Two Faculty Development Workshops This Month

The Provost's Office is pleased to announce the following two faculty development opportunities for all New School faculty.

Writing=A Tool for Thinking and Learning
Facilitators: Anezka Sebek, associate professor of Media Design, Parsons, and Margaret Fiore, faculty, Bachelor's Program, NSGS/Milano
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
3:30-5:00 p.m.
80 Fifth Avenue, Room 802

From the Facilitators: During this workshop we will share how we help students use writing to think, create, argue, gain clarity, and master course material. We are inviting students in our courses to write more than ever. As teachers, rather than considering the alleged "paper load" as an obstacle, we emphasize that much of the writing is for students, not "for us," so we don't "take it home" or "grade it." The feedback students want and need comes not only from us but also from their classmates, making the process more social. We'd like to converse with faculty colleagues about strategies for encouraging students to use and rely on writing as a tool for thinking and learning. Please join us.

Hands-on Faculty Workshop: Experiments in Transdisciplinary Teaching
Facilitor: Jamer Hunt, associate professor and director of the MFA program in Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons
Friday, April 22, 2011
11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Hirshon Suite, 55 W. 13th St., 2nd Floor
Limited to 30 participants RSVP  required: Karen Hudson (

In an increasingly complex world, boundaries are blurring between disciplinary practices. Teaching methods, however, are often constrained by disciplinary modes that are not always adequate to engage with problems that leap across boundaries. This faculty-led workshop will explore teaching and learning in transdisciplinary contexts. How might transdisciplinary problems and contexts transform what and how we teach? Can an experimental approach to problem complexity energize pedagogical innovation?

The workshop will begin with an overview of the development of the curriculum for the graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons, a discussion of key insights derived from the first year of teaching in the program, and a question-and-answer session. Participants will then break into small workgroups for a guided exercise. During the exercise, they will collaborate across their areas of expertise and teaching and generate prototypes of transdisciplinary courses. Participants are encouraged to bring provocative questions, critical insights, and the seeds of ideas for transdisciplinary courses that they are excited to ideate and perhaps develop further.

I hope to see you at one, or both, of these workshops!

Elizabeth Ellsworth
Associate Provost for Curriculum and Learning and Professor, Media Studies

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