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New Faculty Coffee Chats
In addition to the formal New Faculty Orientation held prior to the start of classes in August, the “Coffee Chats” provide new faculty members with a variety of information and support throughout their first year at Ripon College. To prevent the “information overload” new faculty sometimes experience at the beginning of the school year, the Coffee Chats are scheduled to provide new faculty members with the information they need when they need it; for example, the College Registrar offers a tutorial on final examination and final grade policies in November, rather than in August! Additionally, the Coffee Chats allow the newest members of the Ripon College community to meet and interact with the staff, administration, and board of trustees.
Unless otherwise noted, all Coffee Chats will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, East Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.
|Topic: The End of the Semester Thursday, Nov. 1|
|The Registrar and Associate Dean of Faculty will review key policies that govern the final weeks of the semester and final exams.|
|Topic: Ripon’s First-Year Studies Program: Thursday, Nov. 29|
|The Director of the First-Year Studies Program will explain how the program helps new students adjust to college, understand the liberal arts and prepare for advanced work. He will also discuss ways in which you can get involved in the program.|
|Topic: Funding Your Development: Thursday, Feb. 7|
|The Faculty Development Coordinator will discuss establishing long-term research agendas and in-house funding. The Director of Government/Foundation Relations will discuss processes and support for faculty seeking external funding.|
|Topic: The Promotion and Tenure Process: Thursday, March 7|
|Members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee will share their insights on preparing for promotion and tenure, creating files and balancing faculty development among teaching, scholarly/artistic pursuits and service.|
|Topic: Working with the Media/End-of-Year Traditions: Thursday, April 11|
|Members of the Office of Marketing and Communication will offer tips for serving as a media source in your area of expertise and will provide an overview of the many wonderful traditions that are hallmarks of the months of April and May on campus.|
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Established in 1994, the Brown Bag Lunch Series (BBL) provides Ripon faculty with the opportunity to share their scholarly and artistic pursuits and pedagogical initiatives with faculty colleagues from all academic disciplines. Many members of the college staff, administration and student body also regularly attend BBLs.
BBLs are held weekly during the academic year, except during the weeks of midterms, registration and final exams. Unless otherwise posted, BBL presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Pickard Commons, unless otherwise specified.
Spring Semester 2013 Schedule of Presenters
|Jan. 31||Skip Wittler and Memuna Khan, Biology. “Maymester in Northern Minnesota.”|
|Feb. 14||Lindsay Blumer, Ethical Leadership Program. Grant Reports.|
|Feb. 21||Amy Gammon, Psychology. Honing in on Applicant Faking|
|Feb. 28||David Hutson, Sociology. Losing the Baby Weight: Pregnancy and Body Weight in the Context of the Obesity Epidemic|
|March 7||Sarah Kraaz, Music Department. Italian Organ Music at Demmer Recital Hall at Rodman Center for the Arts|
|April 4||Lean Simon, Physics. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…|
|April 11||Mary Unger, English. “Ugly and Undistinguished”:The Aesthetics of Racial Progress in the Harlem Renaissance.|
|April 18||David Graham, English, and Brent Goodman.|
|April 25||Jody Roy, Communication, and Joe Hatcher, Psychology.”Prison and the Liberal Arts: Engaging Students—and Faculty–in Opportunities in Prisons and Jails”|
To learn more about the BBL program or to schedule a BBL presentation, contact Jody Roy, faculty development coordinator, at email@example.com
2012- 2013 Faculty Scholarship Series Schedule
The Faculty Scholarship Series celebrates the work faculty achieve during sabbatical leaves and/or with support from the Trustee Grant program. The Faculty Scholarship Series provides faculty with an opportunity to share their research with colleagues and celebrates substantial faculty achievements. Additionally, the Faculty Scholarship Series provides junior faculty members with valuable insights into the scope and variation of successful sabbaticals and grant-funded projects as they prepare to craft their own proposals.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:00 in Rodman, Room 147. Sabbatical Leave presentation by Ken Hill, Theater Department. “Global Shakespeare, Teaching and Producing Shakespeare in the Contemporary World.”
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. in East Hall, Little Theater 101. Sabbatical Leave presentation by Geoff Guevara-Geer, Spanish, Department of Romance and Classical Languages. Title: “Alejo Carpentier: The Modern, The Problem of Magical Realism, and The Wider Mythology”
Tuesday, April 9 at 11:15 a.m. in East Hall, Little Theater 101. Sabbatical Leave presentation by Jeanne Williams, Education Department. Title: “Learning and the Brain: Three teaching principles based on neuroscience.”
Tuesday, April 23 at 11:15 a.m. in East Hall, Little Theater 101. Sabbatical Leave presentation by Bob Wallace, Biology Department. Title: TBA