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September 19, 2016



Learn seven tools for teaching from Columbia University professor

The Credits Count Program and the Office of Dual Credit invite employees to a presentation by Dr. Chris Emdin titled “Teaching and Learning from the Students’ Standpoint, Friday, September 23, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at COSI.

 This workshop focuses on “Reality Pedagogy,” which is an approach to teaching and learning that provides educators with seven practical tools for improving their practice. The tools of Reality Pedagogy are designed to support every educator across any subject area in becoming more effective in transforming their classroom. It consists of co-generative dialogues, co-teaching, cosmopolitanism, context, content, competition and curation.

These are the pillars of Dr. Emdin’s newest book, “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too,” a New York Times best seller. Dr. Emdin is visiting Columbus as part of the Young Men of Color in STEM Career Conference.

Dr. Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is also the associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia.

If you would like to attend, please register online here.


Department to host Carnegie Mellon professor

portrait of Wu

The Humanities Department will host a lecture about Taiwanese Hand Puppet Theater on Monday, October 3, at 2:00 p.m. in WD 312.

Professor Sue-mei Wu,Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University, will present “Amazing Hands: Teaching Taiwanese Hand Puppet Theater in U.S. Universities.”  The lecture is free and open to the public, and is part of the Columbus Collaborative Speaker Series on East Asia.

Hand Puppet Theater is one of the most representative folk performance forms in Taiwan. It is a traditional performance art in which small puppet figures are manipulated by hand and has become intertwined with Taiwan local customs and practices. It has become a valued aspect of Taiwanese culture, and has impacted Taiwanese pop culture.


Promotion and Tenure workshops offered

2017 Promotion and Tenure candidates, Peer Review Team members, and committee reviewers who haven’t attended a Promotion and Tenure workshop recently, please mark your calendars and plan to attend one of the following workshops:

  • Wednesday, September 21, at 3:15 p.m. in DH 410
  • Thursday, September 29, at 3:00 p.m. in DH 410

For the updated Promotion and Tenure Handbook, timeline, portfolio rubrics, and other helpful information about the process, please go online here.

If you have additional questions, contact your Promotion and Tenure Faculty Fellows Tom Shanahan or Leslie Smith.


Diggs to present on ‘Obama Effect’

Rhunette Diggs,  adjunct instructor in Communications, will present co-authored research entitled “Obama’s Effect On Us: The Impact of President Barack Obama's Racial Identification On Interracial Friendship” at The Obama Effect 2.0 Conference” hosted by the University of Maryland Baltimore County October 27-29.


Bruce Willis at Columbus State! … kind of

movie trailers in parking lot

You may have heard that Bruce Willis has been in Central Ohio this past month filming a new movie. Production sites included locations in Granville and Columbus. Some of the final scenes were shot Friday and Saturday in the Chase building downtown, just a couple of blocks from the Columbus Campus. Columbus State allowed Arboretum Productions to use parking lot 12-S for production trucks and actor’s trailers and for cast and crew vehicles. They arrived late Thursday night and left over the weekend. The working title for the movie is “First Kill.” In his role, Willis plays a police chief who tries to solve a kidnapping. A release date has not yet been announced.


Two Bookstore promotions offered

The Columbus State Bookstore will hold two promotions starting soon.  The Pop-Up Sports Shop runs September 19 through December 20, where you can find a selection of OSU and NFL gear, and sign up to win an OSU goodie bag.  The winner will be announced October 31.

Then, the “Bookaneer Book Fair” from Scholastic Publishing will be held September 26 through 30, for a week of adventure and great deals where books are the treasure. While you’re in, sign up to win a children’s book and plush giveaway package! Two winners will be selected on October 3.



Retirement planning seminar offered Wednesday

Financial advisors from The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) will present a seminar on retirement planning and income strategies, Wednesday, September 21,  from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 407.  If you would like to attend, please register here.

Avoid miscommunication with your students


Each week, Professional Development and Retention will feature a video from “Magna 20- Minute Mentor,”anon-demand digital library of teaching and student support solutions. This week’s video is “How Can I Avoid Communication “Misfires” with Students?”  

Learn communication techniques to help you navigate difficult situations with students such as missed assignments, poor attendance, or late work, while keeping their motivation strong and their attitude about your class positive.

Go here to read the instructions on how to create your own account and use the College’s Authorization Code (CSCC257RJ) to enable access to the video.

To discuss the video with others, go to Yammer and find the discussion thread for the current video. Read about how to access Yammer through Office 365. For more information contact Rich James.

Discover your true calling

Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan.  The next class is Wednesday, September 28, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Register

Win with your strengths

Win with Your Strengths is an introduction to strengths-based language and you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others.  It will be offered Tuesday, October 11, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.” Seats are limited! Register


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