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Faculty Conversation Series – Maria Gallardo-Williams

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We are experiencing a school year unlike any other, filled with uncertainty. The campus-wide requirement to move online means that we are compelled to build more resilient courses. This situation is like nothing we have ever faced before. In order to provide peer support and community around teaching and learning and help faculty overcome feelings of isolation and lack of preparedness, the Office of Faculty Development is continuing their popular Conversation Series as a three-part series held in Zoom throughout the fall. For each of the three sessions, faculty will read a relevant article/paper about the topic (optional), receive question prompts, engage in conversation around the topic with other faculty members, and reflect on how the conversation may have changed thinking on the topic.

All conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFD SoTL Faculty Fellow.


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Maria Gallardo-Williams, Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, SoTL Faculty Fellow, Office of Faculty Development


By participating, faculty will:

  • have the opportunity to listen to others, share their experiences, receive insights and feedback from peers, engage in important, timely, and relevant conversations with other faculty who are interested in these topics
  • be provided with readings to learn more about the issues that are the focus of the conversations, and
  • build professional and social connections with other faculty.

Space in each conversation is limited, so register now via REPORTER.

Fall 2020 Session Schedule:

Rebalancing Your Teaching (September 9, 2020, 11:30 a.m.): During this strange semester many of us started in person and had to move online. Others had the unique task of engaging freshmen in an online environment. Let’s come together to examine what is working, what is not, and how to make the rest of the semester work.

The New Face of Student Engagement (October 7, 11:30 a.m.): What are strategies that help us reach all our students in this new teaching landscape? How does trauma-informed pedagogy help us to help them? We will discuss the design and implementation of online pedagogies of care that will help us to finish the semester on a strong note.

Preparing for Spring (November 4, 11:30 a.m.): We hope to have a clearer picture emerging of what the Spring will look like at this session. Let’s review  successful strategies and get together to plan the next steps of this unique academic year.