We are happy to announce the 2018-19 program of CTL seminars and mini-grants. In an attempt to provide variety in content and seminar structures, next year we are offering several shorter seminars, as well as programmatic mini-grants. We encourage you to review these options carefully, consult with your chair, and consider applying to one or more of these activities.
The deadline for *most* applications is Monday, April 30, 2018. Please check the descriptions below for further details. Most seminars require filling out the 2018-19 seminar application form.
The 2018-19 CTL offerings fit into the following categories:
Our faculty’s creativity, knowledge and expertise, and deep commitment to our students are on full display in these offerings. One of the CTL’s guiding principles is the value of learning collectively in meaningful social contexts that allow us to slow down and think together. That’s what our seminars are designed to make happen. To learn more about the offerings, meeting calendars, and expectations for participants, please see the full descriptions by clicking on the name of each seminar below. Where appropriate, the description also includes a link to the online application.
At the core of CTL seminars is a focus on student learning and success. Many seminars highlight a Learning Matters Core Competency or Ability, helping faculty build students’ 21st century learning skills. As always, assignment design and their articulation with disciplinary ways of knowing will shape seminar discussion, strengthening programs’ and departments’ ability to develop cohesive and effective strategies to help students advance and thrive. We look forward to learning with you!
The printable summary pdf provides brief descriptions of each seminar. Full descriptions, including dates, are available below by clicking on each seminar's name.
Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professors Karen Miller (Social Science) and Naomi Stubbs (English) will lead the second of two year-long seminars that address themes related to war. Liberal Arts faculty will discuss readings and attend two visiting speaker engagements with a view toward developing curricula in conversation with one another. In this seminar, participants will consider questions surrounding the aftermaths of war, including topics such as representations of veterans, the lived experiences of refugees, reenactments, memorials, memoirs, and fiction. Throughout the year, we will consider interdisciplinary theories of war and explore the relationship between human nature and military conflict; we will also examine the enduring impacts of war.
The seminar will be supplemented by discussions with Performance Studies scholar Dr. Rebecca Schneider (Brown University) and American Studies scholar Dr. John Kinder (Oklahoma State University).
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Latin America’s contributions to global history and culture are rich and varied. This seminar will highlight those contributions and thus strengthen LaGuardia’s commitment to global learning. Faculty who are interested in enhancing the teaching and learning of Latin American history and culture at LaGuardia are invited to apply to the second year of a project designed to increase awareness of this important region on campus.
This seminar, funded by a three-year grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities, will focus on developing course syllabi and assignments that enhance awareness of Latin America’s place in global culture and history. In its second year, the seminar will explore diverse traditions in literature, and photography, as well as the historical events that shaped them. The interdisciplinary nature of the seminar will thus address two of our main institutional competencies (global and integrative learning). Faculty should be prepared to commit to participate in the seminar events described above, and to present their syllabi and assignments for feedback.
The seminar will be held from March to December 2019 and will consist of monthly meetings—typically from 11:00am-1:00pm on Fridays—and three special lectures. During these meetings and lectures, seminar fellows will discuss readings from various disciplinary perspectives, engage with visiting scholars, and provide feedback and support to seminar colleagues as they develop and enhance course syllabi and assignments, based on insights from the seminar.
Applications will be available in December 2018.
In Fall 2017, LaGuardia launched the Next Generation ePortfolio—an engaging new ePortfolio interface with a new learning architecture consisting of a longitudinal, discipline-based “Core ePortfolio” and modular units that can be used by any individual faculty member, in any course. Our students now have a primary ePortfolio they can use to document, reflect on, and deepen their learning across semesters, in multiple courses and co-curricular experiences, using a dynamic new interface that allows for easy mobile usage and integration with dozens of multimedia tools and platforms.
The Next Gen ePortfolio sparks individualized digital creativity and builds student excitement while supporting sustained, integrative engagement with learning. More than 8,000 students are already completing assignments and building their learning in this new ePortfolio environment.
To help faculty learn about and incorporate new ePortfolio pedagogy and technology, the Center will offer the three exciting mini-seminar options described below. Prof. Demetri Kapetanakos (English) and Prof. Michelle de Goeas-Malone (Education) and ePortfolio Director Pablo Avila will lead all three, working with faculty college-wide to invent Next Generation ePortfolio practice at LaGuardia. Faculty may select one, two, or all of three of these options. Please see below for details about each.
How can I start using the new ePortfolio? This seminar will help you build a free-standing ePortfolio assignment that leverages the exciting capacities of the new interface. It introduces the new interface and the pedagogical principles of integration, reflection, and social pedagogy--the hallmarks of LaGuardia's ePortfolio practice. Seminar participants will learn practical applications of the new interface in order to build student creativity, learning, and success in any discipline or course.
