New Faculty Orientation Schedule (Day 2) 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

(click here for Tuesday’s schedule)

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

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Breakfast and Meet and Greet

President Clayton Spencer will join for an informal greeting.

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Introduction to Faculty Development at Bates

  • Margaret Imber
  • Kirk Read

Margaret and Kirk’s role in your lives will extend beyond the orientation. During this brief opening time, they’ll present a foretaste of the exciting faculty development opportunities coming up in the programming coordinated by the Faculty Commons for Teaching and Learning.



9:20 a.m.-9:35 a.m.

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Faculty travel support

  • Jason Scheideman, Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Budget and Administration

Though brief, this presentation is important. Many of you are fortunate to have funds available for travel and research. Even those with more limited resources from the Dean of Faculty’s Office are likely at some point to expend or desire resources that need to be made accountable for your reimbursement. Listening attentively to Jason as he explains how this is sorted out will be a true time-saver later on!

9:40-10:05 a.m.

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Faculty and Academic Support Staff and Activities

  •  Dan Sanford, Director of Writing at Bates and of the Academic Resource Commons and Lecturer in Writing
  • Grace Coulombe, Director of the Mathematics and Statistics Workshop and Lecturer in Quantitative Studies 

Bates has a truly wonderful support system for both faculty and students in terms of writing and quantitative literacy. Here we will introduce you to the staff and follow up with some hands-on work that will focus our attention on some practical elements of our pedagogical lives together.

10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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Syllabus Development

Kirk Read and Margaret Imber (with input from Writing at Bates)

Here, we’ll take some time to contemplate our approach to syllabus construction as a way of talking about our courses and our pedagogies and the various levels and angles of support that we will need for ourselves and for our students.

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall

The Bates Student in Context

  • Lexie Mucci, Assistant Director of the Office of Intercultural Education
  • Ellen Alcorn, Assistant Director of the Community Engaged Learning Program and Director of the Bonner Leader Program
  • Rachel Boggia, Associate Professor of Dance
  • Brittany Longsdorf, Multifaith Chaplain

Here we are interested in learning about the Bates student outside the classroom. The prompt for our interlocutors will be:

  • “In what context do you now and work with Bates students?”
  • “What’s the one thing that you want new faculty to understand about the

    students they’ll teach this year?”


Nap time (Check out the Museum of Art, the Merrill Gym, Your Horoscope…)


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Lyceum and Other Web or Digital Resources

  • Michael Hanrahan, Associate Director for Curricular and Research Computing
  • Scott Tiner, Associate Director for Client Services
  • Ben Lizotte, Senior Audio Visual Analyst
  • Shauna’h Fuegan, Senior Academic Technology Consultant
  • Kai Evenson, Senior Academic Technology Consultant

Bates has an impressive array of technological resources to enhance your teaching and research and a wonderfully smart, willing and available staff who can help you make the most of them. While the learning curve on some of the interfaces with the digital world that Bates deploys can sometimes be daunting, we hope this session will leave you reassured of the ease of this transition and of the amazing potential that the tech and human resources afford.


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The Curriculum, Student Registration and Records, Academic Integrity

  • Kathy Low, Interim Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Psychology
  • Mary Meserve, Registrar
  • Carl Steidel, Senior Associate Dean of Students

In this session, we offer insight and information about the Bates academic curriculum and how to navigate it with ease and integrity.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

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Introduction to the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and community engaged learning.

  • Darby Ray, Director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement
  • Ellen Alcorn, Director of Bonner Leader Program and Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Lecturer in the Humanities
  • Sam Boss, Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Research

We will end with some reflections of what it means to find and engage community from a multiplicity of perspectives and segue into a walk back down into Lewiston for a final dinner together at DaVinci’s.


  • Kathy Low, Interim Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Psychology ( | 786-6086)
  • Margaret Imber, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies ( | 786-8205)
  • Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Politics ( | 786-6472
  • Kirk Read, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Director of New Faculty Development ( | 786-6280)
  • Lori Ouellette, Administrative Assistant, Dean of Faculty (| 786- 6067)

Upcoming events:

Harward Center for Community Partnerships –

New Faculty Reception – Fri, Sept 22rd 5:30pm-7:30pm

At Darby Ray’s home at 15 Bearce Avenue, Lewiston