Funded Track Seminars

Applications for funded seminars are now closed. Applications for next year’s seminars will be available late summer/early fall 2019.

To gain a sense of our funded seminars, read the 2017-2018 seminar descriptions below.

Graduate Project-Based Learning Seminar

Project-Based Learning and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) are question-driven pedagogical approaches that ask students to engage in real-life projects in their chosen fields that require both independent effort and teamwork. In PBL, instructors present students with a professional problem to solve.  Students then investigate these problems, define goals, and build critical extensive and practical knowledge bases under the instructor’s guidance. PBL is a particularly appropriate pedagogy to support John Jay’s Masters’ level students in developing the skills they need to succeed in their current and future professions.

Practical Teaching Seminar

The Practical Teaching Seminar focuses on introducing and modelling effective, hands-on strategies for classroom learning and management, many of which also apply to online teaching. Drawing from constructivist, brain-based learning, trauma and resiliency theory, theatre and communication techniques, and decades of experience working with students in public urban education, Greg Donaldson, Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre and Gina Rae Foster, Teaching and Learning Center Director, will guide participants in the theory and application of practical skills to engage students and “raise the stakes” in classroom and online course interactions.

Funded Research (Grant-Writing) Seminar

As part of our goal to train John Jay College faculty in grantsmanship, the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR) has partnered with the Teaching and Learning Center to offer the Funded Research Development Seminar Series FOR FULL-TIME FACULTY and STAFF. This series is intended to complement other OAR initiatives that support grant writing, research, scholarship, and creative works. The series utilizes a comprehensive, project-focused approach to provide support to faculty who have a high interest in securing external funding, but limited experience in doing so.

Scaffolding 100/200 Gen Ed Critical Skills Seminar

The Scaffolding 100/200 Gen Ed Critical Skills seminar is designed to guide faculty who teach, or plan to teach, 100 and 200 level courses that fulfill general education requirements in building students’ skills in critical thinking, writing, and information literacy from an introductory to an intermediate level. Guided by Director of General Education Raymond Patton, participants will learn L. Dee Fink’s concept of integrated course design and how to apply it to their own courses to foster critical skills learning. Aided by faculty-created guidelines and student success data provided by Kate Szur, Senior Director of Student Academic Success Programs and Wynne Ferdinand, Associate Director of First Year Academic Programs, the seminar will consider the learning needs of students at each level, and how faculty can support them in transitioning from 100 to 200 level work.