2011-2012 Programs

Writing Across Borders
Friday, August 26, 3-4:30pm – CTL, 101A Buttrick Hall

In the twenty-five minute film, Writing Across Borders, students from a broad array of countries and cultures talk about adapting to writing assignments, requirements, rhetorical styles, and teachers’ expectations in US colleges and universities, and instructors offer advice on helping international students make these adaptations to do their best work. A screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion with Christine Cozzens, director of the Center for Writing and Speaking, Jennifer Lund, director of the Office of International Education, and several international students.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Speaking & the Office of International Education

iPads in Education
Friday, Sept. 16 – President’s Dining Room, Evans Dining Hall

1-2:00 p.m. iPads for Beginners
Andre Vlajk, Southeast Account Executive- Higher Education, Apple, will provide a basic introduction to iPads and their relevance to education.

2-:300 p.m. iPads in the Classroom
In this interactive session, Andre Vlajk, Southeast Account Executive – Higher Education, Apple, will demonstrate effective uses of iPad 2 to enhance teaching and learning.

Co-sponsored by the Educational Technology Center

Teagle-funded Sessions
Friday, Sept. 23

2-3:00 p.m. – Teasley Lecture Hall – Using the Diverse Learning Environments Study to Assess and Improve Student Learning
Keynote address by Laura Palucki Blake, Assistant Director of CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) within HERI (Higher Educational Research Institution) at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

3:15-5 p.m. – CTL, 101A Buttrick Hall – Perseverance and Student Success
Laura Palucki Blake will discuss the relationship between students’ “persevering” with the course of study in which they express interest upon enrollment at an institution and completing their degree at that institution.

Alicia C. Dowd and Misty Sawatzky and Randi Korn. “Theoretical Foundations and a Research Agenda to Validate Measures of Intercultural Effort.” The Review of Higher Education 35.1 (2011): 17-44. Project MUSE. Web.

Hurtado, Sylvia, and Deborah Faye Carter. “Effects of College Transition and Perceptions of the Campus Racial Climate on Latino Students’ Sense of Belonging.” Sociology of Education 70.4 (1997): 324-345. SocINDEX with Full Text. EBSCO. Web.

Hausmann, Leslie, Janet Schofield, and Rochelle Woods. “Sense of Belonging as a Predictor of Intentions to Persist Among African American and White First-Year College Students.” Research in Higher Education 48.7 (2007): 803-839. Professional Development Collection. EBSCO. Web.

Using the Diverse Learning Environments Survey to Assess and Improve Student Learning (pdf)

Trans-Awareness in the Classroom

Thursday, Sept. 29, 11:30-12:30, South Dining Room, Evans Dining Hall

A conversation with Dean Spade, Assistant Professor, Seattle University School of Law and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (www.srlp.org), a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color, and engages in litigation, policy reform and public education on issues affecting these communities.

Books recommended by Professor Spade

Are Prisons Obsolete?
Angela Y.Davis(Author)
Publisher: Seven Stories Press (August 5, 2003)

No Trespassing!
Anders Corr (Author)
Publisher: South End Press (October 1, 1999)

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities
Ching-In Chen (Editor), Jai Dulani (Editor), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor), Andrea Smith (Preface)
Publisher: South End Press (May 24, 2011)

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (Editor)
Publisher: South End Press (March 1, 2009)

The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (Editor)
Publisher: South End Press (August 1, 2006)

Dispatches from Latin America: On the Frontlines Against Neoliberalism
Teo Ballve (Editor), Vijay Prashad (Editor)
Publisher: South End Press (October 1, 2008)

Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change
Cynthia Kaufman (Author), Elizabeth Martinez (Foreword)
Publisher: South End Press (June 1, 2003)

Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy
Rinku Sen (Author), Kim Klein (Series Editor)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 14, 2003)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and the Safe Zone Committee.

Funded by the Alliance for Full Acceptance Grant and the Liz Chandler Memorial Fund for Diversity Programming

Blogs & ePortfolios
Thursday, Oct. 6, 1-1:50, South Dining Room, Evans Dining Hall

Amy Lovell (Physics and Astronomy), Eleanor Morris (International Relations), and Nell Ruby (Art) will share their experiences using blogging and ePortfolios to enhance reflection in their senior seminars.

Recording of this presentation can be viewed through iTunes U here.

Co-sponsored by the Educational Technology Center

QPR in the CTL (Suicide Prevention)
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1-1:50 – CTL, 101A Buttrick

Facilitated by Beth Krakow, licensed psychologist & outreach coordinator, & Holly Byrd, director ASC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). QPR is a nationwide suicide prevention program, similar to CPR (it is easily learned & may save a life); teaches staff & faculty how to be “gatekeepers”- not therapists; stands for – Question about distress/suicide thoughts, Persuade to get help and, Refer to the appropriate resource.

