Past Events

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2024 Past Events

Feb
15

Beyond Binaries Panel

Postponed from last semester, Beyond Binaries has been rescheduled. Besides contributing to more inclusive classrooms, expanding beyond gender (and other!) boundaries and binarisms can enrich possibilities for creativity, learning, understanding, and joy. Join Hanna McGaughey (Asian Studies), Ian-Khara Ellasante (Gender & Sexuality Studies/Africana), Kat Anderson
(Biology), Brian J. Evans
(Dance/American Studies), and CITL Faculty Fellow Erica Rand
(Gender and Sexuality Studies/Art and Visual Culture) for this across-discipline panel on the generative potentials of thinking beyond binarisms in our work.

Feb
13

Reading Group: AI Generative Tech (2/13, 3/7 and 4/3)

February’s topic: “How Generative AI Works and Addressing Ethics/Bias”

Join colleagues across Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin for a 3-session reading group. Each month, a brief article, video, or website will be shared ahead of the session. Then during the session, we will discuss generative technology and its impact and potential in our learning spaces. These sessions will be facilitated over Zoom by all three colleges’ teaching centers.

Feb
8

Community of Practice: FYS Instructors

Join this community of practice for those on the books to teach a FYS course, specifically Fall 2024 instructors. Snacks and drinks provided.

Feb
2

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: NEW FACULTY

Join this community of practice for any new faculty member (teaching at Bates less than three years). Go through the Commons lunch line (charge CITL) and then come upstairs to join ongoing supportive conversation.

Feb
2

Bring Your Own Assignment: Providing Meaningful Feedback

A series of 3 working sessions to develop/refine course assignment(s).
Come to 1, 2, or all 3 sessions, whichever are useful for you!
Each session is offered two times a week (Dana 216).

Jan
31

Difficult Dialogues Lunch and Learn Workshop

Sometimes we know which topics are hot buttons for students and sometimes we are surprised by the fires that ignite in our classrooms. In this workshop, we explore how we might feel more confident leading difficult dialogues by encouraging self-reflection and self-regulation, connecting content to larger learning goals, and articulating what will and will not be allowed in our own classrooms.

Jan
30

Bring Your Own Assignment: Providing Meaningful Feedback

A series of 3 working sessions to develop/refine course assignment(s).
Come to 1, 2, or all 3 sessions, whichever are useful for you!
Each session is offered two times a week (Dana 216).

Jan
26

Bring Your Own Assignment: Assigning Peer Review

A series of 3 working sessions to develop/refine course assignment(s).
Come to 1, 2, or all 3 sessions, whichever are useful for you!
Each session is offered two times a week (Dana 216).

Jan
24

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: STAFF EDUCATORS

Join this community of practice to share effective practices and brainstorm common challenges with other staff educator colleagues. Go through the line in Commons and charge CITL for your lunch. We are working to break down silos and share tips about what works in our various roles.

Jan
23

Bring Your Own Assignment: Assigning Peer Review

A series of 3 working sessions to develop/refine course assignment(s).
Come to 1, 2, or all 3 sessions, whichever are useful for you!
Each session is offered two times a week (Dana 216).

Jan
23

Inclusive Teaching: Online Course and Learning Community – Morning Session

HHMI BioInteractive has launched an Inclusive Teaching MOOC designed by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury and other experts in Inclusive Teaching. The course consists of six modules on developing an action plan, interrogating self and systems, nurturing empathy, and creating support structures.

We’ll meet twice monthly to discuss how these themes fit into our work. The modules do represent about 3 hours of “homework” between meetings, but we’re bribing you with food and good company. All educators, not just STEM-educators, are invited to participate. Join on us Tuesdays or Fridays throughout the winter semester.

Jan
19

Bring Your Own Assignment: Developing a Rubric

A series of 3 working sessions to develop/refine course assignment(s).
Come to 1, 2, or all 3 sessions, whichever are useful for you!
Each session is offered two times a week (Dana 216).

Jan
16

Bring Your Own Assignment: Developing a Rubric

A series of 3 working sessions to develop/refine course assignment(s).
Come to 1, 2, or all 3 sessions, whichever are useful for you!
Each session is offered two times a week (Dana 216).

Jan
12

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: NEW FACULTY

Join this community of practice for any new faculty member (teaching at Bates less than three years). Go through the Commons lunch line (charge CITL) and then come upstairs to join ongoing supportive conversation.

Jan
11

Community of Practice: FYS Instructors

Join this community of practice for those on the books to teach a FYS course, specifically Fall 2024 instructors. Snacks and drinks provided.

