Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dr. Magen and Prof. Periman highlight UAA faculty learning communities at 2012 new faculty orientation

Dr. Randy Magen, School of Social Work, and Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice faculty, discussed UAA learning communities at the new faculty orientation on August 14 sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE).

Standing l to r: Dr. Magen and Prof. Periman describe the Making Learning Visible project.

Making Learning Visible

Dr. Magen and Prof. Periman outlined activities of the "Making Learning Visible" Project for the upcoming academic year. The goal of this project is to provide resources and a supportive community of colleagues to faculty as they strive to self-evaluate and improve their teaching skills.

Activities for faculty include a series of sessions centered on the book, Inquiry into the College Classroom: A Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching, and working groups to assist faculty in developing a web-based portfolio for public dissemination and for inclusion in their faculty review file, that documents efforts to improve teaching and student learning.

UAA/APU Books of the Year

At podium: Prof. Periman outlines Books of the Year events.
Prof. Periman also described the "UAA/APU Books of the Year" program, part of the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Project.  The program encourages faculty to integrate into their curriculum books selected for their relevance and timeliness. The Big Short by Michael Lewis and The Working Poor by David K. Shipler were selected by a faculty committee for the 2011 through 2013 academic years.  The program's website provides faculty with materials and ideas for weaving themes from the books into their classes and creating a community conversation.

David Shipler
David Shipler will visit the UAA and APU campuses and Anchorage community as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on September 24 - 28, 2012, and will speak at a series of events.  He will give a public lecture on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. (location tba) and a campus talk for APU and UAA on the APU campus Friday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. He will also be working directly with students in the classroom.

Mr. Shipler has worked as a journalist for "The New York Times," and has written for "The New Yorker," "The Washington Post," and the "Los Angeles Times."  He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, and has taught at Princeton University, American University in Washington, D.C., and at Darmouth College.