Participants learn to:

  1. Recognize suicide warning signs
  2. Intervene and refer
  3. Act as a liaison so the distressed individual can receive professional assessment & treatment.

Co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Global Awareness Overview
Thursday, Oct. 20, 1-1:50, Lower Evans A& B

Have you ever thought you might like to lead ASC students abroad, but are unsure what it involves? Join Jennifer Lund, Director of International Education, for a brief description of Agnes Scott’s Global Awareness (GA) program, followed by Q & A and discussion with Jennifer and former GA faculty leaders.

Co-sponsored by the Office of International Education

Books & Bucks
Friday, Oct. 21, 2-3:30, CTL, 101A Buttrick

Why aren’t students buying textbooks and what can we do about it? Join CASA for a discussion about potential strategies for helping ensure that our students have the necessary books for their classes. Come to share your strategies, hear others’ ideas, and give CASA feedback on a couple of potential initiatives aimed at addressing this problem.

Click here to download an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding professors tailoring their own textbooks for much lower prices than students are typically paying.

Designing & Supervising Academic Internships
Friday, Oct. 28, 2: 00-3:30, CTL, 101 A Buttrick

David Williams, Coordinator of Internships, and Isa Williams, Emerita Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and retired director of the Office of Community-Based Learning and Partnerships, will facilitate a panel discussion about designing and teaching service-learning/practicum courses and serving as the academic supervisor for independent academic internships (i.e., 450s).

Books recommended by Gail Bell:

Internship Success by Marianne Ehrlich Green, VGM Career Horizons, 1997

The Successful Internship, Transformation and Empowerment by H. Frederick Sweitzer and Mary A. King, Brooks/Cole Publishing, 1999.

Resources from David Williams:

ECO 370 F11 Application

ECO 370 F11 Syllabus

ECO 370 F11 Schedule

ECO 370 Student-led Discussion and Moodle Posting

Resources from Isa Williams:

Autoethnography Assignment 2011

WLSC Internship Syllabus 2011

Digital Textbook Demonstration
Thursday, Nov. 3, 1:00-1:50, CTL, 101A Buttrick – feel free to bring your lunch!

Learn how students can take notes, highlight passages, and share ideas using CafeScribe digital textbooks. James Cope, Regional Manager, Follett Bookstores, will demonstrate and answer questions about CafeScribe, a digital textbook & study tool available through Agnes Scott’s Bookstore. CafeScribe texts cost 40-60% less than new, printed texts.

Co-sponsored by the Educational Technology Center and the ASC Bookstore

NVivo (qualitative data analysis software) Demonstration
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1:00-1:50, Lower Evans A

Humanities and Social Science faculty members especially are encouraged to join Stacy Penna, Ed.D (Business Development Manager for QSR International), to discuss using NVivo 9 for qualitative and mixed methods research. During this eSeminar, Stacy will demonstrate how to use NVivo to: code and analyze interviews and surveys; query data with word frequencies, perform text searches and comparison searches; compare team members’ coding; work with PDFs and bibliographical data to create literature reviews; and export work to one’s final product.

For a copy of the Power Point used in the eSeminar, go to this link eSeminar PPT.

Co-sponsored by the Educational Technology Center

The Changing Landscape of Learning
Friday, Jan. 27, 2:00-3:00, Teasley

Dr. Stephen Harmon, Director of Learning Technologies in the Department of Education at Georgia State University, will discuss recent developments in learning research and information/communications technologies that have the potential to alter substantially the way we teach and learn. He will offer a theoretical basis for making good decisions about whether and when to use new technologies and conclude by examining the role of educational technology in 21st Century Learning and speculating about Agnes Scott’s place in this new landscape.

To view a video of this lecture, click here, then click on “View in iTunes” for the video entitled, “The Changing Landscape of Learning.”

Co-sponsored by the Educational Technology Center

Trans-inclusive Policies and Practices on Campus
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1:00-1:50, S. Dining Room, Evans

Members of the Safe Zone Committee and the Transgender Task Force will discuss
recent diversity initiatives at the college including the Student Name Change Policy
and the Statement of Support for Gender Expression and Gender Identity.

