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Teaching Commons

2019 Teaching and Learning Conference

The 2019 Fall Teaching and Learning Conference will be held on Thursday, August 22 - Friday, August 23.

Thursday, August 22

8:30 am — Coffee
Todd Wehr Center (TWC), Jockey Rooms

9:00 am - 12:00 pm — Opening Workshop
Todd Wehr Center (TWC), Jockey Rooms

This year’s opening workshop will involve a keynote address and several brief presentations and activities all focused on how we advise students at Carthage. Presentations on the College’s new Holistic Advising model will follow the keynote address.

Keynote Address

Academic Advising as Effective Teaching and Learning: Advising with them, not for us

Presenter: Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D. (co-sponsored by the Teaching Commons and the Center for Student Success)
Description: There is a lot of talk about student engagement and empowerment in higher education. However, many of our teaching and learning practices remain didactic and hierarchical. All too often academic advising falls into the same trap, viewed by many as a transactional experience. Conversely, effective advising situates students at the center of mastering the ins and outs of the academic, social, and career readiness outcomes we want all students to obtain. It requires faculty advisors and full-time advisors to be compassionate listeners who guide students toward greater agency in their academic experience. Effective advisors facilitate conversations about the purpose of attending college, being resilient in the face of challenge, and bearing witness to the value of education as serving the greater good. Beyond logistics and problem-solving, advising as effective teaching and learning serves as a critical component to a transformative educational experience.
Speaker Bio: Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D. is the dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland. Smith earned his B.A. in U.S. History, M.S. in Educational Psychology and Statistics, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Methodology from the University of Albany, State University of New York. Earlier in his career, he served as an academic advisor and later as director of assessment in the office of undergraduate studies at the University of Albany, State University of New York. Smith has been awarded over $3 million in external funding and he has 20+ publications in the areas of academic advising, educational transitions and urban education. Awards and honors include the 2012 Student Government Association Servant Leader Award, 2006 Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award and the National Advising Association’s 2002 Outstanding Advising Award. Smith is a past-President of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University, Maryland Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE), and the Education Conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). In 2016, Dean Smith co-founded TransitioningU, LLC with a recent Loyola University Maryland graduate. TransitioningU is an educational technology company that guides students through the journey of higher education into their first job.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm — Lunch in the Bookstore!
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Campbell Student Union
Check on your book orders, meet the staff, and find out what’s new in the bookstore while enjoying lunch provided by Barnes & Noble and the Teaching Commons. (No registration necessary.) Co-sponsored by Barnes & Noble and the Provost’s Office.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm — Afternoon Session 1

“Do I make Myself Clear?” Media Training Workshop for Carthage College Faculty, Part 1

Session Leaders: Christine Sanni, Consultant, Office of Communications; Brandon Rook, Public Relations Manager, Office of Communications
Location: HL 170
Description: Join Christine Sanni and Brandon Rook for a moderated panel discussion with Carthage College faculty that will reveal the relevance of having your latest research, projects and commentary published in the media. This two-part workshop will explore the connections between press outreach, scholarship and public service. it will also provide examples of how media outreach can further the reach and impact of your research. Part 2 of this session will be held on Friday, August 23 at 9:45 am.


Session Leaders: Danelle Orange, Digital and Instructional Archivist; Kathy Myers, User Services Supervisor and Student Employee Coordinator
Location: HL 217a, Saemann Classroom
Description: Geared toward faculty and staff, this session will cover how to use the Carthage College library and library resources, including interlibrary Loan, repositories, requesting items, databases, course reserves, and what sessions the library offers to classes and offices. Come and learn all the resources that the library has to offer to you and your students. Ask questions of the librarian and make the library work for you.

Using Instructional Design and Schoology to Re-imagine Your Courses: Insights from a collaboration

Session Leaders: William Miller, Associate Provost for Continuing Studies, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice; Zubia Mughal, Instructional Designer
Location: HL 159, Niemann Media Theater
Description: This session will describe the collaborative process used by an instructional designer and a faculty member to completely redesign a traditional introductory level course being offered during Fall 2019. We will: (1) review the design/communication processes used; (2) describe the best practice design features included in the course; (3) showcase some of the tools/tricks included by the instructional designer; (4) highlight the strengths/innovative design options supported by Schoology; and (5) briefly review the course shell we designed. Finally, participants will be directed to a wide variety of resources that they could use to support their own course design goals.

