Tompkins Cortland Community College

Faculty

Roundtables

If there's an aspect of teaching that you would like to discuss with your colleagues, now is the time to get onto the CTC calendar. Discussion is informal and anyone can lead. No PowerPoint required.

We get very positive feedback on sessions where teachers present their scholarly and artistic achievements. If you have something in that vein to share with your colleagues, by all means, let us know. Let's celebrate this fantastic faculty together!

Talk to Barbara Kobritz in the Library, or send an email to schedule a date. But do it soon! Spring semester dates are filling up.


Spring 2017 Roundtables

Descriptions of Roundtables are posted on this page as they become available. Faculty and adjunct faculty are also notified by email a few days in advance of each discussion. Roundtables are in the CTC at noon unless otherwise noted.


Monday March 27

Adjuncts Chat with the Dean

Several times throughout the semester our Dean of Instruction, Carl Penziul, sets aside time for conversation with adjunct faculty. Bring your questions and concerns.


Tuesday March 28       Special Time: 4-5 pm

Alt-Right in Europe and America
Presenter: Robert Chapman

An examination of the alt-right movement, and the beginning of white identity politics in Europe and America.


Wednesday March 29

Women in the Workplace
Presenter: Karen Pastorello

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Karen will highlight women’s experiences (and related legislation) in the workplace. We invite attendees to share in an open discussion regarding their working lives as well.


Monday April 3

This Changes Everything

Third session in a monthly discussion of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, described by the New York Times as the most momentous and contentious environmental book since “Silent Spring.”


...and later that same day:

Monday April 3        Special Time: 4-5 pm

Hillbilly Elegy   RE-SCHEDULED FROM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

The Hillbilly Elegy Reading and Discussion Group got snowed out in March. This is the rescheduled second session for this group. We will begin our second discussion by turning to the strengths of the Appalachian people Vance talks about in his memoir. Vance describes several positive values that his mamaw and papaw possessed, and he credits, in part, the Marine Corp, for helping him mature into becoming a responsible young man.
   Come and share your reactions to the culture as Vance depicts it in the book. You do not need to have read the book, or to have come to the first meeting to come to this meeting. Everyone is welcome.
   If you want a quick idea of the book, watch J.D. Vance's 10 minute Tedtalk on America's Forgotten Working Class.


Wednesday April 5

Emphasizing Learning over Perfection

Facilitated by Anndrea Mathers, who says: Students often assume that the purpose of submitting an assignment is to be evaluated, but I want them to focus on producing work in order to practice skills and to focus on submitting assignments in order to get my advice on how to improve their thinking, writing, and public speaking. In order to facilitate this shift, I often encourage my students to embrace the vulnerability they feel in sharing their work. How can we help students to see us as coaches rather than judges?


Monday April 10

Your Roundtable Here!

Is there something on your mind you'd like to tralk with other teachers about? Now's your chance. No PowerPoint necessary! Contact Barbara Kobritz to get on the schedule.


Wednesday April 12

Registration Day - No Roundtable


Monday April 17

Your Roundtable Here!

Is there something on your mind you'd like to tralk with other teachers about? Now's your chance. No PowerPoint necessary! Contact Barbara Kobritz to get on the schedule.


Wednesday April 19

What's Working

Once a month, get together with your colleagues to share new ideas and learn about what's working for others.


Wednesday April 19        Special Time: 4-5 pm

Third in a series that is meeting on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy. Vance's memoir raises a variety of issues including Appalachian culture, distrust of the government, liberal elitism, domestic strife, substance abuse, economics v. culture metaphor, social mobility through education, and more. If you want a quick idea of the book, watch J.D. Vance's 10 minute Tedtalk on America's Forgotten Working Class.


Monday April 24

By Adjuncts For Adjuncts

Once a month, adjuncts get together for conversation and idea-sharing. Facilitated by Christine Iacobucci, CTC Adjunct Coordinator.


Monday May 1

This Changes Everything

Fourth and final session in a monthly discussion of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, described by the New York Times as the most momentous and contentious environmental book since “Silent Spring.”


Wednesday May 17       Special Time: 4-5 pm

Hillbilly Elegy

Fourth and final in a semester-long series discussing J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy. Vance's memoir raises a variety of issues including Appalachian culture, distrust of the government, liberal elitism, domestic strife, substance abuse, economics v. culture metaphor, social mobility through education, and more. If you want a quick idea of the book, watch J.D. Vance's 10 minute Tedtalk on America's Forgotten Working Class.