The Faculty Chat Series is an opportunity for faculty to come together in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss a range of topics and issues that speak to the underlying values of teaching and learning in higher education today. This invitational series is lead by Towson faculty who have distinguished themselves as accomplished teachers and scholars and have national and international reputations in their respective fields. Through ongoing dialogue and understanding of multiple perspectives, the Faculty Chats act as a catalyst for creating a professional culture of commitment, renewal, and transformation.
Fall 2013 Series - October 30, 2013
I Am a Faculty member, which Means____????
Commentators regularly proclaim the dawn of a new era in higher education. Between the arrival of online education, an expanding student body, and rising demands for assessment, faculty often feel sidelined in the discussions of how to effectively manage new educational challenges. As the ones who are actually handling the daily implications of changing expectations, how can we best confront these challenges, communicate how, why, and when certain teaching practices work (or not!), and maintain a realistic workload balance that preserves the intellectual mission of the university?
Please join us for a discussion of these and other topics related to faculty roles and expectations - those we have of ourselves and those we perceive from administrators and other societal actors. If you would like to suggest topics related to these questions, please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 28, 2013.
Dr. Alison McCartney is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science. Currently in her 13th year at Towson, she has served as Director of the International Studies Program, chair of the Faculty Committee on Service-Learning, and co-founder of the TU-Baltimore County Public Schools Model United Nations program, in addition to numerous other committee responsibilities. In 2007, McCartney won the University of Maryland Regents Awards for Mentoring. Her publications include works on civic engagement education and contemporary German foreign policy.