Spring Professional Activities Workshop (SPAW)
May 20-22, 2019

The 2019 Spring Professional Activities Workshop (SPAW) is a set of faculty-development initiatives designed to provide hands-on programs in the major areas of faculty members’ professional activities. This year, our programs cover a wide range of topics and include an exciting set of opportunities brought to you by the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship, the Civic Engagement Center, the Department of Multicultural Life, the DeWitt Wallace Library, and the Associate Dean of the Faculty.

All Macalester faculty and staff, including non-tenure track and visiting colleagues, are invited to participate in the SPAW. You are free to attend as many or as few of the sessions as your interests and time allow.

Click on the link to register for the workshops. Spring Professional Activities Workshop.

All sessions will take place in the Theater building.

Monday, May 20, 2019
8:30 – 9:30 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Continental Breakfast and coffee
9:00 – 10:15 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
From Proposal to Bookshelf (or Cloud)
Presenter: Beth Bouloukos, Senior Acquisition Editor for Lever Press
Lever Press provides workshops for faculty on aspects of the scholarly publishing process, focusing on monograph-length scholarship. In this general overview workshop, we will cover the nuts and bolts of going from proposal to bookshelf (or the cloud). We will address the three main areas of book publishing that are of interest to scholars: acquisitions, production, and marketing. Attendees will learn how to know what you can and can’t use from a dissertation in a book manuscript, write an effective proposal, know when it’s time to make contact with a publisher, find the right publisher for them, distinguish the roles of the acquisitions editor and editorial assistant, understand the peer review and board processes, handle rejection, negotiate a contract, prepare their projects for production, approach ideas for a cover, make suggestions for marketing, and promote their books. There will be ample time for questions at the end of the workshop.
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Break
10:30 – 11:45 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Collaborating/Co-creating/Co-authoring with Students: Can Our Young “Colleagues” Catalyze our Scholarly Work?
Presenters: Devavani Chatterjea (and guests)
Join us for a discussion on the experiences, opportunities and challenges of establishing creative collaborations with undergraduates that lead to productive outcomes for both faculty and students. We will hear from colleagues from different disciplinary backgrounds and reflect on common themes, particular barriers and effective strategies to maximize the synergy of faculty-student collaborations. There will be time for discussion, Q&A and active brainstorming.
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 PM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Foundational Allies Workshop for Faculty
Presenters: Marjorie Trueblood and Joan Ostrove
Join us for an Allies Foundational workshop reserved specifically for faculty. We’ve heard that for various reasons, some faculty want to attend an Allies Foundational workshop but do not feel comfortable joining these workshops during the semester, or have a very difficult time fitting them into their schedules. If that someone is you, this is your chance! This highly interactive workshop enables participants to connect personal experience and social identities to better understand (in)abilities to resist forms of oppression, both inside of our classrooms and outside of them.
2:15 – 2:30 PM
Break
2:30 – 3:45 PM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Strategies for Engaging “Context before Content”
Presenters: Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Morgan Jerald, Marianne Milligan, Crystal Moten, and others
A panel of faculty will share their ideas, experiences, best practices, or challenges implementing strategies that engage the idea offered to us by Dr. Jamie Washington to address “Context before Content.” Panelists will share ways in which they have addressed issues such as: who is in the room and what identities/experiences do we all bring? What is the social/historical/political context in which we are engaging in our work together this semester? How do we engage (with) one another as a community of learners/scholars, meaningfully acknowledging/making space for the multiple and intersecting identities that shape our relationship to the course content and/or each other? Following the panel, we will work in small groups and then the larger group to engage the ideas offered by the panelists, and strategize ways that all of us can incorporate this practice into our work.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
8:30 – 9:30 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Continental Breakfast and coffee
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Academic Civic Engagement and Community-Based Learning: Examples from Macalester Colleagues
Presenters: Karin Aguilar San Juan, Eric Carroll, Christie Manning, Jess Pearson, Dan Trudeau, Harry Waters, Jr., and others
Need inspiration and examples of ways to integrate community-based learning into your classes? This session will give you an opportunity to hear from your colleagues in a variety of fields about their approaches to community-based learning. You will be able to have conversations about examples of community-based research, public scholarship, and community-based learning. We will share syllabi, examples of projects, and ways that they have structured preparation and reflection into their courses.
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Introduction to Academic Civic Engagement: Resources, Frameworks, and Opportunities
Presenters: Paul Schadewald and Karin Trail-Johnson
This session invites the curious, the beginner, and the experienced practitioners of academic civic engagement to share resources, successful practices, and challenges and to ask broader questions: What motivates us to do community-based work? What are the benefits of community-based learning for students, faculty, and community stakeholders? What ethics should undergird our work? How do we create equitable and inclusive environments while doing community-based projects? What support and opportunities for collaboration are available? What are key components of successful partnerships and learning environments? Participants will reflect, share resources, and learn about possible next steps to develop projects and classes.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Lunch
12:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Into the Twin Cities! A Community Visit Hosted by Rondo Ave., Inc.
Presenters: Marvin Anderson and Paul Schadewald
Interested in learning more about one of Macalester’s key partnerships? This group visit to the Rondo community will allow us to imagine community engagement from three perspectives: students, faculty members, and community stakeholders. Rondo is the historic African American community that in the 1960s was bisected by Highway 94 and changed by urban renewal. It is now facing questions of how to honor the past, while supporting equitable development. Across multiple decades Macalester has partnered with community organizations in Rondo on shared projects. 

We will do an orientation and preparation over lunch at Macalester. Then we will get on a bus and travel as a group to the the historic Rondo and University Avenue areas of St. Paul. Our group will be hosted by our community partners to learn about past projects and imagine potential new projects. We will utilize this experience to discuss how we prepare our students and ourselves for community-based learning, how we create equitable environments within the class and with community partners, and how we can co-create reciprocal and generative projects. We will be back on campus by 3:15.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
8:30 – 9:30 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Continental Breakfast and coffee
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Just One Thing on Teaching Writing at Macalester
Presenters: Paul Cantrell, Becky Graham, Susan Green, Erik Larson, Jake Mohan, Jessica Pearson, Marc Rodwogin, Beth Severy-Hoven, Kari Shepherdson-Scott, Chris Wells, and others
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oin us for a lightning round of faculty presentations on “just one thing” that professors and instructors on campus have found helpful in their teaching of writing. From assignment design to writing workshops to creative ways to engage students in writing, come gather—and share!—small teaching tricks and ideas to help enliven your own teaching of writing.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Teaching Writing at Macalester: Small Interest Group Discussions
Presenter: Britt Abel
Join your colleagues for a discussion about writing pedagogy based on themes, including: equity and writing instruction, teaching first-year writers, multilingual students and writing, feedback on writing assignments, and more. We will break into groups based on interest and have time to hear what our colleagues think about and do as they teach writing, while sharing our own experiences. A variety of discussion questions will be provided to help jumpstart the discussion, but faculty are also welcome to propose additional topics to explore.
12:00 -1:00 PM
Theater Building – Room To be announced
Lunch