Support for Faculty

SESSION 1:   10:45 am – 11:45 am          Room 1.103

Increase the Impact of Your Scholarship Using Twitter

Presenter:   Jennifer Chang, Growth Editor at Quartz

During this session we will focus on Twitter as an underused tool in the academic world and focus on how Twitter can be used in and out of the classroom, best practices to get started with Twitter, expanding your network, and dealing with trolls.  This will be a hands-on session so please come prepared with a Twitter account (register here) and real-world questions or problems you’d like to discuss.


SESSION 2:   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm          Room 1.103

Best Practices for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Graduate/Medical/Law School

Presenters:   Bill Gottdiener, Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin, Elizabeth Broccoli

Writing a strong recommendation letter for a great, deserving student can be one of the best parts of working in Academia, and is part of our duty as educators and mentors. It gives us the chance to pass along the torch and help our students and mentees continue their academic path and become experts in their disciplines. Not all letters of recommendations are created equally, and different types of post-graduate programs (like medical or law school) expect recommenders to provide particular information about each applicant. In this panel we will discuss best practices of writing a strong and fair letter of recommendation and the particularities of letters of recommendations for different disciplines. We aim to discuss what constitutes a strong letter of recommendation, what information will be most useful to admission committees, and how to determine if you are the right person to write a letter of recommendation for a particular student.


SESSION 3:   2:15 pm – 3:15 pm          Room 1.103

Study Abroad & Off-Campus Faculty-Led Development

Presenter:   Ken Yanes

Faculty-led programs off-campus give students the opportunity to learn both in and outside the classroom and to work closely with faculty in a new context. Students typically find that their academic experiences abroad/off-campus are some of the most transformative of their undergraduate career. Similarly, faculty report that teaching abroad allows them a different kind of pedagogical experience and one that they have found particularly rewarding. This presentation is intended to provide faculty who would like to teach abroad or off-campus with information concerning the program design and administration along with the responsibilities that both faculty and students assume in participating in these programs. The faculty director’s role is critical in programs abroad/off-campus. This presentation will cover the many roles a faculty director takes on with the help and guide of JJC study-abroad deputy director, Office of Student Affairs, the Health and Counseling Centers, Title IX Coordinator, General Counsel, and CUNY Risk Management — from designing the academic content, to assisting with logistics and managing the risks involved in programs abroad/off-campus. Designing and leading a study-abroad program will be a unique and exciting contribution to the internationalization of the College’s curricula, your academic department, and to our students on campus. A study-abroad program is the first step toward a global and interculturally-competent student body that will be prepared for graduate school, law school, and the interconnected workforce of the US and the world.