New Faculty Seminar
This fall, Lehman will welcome approximately 20 new full-time faculty members, rounding out a series of new faculty hires over the past four years that has replaced nearly a quarter of our full-time teaching faculty, with all but one department represented (the History has had no new full-time hires in the past four years).
The fall new faculty orientation seminars have proven highly successful in providing these new faculty members with the resources and information they most need for a positive start in their Lehman careers. Those who have participated have made extra efforts to participate in other events at the College and to connect with resource personnel in student, faculty, and staff programs across the campus.
For 2013, we are planning to use an approach to our seminar known as “flipping the classroom.” Flipping the classroom allows participants to learn the substance of their courses BEFORE attending class (in this case, the seminar meetings) and to use the class or seminar time to engage in conversation and focused strategies to clarify points of confusion and to reinforce important themes and skills. By flipping the new faculty seminar, we believe both faculty and staff will feel their time has been respected and used as productively as possible.
All new faculty members will have access to a Blackboard course site with each week’s resources available for review as well as a journal tool and an activity calendar to keep discussions and participation lively. We will meet each week in a different location with a different set of guest “experts” as we develop a shared sense of expectations, history, and practices. Our guests will model a variety of interactive strategies for effective teaching to help us retain and deepen our understanding of their programs and policies.
Last modified: Aug 26, 2013