SJC Long Island’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) has created a podcast, “Faculty Connect,” as a way to encourage honest discussions about all things teaching and learning.
Episodes will feature faculty, students, creators and community members discussing such topics as technology, student engagement and how to have difficult conversations in the classroom.
The first episode is set to be released this spring, with plans to release two episodes per semester.
“I’m always trying to think of new and interesting ways to reach our faculty,” said Lisa Tafuro, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies and director of SJC Long Island’s FCTL, who came up with the idea for the podcast. “I thought this might be a great way to share strategies and struggles, so we feel connected and supported.”
For faculty from SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the podcast gives listeners the opportunity to hear stories from colleagues, while letting their experiences help them in their own teaching.
“A podcast gives everyone the flexibility of listening at their own pace,” said Dr. Tafuro, who plans to lead the discussions in the initial episodes. “What I like about podcasts is I can listen to them while I’m doing other things. We’re all so busy, and it’s important to reach the faculty in a way that will work for them.”
Dr. Tafuro will interview Andrea Stadler, Ph.D., associate professor and associate chair of physical sciences, during the inaugural episode.
“The focus of our talk will be on how she brings in issues of diversity and equity into her classroom, especially the chemistry classroom and as a woman in a STEM field,” Dr. Tafuro explained.
Those interested in learning about a specific topic, hearing from a particular person, or hosting an episode of the podcast can share their thoughts, ideas and inspirations here. Episodes of the podcast will be emailed to faculty members by the FCTL.
Watch below to learn more about why Dr. Tafuro created “Faculty Connect,” her own radio interviewing experience, and what her favorite podcast is: