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Spring 2008 Faculty Colloquia

Reasonable Accommodation: Disability Studies and Liberal Education
Thursday, February 7
1:30 - 3:00 PM
MSC Century Room A
Michael Bérubé, Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University, offers an introduction to the emerging discipline of disability studies and an analysis of the controversy over liberal "bias" in the classroom. Bérubé argues that the study of disability provides a useful object lesson in how crucial it is for colleges to deal with urgent and controversial matters - and in how difficult it can be to determine what counts as a "liberal" or a "conservative" point of view. Cosponsors: Department of English, Chancellor's Cultural Diversity Initiative, College of Education Dean's Committee on Social Justice, Institute for Women and Gender Studies, Office of Equal Opportunity.

Writing UM Research Board Proposals
Friday, February 8

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
222 J.C.Penney Conference Ctr.
A condensed version of the fall colloquium, this program reviews UM Research Board guidelines by suggesting how to respond to 'resubmit' requests and highlighting the criteria to address in the narrative and budget. Procedures for NTT faculty to submit are discussed. Funded proposals are available for review just in time for the February 18 submission date.

The Dog Ate My Manners: Dealing with Challenging Students
Friday, March 7
10:00 AM - Noon
126 J.C. Penney Conference Ctr.
A range of classroom behaviors challenge faculty today: students arrive late for class, use cell phones during lectures, pressure for higher grades, even question the instructor's authority in front of others. This can result in faculty feeling angry, frustrated, overwhelmed, or worried. InterACT, the new UMSL interactive theatre troupe, presents a dramatic scene illustrating such situations accompanied by opportunities to dialogue about solutions to resolve the scene more effectively.

Writing Teaching Philosophy and Research Statements
Monday, March 10
2:00 - 4:00 PM

449 SSB
Prepare award nominations or get ready for third year and tenure and promotion review by crafting these two statements with structure, guidance, resources, and examples provided by faculty colleagues.

Political and Civic Engagement at UMSL
Friday, April 4
9 AM - noon 78 J.C. Penney Conference Ctr.

Keynote Presentation, Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement

Printable Flyer (PDF)

Join Anne Colby, senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and lead author of Educating for Democracy (Jossey-Bass 2007), for presentations on the Political Engagement Project, a study showing that education for political development can increase college students' political understanding, skill, motivation, and involvement while contributing to many aspects of general academic learning. Colby's presentations will be showcased with posters from UMSL faculty, staff, and students.

PLEASE NOTE: Faculty members bringing class(es) to this event are asked to email the Center for Teaching and Learning,, with an estimated number of students.

10:45-11:45 AM
78 J. C. Penney Conference Center
Roundtable Discussions

The forum continues with discussions designed to apply concepts presented by Dr. Colby to ourselves. Topics are invited. Suggestions include:

Ask questions of one of our local legislators during lunch.

12 noon -1 PM 72 J.C. Penney Conference Ctr.
Lunch with a Legislator

Ask questions of one of our local legislators during lunch.

1:00-1:30 pm 72 J.C. Penney Conference Ctr.
Civic Engagement Poster Presentations

Activities that engage faculty, staff and students in community and civic activities are displayed from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Presenters will be available from 1:00-1:30 PM.

11:30 AM-2 PM J.C. Penney Conference Ctr., Lower Level Corridor
Volunteer Resource Fair
Register interest

Non-profit organizations from the St. Louis are will be available to discuss short and long-term volunteer opportunities and offer suggestions for Service Learning projects and future collaborations.

This day, devoted to civic engagement, is co-sponsored by: the Provost's Civic Engagement Steering Committee, CTL, and the Center for Character and Citizenship Education.

Submit an idea for a poster to display on Friday, April 4

This is a special call for posters representing faculty, staff, and student work related to civic engagement. Civic engagement emphasizes citizenship, democracy, and improved quality of life, and includes activities such as service-learning, voter education and registration, volunteer projects, and community-based learning activities. These activities are characterized by collaborations with the community (local, regional, national, global) designed for the exchange of knowledge and resources that benefit the campus and the community.

Posters will be on display throughout the day from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Presenters are asked to be present from 1:00 - 1:30 to discuss their work with colloquium participants.

Posters may be on poster boards or on a trifold display board. Displayed material could include a syllabus, the description of a course project or requirement, brochures describing the activity, photos or samples of student work. Posters should convey a project summary, goals, activity, and outcomes (including benefits to the campus and to the community).

Submit your idea (be brief) for a poster to Candace Brown, AmeriCorps*VISTA, at