Center for Teaching Excellence Announces Preparing Future Faculty Series

Posted on 9/18/2017 10:00:20 AM

The IUP Center for Teaching Excellence is happy to present the Preparing Future Faculty Series for all graduate students. All events are free. Letters of attendance will be generated for each attendee. The first seminar will be held on Monday, September 25, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the HUB, Allegheny Room. 

Topic: Enhancing Marketability through Research Opportunities at the Graduate Level

September 25 (Monday), 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the HUB, Allegheny Room 

Speakers: Jennifer Gossett and Bitna Kim

In this session, panelists will discuss criteria used for evaluating candidates for employment or advancement into a doctoral program. Your Vitae ( Latin: life, or the course of one’s life or career) often focuses on three primary areas: Teaching, Research, and Service. This discussion will focus on research and service opportunities open at IUP to graduate students. Faculty mentorship also will be addressed and how the barrier between faculty member and graduate student can be breached.

Topic: What Just Happened? International Students’ Perceptions of Classroom Metaphors, Similes, Analogies, and Colloquialisms

October 30 (Monday), 3:30–5:00 p.m. in the HUB, Allegheny Room

Speakers: Select International Undergraduate Students from Multiple Disciplines

This policy was as popular as a flooding “crick”; I seen (saw) that; What are “Youse” doing tonight?; The Senators were acting “ignorant”; Some of your papers were as bad as the Cleveland Browns, but others comforted me like a “terrible towel”; We should take a class trip to “Hearts Content, Intercourse, and Bird in Hand”. While you are here, you should see “Falling Water”. Students go out all night then head to “Sheetz”; (Lebanon – County or Country, Georgia – State or Country, Bethlehem – Pennsylvania or Palestine).

Often, in the classroom, our examples can cause more confusion than clarity, especially to those who are unfamiliar with Western Pennsylvania’s colloquial language. In this session, international undergraduates will focus on their experiences in the classroom and the community.

Topic: Community College Career Fair (Free)

November 10 (Friday), 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the HUB, Student CO-OP

Bring Updated Resume or Vitae (Contact is Todd Thompson, Dept. of English)

Various community colleges will offer information about career and job opportunities at their colleges.

Moderated panels with members of the IUP community and Community College representatives will discuss:

  • applying for jobs at community colleges
  • teaching at community colleges
  • working in administration at community colleges 

Topic: Developing and Assessing Course Objectives

November 27 (Monday), 3:30–5:00 p.m. in the HUB, Allegheny Room

Speakers: Edel Reilly and Shari Robertson

We are assigned a class and our first instinct is to identify all available resources, develop lesson plans to cover the material we have selected, painstakingly design a syllabus to ensure the class remains on track and the students are aware of the class content and their obligations, and prepare examinations and assignments as identified on the syllabus to assess student learning outcomes.

The question we often do not address or even neglect is: What are my student learning outcomes and what type of assessment will be required to verify these outcomes have been achieved? Edel Reilly, director of Liberal Studies and a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Shari Robertson, provost’s associate for Academic Programs and Planning; will offer their insight about developing and assessing course objectives.