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Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunches

Hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs


Meridith Symons will have lunch tickets available for you to pick up in advance, and you may choose what you'd like to eat in Dillin. You may use the meal ticket before or after the presentation but you might want to arrive a little early to get through Dillin lines prior to the meeting.


Ideas for Utilizing Office Hours

Tuesday, March 6 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
Presented by Jamie Friedman, Jeremy Weisz, and Brian Winkenweder

Three faculty panelists will discuss ideas and strategies for best utilizing office hours.


Ultimate Questions (UQ) Working Group

Thursday, March 8 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
Presented by Kaarina Beam, Curriculum Committee Chair and Brenda Marshall, UQ Working Group Chair

This past summer the Ultimate Questions (UQ) working group completed the second round of assessments for this LC designation. At this FTLL session we will review and discuss the group's findings and recommendations regarding the exemplar submissions for the UQ designation and the role instructors can play in better assisting students to meet UQ learning outcomes. This discussion will be of particular interest to those faculty who have taught or plan to teach UQ courses, but the session is open to anyone interested in the LC curriculum and assessment process. All interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in this important process.


Applying for External Research Grants and More

Tuesday, March 20 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
Presented by Catherine Jarmin Miller and Carol Stowell-Heller

Linfield faculty will learn about the process of applying for grants from organizations and agencies external to this institution. Topics to be covered include Linfield's External Faculty Grants web resource, researching grant opportunities, writing effective proposals, and developing budgets. Faculty will also learn about pertinent pre-award policies and procedures such as the proposal approval process, indirect cost policy, financial conflict of interest policy and more.


Alternatives to Traditional Grading Methods

Tuesday, April 10 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
Presented by Christian Millichap, Brian Gilbert, and Mindy Larson

Brian Gilbert, Mindy Larson, Christian Millichap will introduce participants to grading methods such as mastery grading and two-stage exams, that they have implemented in their classes. We'll discuss why we are trying these methods and then brainstorm some ideas for how participating faculty could implement non-traditional grading methods into their respective classes.


How to Run a Successful Seminar

Friday, April 13 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
Presented by Leonard Finkelman, Dimitri Kelly, and Dawn Nowacki

Three faculty will present strategies for running a successful seminar/discussion in the classroom.


Toward a PLACE 2.0?

Tuesday, April 17 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
Presented by Pat Cottrell

Where do we want to take Linfield's Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) in the future? This year, the goals of the program have been to help make it more central to the student experience, to synthesize the program with other existing initiatives on campus, and to help leverage the strategic potential it has for the institution. Please join us for a collaborative discussion around these themes and questions like:

  • How can we maximize the accessibility and value of PLACE to all members of the Linfield community, including those in Portland and online?
  • Should we change how the theme is selected (e.g. having students choose it)?
  • Can PLACE be better framed and utilized to help promote Linfield's distinction, recruit students, and support advancement?
  • How can PLACE best interact with other related initiatives on campus (e.g. diversity, STEM, sustainability, community engagement)? Are there ways to institutionalize these interactions?


Working with Student Anxiety and Teaching Resilience

Monday, April 23 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Portland Campus (location TBA)
Presented by Jake Creviston, Aaron Tabacco, Tanya Tompkins, and Joe Wilkins

A faculty panel will discuss ideas for working with student anxiety and teaching resilience.

This event will be hosted on the Portland campus.


How to Balance Teaching, Research, and Service (and still have a personal life!)

Tuesday, May 1 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Dillin NW
Presented by Chuck Dunn, Megan Bestwick, and Chad Tillberg

A panel of three faculty will discuss ideas for balancing a successful academic life.