Conferences & Major Workshops

Spring Faculty Conference

A half-day workshop on teaching, advising, and scholarship

Monday, May 21, 2018

Teacher-Scholar Lunches

Fitting in the Scholarship

Erin Crockett, Psychology; Shannon Mariotti, Political Science

Tuesday, February 6, 11:30 - 12:45, Connie Ballroom

Digital Humanities: Debates and New Directions

Eric Busch, Mellon Postdoc in Digital Scholarship

Friday, February 16, 12:30 - 1:45, Connie Ballroom

Core Competencies for Advising

Jennifer Leach, Advising and Retention

Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 - 12:45, Connie Ballroom

Having Difficult Conversations with Advisees

Jennifer Leach, Advising and Retention

Friday, March 23, 12:30 - 1:45, Cullen 360

Making a Summer Plan

Julie Sievers, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 - 11:15 am, Cullen 120 & Friday, May 11, 12:00 - 1:15 pm, Lynda Ballroom

Conversations On Our Scholarly & Creative Lives

Conversations On Our Scholarly & Creative Lives provides Southwestern faculty with an opportunity to learn about colleagues’ scholarly and creative work while joining together for refreshments and informal conversation. Presenters spend 20-30 minutes discussing their research or creative work and then take questions.

Michael Cooper, Music

Wednesday, April 18, 12:30-1:30 pm, Cullen 360

Hazel Nguyen, Economics and Business

Monday, April 30, 12:30-1:30 pm, Lynda Ballroom

Faculty scholarship and creative work is also featured at the following events:

First Thursdays } Jan 18, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5

4-5 pm, Smith Library

The Representations Lecture Series, organized this spring by Michael Cooper, Music.

  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 12:30, FAC 235 - Thomas Howe
  • Tuesday, Feb 20, 12:15 pm, FAC 235 - Catherine Bourland Ross
  • Wednesday, Mar 28, 12:15 pm, Caldwell-Carvey - Dana Long Zenobi
  • Tuesday, Apr 24, 12:00 pm, FAC 235 - Francis Mathieu

Programs for New Faculty

New Faculty Orientation

Jan 9, 8:30 - 2:30 | Orientation, technology training, and lunch

New Faculty Sessions

Jan 29, 12:30 - 1:20 | How's It Going? Checking In and Making Adjustments for the Spring Semester

Feb 26, 12:30 - 1:20 | Managing Committee Service; Completing the Brief Annual Report

Apr 16, 12:30 - 1:20 | Strategies for Developing Your Research Program; Balancing Research, Teaching, Service, & Life

Reading Groups & Learning Communities

To sign up for a group, visit the Reading Groups page.

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler (2012)

Meetings TBA

Convene Your Own Book Group

Any two or more faculty who would like to read together can receive support.

Writing & Research Groups

To sign up, visit the Writing and Research Groups page.

Peer Writing and Review Groups

These are small (3-4 people) cross-disciplinary groups for faculty who want to share their writing-in-progress and receive thoughtful feedback from colleagues. Groups can meet for as little as a semester but may choose to stay together for longer. They often meet every 3-4 weeks.

Writing & Research Accountability Groups – online or in-person

Accountability groups of 3-4 people require less time commitment than peer review groups. Members agree to check-in regularly (usually weekly or bi-weekly) to report on whether they met their goals for the preceding period, and to define their goals for the upcoming period.

Note: The Junior Faculty Research Group (JFRG), coordinated this year by Jethro Hernandez Berrones, offers in-person accountability groups for junior faculty. If you are a visiting or pre-tenure faculty member, the JFRG community is highly recommended to meet this need. Small groups meet bi-weekly.

Department Chair Workshops

Webinar: Helping Faculty Manage Student Mental Health Concerns

Gregory Eells, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University

Wednesday, February 7, 1-2:30 pm, Cullen 120

How to Have Difficult Conversations

Karine Moe, Provost & Dean of the Faculty, Macalester College

Wednesday, February 28, 1- 2 pm, Connie Ballroom

Evaluation of Faculty and Staff with Faculty Rank



Natasha Williams, Director of Institutional Research

Wednesday, April 25, 1-2 pm, Connie Ballroom