Tough Talk: Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education

Watch for a date the week of March 30-April 3

Watch for an email about how to sign up for the next CATL “Tough Talk” around the book Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education by editors Heather J. Shotton, Shelly C. Lowe, and Stephanie J. Waterman. This book will help us lead discussions about how to better support our First Nations students and support those who are trying to remove the asterisk as a signaling tool for First Nations peoples in research and practice. Please sign up for a book here!

Tough Talks: Student Evaluations of Teaching

When: April 3rd, 3:45pm-5pm

Where: MAC 201, Green Bay Campus, Streaming option 

Register: https://bit.ly/uwgb-ccqs

Facilitator: Jessica Van Slooten, Associate Professor, English and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), UWGB Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus 

Student evaluations—these semester rituals provoke intense debate and reactions from faculty, administrators, and students alike. From glowing reviews to low response rates, biased comments to questionable purposes, student evaluations spark conversations about student voice, equitable evaluation, and best practices. In this “tough talk,” we will review current research on student evaluations, learn about models from different institutions, and discuss the future of student evaluations at UWGB. A live stream of the event will be available for those unable to attend in person.

Tough Talks: Teaching to the Transition from High School to College

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When: March 6, 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Where: MAC 201 or virtually via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Join us for a tough talk with Vince Lowery, Associate Professor of  Humanities and History, and interim director of the GPS Program.

We often assume that when students enter our classrooms they’re prepared to engage in conversations and work on our terms, but have you ever stopped to think about what they understand education to be based on in relation to their high school experiences? Or, perhaps more importantly, what they’re going through outside the classroom as they adapt to a new environment? If you have, to what extent does your course reflect and effort to support students through that transition? We’ll tackle this tough talk and the ways we might best support a successful transition for first-year students.

Let us know if you can make it by registering here: Sign up here

If you choose to attend virtually, we will send you a link to the virtual room.

 

Tough Talks: Student Evaluations of Teaching

Guest speaker & facilitator: Jessica Van Slooten, Humanities and English, UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus

Student evaluations—these semester rituals provoke intense debate and reactions from faculty, administrators, and students alike. From glowing reviews to low response rates, biased comments to questionable purposes, student evaluations spark conversations about student voice, equitable evaluation, and best practices. In this “tough talk,” we will review current research on student evaluations, learn about models from different institutions, and discuss the future of student evaluations at UWGB. A live stream of the event will be available for those unable to attend in person.

The Course Crunch: Scheduling for Student Success

Last semester, thanks to the “Becoming a Student Ready University Initiative,” we read Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price, Beverly Daniel Tatum’s Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, and Cia Verschelden’s Bandwidth Recovery. This year we’ll tackle a series of “tough” issues that percolated up through our community: course-scheduling, textbook affordability, and bias in student evaluations. Our first Tough Talk will be Course Crunch: Scheduling for Student Success on October 1 at 3-4:30pm in the 1965 room. Due to the cross-departmental nature of these issues, staff, faculty and students are welcome.

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