Faculty Lunch and Learn Series

Frontiers in Pedagogy: Pedagogy that Matters

Presented by: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment  
Sponsored by: Office of Undergraduate Education and the School of Engineering

Video Recordings of Past workshops

2022-2023 Schedule

November 9  
One Gameful Approach: A Report from the Classroom  

  • Diana Borca-Tasciuc, Prof., Mechanical Engineering
  • Chris Jeansonne, Lecturer, Communication & Media
  • Nick Mizer, Lecturer, GSAS
  • Amogh Wasti, Mechanical Engineering Grad Student

November 30  
What are Rubrics? Why use Rubrics? What makes a good Rubric?  

  • Kurt Anderson, Assoc. Dean for UG Programs, Engineering
  • Amy Svirsky, Learning Assessment Specialist

February 8   
Teaching Innovation and Design

  • Asish Ghosh, Prof. of Practice, Mechanical Engineering
  • Tracy Sullivan, Director, Archer Center

February 22 - Registration  
Developing Leaders for Tomorrow by Building Learning Communities: Chemistry Mentoring Program as a Case Study

  • Alex Ma, Sr. Lecturer, Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • Student mentors

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In this session we will share our approach of peer mentoring to support freshmen success in Chemistry. Developing new and experienced mentors has ensured that this approach is sustainable. One of the most important findings of our mentoring approach is the significant professional growth of our student mentors. Current and past mentors will be in attendance to answer questions and share their experiences.

March 8 - Registration
Engineering Judgment : A 21st Century Skill in Demand

  • Victoria Bennett, Prof. Civil & Environmental Engineering

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In the spirit of offering an inclusive and engaged undergraduate experience that is built for Gen Z students, developing and assessing engineering judgment through traditional and non-traditional engineering education activities potentially gives space for students to understand the underlying social and community impacts that are created by design decisions. Students will enter the workforce better able to solve the BIG problems society currently faces. Join the conversation!

March 22 - Registration
Immersive and Embodied Learning: A Primer

  • Carla Leitao, Prof., Architecture
  • Rhett Russo, Prof., Architecture

As we increasingly look onto design thinking for innovative problem solving, architectural education engages classroom experiences that immerse students and faculty at the intersection of collaborative, multidisciplinary teams. Immersive environments such as the CRAIVE Lab and Studio 2 are foundations for different disciplines' new learning spaces: collaborative and interactive spaces testing new connections between material, data and space, to enhance opportunities for student learning.

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April 5 - Registration
Department Collaboration toward a Cohesive Student Experience with a Focus on DEI
Speakers from Civil and Environmental Engineering include: 

  • Chris Letchford, Professor and Department Head
  • Dan Lander, Lecturer
  • Victoria Bennett, Associate Professor
  • Chip Kilduff, Associate Professor
  • Julia Carroll, Senior Lecturer
  • Jack Reilly, Professor of Practice

Civil and Environmental Engineers either create or maintain “common wealth” – the basic infrastructure and environmental conditions that deliver our quality of life, from clean water, clean air, safe buildings and accessible transportation systems. However in the past, from red-lining to highway location, from archaic water supply to waste disposal, Civil Engineers have been complicit in NOT Delivering Equity in Infrastructure. The CEE program at RPI is unique in having all 2nd year student take 4 common courses as not only a cohort forming semester, but an exposure to the 4 main concentrations within the discipline; water/environment, geotechnical, transportation and structural engineering.  Using these Spring sophomore courses as a vehicle with an assigned common read, a curated departmental seminar series on the critical role of CEE in influencing equity in infrastructure has permitted us to develop a cohesive experience for our students.  The presentation will cover implementation and lessons learnt from this program over the last 3 years.

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April 19 - Registration
Project Based Learning and Stackable Credentials

  • Michael Hughes, Sr. Lecturer, Engineering & Science

Join Rensselaer at Work faculty member and Director of Faculty Development Michael Hughes for a conversation about project-based learning in graduate courses for working professionals. Michael will discuss strategies for designing competency and project-based courses as part of graduate certificates and degrees, and its applicability more broadly. He will share challenges, successes, and feedback from prior program participants.

May 3 - Registration
Education Innovation: Rensselaer at Work

  • Ketih Moo Young, Vice-Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education and Aric Krause, Dean, Rensselaer at Work

Rensselaer:  Anytime, anywhere!  What we used to refer to as “Rensselaer at Hartford” delivers the excellence of the Institute – anytime, anywhere – as “Rensselaer at Work.”  To provide the most compelling experience possible, programs use innovative pedagogies to create highly interactive, highly “experiment-focused” experiences for learners – even while being fully digitally delivered.  In this panel discussion, Aric Krause will talk about how Rensselaer at Work has been building digital programs and using technological aspects to give even those who can’t attend programs in Troy, NY, a true Rensselaer experience.  Dean Keith Moo-Young will facilitate the conversation and connect this with the other pedagogical initiatives emerging at RPI.



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