UCITE First Fridays
Conversations with Colleagues
Students entering college this fall learned in a variety of teaching formats over the past two years, with secondary school and higher education faculty working to meet their differing needs. As we all reflect on our first-week encounters with students, Matthew Garrett and Jenny Hadingham will briefly share James Lang’s four principles to create and maintain engaging learning environments: curiosity, community, learning, and expectations. Lang is a fellow educator and learning center colleague, and he shares broad suggestions and discipline-specific ideas for a successful semester start in his article from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to participate in UCITE’s First Friday event on September 2, from 11:30-12:30 pm in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Join us for an informal conversation over a pizza lunch, as we share ideas among one another to empower our students to learn.
Whether mentoring students, or fellow faculty members (e.g., peer-to-peer), is a collaborative learning process that invites us to engage in a reciprocal, supportive, and creative partnership with one another. Mentoring relationships are important to support success and satisfaction across an individual's career. Such relationships and mentorship experiences also have the potential to enhance teaching effectiveness, productivity, and satisfaction, among many other benefits. When successfully implemented, strong mentorship programs at the institutional level can establish an inclusive and supportive scholarly community built on trust and transparency.
For this particular First Fridays event, The Office of Faculty Development is proud to announce upcoming programming that showcases the value of mentoring relationships and networks available to the Case Western Reserve University community. Among the topics discussed, we invite you to share your thoughts and experiences regarding effective characteristics for mentoring or qualities of effective mentors that you have engaged with during your career development. Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to participate in UCITE’s First Friday event on October 7, from 11:30-12:30 pm in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Join us for an informal conversation over a pizza lunch, as we share ideas among one another to empower our students to learn through effective mentorship.
4 November 2022 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Mindfulness Matters: [RE] Connecting to Learning with Focus and Purpose
This UCITE-funded study explored whether starting university classes with a brief (under 5 minutes) mindfulness activity demonstrates positive effects on students’ sense of well-being in the classroom, and on class dynamics as a whole, among a university population (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across various majors). Faculty were trained on doing brief mindfulness activities, and a sub-group of students from these classes chose to participate in a pre-post test survey. Although the sample was small, we had promising results, and are seeking to duplicate the study with a larger sample this spring (2023). Come here more about the results, and about how mindfulness might benefit your classroom!
Grant Recipient: Marjorie N. Edguer, PhD (Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences) and the University Faculty Mindfulness Matters team (Jesse Honsky, DNP, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Elizabeth R. Click, DNP, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Barbara Burgess Van Aken, PhD, Department of English; Matthew A. Salerno, JD, School of Law).
Presenters (in alphabetical order): Elizabeth R. Click, DNP, ND, RN, CWP (Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing); Marjorie N. Edguer, PhD, LISW-S, LICDC-CS (Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences); Jesse Honsky, DNP, MPH, RN, PHNA-BC (Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing).
Faculty and Staff who have participated in UCITE programs are welcome to join us for a “class reunion!” If you have been a Learning Fellow, Glennan Fellow, Mentor Fellow, Nord Grant recipient, UCIG recipient, AIIDE TLC Member, Assessment Learning Community Member, or if you have taken part in any of our past and ongoing programs, join us for a casual reunion to catch-up and re-connect.
2021-2022 FIRST FRIDAYS
6 May 2022 - UCITE Reunion!
1 April 2022 - Connecting to Community: Enhancing a Course with Service-Learning
4 March 2022 - Successful Teaching and Learning in Large Classes
11 February 2022 - [RE] Invigorating your Syllabus
3 December 2021 - UCITE Reunion!
5 November 2021 - Integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in CWRU Classrooms - Connecting with Students
1 October 2021 - Creating Community with CWRU International Students
3 September 2021 - [Re]-Engaging Students in Pandemic Learning Environments: People (Faculty) Teaching People (Students)