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Academic First Year Experiences: "Thriving in Academe": The View from CSUN

Freshman Faculty Series: Upcoming Events

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Thriving in Academe: The Feb. 2010 NEA Advocate cover featuring "When Images Rule."

About "Thriving in Academe": The View from CSUN

"Thriving in Academe" is a short feature (usually four pages) published in each issue of the NEA Higher Education Advocate. Each topic featured in "Thriving in Academe" is treated in about five "micro-articles"; all are available on the Web. "Thriving in Academe," as the Advocate website explains, exists "to promote . . . effective teaching and learning in higher education through dialogue among colleagues" by featuring short, informal essays on best practices. Each session listed here offers links to an "Overview" and the "Table of Contents" leading to the micro-articles on that topic.

In each session of our CSUN series, participants will join a faciliated discussion on that day's topic with a focus on "The View from CSUN." Read the relevant micro-articles from that issue of "Thriving in Academe" and be ready to converse with your colleagues. Select only the sessions that interest you; just be sure you RSVP for each one you want to attend.

To RSVP or for more information, call Academic First Year Experiences in CIELO at x6535 on campus, or email Cheryl Spector

Archived sessions:

"Teach as You Learn: Teaching By the Seat of Your Pants." (Feb. 23 and 26, 2010)

  1. "How to Teach What You Don't Actually Know" by Therese Huston (Chronicle of Higher Education 24 July 2009).
  2. "Teaching What You Don't Know": Review by James Rhem. Tomorrow's Professor Blog #1022. Posted 4 May 2010..

"Do-It-Yourself Rubrics." (March 2-3, 2010)

"Multiple Mentors." (March 24-25, 2010)

  1. "Mentoring as the ‘Giving and Receiving of Wisdom’: Breaking the Chains of Colonialism on Our Hearts, Minds, and Souls" by Glenn Omatsu.
  2. Reflective exercises: "Identifying Your Multiple Mentors" and "Mentoring as a Reciprocal Relationship"

"Back to Basics: Didn't They Learn That in High School?" (April 26-27, 2010)

  1. The IDEAS website: http://faculty.ncc.edu/ideas
  2. "Developing Faculty and Professional Learning Communities (FLCs) to Transform Campus Culture for Learning": online at http://www.units.muohio.edu/flc/
  3. "Kinds of Writing Assignments": online at http://www.engl.niu.edu/wac/assknd.html (The date of this page is 1997; it seems somewhat limited. I'm looking for a more useful resource so if you know one, let me know.)
  4. Sloan Wilson, "Public Schools Are Better than You Think." Harpers Magazine (Sep. 1955): 29-33. Oviatt Library call number:  AP1 .H373 v.210-211 1955. Stored periodical.
  5. StrengthsQuest: program offered to students by CSUN's Career Center
  6. SDAIE: Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English. (Includes link to full-text pdf via ERIC.)
  7. Mandelbrot and fractals ("lacking" algebra, he learned a whole lot about geometry)
  8. Closing the gap between postsecondary expectations and high
    school practice: "Focusing on the Essentials for College and Career Readiness: Policy Implications of the ACT National Curriculum Survey® Results 2009." (pdf)