The SJNY Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) will host its first-ever Teaching and Learning Conference Friday, May 12, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent in Brentwood.
The University-wide event, open to all faculty and administrators from St. Joseph’s University, New York, will offer instructors a chance to connect while engaging in workshops about authentic, original and relevant practices in higher education.
“I hope attendees gain a sense of community and collegiality, but also practical skills to improve student engagement and classroom experiences,” said Lisa Tafuro, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies and director of the Long Island Campus FCTL, who created the conference.
Teaching and Learning Conference
The Teaching and Learning Conference will feature keynote speaker Marsha J. Tyson Darling, Ph.D., a professor of history and special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at Adelphi University. Dr. Darling is also a mentor for AAC&U’s Institute for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.
Dr. Darling will share strategies for engaging students and integrating equity and inclusion into classrooms and curriculum.
“Feeling part of a community is as important for staff and faculty as it is for students,” Dr. Tafuro explained. “We can learn from each other and build relationships for future support or shared endeavors.”
During the event, faculty and administrators can walk the grounds of the convent while learning about the history, mission and ministry of the founders of St. Joseph’s University.
“I believe that the culture of St. Joseph’s is what makes us different — and special,” shared Dr. Tafuro. “It’s really important that we keep the history of the Sisters alive and allow new faculty to experience it firsthand.”
Breakfast and registration begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the keynote speaker then workshop sessions. There will be a lunch break at 12:10 p.m., and the conference will conclude with closing remarks and a walking tour (weather permitting) at 2:30 p.m.
Session I – 10:30 a.m.
Student Engagement through Collaborative Learning
Alyssa SooHoo, Ph.D.
Technology in Teaching & Learning, Student Engagement, Assessment & Alternative Methods
David Siegel, Ph.D.
Session II – 11:25 a.m.
Supporting Students who are “At Risk” in the Online Classroom through Direct Intervention and Course Design/Delivery
Team Projects: a Discussion on Creating an Ethical, Meaningful, and Enjoyable Student Experience
Joseph Ross, Ph.D.
Session III – 12:45 p.m.
SENCERizing STEM courses
Session IV – 1:40 p.m.
The Contemplative Classroom
Thomas Petriano, Ph.D.
Exploring Turnitin’s AI Writing Detection
Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Learning and Academic Success
LaQuetta Solomon, DSW, LCSW