Jan
5

Syllabus Finalization Workshop

Bring your Winter syllabi to this workshop and focus on getting them finalized! We will share information about syllabus messaging and getting students to read the syllabus, along with resources like the syllabus template and inclusive syllabus guide. Do this all while enjoying brunch through Commons Dining!

2023 Past Events

Dec
14
2023

DeStress Fest: Cookies!

Wells and their mom are making dozens of cookies Thursday morning. Stop by Dana 216 to snag one and say hi.

DeStress Fest: Cookies is part of our now semesterly tradition – DeStress Fest. CITL is bringing you some community-oriented events in the last week of classes and during finals week. We hope you can join us for one or all of these drop-in events!

Dec
13
2023

DeStress Fest: Lunch with us in Commons!

This agenda-free event is just a time to get up from your desk, catch up with colleagues, and eat up! Go through the line and find us in Commons 226 for good food and good conversation.

DeStress Fest: Lunch with us in Commons is part of our now semesterly tradition – DeStress Fest. CITL is bringing you some community-oriented events in the last week of classes and during finals week. We hope you can join us for one or all of these drop-in events!

Dec
12
2023

DeStress Fest: Bracelet Making (CITL’s version)

Inspired by Taylor Swift’s concert friendship bracelets, we will have supplies to make your own bracelet (and we have snacks for you too). Stop by Dana 216.

DeStress Fest is part of our now semesterly tradition – DeStress Fest. CITL is bringing you some community-oriented events in the last week of classes and during finals week. We hope you can join us for one or all of these drop-in events!

Dec
12
2023

Guilt-free book club: Geeky Pedagogy 8 a.m. or 4 p.m.

Haven’t been able to join us yet this semester to talk about teaching and learning? No problem. Stop by even if you haven’t (yet) read the book and just want to think aloud with us!

Dec
11
2023

DeStress Fest: Grade in Community

Didn’t grade as much as you hoped during the weekend? No problem! Come grade with others in Dana 216.

Grade in Community is part of our now semesterly tradition – DeStress Fest. CITL is bringing you some community-oriented events in the last week of classes and during finals week. We hope you can join us for one or all of these drop-in events!

Dec
11
2023

Inclusive Teaching MOOC: Info Session

HHMI BioInteractive recently launched a new Inclusive Teaching MOOC, covering many inclusive teaching topics. At this info session, we will share more about the course, and a panel will share how these learning communities and other support have influenced our teaching at Bates. See page 10 of our December 2023 newsletter for more information.

Dec
8
2023

DeStress Fest: Bunday with Pippin Castonguay

Stop by Dana 217 for scritches and cuddles with Pippin! Leafy greens will also be provided and you can give Pippin a treat.

Bunday with Pippin Castonguay is part of our now semesterly tradition – DeStress Fest. CITL is bringing you some community-oriented events in the last week of classes and during finals week. We hope you can join us for one or all of these drop-in events!

Dec
7
2023

DeStress Fest: Drinks on us @ The Ronj

Lindsey and Wells will be posted up at the Ronj with coffees, teas, and even a CITL specialty drink!

Drinks on us @ The Ronj is part of our now semesterly tradition – DeStress Fest. CITL is bringing you some community-oriented events in the last week of classes and during finals week. We hope you can join us for one or all of these drop-in events!

Dec
5
2023

ON THE MENU: ETHICAL PEDAGOGY

Wells hosts a workshop on what we inadvertently teach our students through our pedagogical decisions.
What does grading blind or taking a stance on a controversial topic communicate to your students about you, the discipline, and their world(s)?

On the Menu Workshops are typically offered the last weekday of the month during the regular academic year and are open to all educators. The date for the November workshop is December 5. You may go through the line in Commons for lunch and charge CITL. Then join us upstairs in Commons 211 from 12-1 pm for the workshop of the month. A calendar invitation will be sent out to you as a reminder for each workshop.

Nov
30
2023

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: WRITING TO LEARN

Join this community of practice to share with other educators about teaching writing across the curriculum. We will share challenges and resources to support incorporating more writing to learn and reflection assignments in all courses. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Nov
30
2023

LUNCHTIME PANEL: BEYOND BINARIES –EVENT POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE TBD

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE TBD.

Besides contributing to a more inclusive classroom, expanding beyond gender (and other!) boundaries and binarisms can enrich possibilities for creativity, learning, understanding, and joy. In Part One of several workshops organized by CITL Faculty Fellow Erica Rand (Gender and Sexuality Studies/Art and Visual Culture), short presentations by faculty in widely varied fields about their own creative and research practices will introduce a conversation about the generative potentials of thinking beyond binarisms in the work we can do and facilitate. Participants include Brian J. Evans (Dance/American Studies), Hanna McGaughey (Asian Studies), Ian-Khara Ellasante (Gender and Sexuality Studies/Africana), and Kat Anderson (Biology). Please go through the lunch line, charge your meal to CITL, and join us in 221 Commons for this event.

