Spring 2019 Schedule



Spring 2019 SCHEDULE


The Center for Faculty Development will be sponsoring a wide array of programs to support faculty teaching, scholarship, and work life in the spring 2019 semester.

This year, we will be recognizing those who attend any three CFD workshops or a writing retreat during the year (8/15/18 – 6/30/19) with a certificate and a letter to the faculty member’s dean and department chair attesting to their involvement. Those who receive a certificate will also be entered into a lottery for a prize. To be eligible, be sure to sign in at each CFD-sponsored event you attend.

The CFD website has additional resources related to faculty development at Seton Hall: http://www.shu.edu/faculty-development/


Follow us at http://blogs.shu.edu/centerforfacultydevelopment/follow-us/


Find podcasts of past CFD events at http://blogs.shu.edu/centerforfacultydevelopment/category/podcasts/


For additional information about this or other events, contact Mary Balkun, Director of Faculty Development mary.balkun@shu.edu


In addition to general workshops and events, the CFD sponsors the following initiatives:

University Teaching Fellows

Faculty Retirement Group

Contemplative Practices Group

Diversity and Inclusivity in Teaching

Diversity Reading Group

Write Club

Discounted Faculty Lunches





All workshops are free of charge, although registration is recommended.




Jan. 7 and 8, 10-3, Chancellor’s Suite

Winter Writing Retreat (by application)


Jan. 22, 12:30 – 1:30, Faculty Lounge

Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

Julie DiMatteo, Staff Psychologist, Counselling Center, and Angie Millman, Director, Disability Support Services 

Students who have been identified as being on the autism spectrum can face special challenges in a classroom setting. Julie DiMatteo, a Staff Psychologist with Counseling and Psychological Services, and Angie Millman, Director of Disability Support Services, will discuss a variety of areas where faculty can work with these students to help them achieve academic success, including the ways assignments are presented, classroom management strategies, and ways to handle issues such as extensions and extra credit.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/students-on-the-autism-spectrum/


Jan. 25, 12-2:30, Faculty Lounge

Meeting of the Faculty Retirement Group

Coordinator: Chrys Grieco

We invite you to attend this important meeting to help plan the spring semester’s meetings and activities, including talks and trips. This will be an opportunity to share/get ideas for helping make retirement work. It will also be

a good opportunity for those faculty contemplating retirement in the next few years to learn about the preparations that can be made from now, and to meet those who can help guide them through the process.

Register by contacting Melissa Martini Melissa.martini@shu.edu


Jan. 30, 11-12, JH 132

Alternative Student Assessment Strategies: The Oral Paper Defense/The Oral Exam/The Oral Paper Commentary

Jim Kimble, College of Communication and the Arts

Jonathan Farina, College of Arts and Sciences

Ed Jones, College of Arts and Sciences

While assessing student learning and providing feedback on student work is vitally important, it’s not always necessary to do so in the same ways we always have. Instead of traditional paper tests/exams and written comments on papers, our faculty presenters have been using other means to gauge student knowledge and advance student learning. In this workshop they will share their strategies for using oral exams, the oral paper defense, and oral commentary on student writing and the results of these practices.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/alternative-student-assessment-strategies/




Feb. 5, 9-10, Faculty Lounge

Zotero Workshop

Lauren Harrison, Term Science Librarian

Join us for this hands-on workshop on Zotero, the “free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.” Primarily a bibliographic tool, Zotero can also help you be more organized and, ultimately, more productive. Students can also use it to improve their research papers.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/zotero-workshop/


Feb. 15, 9:00 – 1:00, Chancellor’s Suite

“Contemplative Pedagogy and the Transformation of Teaching and Learning”: Talk and Workshop

Daniel P. Barbezat, Ward H. Patton Professor of Economics, Amherst College

Event Schedule

Talk: 9:00 – 10:30 – “What are People For? A Contemplative Inquiry!”

Break: 10:30 – 11:00 (refreshments provided)

Workshop: 11:00 – 1:00 (registration required) – “Reconnecting with What We Love!”


What does it mean to incorporate mindfulness and contemplative practices into our teaching and our daily lives? Studies have shown that a contemplative approach to teaching and learning can foster engagement, deep learning, and a spirit of inquiry. It can also change the way we approach our own lives as scholars and educators. Dr. Daniel Barbezat, Professor of Economics at Amherst College and author (with Mirabai Bush) of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Tools to Transform Education (Jossey-Bass, 2013), will explain what is meant by “contemplative pedagogy” and the growing development of contemplative practices in higher education; he will also share contemplative strategies that have the power to change not only your classroom but higher education more generally.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/barbezat-contemplative-pedagogy-talk/


Feb. 21, 3:30 – 4:30, Faculty Lounge

Educational Attitudes and Experiences of Chinese Students Coming to U.S. Universities

Ed Jones, College of Arts and Sciences


Ed Jones was a Wuhan Scholar this past year and, for his research project, interviewed several Chinese undergrads and College English Department faculty members from Wuhan University, as well as surveying almost 200 students, to learn about their educational backgrounds, attitudes, and reasons for coming to the U.S. He will present his findings in this workshop, providing insights to help us understand this particular student population.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/experiences-of-chinese-students-coming-to-us/


Feb. 25, 5-6:30, JH 132

Diversity Reading Group – contact Mary Balkun for more information


Feb. 26, 11-12, JH 132

How to Maintain Research Productivity: Tips from SHU Researchers of the Year

Robert Kelchen, College of Education and Hunan Services

Michael LaFountaine, School of Health and Medical Sciences

Mark Molesky, College of Arts and Sciences 

Courtney Starrett, College of Communication and the Arts

Given the multiple claims on faculty time—teaching, service commitments, family, community—scholarship is often the thing that suffers. Faculty members who have received the Researcher of the Year award will share their strategies for sustaining research and remaining productive, especially over the long term.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/how-to-maintain-research-productivity/




March 6, 9:00 – 10:00, Faculty Lounge

One Small Change: The Classroom as Community

Cathy Zizik, College of Communication and the Arts

How can we cultivate our classrooms as spaces that foster community, starting with the first day of class? In this workshop, Cathy Zizik of the College of Communication and the Arts will share strategies she has honed over her years of teaching to do just that. These are small changes you can make that can make a big difference.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/one-small-change-the-classroom-as-community/


March 19, 12:30 – 1:30, JH 132

New and Little-Known Library Resources for Teaching and Scholarship

Lisa Rose-Wiles and Lisa DeLuca, University Librarians

As teachers and scholars, it’s important that we stay up to date on the tools available to help us in both areas. Librarians Lisa DeLuca and Lisa Rose-Wiles will introduce attendees at this workshop to new and underused library resources, such as ICPSR for datasets, streaming video, and HeinOnline. Bring your laptop to participate in some hands-on activities.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/new-and-little-known-library-resources/


March 28, 3:30 – 5:00, NU 112

What LGBTQ+ Students Want Their Professors to Know

Session Leader: Peter Savastano, College of Arts and Sciences

Student Panelists: TBA

In Sept. 2015, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article, “What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know,” reporting on the results of interviews with more than a dozen LGBTQ+ students to find out “what keeps them from thriving in college.” We’ve asked students here at Seton Hall to participate in this session and respond to the question posed in the article’s title: “What do you want your professors to know?” Peter Savastano will moderate the panel and discussion. As the Chronicle article observes, “many gay, lesbian, and transgender students say they face an array of challenges and safety issues on their campuses.” This is an opportunity to find out how to understand and provide support for the LGBTQ+ students in our community here at Seton Hall.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/what-lgbtq-students-want-their-professors-to-know/




