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Critical Conversations and the Academy

Teaching a New Generation of Students

A National Symposium

Fall 2019


1. Presentations

Conversation has always been at the core of education, with discussion-based seminars serving as a key paradigm for learning in college. This symposium examines the essential role of the Academy in cultivating meaningful conversations on campus and in the classroom.

In today’s society, conversation is increasingly being replaced by contention. The longstanding consensus that free speech should be encouraged and protected is being challenged by student protests over controversial campus speakers. What is the appropriate balance between preserving free speech versus fostering an inclusive campus environment where all students feel welcome and valued?

Professors often navigate challenging conversations with students about race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality, among other topics. We should encourage honest dialogue among students while being sensitive to their varied life experiences. College faculty also encounter the ubiquitous presence of smartphones and online communication in the lives of our students. How do we promote the value of conversation “in real life” when students are becoming less comfortable with this type of social interaction?

Conversations among the faculty are essential to the vitality of the Academy, especially when they prompt us to step outside our traditional disciplinary boundaries. New types of scholarly inquiry and innovative pedagogy often arise from cross-disciplinary exchanges. How can the Academy encourage and support faculty dialogue that leads to productive collaborations?

During this two-day symposium, which contains keynote presentations, a special panel discussion, and breakout sessions, we encourage you to engage in your own conversations about these important issues.

The 2019 Faculty Resource Network National Symposium, which took place in Miami, Florida, examined these challenging questions by drawing on the collective expertise of scholars, educators, practitioners, and administrators. The sessions were held at FRN institution University of Miami.

In this seventeenth issue of our online NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development, we present excerpts from a number of the presentations that were delivered during that symposium.


Bringing Oysters Back to New York Harbor
Presentation excerpts
Brett Palfreyman, Wagner College

Critical Conversations in the Academy: Engaging Students in Dialog With the [present] Past
Presentation excerpts
Jeffrey S. Gaab, Farmingdale State College (SUNY)

Encouraging Teachers to Adopt Inclusive Instructional Strategies
Presentation excerpts
Michael Finetti, Saint Peter’s University
Jay Garrels, Saint Peter’s University

Expanding Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue through Passion-Based Public Service Projects
Presentation excerpts
James Lawler, Pace University
Anthony Joseph, Pace University

Faculty and Student Perspectives Toward Best Practices of Undergraduate Research Mentoring Programs
Presentation excerpts
Andrew Damm, Farmingdale State College
Matthew Edwards, Farmingdale State College
Michael Fraina, Farmingdale State College
Mary Victoria, Farmingdale State College

Global Kinships: A Beginners’ Community-Based Research Agenda
Presentation excerpts
Marsha W. Rhee, , Johnson C. Smith University
Katrina Watterson, , Johnson C. Smith University

HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight — Tougaloo College’s Re-Envisioning of the General Education Curriculum
Presentation excerpts
Astria Goolsby, Tougaloo College
Roshunda Harris-Allen, Tougaloo College
Frederick L. Hunter, Jr., Tougaloo College
Whitney McDowell-Robinson, Tougaloo College

Importance of Visuals in Class Discussions
Presentation excerpts
Ebru Ulusoy, Farmingdale State College

Redirecting Students and their Devices in a Business Classroom Environment
Presentation excerpts
Richard M. Vogel, Farmingdale State College SUNY

Reimagining Meaningful Online Class Interactions Utilizing Technology
Presentation excerpts
Sheila T. Gregory, Clark Atlanta University

Selling Emotions, Buying Ideas: Teaching Italian Through Advertsing
Presentation excerpts
Luisanna Sardu, Manhattan College
Matilde Fogliani, CUNY Graduate Center

Student Perceptions of Content Delivery Methods in Marketing Hybrid Courses
Presentation excerpts
Ashutosh Dixit, Cleveland State University
Heather Kirkwood, SUNY-Farmingdale
Thomas Tanner, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Self-regulated learning in organic chemistry: A platform for promoting learner agency among women of African descent
Presentation excerpts
Shanina Sanders, Spelman College
Chauntee Thrill, Spelman College
Leyte L. Winfield, Spelman College

Teaching and Evaluating Communicative Techniques
Presentation excerpts
Kathleen Haspel, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Patricia Tooker, Wagner College
Aleksandra Zagorin, Wagner College

The Courage to Speak of Diversity, Inclusive Excellence, and the Currency of Academic Freedom on the HBCU Campus
Presentation excerpts
KiTani Lemieux, Xavier University of Louisiana
Robin G. Vander, Xavier University of Louisiana
Pamela Waldron-Moore, Xavier University of Louisiana

Using Maps to Promote Meaningful Interactions in Geography Classroom Discussions
Presentation excerpts
Emily A. Fogarty, Farmingdale State College

What do Ads, the Economy, Films and Laws have in common? A transdisciplinary approach to enhance the teaching-learning experience
Presentation excerpts
Iliana Ballester-Panelli, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel)
Alba Brugueras-Fabre, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Departamento de Administración de Empresas)

Winning in a life’s real “Shark Tank”: Mentoring students via critical conversations
Presentation excerpts
Guanlin Gao, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Richard Kido, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Daniel Maximo, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Wayne Tanna, Chaminade University of Honolulu