Winter 2016: Campus Climate, National Issues, and Student Achievement

25 January 2016

Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 18, Feb 23

LTC Lunch: Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault: Results & Next Steps (Jan. 7)

Carleton participated in the HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing) Consortium Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey in Spring 2015. Join members of the Title IX Lead Team, Institutional Research and Assessment, and students from the Title IX Visioning Team to review the findings and discuss ways Carleton can respond now and into the future to help make our campus community stronger, as sexual misconduct is significantly impacting our students. Presenters: Mary Dunnewold, Title IX Deputy for Faculty & Staff / Investigator; Laura Haave, Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center / Title IX Deputy for Sexual Violence Prevention; Julie A. Thornton, Associate Dean of Students / Title IX Coordinator; Jim Fergerson, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, and select students on the Title IX Student Visioning Team

LTC Lunch: From Recruitment to Recommendations: Faculty Roles in the Student Fellowships Process (Jan. 12)

This session will provide an overview of Carleton processes and relevant information for faculty members who may recruit students, advise them during the preparation of  their materials, and/or prepare recommendations to support their applications. Presenters will discuss the differences between fellowship and graduate school application processes and letters, address common questions and concerns about how best to help students and assess their qualifications for particular awards, and describe the support and resources available to faculty members through the Office of Student Fellowships. We hope to solicit feedback and recommendations about what else we can do to support faculty involvement. Presenters: Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships; Nancy Cho, Professor of English and Chair of the Student Fellowships Committee.  Handouts from the presentation are available, here.

LTC Lunch: Making Learning Visible with Electronic Portfolios (Jan. 19)

The idea of the portfolio has been around a long time in higher education. New technology, however, is offering better digital platforms for capturing, archiving and curating the learning that our students are doing in a variety of educational settings. Come find out how electronic portfolios can make student learning more visible both to external audiences and to the students who create them. Presenters:  Deborah Gross, Professor of Chemistry, Helena Kaufman, Director of Off-Campus Studies, and Carol Rutz, Director of the College Writing Program

LTC Lunch: How Social Identities Affect Student Learning (Jan. 26)

Students’ social identities such as race, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. affect every aspect of their lives including their classroom experiences. In this workshop, stories submitted by Carleton students will be used as case studies to discuss how faculty could provide safe spaces for students with marginalized  identities and help them achieve their full learning potential. At the end of the workshop, the audience will be asked to share what other issues/topics that they think should be included in a diversity training if Carleton were to implement one in the future. Student presenters: Kathryn Melendez ’17, Chue Lor ’18, Zara Pylvainen ’17, and Peter Sang ’17

Dialogos II: Ruling States and Citizens in Times of War (Feb. 2)

This session features work emerging from the Humanities Center/GEI Faculty Research Seminar, “War, Destruction, (Re)Invention: Legacies of Creation and Transformation in the Context of Global Conflict.” Presenters: Zaki Haidar, Lecturer in Arabic, Paul Petzschmann, Lecturer & Research  Associate in European Studies, and Noah Salomon, Assistant Professor of Religion

LTC Lunch: Trigger Warnings: Protection for Vulnerable Students or a Threat to Academic Freedom? (Feb. 9)

College students are increasingly insisting upon “trigger warnings” in advance of the presentation of potentially upsetting or traumatic material. Yet, there are concerns that trigger warnings may narrow intellectual exploration, reinforce the fear of words, and diminish potential learning experiences. The presenters will discuss how they approach  (and struggle with) such topics as eating disorders, suicide, rape, domestic violence, and the Holocaust in the classroom as well as the pros and cons of providing trigger warnings. Presenters: Ken Abrams, Associate Professor of Psychology, Pierre Hecker, Associate Professor of English, Julie Neiworth, Professor of Psychology, and Thabiti Willis, Assistant Professor of History

LTC Lunch: A Different Possibility for a Common Reading (Feb. 18)

Is it possible to have the benefits of a common reading for first‑year students without adding to the workload of faculty and staff members? Carleton abandoned the idea of a common reading due to workload issues at the busy time of the start of a new year. Vassar had a similar experience, but has brought the common reading back using an online forum that greatly reduces the need for  faculty or staff involvement. This program will feature the Dean of Freshmen from Vassar, discussing what has worked well or not so well in their revival of the common reading concept. Presenter: Susan Zlotnick, Dean of Freshmen, Department of English, Vassar College

LTC Lunch: Bridge Broadening 101: Curricular Innovations (Feb. 23)

The Mellon “Broadening the Bridge” grant intended to promote collaboration between Carleton and St. Olaf is now two years old. This session will offer three examples of  Bridge-broadening curricular collaboration and discuss ways of sharing courses, confronting disparate calendars, logistics vs. payoffs, who benefits, why bother, directions for future curricular partnerships. Presenters:  Peter Balaam, Associate Professor of English; Mary Trull, Professor of English at St. Olaf, Baird Jarman, Associate Professor of Art History, Nancy Thompson, Associate Professor of Art History at St. Olaf, Greg Marfleet, Professor of Political Science. This session is jointly sponsored with CILA, the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts at Saint Olaf College.