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Workshops

Spring 2015

All Duquesne faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are welcome to attend!

Please register for workshops to help us plan for handouts and refreshments.  Call 412-396-5177, email cte@duq.edu, or Register Online! 

For other CTE Events visit our Discussion of Reading and Graduate Student Workshop pages.


Predatory Publishing: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

Presenter: Joan Such Lockhart (Nursing), Charlotte Myers (Gumberg Library), and David Nolfi (Gumberg Library)
Monday, January 26, 3:00-4:30 pm
408 Gumberg Library

A growing number of new publishers are inviting researchers and recent Ph.D. graduates to publish their work in journals of questionable value. These "predatory publishers" often present themselves as reputable publishers and then charge fees in order publish authors' works. Predatory publishers mimic the business models of well-respected Open Access journals, making them difficult to recognize. This workshop is aimed at faculty and graduate students looking to publish their research. Its goals are to help you understand predatory publishing and recognize predatory publishing inquiries. The presenters will discuss ways that you can investigate the reputations of publishers and journals as well as how you can combat predatory publishing in the context of your own discipline or profession.

Cosponsored by Gumberg Library

Register Online via the Library

Rubrics to Promote and Assess Student Learning: Hands-On

Ryan Luchs (Marketing) & Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE)
Tuesday, February 10, 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Location: Union 109

Are your assignments difficult to grade? Does grading take far too much time and energy? Do your students have a hard time understanding your assignments? Participants in this workshop will draft a grading guide for an actual assignment in a course they teach. This guide, or rubric, will simplify the work of grading as well as promote learning by clarifying expectations in advance, and then making feedback useful to students. Please bring your assignment and course syllabus. Laptop computers and tablets are encouraged. The AAC&U VALUE rubrics will serve as a resource. The entire session will be hands-on.

Ryan Luchs, a 2010 participant, wrote: "I tried out my first grading rubric, and it worked really well: my grading time was cut in half, the feedback I gave was equal or better than when I used to make extensive comments on each paper, and I was much more consistent."

Co-sponsored by the Academic Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee

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Educational Technology will also offer a Mini Session on Using Blackboard Rubrics, February 25, 12-12:45 pm.

Beyond the Yellow Highlighter: Getting Students to Read

Presenter: Steven Hansen (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Tuesday, February 17, 10:45 - Noon
Location: Union 608

We have all experienced students who do not read and students who depend on the yellow highlighter of used textbooks. What are some ways to move students to read and engage the text? In this workshop, we will explore strategies that work to involve students in reading that moves them beyond the yellow highlighter and enhances their learning and participation with the course and its texts. [Repeated from Spring 2011]

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The Teacher-Scholar Nexus Through a Spiritan Prism

Facilitators: Jason Margolis (Education) and Laurel Willingham-Mclain (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Panelists: Matthew Kostek (Physical Therapy), Temple Lovelace (Education), and Maureen O'Brien (Theology)
Wednesday, February 18, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Location: Canevin 108

Duquesne promotes a teacher-scholar faculty model. In this session, we will explore connections between teaching and research through a Spiritan prism. Faculty panelists will briefly describe their exploration of what it means to be a teacher-scholar at Duquesne University - where they are consciously seeking to integrate Spiritan values into their faculty life. Workshop participants will spend most of the time listening to one another, reflecting, noting ideas relevant to their unique contexts, and planning next steps. Bring your computer or tablet for hands-on work, and a discovery mindset.

Target audience: faculty as well as graduate students preparing to be faculty. Participants from past teacher-scholar nexus sessions are invited to attend again as this is a new focus, and the session is highly interactive.

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Exploring Race and Pedagogy at Our Predominantly White University

Facilitators: Emad Mirmotahari (English) and Erin Rentschler (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Panelists: Khalid M. Kamal (Pharmacy), Elaine Parsons (History), Khlood Salman (Nursing)
Wednesday, February 25, 3:00-4:30 pm
Union 613

This workshop will focus on interdisciplinary conversation about what it means to talk about race with students who are predominantly white. Our conversation will be guided by the following questions as an attempt to generate strategies and resources for productive and dynamic dialogues about race:

  • What do we talk about when we talk about race? 
  • When, How, and Why do we talk about race?
  • What challenges do we as teachers face when we make race part of the curriculum? 
  •  What challenges do our students face?

