QUWAC and RWI host pedagogy workshop for faculty

Mark Hoffman, workshop facilitator, consults with Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox during the pedagogy and research writing workshop.
Mark Hoffman, workshop facilitator, consults with Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox during the pedagogy and research writing workshop.

Jan. 14, 2014 - The Quinnipiac University Writing Across the Curriculum faculty committee and the Research and Writing Institute hosted a pedagogy and research writing workshop on Jan. 7 in Quinnipiac's newly renovated Learning Commons.

Faculty members from several disciplines across the University attended the day-long workshop that included a series of activities and discussions that focused on several aspects of teaching methodology.

"The goal is to create a research document that is ready for publication or presentation," said Paul Pasquaretta, director of the Research and Writing Institute. "In this way, our faculty can help research and improve student learning outcomes by demonstrating what methods of teaching work well."

Joan Kreiger (biomedical sciences) and Mark Hoffman (computer science) facilitated the workshop. The participants went through a process to assess their curriculum and assignment structure, looking for ways to better design assignments that would help students to meet Quinnipiac's Essential Learning Outcomes. The faculty will use this formal assessment process to compile a research project that can be disseminated to a larger audience.

"The workshop undoubtedly inspired me to think more seriously about publishing," said Erica DeFrancesco, professor of occupational therapy. "It provided me with a wealth of resources that I am eager to review in my continued exploration of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Faculty Scholars program."

Faculty who attended the workshop included: Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox (legal studies), Julia Giblin (anthropology), Jane Kessler (mathematics), Stacy Missari (sociology) and Soonsook Myung (music) from the College of Arts and Sciences; John Greenleaf (civil engineering) from the School of Business + Engineering; Sang Nam (film, video + interactive media) from the School of Communications; DeFrancesco from the School of Health Sciences; Cecilia Dalzell, instructional design librarian; and Michelle Madsen-Bibeau, part-time faculty member.

The QUWAC and RWI will host follow-up events in the spring. For more information, contact Paul Pasquaretta.