What's New at the CTC?
Writing to Learn
We have completed our first semester of Writing to Learn activities on campus. The teachers that participated in the January 2014 two-day workshop have continued to meet monthly to write together and to continue to explore the Write to Learn pedagogy. The CTC will be gathering information about changes in classroom practice during the Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters to examine the impact this program is having.
Based on the feedback from teachers so far, the College has decided to expand the program next year. In addition to on-campus workshops, four of our faculty - Jeanne Cameron, Darlene Gold, Anna Regula and Susan Cerretani - will be trained at Bard College to facilitate future workshops for our own faculty.
If you are unsure what Writing to Learn is and would like to know more, please ask. This set of pedagogical tools has enormous potential to improve learning in all disciplines.
Here's what teachers had to say about the second annual Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating the Art of Teaching Conference held April 11 at Onondaga Community College
"Great conference, great keynote, great opportunity to learn new best practices for quick application into my classroom."
"This conference is a great way to network with colleagues who are nearby and colleagues from other disciplines."
"The conference was a great experience. The content, learning, and networking aspects were wonderful."
"It was a great day, went by fast and felt engaged. Attention span also better when the topics are applicable and practical."
"Thank you for a great conference. It was an inspiring and uplifting event."
The CTC will have information about next year's conference starting in the fall.
Roundtables will return in September. Because we have heard so often from faculty that what you want is time to talk with each other about your experiences as a teacher, we plan to schedule more of those sessions. Watch for details.
Monthly Reading & Discussion Group
Every month we get together to discuss an article, a book chapter or a video about issues surrounding teaching. You're welcome to join us. Fourth Wednesday of the month from 4-5:30 in the CTC.Readings for Fall 2014
Every day at the CTC
The CTC door is always open. If you need some space to spread out and work, or if you're looking for a quiet, relaxing place to chat with colleagues between classes or over lunch, please make yourself at home.
We have three computers, a black and white printer, a color printer and a scanner to help with your work. We also have comfy sofas and chairs where you can read or chat, a microwave for heating your lunch, and some professional reading you might want to peruse. And check out our photo gallery, curated by TC3's own Harry Littell.
About the CTC
The mission of the College Teaching Center is to help educators share resources and experiences to enhance teaching and learning.
How do I contact the CTC?
What does the CTC do?
- Organizes and hosts roundtable discussions
- Sponsors and manages the Professional Development Mentoring Program
- Co-sponsors the annual Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating the Art of Teaching conference
- Houses computers, printers and scanner for faculty use
- Houses publications on teaching and learning
- Provides orientation for adjunct faculty
- Provides a place and a space for faculty to converse and interact.
Where is the CTC?
The CTC is located in the Library on the second floor of the Baker Commons.
Who runs the CTC?
The CTC is managed by a Board of Directors, with both elected and appointed positions. Elections are held every May. Faculty and adjunct faculty members who are interested in serving should notify our current chair, Travis Vande Berg.
Each year the Board selects two paid coordinators, one faculty and one adjunct.
Current Board members:
- Cornelia Rea –Faculty
- Michele Whitecraft – Adjunct Faculty
2013 - 2016
- Kelly Wessell - Faculty
- Jeanne Cameron, Chair - Faculty
- Katrina Campbell - Faculty
- Nancy Estep – Adjunct Faculty
2014 - 2017
- Susan Cerretani - Faculty
- Becky Spencer - Faculty
- Ken Whitener - Faculty
- Kathy McDonough - Faculty, Alternate
- Victoria Zeppelin – College Now/Tech. Prep External Representative
- Bob Yavits – Instructional Software Specialist
- Khaki Wunderlich – Dean of Organizational Success and Learning, non-voting
- Carl Penziul – Dean of Instruction, non-voting
Coordinators for 2013-2014