Writing and Training Opportunities Abound for Faculty

writing.jpegFaculty Writing Program for Fall 2011

Consider joining the Faculty Writing Program this semester! The program is designed to help advance one's scholarship. Faculty at every level may join, although new tenure-track faculty members receive first priority.

The program consists of two separate faculty seminars that meet alternate weeks. Each member has an opportunity to present his or her work in progress and to receive supportive yet constructive comments on it. Members send their papers to their seminar groups one week in advance of their scheduled meeting. Everyone gives the papers a careful reading, writes comments, and then meets and discusses the work in the seminar.

The primary purpose of the program is to help faculty complete their scholarly projects. The program also supports faculty in remaining active in their discipline while gaining the benefit of interdisciplinary conversations and teaching tips.

Faculty can learn writing strategies and gain skills in preparing work for submission to journals and publishing houses. Seminar discussions often include ideas and address problems that cut across disciplines and professions. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about an array of fascinating topics that engage fellow seminar attendees.

"Joining the Faculty Writing Program will also give you wonderful new colleagues beyond your departments," says program director Kathy Charmaz. "Our seminar sessions are informative, exciting, and enjoyable!"

The program has two seminars, and the Thursday seminar still has space. Faculty are welcome to join at any time during the semester, space permitting. Seminars meet every other week from 10 a.m.-noon. New members may choose to attend their first meeting as an observer, if they wish. For those who would like to join, contact Charmaz at charmaz@sonoma.edu or (707) 664-3955 to set up a short orientation meeting.

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googleeducation.jpegGoogle Fall Webinar Series for CSU Community

This fall, a series of Google webinars designed for the academic community by the Google Education Search Team are offered in partnership with the CSU. Google has a special interest in involving the broader community of faculty who have roles in the disciplinary and pedagogical preparation of teachers, as well as individuals with roles in ICT Literacy.

Friday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in University Library, Schulz 2019.
Even better search results: Getting to know Google search for education
Google makes it simple to find the information you need, but there are strategies for making higher quality search even easier. Learn the basics of predictive search, a method for drawing on what you know about what you need to find it faster, including successful word choice and using the filters on the left-hand side of the screen to uncover information you never dreamed was possible.

Friday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in University Library, Schulz 2019
Power searching: Advanced Google search for education
When you realize that the information you want will be a presentation or PDF, what can you do? How about when you find a great website without a good way to search it? Advanced predictive search elaborates on techniques for determining what your perfect source will look like, and employing advanced operators to uncover them even more efficiently.

Friday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in University Library, Schulz 2019
Modern search literacy: Leveraging literacies to get quality from popular tools
Once you've run your search, how do you interpret your results for the highest impact? As you determine where to click, or changes to make to your original search, there is a whole new set of skills to know. Using steppingstone resources effectively and navigating corpora, even knowing how to chain. Join us to discuss new ways to think about literacy online.

Friday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m.-9:15 a.m. in University LIbrary, Schulz 2019
Believe it or not: Authority and credibility
The web offers many new kinds of sources, but it can be difficult to judge their quality. Consider the role credibility plays in the research process, and learn about tools you can use to dig in and determine the authority of that great-looking source.

Friday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in University Library, Schulz 2019
More Google resources for education
Scholar, Books, Patents (and more!) Over the past few months, we've discussed all kinds of resources you can use to find sources for scholarly research. Today, we will look more closely at several of our collections, and discuss how to make the most of them in an academic setting.

Friday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in University Library, Schulz 2019
Extending Your Search Skills: Staying relevant in a changing world
Once you master a popular search tool, how do you remain a proficient searcher going forward, as the underlying technology changes? Learn to prepare yourself and your students for the future.

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