Fall 2014 Events

Using Rubrics to Improve Teaching and Learning

  • A workshop led by Adam Balcziunas, Electronic Resources / Systems Librarian
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24, 3:30 pm
  • Fitzgerald Room, 3rd Floor, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

In this workshop, our colleague Adam Balcziunas will discuss the use of rubrics for assessment in higher education, with a focus on how to construct rubrics for classroom use in order to make expectations more transparent and understandable to students.

Coffee and refreshments will be available.

Adam offered a similar workshop at last year’s Faculty Development Day. If you participated in that workshop, please contact Adam for a possible follow-up meeting.

Gladiatorial Communication: Using debate to teach communication skills across the curriculum

  • A workshop led by Mike Berry, Assistant Technical Professor of Speech
  • Wednesday, October 22, 3:30 pm
  • Postupak Room, 1st floor, McGowan School of Business

This workshop is designed to help facilitate integrating public debates into your classroom. The workshop will cover such topics as how to come up with things to debate, crafting debate resolutions, debate formats, and assessing debates.

Assessing Oral Communication in Major Programs

  • A workshop led by Jeremy Simington, Clinical Professor of Sports Medicine and Director, Athletic Training Program
  • Monday. November 3, 3:30 pm
  • King’s on the Square, room 210

This workshop will present assessment techniques and rubrics that are currently used in the Athletic Training Program.  The objective of the workshop is to provide attendees with specific methods that can be applied to in their major courses and in their comprehensive assessment plans.  These methods will be consistent with King’s College’s Effective Oral Communication CART and the requirements of Middle States.

Faculty Research Colloquium 1

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014., 3:30 pm
  • Room 109, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

Writing the Rape Victim: From Activism to Fiction

Robin Field, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women’s Studies Program

Abstract: My book project investigates the emergence of “the rape novel” in American literature. The rape novel arose in the wake of the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s with the dual mandates of feminist activism and the literary recuperation of female experiences.

My talk will explore the cultural and textual precedents for this new genre of American fiction. The earliest rape novels introduced the consciousness of a victim to many readers for the first time, because of the elision of the victim’s experience seen in previous textual representations. I will discuss how the new-found understanding of the victim’s psyche in the rape fiction of the 1970s is derived from two main sources: the literature of the anti-rape movement and autobiographical accounts of sexual assault. My examination of the diverse texts that contributed to the emergence of the rape novel – from the transcripts of the consciousness-raising sessions of radical feminists to the memoirs of Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday – highlights the importance of social movements to this new genre.

A Journey through Time and Place: Cycling and Life in the Susquehanna Country

Paul Zbiek, Professor of History and Geography

Abstract: The presentation discusses the cultural history and geography of the Susquehanna River Basin by exploring the area on a bicycle. The region has five topographic regions that range from sea level to 4000 feet above sea level. Culturally there are ten regions which will take one through New England, Dutch New York, Eastern Europe transplanted, Appalachia, and the Upper South. The result is seeing vast geographic and cultural diversity within a 27,000 square mile region.

Faculty Research Colloquium 2

  • Wednesday, November 19, 3:30 pm
  • Fitzgerald Room, 3rd floor, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

Freud Against Neighbor Love

Regan Lance Reitsma, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program

Abstract: Sigmund Freud argues that it’s a bad idea both for a person to follow and for society to advocate the principle ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ In its stead, Freud proposes reciprocity, ‘do unto others as they (intend to) do to you.’ Despite seeming commonsensical, Freud’s arguments against neighbor love are unconvincing: they lack balance, reflect undue pessimism about human nature, sometimes misinterpret the principle, and – significantly – ignore the down-to-earth, practical value of high moral ideals. Freud also fails to notice a fairly obvious objection to his own tit-for-tat principle.

The Impact of Value Preferences on Ethical Decisions Made by Accounting Professionals

Tara Shawver, Professor of Accounting

Abstract: Practicing accountants’ values systems and the ability to recognize ethical violations are critical to avoiding financial reporting scandals and uncovering fraud. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Code of Professional Conduct provides guidance in terms of broadly accepted professional values that encourage a duty to society. This paper explores the relationship between an individual’s values system and his or her ethical evaluations, moral judgments and ethical intentions. This study finds no support that the value orientations suggested by prior research have an impact on ethical evaluations or ethical intentions of practicing accountants. However, this study finds that competence values affect moral judgment.

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