What's It Like

CRLT is accepting applications through Friday, February 24, for the May 2017 Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Seminar. Interested graduate students can learn more about the program here. In this guest post, past participant Leigh Korey (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) shares her reflections about the program:

Past Preparing Future Faculty Seminar participant Leigh Korey (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) I realized in my second year of grad school that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. It was in the middle of winter term, and I had solicited feedback from students in my first-year writing class. We had spent the first few weeks discussing in detail the idea of “context,” both in a literary sense and in terms of their own writing. In their feedback to me, they communicated that the pop quizzes I administered in class to hold students accountable for their reading assignments were not working. They didn’t object to the idea of pop quizzes as an assessment tool, rather, the problem was that the questions on the quizzes felt, in their words, “decontextualized.” I knew at that moment that they had finally understood the importance of context. Moreover, I learned that the feeling of working with a group of students until they truly comprehend something is one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable parts of teaching.
 
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Interested in teaching at a liberal arts college? A faculty panel from liberal arts colleges will discuss job search strategies and faculty worklife. In addition, participants will learn about the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at Oberlin and Kalamazoo Colleges for University of Michigan Ph.D.s.

Panelists include:

  • Daniel Birchok, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Oberlin College
  • Vanessa McCaffrey, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Albion College
  • Andrew Mozina, Professor of English, Kalamazoo College
  • Annemarie Sammartino, Associate Professor of History, Oberlin College

Materials

Event Information
Dates: 
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Daniel Birchok, Oberlin College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Vanessa McCaffrey, Albion College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Andrew Mozina, Kalamazoo College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Meredith Raimondo, Oberlin College
Audience: 
Graduate Students and Postdocs Only
Eligible for Certificate: 
Not eligible for Certificate
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2013 Conference Agenda (.pdf)

Plenary Panel: Life After Michigan: Adjusting to a New Institutional Context

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Interested in teaching at a liberal arts college? A faculty panel from liberal arts colleges will discuss job search strategies and faculty worklife. In addition, participants will learn about the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at Oberlin and Kalamazoo Colleges for University of Michigan Ph.D.s.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Emanuela Grama, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of History, Oberlin College
  • Dr. Shanna Kirschner, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Allegheny College
  • Dr. Andy Mozina, Professor, Department of English, Kalamazoo College
  • Dr. Drew Wilburn, Associate Professor, Departments of Classics and Archeological Studies, Oberlin College
Event Information
Dates: 
Fri, 01/25/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location (Room): 
Rackham Assembly Hall
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Emanuela Grama, Oberlin College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Shanna Kirschner, Allegheny College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Andy Mozina, Kalamazoo College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Drew Wilburn, Oberlin College
Audience: 
Graduate Students and Postdocs Only
Eligible for Certificate: 
Not eligible for Certificate
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