Using videoconferencing tools for interviewing

Session Leader: Christopher Grugel, Instructional Services Supervisor, Adjunct EXSS Instructor
Location: HL 138, LIS Conference Room
Description: Videoconferencing has made huge strides in the past few years to make it technically easier for anybody who wants to connect with another user. Using video allows the candidate and the interview team to be more interactive as compared to a phone screening. This session will focus on how to use free and available videoconferencing tools for interviewing candidates or for bringing a guest speaker to class. Please bring your laptop with you to the session.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm — Afternoon Session 2


Session Leader: Carol Sabbar, Director of Information Services
Location: HL 217a, Saemann Classroom
Description: Google Apps is ever-changing. Learn some new features (like delayed send) and some useful classic features like meeting scheduling. We will cover Gmail, Calendar, Drive/Docs, Chat, and Groups. Questions are welcome. Please bring your laptop.

Insider Updates on Career Tools, The Aspire Program and Conference Description

Session Leaders: Lisa Hinkley, Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Career and Professional Development; Staff of the Aspire Center
Location: HL 159, Niemann Media Theater
Description: It’s been a busy summer in The Aspire Center, and we are eager to share news, information, and introductions about the early activities designed for new students and how you can help students to begin engaging in The Aspire Program this fall. New programs and new resources will be available for students (and for you to utilize with students). Come to this session to learn more about available career tools and how they are used. Here are a few of the tools you will be able to preview in this session: Handshake (job/internship posting system), Vault Guides (career research/industry guides), career assessments, online mock interviews, and online alumni networking tool.

Research Ethics for You and your Students: What CITI training Has to offer

Session Leaders: Deanna Byrnes, Dean for the Division of Natural and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Biology, IRB Chair; Kate Schenk, Sponsored Programs Administrator
Location: HL 138, LIS Conference Room
Description: The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program was designed and adopted by Carthage to build a foundational understanding and common expectation of ethics in academic research. Additionally, our ability as a college to participate in federal grant opportunities for research, program development, and federal financial aid requires us to ensure our commitment to and compliance with federally recognized standards of ethical and responsible research behavior. To that end, Carthage invested in the CITI program to provide high quality and accessible training to all faculty and students for both educational classroom and research compliance objectives. Carthage has implemented CITI to focus on four main areas of compliance: Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI), Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Human Subjects Research (IRB), and Animal Care and Use (IACUC). Whether you have a federal grant award, conduct or supervise research, or want your students to learn these best practices - CITI training is a critical tool. Join this session for an overview of what CITI has to offer, and how to navigate the training modules most efficiently. Bring your laptops to get set up, learn how to navigate the modules, and how to integrate particular units into your classes.

Note: Kate Schenk will also be available to talk with faculty about CITI Training and IRB policies and procedures at a table in the lower level of Hedberg on August 22 from 2:30pm-4:00 pm, and on August 23, from 9:30am-12:00 pm.

Schoology basics

Session Leader: Haley Yaple, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Location: HL 172
Description: Are you a new user to Schoology or somebody who wants to take a refresher on how to build a basic course? This session will guide you through how to organize your course online, create assignments, and how to set up your gradebook. Make sure to bring your laptop!

Friday, August 23

8:00 a.m - 8:30 am — Registration and Coffee
Hedberg Library, Lower Level

8:30 am - 9:30 am — Carthage News You Can Use
Niemann Media Theater, HL 159
This session will be a “news you can use” format with multiple five minute topics. Topics include: 

  • Cybersecurity Update
  • How You Can Participate in Recruiting
  • Who’s On First? New Systems and Resources
  • More to come…

9:45 am - 10:45 am — Morning Session 1

“Do I make Myself Clear?” Media Training Workshop for Carthage College Faculty, part 2

Session Leaders: Christine Sanni, Consultant, Office of Communications; Brandon Rook, Public Relations Manager, Office of Communications
Location: HL 170
Description: Session 2 will provide information on how to work with the Office of Communications, as well as tips on working with the press. This will include effectively communicating your message to a mainstream audience, writing an opinion piece, and preparing for a broadcast interview. Following the panel and presentation there will be an opportunity for Q&A. Part 1 of this session will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 1:15 pm.


