID, this session aims to contribute to Serie Center conversations about what a “new normal” might look like at Macalester in the semesters ahead. In some cases, IR data point to pre-existing challenges to student success that may have been magnified by COVID, particularly around student workload, mental health, equity, and shifting student expectations among entering first years. In other cases, IR data point to the value of particular aspects of the Macalester experience that were reaffirmed in novel ways this past year, especially around place-based residential living and learning as well as inclusive pedagogical practices. Finally, IR will reflect on what a “new normal” might look like in our office as well. The presentation of these data vignettes will leave time for and invite discussion. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, February 26 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Making Space: Personal and Community Well-Being
This session will provide a short (and very approachable) well-being practice to allow you to focus on your own well-being. We’ll expand from there into a discussion about faculty, staff, and student mental health and the need to move beyond business as usual in our efforts to support the well-being of the entire community. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, March 5 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Proactive Media Engagement & Interviewing Tips
 Do you have a desire to engage more with the media but just aren’t sure where to start? Do you have a new book, exhibit, project or paper that you’d like to promote? In this session, we’ll discuss strategies for how and when to proactively engage with the media. We’ll also go over some general interviewing tips, as well as discuss some differences between interviewing for print and broadcast.

This is part two of a three-program series on media engagement. Each will build off of each other but attendance at all three is not required to get something out of them. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

No program on March 12 or March 19 (mid-module break and start of Module 4)

Friday, March 26 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Tenure in a Post-2020 Landscape? Supporting Innovative and Emerging Forms of Scholarship
The post-2020 landscape provides an opportunity to evaluate Macalester’s support of innovative and emerging scholarship, such as community-engaged scholarship (CES) and digital liberal arts. In the first of ongoing conversations around this topic, members of the CES working group will address: What is CES? In what ways does CES align with Macalester’s commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, civic engagement, community partnerships, and academic excellence? Drawing from Macalester faculty experiences doing CES, how might college policies better support this work? If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, April 2 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Media Engagement: Anatomy and Style of an Op-ed
Writing an op-ed can be a heavy lift. Most publications require near-perfect timing and have strict word counts. As the adage goes: If we had more time, we’d write less. But the time it takes to write a tight, compelling op-ed is worth it because a well-placed piece can reach tens of thousands, even millions of people. In this session, we’ll review the structural characteristics of the form, discuss do’s and don’ts, and offer tips for how to sit-down and start writing. We’ll also demystify the “Holy Trinity” — the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post — and discuss why other platforms offer wonderful opportunities too, plus go over the on-campus resources available for idea generation, editing, and placement. 

This is part three of a three-program series on media engagement. Each will build off of each other but attendance at all three is not required to get something out of them. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, April 9 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
Mental Health Post-Pandemic
Please join the Serie Center, Liz Schneider-Bateman and Lisa Broek (Hamre Center) for a discussion on “Mental Health Post-Pandemic.” Through small group discussion we will reflect on the lessons learned about our own mental health and that of students during the pandemic. We’ll offer prompts to explore how looking back can inform the way we move forward. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via cst-news.

Friday, April 16
(no program, Radical MacACCESS keynote)

Friday, April 23 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
The Chauvin Trial: Reflections from the Legal Rights Center and Macalester Faculty
Andrew Gordon from the Legal Rights Center will share his experiences and observations about the Chauvin trial. Professors Donna Maeda and Duchess Harris will provide comments and context, and will open the session for conversations, questions, and reflection. Macalester alum Andrew Gordon ’05 is the Deputy Director of Legal Services for the Legal Rights Center. His work focuses on advocacy, youth organizing, and empowering those for whom the legal system routinely silences and ignores.  If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via swap-news.

Friday, April 30 – 12:00 -1:00 PM via zoom
ITS Listening Session: Technology During the Pandemic and Beyond
With this year of Zoom drawing to a close, ITS wants to hear from our campus community. We’ve never relied so much on technology for teaching as we have during the pandemic. What worked well and what didn’t? Did the tech kit make your life easier? Are there practices from the pandemic that you’ll keep going forward? Where did ITS best support you? How could ITS have served the campus better? Representatives from ITS will prompt attendees for their thoughts on a range of subjects and hold space for general feedback from faculty and staff. We welcome open and honest discussion of your experiences, which will help us immensely as we look into the future of technology on campus. If you would like, you can subscribe to the Serie Center Events Google Calendar and add events of interest to your own calendar. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via swap-news.