Workshops & Salons

April 2, 2020      **CANCELLED**
11:50-1:15 PM
ALLB 311

Salon: Hearing Student Voices on Class in the Classroom

OFCD will be partnering with Alison Williams, V.P. for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Officer to present a panel of students who will be offering insights on how to make classes inclusive for first generation and low-income students.

Lunch Served beginning at 11:45 AM

February 27, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
Boger 115

Salon: Cyber Security for Faculty On and Off Campus

Guest Speaker: Joe Bazeley, Chief Information Security Officer

Things used to be so simple when it came to information security - all you needed to stay safe online was the ability to recognize poor grammar and bad spelling. While that ability can still help, cyber attackers have evolved their attacks to be harder to detect, harder to defend against, and more damaging when they are successful. We'll talk about different ways to keep your devices, your data, and your identity safe. This will include a discussion of specific items to consider while traveling as well as new cyber challenges such as online tracking and the privacy implications of your neighbor's Ring camera.

Lunch Served beginning at 11:45 AM

January 21, 2020
10:00-4:00 PM
Boger 110 & ALLB 311

2020 Pedagogy Buffet

Brought to you by the Center for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) & the Office for Faculty Career Development (OFCD)

10 am to 11 am – Exercising in the Classroom
Boger 110
• Rachael Barlow (Associate Director for Assessment)

Key features of the exercises I use in my classroom are that they (1) ask students to get up and move around the room, (2) require trading ideas with at least one other person in the room, and (3) rely on some sort of  hance/randomization. They are also (4) timed, forcing students to make hard decisions quickly and (5) usually are “picture worthy” and, thus, quite memorable for the students. In this session, I will ask attendees to participate in some of these exercises, with the hope they may be able to adapt them for their own classroom use.

11 am to 11.45 am – Game Pedagogy
Boger 110
• Joe Slaughter (Visiting Assistant Professor, History) and Peter Gottschalk (Professor Religion)

Whether for a single class or for a month-long series of classes, playing games in class can lead to heightened student engagement and increased creative excitement.  Whether using formally established and purchased products to individually crafted and personally shaped games, instructors can offer student-directed opportunities to engage materials in new ways.

Noon to 2 pm (lunch included) – Active Learning and Interactive Teaching: Peer Instruction
Allbritton 311
• Eric Mazur (Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University)

The basic goals of Peer Instruction are to encourage and make use of student interaction during lectures, while focusing students' attention on underlying concepts and techniques. The method has been assessed in many studies using standardized, diagnostic tests and shown to be considerably more effective than the conventional lecture approach to teaching. In this workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is demonstrated, discuss several models for implementing the technique into the classroom, and learn about available teaching resources.

2 pm to 3 pm –  Lecture vs Talk - Rethinking Presentations to Better Convey Information
Boger 110
• Jeffrey Goetz (Assistant Director of Instructional Design, CPI)

Many students have one main reference points when asked to give a presentation: course lectures. Yet fundamentally, the conventional lecture and a traditional presentation as one might see at a conference are quite different products. In this conversation, we'll discuss how your own teaching can model both styles.

3 pm to 4 pm – Navigating the Storm: Helping Students Perform Effective Group (Project) Communication
Boger 110
• Sarah Ryan (Associate Professor of the Practice in Oral Communication, Center for Pedagogical Innovation)

Group and team work is common across disciplines and professions. But group projects can feel like storms we'd prefer to avoid. This workshop offers a counter premise: with instructor support, students can effectively navigate---and even enjoy---group work. Drawing upon communication research, this workshop will cover: theories of group formation, activities for group identity-building, assignments to encourage individual project ownership and teammate trust, and lower-intensity grading techniques for group work.

 February 13, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
Boger 115

Salon: Cultivating Student Resilience

Students arrive at Wesleyan with varying baselines of resilience. Hear about the characteristics that constitute "resilience" and learn some strategies to help build resilience-building into your coursework, conversations, language, and curriculum to better enable students to grow holistically, not just intellectually.

Guest Speakers: Tracy Mehr-Muska, University Protestant Chaplain and Jennifer D'Andrea, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

Lunch Served beginning at 11:45 AM

November 7, 2019
11:50-1:15 PM
Boger 115

Salon: The Ins and Outs of Applying for a Fellowship

Join us for a panel presentation where the presenters are your fellow faculty members who have been successful in securing fellowships from a variety of funders. Learn how you can work with the Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants to secure a fellowship in support of your scholarship.

Panel Presenters:

Marguerite Nguyen, Associate Professor of English, of East Asian Studies, and of Environmental Studies
Katherine Kuenzli, Professor of Art History and of German
Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek

Guest Speaker: Carol Scully, Director, Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants

Lunch will be served.

October 24, 2019
11:45-1:15 PM
Boger 115

Conversation with Tenure-Track Faculty and Former Advisory Members

Join recent (but not active) Advisory Committee members Amy Tang (Div 1), and Christian Hogendorn (Div II) for a conversation meant to help clarify the tenure process and answer questions you might not be comfortable asking the provost or current Advisory members.

Lunch will be served.

October 10, 2019
11:50-1:15 PM
Boger 115

Salon: Grants for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

An overview of grants for those in fields other than the natural sciences and mathematics. Staff from the Wesleyan Grants Office will provide an in-depth review of the grants process at Wesleyan and a general overview of the NEA, NEH and other funding resources aimed at the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Guest Speakers: Carol Scully, Director and Betsy McCormick, Associate Director; Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants

Lunch will be served.

September 19, 2019
11:50-1:15 PM
Exley 141

Salon: Everything you wanted to know about grants for science research, but were afraid to ask

Join us for the first Faculty Salon of the year to get at least some of your questions answered. Staff from the Wesleyan Grants Office will provide an in-depth review of the grants process at Wesleyan and a general overview of NSF, NIH, NASA and other federal funding resources as well as private foundations.

Guest Speakers: Carol Scully, Director and Carolyn Kaufman, Associate Director; Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants

Lunch will be served.

May 13, 2019
12:00-2:00 PM
Boger Hall 112

Thinking about publishing? Learn more during this conversation on publishing with St. Martin Press editor, Elisabeth Dyssegaard.

Lunch will be available

May 2, 2019
11:45-1:15 PM
Boger Hall 110

Dealing with Striking Out and Dropping the Ball, and Other Classroom Lessons from Wes's Athletic Coaches

One critical life skill our students will need to succeed in their careers is resilience against failure; other necessary life skills are capabilities in teamwork, empathy, focus, deliberate effort, self-awareness, and conflict resolution. While our classrooms might train students only accidentally in these skills, there is a faculty on campus where teaching these skills is at the highest priority—the coaches of the athletics department. This salon will feature a discussion with six coaches on how resilience and other skills are taught on our fields and courts, with ideas on how we can provide some of a student-athlete’s education to all of our students.

Drew Black (wrestling)
Mike Fried (tennis)
Shona Kerr (squash)
Jen Lane (softball)
Peter Solomon (swimming and diving)
Ben Somera (volleyball)

Lunch will be available 

March 28, 2019

Life on the God Beat: Why Religion Reporting Matters

Guest Speaker: Liz Kineke, Producer, CBS Religion & Culture Series

America is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world, but nuanced reporting on religion is an afterthought in many news organizations across the country. Kineke discusses how she came to the beat and why she believes faith and religion is the silent partner in any story. Using examples from previous work, she’ll discuss how she finds her stories, why certain editorial choices are made, and the elements that make for good storytelling in broadcast television.

11:45 - 1:15 PM

Usdan 108

Luncheon: presentation and discussion with faculty about how to best present themselves to the media

4:30 to 6:00 PM
PAC 002

Presentation to students and faculty followed by Q&A.

The Faculty Writing Collective

March 11-22, 2019 (spring break)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
FISK 101

Coffee & Tea available, table seating 

Diversity Workshop

Led by Kathryn Lofton, Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development; Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, and History; Chair, Religious Studies at Yale University. Lunch will be served.

February 8, 2019
10:00 am to 2:00 PM
Usdan 110

Fall 2018


This workshop features Steve Collins’ discussion of the film Jaws opening sequence. Please click on the links below to view a podcast of the discussion: 

We are pleased to share two new podcasts for anyone who missed the workshop on Teaching the Moving Image earlier this year. These episodes feature two discussions of JAWS (1975) as an example of popular cinema in the classroom. In the first one, Scott Higgins talks about aesthetic contexts, and Michael Slowik discusses film music in the second.



October 2, 2018
11:50-1:10 PM
Boger Hall 115

Workshop: Teaching Documentary Forms and Contexts
Sadia Shepard, Visiting Assitant Professor of Film Studies.

October 9, 2018
11:50-1:10 PM
Boger Hall 114

Salon: Transforming Perfectionism, Valuing Mistakes
Does perfectionism get in the way of your students' learning? Is class participation performative? Are students reluctant to speak for fear of making mistakes or "sounding dumb?" Are students willing to take intellectual or creative risks in their writing and thinking?

In this faculty salon we'll explore ways to encourage and cultivate learning through mistakes and counteract the perfectionism that so often limits student learning.

Discussion Leaders: Amy Grillo, Associate Professor of the Practice in Education Studies and Barbara Adams, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Design

Session Resources: 

October 25, 2018
11:50-1:10 PM
Boger Hall 115

Workshop: TV Time: Teaching Small Screen Aesthetics and Story
Marc Longenecker, Assistant Professof the  Practice in Film Studies

November 7, 2018
11:50-1:10 PM
Boger Hall 110

Salon: Embracing Aporia and Anti-Essentialism in the Classroom

Talking across differences in the classroom can be difficult due to the human desire to be right and avoid dissonance. This salon will focus upon pedagogical strategies designed to support students in embracing their own wholeness and complexity so that authentic dialogic exchange can occur.  Discussion leader: Demetrius Colvin, Director, Resource Center

November 15, 2018
11:50-1:10 PM
Boger Hall 115

Workshop: Film and State: Teaching National Cinemas
Leo Lensing, Professor of Film Studies & Professor of German Studies