Co-sponsored by the: Gué Pardue Hudson Center for Student Engagement

Mentoring and Undergraduate Research
Friday, Feb. 24, 2:30 to 4:00, location TBD

All interested members of the faculty are invited to join Cohort 1 of the Mellon Project on Undergraduate Research in the Humanities for a discussion of the role of faculty mentors in supporting undergraduate research. What constitutes effective mentoring and how do we make time for it? How can we enhance mentoring prior to, as well as during, senior seminars? How do we address the challenges of working with students with different levels of ability and preparation? During this session, colleagues will share their experiences as mentors and their plans for new mentoring programs, and we will talk about national trends in mentored research and students’ experiences working with faculty mentors.

Co-sponsored by the Mellon Project on Undergraduate Research in the Humanities

Disability, Social Justice, & the Classroom
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1:00-1:50, S. Dining Room, Evans

Mia Mingus – queer, physically disabled, woman of color, Korean-American transracial and transnational adoptee, writer, organizer, community builder, and Agnes Scott alumna (‘02) – will lead a conversation about the implications for teaching and learning of understanding disability as a social justice issue.

Ms. Mingus also will give a public lecture at 7pm in lower Evans on the same day.

For more information about Mia, click here.

Co-sponsored by: the Office of Academic Advising and Student Disability Services, and
the Office of Campus Life and Intercultural Engagement

Blended Courses: Combining Online and Face-to-Face Learning
Tuesday, March 6, 2:00-3:30, Center for Teaching & Learning (Buttrick 101A)

This webinar, taught by Ivan A. Shibley, Jr., associate professor of Chemistry at Penn State Berks, will explore: what courses are good candidates for blended design; how to identify learning activities that are best accomplished in-class and those best accomplished online; and how to design blended courses. 

Supplemental material can be downloaded from these links:
Power Point Handout
Supplemental Handouts
Discussion Guide for Facilitators

Co-sponsored by the Educational Technology Center

Sexual Violence on College Campuses: the New Title IX Protocols
Friday, March 23, 2:00-4:00, CTL (101A Buttrick)

Chris Marquardt, Agnes Scott College’s attorney, will discuss the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ recent letter detailing Title IX-mandated measures that colleges and universities must implement to address sexual violence on our campuses. Mr. Marquardt will outline steps that Agnes Scott is required to take to comply with these new protocols and discuss their implications for faculty members.

Co-sponsored by the Dean of Students Office


Retaining the High Achievers
Thursday, April 12, 1:00-1:50, S. Dining Room, Evans

The Student Satisfaction Survey and recent exit interviews indicate a desire on the part of high achieving students for increased intellectual rigor on campus. Join with faculty and staff colleagues to discuss the implications of these results. Session facilitated by Jennifer Cannady, Jennifer Lund, Laura Martin, and Madeline Zavodny.

Co-sponsored by CASA, the Office of Admission, the Office of International Education, and the Office of Academic Advising & Student Success

Senior Seminars and Undergraduate Research
Friday, April 13, 2:30-4:00, 221 Buttrick

All interested members of the faculty are invited to join Cohort 1 of the Mellon Project on Undergraduate Research in the Humanities for a discussion of the senior seminar as a site for undergraduate research. We will discuss the syllabi of several existing senior seminars and consider strategies for improving students’ research experience. Syllabi and other short readings will be available prior to the session. Contact Amy Andrews (aandrews) to obtain these readings if you are not a member of Mellon Cohort 1.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Undergraduate Research
Friday, April 20, 2:30-4:00, 221 Buttrick

All interested members of the faculty are invited to join Cohort 1 of the Mellon Project on Undergraduate Research in the Humanities for this workshop. Although most undergraduate research takes place in a disciplinary context, we will examine models of interdisciplinary undergraduate research at other institutions and consider possibilities for interdisciplinary methods courses, senior seminars, workshops, and/or other approaches at Agnes Scott. One of the goals of this session is to generate ideas for course development proposals for the upcoming second phase of the Mellon Project. If interested & not a member of Cohort 1, contact Amy Andrews (aandrews) to obtain readings prior to the session.


Missed Opportunities: The Effects of Stereotype Threat on Learning & Performance
Friday, April 27, 3:00-5:00, Teasley Auditorium

Guest Speaker: Valerie Jones Taylor, Department of Psychology, Spelman College

Hundreds of experiments have shown that stereotype threat undermines intellectual performance by causing stereotyped students to perform below their capabilities. Prof. Taylor will discuss her current research about whether stereotype threat interferes with learning itself. Her results suggest that stereotype threat can contribute to racial achievement gaps by preventing stereotyped students from fully acquiring academic knowledge and skills, regardless of the students’ intellectual potential. Prof. Taylor’s work underscores the importance of creating psychologically safe academic environments that support a diverse student body.