Nov
29
2023

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: STAFF EDUCATORS

Join this community of practice to share effective practices and brainstorm common challenges with other staff educator colleagues. Go through the line in Commons and charge CITL for your lunch. We are working to break down silos and share tips about what works in our various roles.

Nov
3
2023

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: NEW FACULTY

Join this community of practice for any new faculty member (teaching at Bates less than three years). Go through the Commons lunch line (charge CITL) and then come upstairs to join ongoing supportive conversation.

Nov
3
2023
Nov
17

Bundays Hosted by Pippin Castonguay

Every Friday. November 3, 10, and 17.
Stop in for scritches (also to chat with CITL).

Oct
31
2023

A SPACE FOR GATHERING

In lieu of our scheduled On The Menu workshop program, Accessibility Isn’t
Scary, CITL is offering to all a space for gathering, for sharing, for
listening, and for (re)thinking and what teaching and learning might look
like at Bates. The Accessibility workshop will be rescheduled to a later
date this year.

We foresee a place of togetherness to discuss openly reframing course
content, shifting course schedules, supporting your students, and
articulating the teaching and learning support that you need following this
community trauma.

Please come join us at noon in Commons 211. Feel free to
go through the line and charge your lunch to CITL. We look forward to being with you.

Oct
26
2023

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: WRITING TO LEARN

Join this community of practice to share with other educators about teaching writing across the curriculum. We will share challenges and resources to support incorporating more writing to learn and reflection assignments in all courses. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Oct
25
2023

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: STAFF EDUCATORS

Join this community of practice to share effective practices and brainstorm common challenges with other staff educator colleagues. Go through the line in Commons and charge CITL for your lunch. We are working to break down silos and share tips about what works in our various roles.

Oct
10
2023

BUILDING OUR FYS COURSE PROPOSAL

Are you proposing (or planning to propose) a FYS course? Well, this is the event for you! During this 90-minute workshop, we will first introduce you to your FYS support team, before launching into a WORKshop (with particular emphasis on WORK). You will leave this workshop with a solid course proposal draft (with particular emphasis on writing), as well as have access to additional support in attaching MOI and GEC course designations, working with W-CATs, and creating compelling course titles and descriptions. We are looking forward to seeing you at this fun and productive event.

Oct
10
2023

Guilt-free Book Club: Geeky Pedagogy 8 am or 4 pm

Guilt-free book club’s Fall 2023 selection is Geeky Pedagogy by Jessamyn Neuhaus. Join this first session to pick up your copy of the book. We will discuss our interest in the book at this session. We will divide the book into three sections for future discussions. For the next session in November, we will read Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

Oct
6
2023

Community of Practice: New Faculty

Join this community of practice for any new faculty member (teaching at Bates less than three years). Go through the Commons lunch line (charge CITL) and then come upstairs to join ongoing supportive conversation. Note: The October 6 meeting will be held in the Fishbowl.

Oct
4
2023

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: UNGRADING

Join this community of practice to talk about grading for growth, the vast spectrum of ungrading practices, and how to incorporate more bias-resistant and motivational grading practices into your own courses. Whether you have been using labor-based grading contracts for years or just want to learn how ungrading is defined, this group is for you. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Oct
3
2023

2023 KROEPSCH LECTURE: LIMITS AND BOUNDS (LOCAL ACTIONS AND GLOBAL THOUGHTS)

The Ruth M. and Robert H. Kroepsch Award for Excellence in Teaching honors faculty for their outstanding performance as teachers. This past year, Katy Ott of the Mathematics department was selected. In an effort to continue conversations concerning pedagogical practices, Katy Ott brings together this year’s Kroepsch panel to discuss local actions and global thoughts in teaching and learning.

Sep
29
2023

ON THE MENU: WRITING TO LEARN

In this month’s workshop series, we will be discussing writing-to-learn activities. Generally, writing-to-learn activities are short, impromptu or otherwise informal and low-stakes writing tasks that help students think through key concepts or ideas presented in a course. Often, these writing tasks are limited to less than five minutes of class time or are assigned as brief, out-of-class assignments. We will share a variety of ways to incorporate more small writing assignments in your course, whatever the discipline, without increasing your grading workload. Go through the line in Commons (charge CITL) and then come upstairs to join us!

Sep
28
2023

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: WRITING TO LEARN

Join this community of practice to share with other educators about teaching writing across the curriculum. We will share challenges and resources to support incorporating more writing to learn and reflection assignments in all courses. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.