2017 Faculty Luncheon Series

Thursdays: presentation and discussion running from 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Fridays: presentation and discussion running from 12:30 to 1:20 PM
Note that the TDR doors will open 20 minutes early so everyone can get settled over lunch before the presentation begins.

Where: Trustees Dining Room

The Idea: Biweekly lunches for faculty (everyone welcome, no RSVP needed) in the Trustee's Dining Room, featuring an informal presentation on an interesting topic followed by discussion. Lunch from the DH is on CTL. We'll alternate Thursdays and Fridays so everyone (we hope) has a shot at participating.


January 13



Tales from the Writing & Media Lab

Jean Schwab & the WML Consultants

From the CCLC to the StudioLab and now the Writing & Media Lab, "that place in the Library" has had many different names, but its core mission of providing academic collegiality for students hasn't changed. WML Coordinator Jean Schwab will be joined by several student consultants as they share insights into multimodal assignments, FYWs, and "what goes on" in "that place."

January 26



Timed Assessments: Are We Measuring What We Think We're Measuring?

Casey Hawthorne, Mathematics

Timed tests and quizzes are a fixture in education. But do time limits actually inhibit our ability to assess student learning in some cases? What insights can we glean from research in this area? What are the other options, especially when we want to monitor and be available to address questions, yet we're confined by 50- and 75-minute blocks of time.


February 10



The End of Average and the Liberal Arts: A book discussion

Lloyd Benson, History

Todd Rose's recent book The End of Average offers a challenging framework for thinking about higher education. Join interested colleagues to explore and discuss what "the end of average" might mean for liberal arts institutions like Furman. (Let Jane Love know if you would like a copy of the book.)

February 16


Working with ESL Writers

Betsy Craig, The Center for Academic Success

Learn what to expect from ESL writers in your classes. Betsy Craig will share common grammatical mistakes and strategies for helping these students succeed as academic writers.


February 23



From Bias to Fake News: Helping our students navigate the Twitter/Trump/Post-Truth era

Libby Young & Laura Baker, Library

"In a world with no universally recognized standards for truth... everything is fair game." --Jonathan Mahler, "Search Party," The New York Times Magazine, p. 11, January 2017. Join Libby Young and Laura Baker for discussion and tips to help our students strengthen their "B.S.-O-Meters."


March 17



"Building Intelligent and Active Public Minds": Furman's History with Community Engagement in the 1930's.

Scott Henderson, Education

The phrase "community engagement" pops up often in the new Furman Advantage, but not many know that this won't be Furman's first foray into Greenville. Scott Henderson tells the story of this fascinating chapter in Furman's history and explores its implications for our current efforts.

March 30



The "Reflection Advantage”

Eric Cain and Susan D'Amato, Cothran Center

Come hear Cothran Center “alums” reflect on a few of their experiences with the Center during their time at Furman. Eric and Susan will also give an overview of the Center’s programs and helpful resources.

April 12*

*date change (Wednesday)


Teaching Away: Strategies for Study Away Courses

Marianne Pierce, Rinker Center

Study Away is a unique and challenging teaching environment that calls for creative and flexible approaches. Experienced Study Away faculty will share tips and techniques.

April 13



The "Strengths Advantage”

Kim Keefer and Susan D'Amato, Shucker and Cothran Centers

What happens when we help first year students identify their top five StrengthsQuest talent areas? We explored this question in the fall, in a pilot study conducted in the Engaged Living program. Come hear what we found!



April 21



Teaching Improvisation

Matt Olson, Music

Teaching with "normal" content is one thing, but what if the "content" is jazz improvisation? Matt Olson describes his approach to teaching students how to improvise. It just might change the way you think about your own teaching. (And yes, he's bringing his sax!)


Questions? Please contact Linette Reyes-Berberena.

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