By Jennifer Krisch
Faculty Commons will host a new weekly informal, one-hour lunchtime series -- Faculty Commons Fridays -- starting this week.
Running throughout winter quarter, the series will provide opportunities for university colleagues to gather and discuss questions and concerns regarding teaching and learning, scholarship, community engagement, and more.
This Friday, the Center for Writing Excellence will host the first lunchtime discussion, which will focus on what is and isn?t taught in first-year writing and how that affects what and how students write. Discussions will focus on outcomes and expectations of the course and how they align with expectations in other disciplines.
Laurie Hatch, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, said each of the centers within Faculty Commons and faculty members from other disciplines will host one or more Friday discussions throughout the quarter.
"Each chose their own topic, and we have a very diverse list for discussion," she said.
The new program integrates last quarter's successful lunch bag series, which was well-attended, Hatch said.
"This quarter, I think [everyone] will like knowing there is something happening here every Friday and they can come any time or every time," she said.
Faculty Commons Fridays will be held each week at noon in the Friends of the Library Room on the third floor of Alden Library. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring lunch.
On Friday, Jan. 16, the Center for Teaching and Learning will host "Peer Teaching Reviews," which will cover the purposes of peer evaluations, their effectiveness and the materials, tools and methods used. For a complete Faculty Commons Fridays schedule of events, visit www.thefacultycommons.org/category/events/. Move the calendar forward to view upcoming events in February and March.