Mellon NW5C Roundtable on Best Pedagogical Practices

Hosted by Reed College
January 21-22, 2011

This faculty roundtable on best pedagogical practices is part of a series of gatherings for faculty members at Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, University of Puget Sound, Whitman College and Willamette College that will be held during 2010-11. These five colleges have received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore the potential for more collaboration between their institutions on faculty development, student enrichment, and resource sharing. If this first year of roundtable discussions is successful, the Northwest 5 College will apply to Mellon for a longer-term implementation grant. These roundtables are meant to help the group develop a sense of what kinds of collaboration across these institutions would be most beneficial and desirable to the faculty. The topics of the roundtables at the other four institutions are: Student-Faculty Research (Lewis and Clark), Community-Based Learning (U. of Puget Sound), Teacher-Scholar Career Development (Willamette), and Interdisciplinary and Cross-Disciplinary Programs (Whitman). As a reminder, presenting faculty and staff members will receive a stipend of $500.

All meetings are scheduled to take place at the Parker House. The hope is that all Reed participants will attend the common gatherings, such as lunch and dinner, so that informal conversation and connection can continue outside of the scheduled presentations.

Each session will last one hour, with about 20-30 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

Schedule of Presentations and Social Gatherings

Friday, January 21

12:00-12:15 pm


12:15-1:00 pm

Lunch (Main Foyer)

1:00-1:15 pm 


1:15-2:15 pm

Session I: Peers and Effective Classroom Discussion (Sappho)

  • Jeff Parker, Economics
  • Elizabeth Drumm, Spanish and Humanities 110

Reading Material:

2:15-2:30 pm


2:30-3:30 pm

Session II: Adventures in New Pedagogy: The Value of Faculty Collaboration (Sappho)

  • Margret Geselbracht, Chemistry
  • Julie Fry, Chemistry and Environmental Studies 

Reading Material:

3:30-3:45 pm


3:45-4:45 pm 

Session III: Diversity in the Curriculum and in the Classroom (Living Room)

  • Pancho Savery, English
  • Crystal Williams, English
  • Catherine Witt, French

Reading Material:

  • Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us (Issues of Our Time). Chapters 2, 8, and 9. (This book will be shipped to the attending faculty members.)

4:45-5:00 pm 


5:00-6:30 pm 

Free Time

6:30-8:00 pm

Group Dinner (location to be determined)

Saturday, January 22

9:00-10:00 am*

Session IV: Using Digital Resources in Teaching (Sappho)

  • Trina Marmarelli, Instructional Technologist, Foreign Languages and Computer User Services
  • Charlene Makley, Anthropology

Reading Material:

*A breakfast buffet will be served during the session.

10:00-10:15 am


10:15-11:15 am

Session V:  Senior Capstone Projects (Living Room)

  • Margot Minardi, History
  • Kathy Oleson, Psychology

11:15-11:30 am


11:30-12:15 pm

Lunch (Main Foyer)