Session Leaders: Rebecca Hornung, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Martin McClendon, Associate Professor of Theater; Members of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce
Location: HL 138, LIS Conference Room
Description: Veteran and military connected students, as many of us know from experience, can be some of the most engaged and motivated learners in our classrooms. But instructors may have trouble communicating with them, and some may face challenges of their own. This workshop, presented by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce and professors Rebecca Hornung and Martin McClendon, will help you communicate with student veterans, educate you about issues they may face, and give you strategies for helping them achieve their potential to be classroom leaders and standout scholars.

Supporting Marginalized Students in a Marginalized Society

Session Leader: Roger Moreano, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Equity and Inclusion
Location: HL 159, Niemann Media Theater
This session will explore the role educators have in recognizing how students of color and students from other historically underrepresented groups at Carthage experience our classrooms, our campus, and our society. We will spend time exploring data collected over the past year at Carthage which captures, very distinctly, the experiences of marginalization, racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, etc. students of color and students from other marginalized communities endure. We will explore the responsibilities we carry as educators to understand how the history and current issues related to racism and other inequities in our society impacts our students. You will receive recommended steps you can take that will positively impact your students and their sense of belonging on our campus. You will also receive resources you can utilize in order to grow professionally in these areas. Furthermore, we will address how our own assumptions and stereotypes of our students impact our work. And you will hear how often students know they are being stereotyped. As a college community, our attention to these issues is only just beginning. I am excited to spend this hour with you engaging in an important exchange of ideas.

Using Screen Capture for Class

Session Leaders: Christopher Grugel, Instructional Services Supervisor, Adjunct EXSS Instructor; Mike Murphy, Media Producer
Location: HL 172
Description: Carthage is moving to a new software tool for screen recordings/lecture capture. Screencastomatic will be replacing Techsmith Relay and will be available for all faculty, staff, and students to use. Faculty who currently use lecture capture software know that it helps students review difficult concepts. And for staff, short how-to videos can easily be sent to students or parents to explain items on My Carthage. This session will focus on how to do a basic capture, use some simple editing techniques, and then show you how to make the video available for use. Make sure to bring your laptop!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm — Morning Session 2

Advanced schoology workshop

Session Leader: Christopher Grugel, Instructional Services Supervisor, Adjunct EXSS Instructor
Location: HL 172
Description: This workshop shows how to use additional Schoology features for you class. Topics to be covered include Google Drive Assignments, using Turnitin, creating Rubrics, and using the internal Videoconferencing tool. Bring your laptop!

“Help! Why Don’t my students______?”

Session Leaders: Lydia Zopf, Director of the Health and Counseling Center; Carrie Espinosa, Director of the Center for Student Success
Location: HL 159, Niemann Media Theater
Description: At times, it can be difficult to pinpoint what is going on in our students’ minds and their actions or lack thereof can be puzzling. The SCARF Model developed by Dr. David Rock might provide a helpful explanation. Join us in discussing college life in their shoes: how a perceived threat to our students’ status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, or fairness might also threaten their engagement in the post-secondary experience. We will save time at the close of the session for general updates from the Health and Counseling Center and the Center for Student Success.

Let’s talk about vocation

Session Leaders: Kara Baylor, Campus Pastor and Director of Congregational Relations; Members of the Vocation Learning Community
Location: HL 217a, Saemann Classroom
Description: Being a Lutheran college we talk about vocation, and for the past three years the Vocation Learning Community has been encouraging faculty and students to explore their own sense of vocation through a variety of different activities. In this session, participants will learn more about how we can nurture a sense of vocation in others through the sharing of our stories. Join us and get started on your own vocation story!

Protecting Yourself From Technology Mayhem

Session Leaders: Carol Sabbar, Director of Information Services; Mac McGrath, Infrastructure and Security Manager
Location: HL 138, LIS Conference Room
Description: Whether it’s hacking, phishing, viruses, or identity theft, there seems to be a new threat every week. We will talk about ways to recognize and protect yourself from various types of threats. Bring your laptop if you have one.

12:00 am - 12:45 pm — Lunch at the Caf
Todd Wehr Center (TWC) Cafeteria
Please join us for a lunch in the Caf. Tickets may be picked up at the door after the opening session (Carthage News You Can Use) Friday morning.


  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …