August 19, 2020

If you build it, they will stay: Community as the antidote

Room: LSB 231


Academia can be a lonely place, with everyone focused on their own research record and their own teaching evaluations. We hang out in our own office or work from home. Our campus departments had already become spaces of closed doors and empty hallways; the pandemic only exacerbated this trend. In the pandemic's first year, our ability as instructors to avoid students and colleagues to the maximum extent possible may have felt important and empowering. Nowadays, though, what some of us are left with is an even greater sense of professional loneliness and isolation, and a feeling that work is just less fun than it used to be.

In this presentation we will explore together how community is the antidote to our current case of the professional blahs. What can a sense of community do for us as a faculty? How do we build community in our departments and on our campuses? What types of communities can we build, and how do we go about building them? In other words: how can we be part of the solution, how do we become part of the antidote to what ails us?

*Participants will develop a greater sense of our individual and collective role in establishing a vibrant campus community that supports faculty well-being and fulfillment
*Participants will construct a collaborative vision for the campus community we'd like to work towards.
*Participants will generate specific actions we can take to begin building our envisioned community.

Lisa GabbertJ.C. Sheen

Assistant Professor

J.C. Sheen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work where he teaches graduate and undergraduate students about Social Work principles, philosophy, and policy analysis. He has earned the Teaching Scholar certificate through ETE and just completed the ACUE Effective Online Teaching Practices course. He is now working toward his Master Teacher certificate. J.C. has recently begun dipping a foot into the world of SOTL and has started presenting on teaching-related topics at regional and national conferences with a team of colleagues. He currently serves on the ETE Faculty Committee with his friend, mentor, co-presenter, and foundational member of his campus community, Karin DeJonge-Kannan.

Karin deJonge-Kannan

Lisa Gabbert

Principal Lecturer of Linguistics

Karin deJonge-Kannan is Principal Lecturer of Linguistics in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students. She has earned the Teaching Scholar and Master Teacher certifications through ETE and has presented on teaching-related topics at regional, national, and international conferences. Karin currently serves on the ETE Faculty Committee.