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Approaches to Peer Writing Workshops

Presenter: James Purdy (English & University Writing Center)
Thursday, February 26, 10:45-noon
Location: Union 608

An increasingly common and potentially effective way to promote process writing is to conduct peer workshops. Sometimes, however, teachers and students worry about the quality of the feedback students provide their peers. This workshop will explain how to address this and other potential challenges of peer writing workshops, possible benefits of them, reasons to use them, and ways to integrate them into courses. Faculty and teaching assistants will learn different models for peer workshopping activities and strategies to encourage productive student feedback.

Cosponsored by the University Writing Center

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Publishing Articles in Academic Journals

Facilitator: Joan Such Lockhart (Nursing)
Wednesday, March 18, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Union 613

Publishing has become increasingly valued in recent years and can clearly give both individuals and institutions an edge, but people often feel overwhelmed by barriers such as unfamiliarity with the publishing process and difficulty generating and focusing ideas. Joan Such Lockhart has mentored both graduate students and faculty colleagues in addressing these concerns by focusing on the following aspects of publishing in journals:

  • Identification of rewards for publishing
  • Development of a step-wise approach to writing
  • Practice critiquing writing using the criteria of targeted publications

Although Dr. Lockhart's experience lies primarily in health care, all who are interested in publishing academic articles can learn from the process she recommends.

This session was previously offered in the Spring of 2014.

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Keeping Work/Life Balance Alive

Facilitator: Rachel Luckenbill (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Panelists: Ira Buckner (Pharmacy), Heather Rusiewicz (Speech-Language Pathology), Sarah Wright (English), and Benjamin Burkholder (Theology)
Wednesday, March 25, Noon - 1:30
608 Union

In December, 2014 CNN published an article by Ron Friedman titled "Work-Life Balance Is Dead." Friedman suggests that technology and crowded schedules make it too difficult to keep work entirely separate from personal life. His answer is flexibility; he identifies building a wall of separation between work and personal life as part of the problem and embraces instead a co-mingling of the two. What about you? Do you want to dismantle the wall or is it better to separate work time and personal time? Whatever the answer, maintaining your work/life balance has everything to do with your own hopes and contexts. In the Keeping Work/Life Balance Alive workshop panelists will help you explore what work/life balance means to you, what it would look like to achieve it, how much of it is under your control, and what practices help.

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Preparing an Effective Case for Third Year Review, Promotion, and Tenure

Presenters: Timothy Austin (Provost and Academic Vice President) & Richard Zoucha (Nursing Faculty & Member of the University Promotion & Tenure Committee)
Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
(Please note that Tuesday, April 7, follows a Monday class schedule.)
Location: Fisher 324  **Please note the room change**

Provost Timothy Austin and Dr. Rick Zoucha will provide suggestions for preparing a strong application packet for third-year review, and for promotion and tenure. Brief presentations will be followed by time for questions and answers. Sample personal statements and vitae will be distributed. This session is designed primarily for those who will be applying for third-year review, or promotion and tenure in the future. It is equally useful for department chairs and faculty who mentor faculty and vote on promotion decisions.

This event is repeated annually.

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Planning a Writing-Intensive Course

Presenter: James Purdy (English & University Writing Center)
Thursday, April 16, 12:15-1:30 pm
Location: Canevin 108

One of the biggest challenges of teaching a writing-intensive course is incorporating the writing assignments/projects into the syllabus. When should due dates fall? How can the syllabus reflect the scaffolding of activities the lead to a writing project? How can writing activities fit in with all the content to be covered? This hands-on workshop will guide participants in planning the syllabus for a Fall 2015 writing-intensive course. Faculty and graduate students will leave with an outline of the schedule of writing projects and tasks. If you teach a University-designated "W" course, you will find this workshop especially useful as you prepare your new syllabus.

Cosponsored by the University Writing Center

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Documenting the Impact of Your Scholarship

Presenters: David Nolfi (Gumberg Library) and Allison Brungard (Gumberg Library)
Thursday, May 7, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Gumberg Library 408

The workshop's goal is to help faculty members applying for promotion and tenure to make the case for excellence in scholarship by using tools such as citation analysis, journal metrics, and other methods. Newer faculty can also benefit by using these tools to develop effective publishing strategies. Following the presentation, participants will have hands-on opportunities to use the tools and begin documenting the impact of their own scholarship. The workshop will conclude with a faculty-led discussion about using scholarship data in the promotion and tenure process.

Cosponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Gumberg Library.

Register online via the Library