Class Is In Session

This May, the 12th Annual Faculty Institute focuses on the art and science of effective instruction for the Pace student and features keynote addresses from several highly respected educators.

On May 21 and 22, the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology come together for the 12th Annual Faculty Institute. This year’s theme, The Art and Science of Effective Instruction for the Pace Student, seeks to promote collaboration and create partnerships among faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

Sessions on Tuesday, May 21, focus on the growing influence of digital resources in teaching and learning. Discussion will center on the challenges presented by digital literacy and the effectiveness of incorporating multimedia and technology in the classroom. The session will be opened by keynote speaker Kelly Schrum, PhD, director of educational projects at the Center for History and New Media and associate professor in the Higher Education program at George Mason University.

Day two kicks off with a session on understanding the language of pedagogy. Keynote speaker Hansun Zhang Waring, an assistant professor of Linguistics and Education at Columbia University, will present video recordings of pedagogical interactions and provide an analysis of what she refers to as “teacher talk.” She will present an analysis of the interactions and explain how mundane phrases like “Very good!” and “Any questions?” can leverage learning opportunities in subtle, yet important ways.

The Faculty Institute will conclude with a presentation by Monica Ekiert, PhD, an assistant professor of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College. Ekiert will address the challenges that academic writing may pose for multilingual college students. She will offer insights on how to strategically initiate multilingual student writers into disciplinary academic discourse, zeroing in on rhetorical, sociopragmatic, lexical, and grammatical dimensions of academic writing in English.

For more information about these and other presenters at this year’s Faculty Institute, or to register to attend, visit

The DNA of Pace University

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology hosts the 11th annual Faculty Institute on Pace’s PLV Campus, featuring keynote speakers Victor E. Ferrall and Marc Prensky.

Join the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) at this year’s 11th annual Faculty Institute on May 17 and 18 on Pace’s Westchester Campus. This year’s theme, The DNA of Pace University: Collaboration and Innovation, is focused on the development of partnerships between faculty, staff, administrators, and students, as well as the promotion of collaboration among members of the Pace Community.

On day one, keynote speaker Victor E. Ferrall, president emeritus of Beloit College and author, will discuss the challenges facing liberal arts colleges today. Also planned for the day are sessions presented by the Faculty Research Forum, whose goals this year were to increase faculty publication rates and promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development, which will share their work from the past year.

The second day of the Institute will be dedicated to addressing the innovations and collaborations currently happening at the University in the forms of interdisciplinary teaching, research, and the use of new technologies. The day’s keynote speaker, Marc Prensky, is an internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, and innovator in the field of education. Additionally, a panel presentation by representatives from each of Pace’s colleges and schools is also planned for the second day of the Institute. The Panel is set to present their own initiatives which best exemplify the theme of Collaboration, Innovation, and Research.

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Faculty Institute: Turning Innovation into Opportunity

The Faculty Institute returned to the NYC Campus to celebrate its 10th anniversary with two days of sessions and speakers devoted to trends in higher education, past successes, lessons learned, and plans for the future of pedagogy at Pace.

“This really was a big milestone for us—it was the 10th annual and we were very excited,” said Joseph Seijo, the assistant director for the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT). This year’s theme differed from years prior in that it was dedicated to reflection on the past and speculation about future accomplishments.

The purpose of the Faculty Institute, both 10 years ago and today, is to “bring faculty together and really reflect on and celebrate what they do,” said James Stenerson, PhD, executive director for CTLT. At this year’s Institute, President Stephen J. Friedman presented Stenerson with an award for his vision and efforts in creating and facilitating the Faculty Institute over the last decade.

This year’s Institute was attended by keynote speaker W. Gardner Campbell, PhD, who addressed the role of technology in teaching and the effects technology has on scholarship. Attendees were also treated to a guest presentation by New York Times education reporter Tamar Lewin, a contributor to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Class Matters, which examines social class in America and its implications on the way we live our lives. Another highlight was the Provost Panel, which included current Interim Provost Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, as well as former provosts Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, EdD, and Joseph M. Pastore, Jr, PhD. This panel discussed the evolution of teaching and technology.

“Pace has the talent and discipline to turn innovation into an extraordinary opportunity for our students,” said John Cronin, 35-year veteran of environmental studies and Senior Fellow at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. During his presentation, co-lectured with Academy Director Michelle Land and New York Times blogger Andrew Revkin, Cronin proposed creating an environmental clinic that would incorporate Pace students from all areas and levels of study (including graduate, undergraduate, and law students).

“We want to engage departments through a unique suite of programs that are typically beyond the reach of just any one school,” said Land of the proposed clinic. “Ideally, it will be project based, outcome oriented, and student centered with a continuing and institutional memory.” Another high hope shared by all three lecturers is the possibility of mentorships created within the clinic between the upperclassmen and the younger students. “The clinic is to be a laboratory for collaboration,” expressed Revkin.

Other interesting sessions included the Pace E-portfolio as an Educational Passport, Developing Social Skills Through Internships and Technology, Incorporating the iPad into Pedagogy, and Internationalization at Pace.

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Sheying Chen, PhD, promoted the Institute on his blog and invited faculty to join him in sessions aimed at increasing scholarly productivity and helping the University with its faculty development efforts. Representatives from support offices and programs also joined the discussion with information on fellowships, grant programs, and affirmative action.

To learn more about this year’s Faculty Institute, including post-conference materials and past conference themes over the last decade, please visit .