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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fairfield University 12th Annual Conference: Innovative Pedagogy & Course Redesign XII Collaborations for Empowerment and Learning


 12th Annual Conference: Innovative Pedagogy & Course Redesign XII

Collaborations for Empowerment and Learning

May 29 – 31, 2013

Fairfield, CT

Dear Colleagues:

Happy New Year to each of you.  I hope that your holidays were lovely, and that you are looking forward to a productive semester of learning and collaboration.

The Center for Academic Excellence at Fairfield University is hosting its 12th Annual Conference on Innovative Pedagogy and Course Redesign (May 29 – 31, 2013).  We celebrate and showcase excellence and innovations in all areas of teaching, faculty support and development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-engaged teaching and scholarship. Our theme this is year Collaborations for Empowerment and Learning.   To this end, we have invited wonderful featured presenters to work with the attendees on areas of deep resonance for higher education teaching and learning (mentoring networks, peer review and publication of engaged scholarship, SoTL and collaboration as a tool for teaching).   Our Keynote Presenter is Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli, who plans a highly interactive session on mutual mentoring.  Drs. Kathy Jordan and Cathy Burack will address peer review and scholarly aspects of community-engaged work, and Dr. Katie Linder will focus on collaborations as tools for learning and teaching.  

We see this annual conference as an opportunity to learn from each other, to build connections and collaborations and to reflect upon the meaningfulness and impact of our work as educators and scholars. 

Welcome to our beautiful campus, and to our time together as colleagues and friends.

Please share this information with your colleagues, and suggest that they, in turn, feel welcome to extend our invitation to their relevant networks.

Conference information:


Call for Proposals (January 15 – February 22):

Proposal submissions through DigitalCommons@Fairfield:

We are grateful for your collegiality, and are looking forward to experiencing a terrific conference with you  in May!  

Patricia Calderwood

Patricia  Calderwood, Ph.D

Professor, Educational Studies & Teacher Preparation, Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions

Fairfield University, 1073 No. Benson Rd. (Library 107B), Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

Tel. (203) 254-4000 x.3017  /  Fax (203) 254-5575

The Center for Academic Excellence

Fairfield University

1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

DiMenna-Nyselius Library Room 106

Tel: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2876


Dillard University FACULTY GENERAL ASSEMBLY Agenda January 16, 2013 4pm-5pm PSB 131-135


January 16, 2013 ~ 4:00 P.M. -5:00 P.M.~PSB 131/135

Dr. Eartha Lee Johnson, President of the Senate Presiding

Attendance: Signature Sheet Provided

1.Call to Order

2.Invocation: Mr. Joshua Lazard, University Assistant Project, Director of Vision Quest

3.Adoption of the Agenda

4.State of Academic Affairs: Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Carla Morelon, Director of Institutional Effectiveness

5.Faculty Issues: Tax Credits, Threats and Post Evaluation, Senator Lovell Agwaramgbo and Senator Michael Taku Facilitators

6. Special CTLAT Thanks: All Presenters at Faculty/Staff Institute Spring 2013

7. Other Business and Announcements

Cynthia Charles: Student-athletes are required to attend ALL class meetings and ALL other academic meetings unless they are excused for competition or other University representation

Melton Foundation: M. Shannon Williamson, TT
Taste of Culture – January 24th; Spring Boot Camp January 22-23rd; Deadline – February 23rd

Dillard University United Way Campaign of Southeast Louisiana for 2013 is underway. Please take time to drop off your pledge forms to Mrs. Erica Mercadel-Hayes or Ms. Dianna Holliday Woods by Thursday, January 31, 2013.

The Poverty Manifesto Lecture Series, January 21, 2013 (King Holiday), 7:00 p.m. featuring Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

UNCF Evening of Stars, BET, Sunday, January 27, 2013, 10:00 p.m. ET
Honor’s Day Convocation: March 26, 2013, 11am ~Lawless Memorial Chapel

Special Note: Talk DU up in the community…Use President Kimbrough’s Bleu Notes as suggested!

10. Adjournment


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