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The institute is for faculty who want help building their course ePortfolio and using the new interface to engage students. Participants in this two-day institute will bring a syllabus and course materials. By the end of the first day, they will complete and publish a course ePortfolio. On the second day, participants will reflect on their course structure from their students' perspectives. Over the two days, participants will investigate ways to deepen students' ePortfolio learning while revising their syllabus and assignments to better capture their intentional ePortfolio pedagogies.
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How can Next Generation ePortfolio practice transform student experience in the First Year Seminar? Deepening our ePortfolio pedagogy, can we use the qualities of the new interface to help students find their voices and build new identities as learners? This mini-seminar will emphasize how the FYS launches the Core ePortfolio and establishes a practice that students will take from FYS to capstone. We will include practical discussions such as how to build a relationship with the SSMs, assessing ePortfolio work, and using the assignment template and FYS assignment library.
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Capstone courses prepare students to transition out of LaGuardia. As a High Impact Practice, the Capstone aims to be “a crowning experience at the end of a sequence of courses with the specific objective of integrating a body of relatively fragmented knowledge into a unified whole” (Durel, 1993).
How do our Capstone courses and assignments help students purposefully connect their diverse educational experiences? How do they help students think in new ways about who they have been, and who they dare to be? In this seminar, led by Fine Arts Prof. Dahlia El-Sayed and ePortfolio Director Pablo Avila, faculty will develop their program specific goals for the Capstone as a vital, summative practice for students. Exploring ways to use the new Core ePortfolio to support integrative learning, digital communication and Capstone pedagogy, faculty will together discover ways to strengthen the Capstone experience, helping students engage in synthesis and transition to career and advanced education.
Through participation in the seminar, faculty enjoy a supported opportunity to review, revise, experiment, and then implement new pedagogies in a targeted Capstone course to be taught in Spring 2019 or Fall 2019.
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The First Year Seminar is changing! Here’s your opportunity to shape those changes—and to prepare yourself to teach FYS in future semesters.
The First Year Seminar first launched during the Spring 2014 semester in two departments, and has since grown to include nearly all LaGuardia majors. The FYS has been highly successful in building retention and student success. But it’s time to Reboot the FYS.
Since 2014, LaGuardia’s commitment to innovation has generated an array of significant developments aimed at strengthening student success, and they all have implications for FYS. In 2018-19, Rebooting the FYS will engage experienced FYS faculty in Business and Technology and Health Sciences in an in-depth, discipline-based examination of these changes and engage their FYS teaching experience to recraft the course. The following areas of focus will be addressed to help guide the re-design and implementation of the FYS in coming semesters:
Participants will be required to design and conduct an inquiry project related to one of these four themes during the implementation semester. Project findings will be collected and shared with the larger FYS community.
This is a one-time opportunity for BAT and HS faculty who want to teach the FYS in their areas. It will not be offered again. A parallel seminar for faculty teaching LIF, CJF, and SYF will launch in Fall II and run through Fall 2019. STEM faculty teaching NSF, ECF, and LMF will have opportunities in 2019-20.
Please see the call for more details about participation and the calendar for the two cohorts.
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LaGuardia’s students represent diversity broadly—of geographic and cultural backgrounds, lived experiences, academic histories, and other characteristics that create a “classroom ecology” that provides opportunities and challenges to our pedagogies. The Language across the Curriculum and Culturally-relevant Pedagogy Seminars focus specifically on the dynamics of the diverse LaGuardia classroom.
At LaGuardia, we embrace the diversity of our students and the fact that they speak more than 100 different languages and a range of Englishes. This linguistic diversity can come with a struggle, though, because many of our students are studying in a language that is not their dominant one. It also presents challenges for faculty who wish to assist their multilingual students yet lack training they seem to increasingly require.
This CTL seminar will introduce participants to teaching Language Across the Curriculum (LAC), an approach that supports the language development of students in all disciplines and provides faculty with a theoretical and practical framework for addressing language concerns. All students will benefit from explicit language instruction and support in developing awareness of their linguistic repertoire and choices. To do this, LAC builds on the insights and methods of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID), as well as of CUNY’s expertise in Composition and Rhetoric and Translingualism, integrating a research-based understanding of language with a pedagogy of discovery of disciplinary conventions.
The seminar will first discuss research on language acquisition and best practices for supporting students’ language development; participants will also examine characteristics of academic language in various fields. Participants will then build language objectives into lessons and develop strategies for teaching academic discourse.