April 4, 12:30 – 1:30, JH 132

Fulbright Scholarship Workshop

Jim Kimble, College of Communication and the Arts

Are you planning to apply for sabbatical for 2020-21? If so, this workshop, being offered by Dr. Jim Kimble, will provide valuable information about applying for a Fulbright for your sabbatical period. The deadline for Fulbright applications is August 1 of this year.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/fulbright-scholarship-workshop-1/


April 10, 3:30 – 4:30, JH 132

Tenure and Promotion Workshop

Nick Snow, College of Arts and Sciences

Whether you will be applying for tenure and/or promotion next year or in several years, this informative session will help you understand how the process works at Seton Hall, the qualities of a successful application, and the pitfalls to avoid.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/tenure-and-promotion-workshop/


April 16, 12:30 – 1:30, JH 132

How to Have a Successful Sabbatical

Phil Moremen, School of Diplomacy

Joseph Rice, Immaculate Conception School of Theology

Margaret Lewis, SHU Law School

Larry McCarthy, Stillman School of Business

As any faculty member who has had one can tell you, there are strategies one can use to ensure a successful sabbatical, whether it’s for a semester or a year. Several faculty members who recently completed sabbaticals will offer their insights into the sabbatical process from start to finish: what makes a successful application; how to prepare for the sabbatical; how to stay on track during the sabbatical; and how to manage the return to the academic routine. Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/how-to-have-a-successful-sabbatical/


April 24, 12:30 – 1:30, JH 132

Teaching Beyond the Classroom: The University Archives and the Walsh Gallery

Alan Delozier, University Archivist, and Jeanne Brasile, Director, Walsh Gallery

The materials housed in the Walsh University Library archive represent a rich resource teaching and research. They contain documents and images from a variety of areas, such as the history of Seton Hall University, Irish American history, records from the Archdiocese of Newark, and New Jersey politics. Alan Delozier, University Archivist, will present a use case, speak to the strengths of the collection, and do a demonstration on searching.  In addition, Jeanne Brasile, Director of the Walsh Gallery, will speak to the ways the Gallery can be used for teaching and learning, including class tours and class projects involving interacting with objects, either on exhibit or specially designed sessions, as well as opportunities for faculty to design window displays. Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/teaching-beyond-the-classroom/



May 1, 1-2:30, Chancellor’s Suite

Meditation Workshop

Peter Savastano, College of Arts and Sciences

As we head into the hectic final weeks of the semester, why not take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to participate in an hour of guided meditation and learn how to use these techniques for relaxation and stress relief? To achieve maximum benefits, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/meditation-workshop-3/


May 3, 9:30 – 11:00, Faculty Lounge

Project Syllabus: SHU Edition

Amy Hunter, College of Arts and Sciences

(Due to popular demand, we are reprising this workshop from the fall semester. Even if you attended then, however, feel free to return!)

The course syllabus may be the single most important document for our classes, yet improving them can be difficult. We often can’t detect problems of clarity and accessibility, among other things, that can lead to student confusion and even frustration. Amy Hunter, editor for an initiative entitled Project Syllabus, which is a compendium of peer-reviewed psychology syllabi, will show how they evaluate syllabi using an empirically based rubric. The rubric, not discipline specific, can be used to assess syllabi from any discipline.

Bring a copy of a syllabus you would like to work on.

Register here: https://events.shu.edu/event/project-syllabus-shu-edition-1/


May 21, 22, 23

10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Main Lounge, U Center 

Summer Writing Retreat (by application)




12:00 – 2:00

$3.00 fee

Pay in the University Club/Dine in the Faculty Lounge

T Jan 15

W Jan 23

T Jan 29

W Feb 6

T Feb 12

W Feb 20

T Feb 26

W March 6

T March 19

W March 27

T April 2

W April 10

T April 16

W April 24

T April 30

T May 7


Write Club

DH 83

TWR 3:30 – 6:30

F 9:30 – 12:30





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