This CTL seminar will be led by Leigh Garrison-Fletcher, an Associate Professor of ESL and Linguistics, whose research focuses on second language and literacy acquisition, Ellen Quish, the Director for First Year Programming and Student Success and a former ESL instructor at LaGuardia, and Lucy McNair, Associate Professor of English, whose work focuses on translation and the passage between language worlds.
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LaGuardia’s diverse faculty and student population provide the groundwork for some transformative developments in terms of student learning. It also presents challenges. Minoritized student populations have cultural capital that is not often recognized by mainstream society, including mainstream educational institutions. This concept draws from scholarship on culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory. In this seminar we will explore how recognizing and building on the capital students bring from their own cultures can challenge deficit thinking and promote student educational success in higher education. What cultural capital can minoritized students draw from, such as community learning, language dexterity, and bilingualism, to change deficit perceptions? How can our faculty draw from insights into our students’ cultures and backgrounds to create classroom activities and lesson plans that are both relevant to student lives and build skills necessary to help students do well in college? In this seminar we will engage in interactive activities, identify relationships between theory and praxis, and reflect on these issues to arrive at methodologies that promotes inclusive classrooms.
This seminar will address the College's Global and Integrative Learning competencies by enabling students to recognize, value, and communicate cross culturally and to apply real life experiences to classroom learning. Participants will engage in readings, interactive activities, and reflection to arrive at multiple forms of critical teaching practices that would have the potential of addressing the needs of students across disciplines. We will work individually or in pairs to write up and present a classroom activity incorporating culturally responsive teaching and global or integrative learning in their discipline. Prof. Florence Kabba (ELA) designed and will lead the seminar.
In this year-long faculty development seminar, designed to assist LaGuardia faculty with their scholarly writing, faculty scholars seek to complete current academic writing projects and place them in external, peer-reviewed journals. LaGuardia faculty scholars from various disciplines—ranging from Accounting to Communication Studies, from Mathematics to English, from Health Sciences to Sociology —come together to read, critique, and support one another’s writing within their respective fields. Past FSPW participants have benefited from the peer support structure of this seminar and have successfully revised and submitted work subsequently published in peer-reviewed journals. Individual consultation with the workshop leader is also provided on an as needed basis.Professor of English, whose work focuses on translation and the passage between language worlds.
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The Writing in the Disciplines program at LaGuardia is part of a nation-wide interdisciplinary effort that explores strategies for improving student writing and using writing as an active learning tool. In 2018-19 WID will be offered as two separate semester-long faculty development seminars (Fall I 2018 and Spring I 2019). Full- and part-time faculty will develop and test writing intensive assignments that can help students learn course content and develop Inquiry and Problem Solving, Integrative Learning and Global Learning competencies, and revise syllabi to create a Writing Intensive course.
Seminars are facilitated by interdisciplinary teams of LaGuardia faculty and Graduate Center Writing Fellows. Faculty interested in teaching Writing Intensive courses, such as Urban Studies and Capstones, must complete the seminar to receive Writing Intensive certification.
Seminar leaders include Evelyn Burg (English) and Michelle Pacht (English). Professor of English, whose work focuses on translation and the passage between language worlds.
The LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to invite program directors, course co-coordinators, and other faculty to apply for up to $10,000 in Learning Matters Mini-Grants for the 2018-19 academic year.
LaGuardia has identified the Learning Matters Core Competencies to help students in every discipline develop the capacities needed for success in 21st century education and career. The Competencies and Abilities are recursively built, reinforced, and assessed in disciplinary majors as well as General Education courses. Learning Matters Mini-Grants support teams working to improve learning and teaching related to key Competencies and Abilities by strengthening assignments, courses, and curricular sequences.
The CTL is offering Mini-Grants of up to $10,000 to support program-led efforts to strengthen Global and Integrative Learning and Digital Communication in program courses and curricula. We will offer funding to support two tracks:
Faculty teams participating in the Mini-grants may also be eligible to apply for up to $1,000 in additional funding from Student Affairs to support co-curricular learning connected to one or more of the courses.
Please see the Learning Matters Mini-Grants 2018-19 Call for more details on how to apply.
Applications are due Friday, May 11.
In this year-long orientation to teaching and learning at LaGuardia, new full-time faculty work with CTL staff and senior colleagues to learn about their new professional environment. Participants learn from each other, and from colleagues across the College, about LaGuardia’s students, college-wide campus initiatives, opportunities, and pedagogical strategies proven to be effective at LaGuardia. The colloquium is a setting in which new faculty meet with colleagues and can form friendships that carry into future endeavors. Colloquium sessions and activities also include introductions to the key processes, resources, and information that will help new faculty successfully navigate their first year at the college and set the stage for a successful LaGuardia career.
Seminar leaders include Priscilla Stadler (CTL) and Michele Piso (CTL).