Nuclear Matters Seminar

Science Seminar, Wednesday, March 25, 12 -1 pm, CE Forum, AN, NOVA

“Nuclear Matters: Can nuclear energy be the front line of defense against climate change?” by Dr. Shivaji Seth, Sc.D, Retd. Senior Technical Advisor for Nuclear Safety

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.  Light Refreshments and “Meet & Greet the Speaker” in the CE Forum

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA

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Guest Speaker on Rape Crisis Intervention

Ms. Natalie O’Brady, a Hubert Humphrey Fellow from Trinidad and Tobago will be our guest on the NOVA Annandale campus from March 24th, 2-3:30 p.m., CG 202.

Ms. O’Brady  is the General Manager, Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago; The Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence Nonprofit Leadership and Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Fund and Grant Development; Working with Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She will be participating in a number of events on and off campus. You are especially invited to a roundtable discussion with Ms. O’Brady on Tuesday March 24, 2:00-3:30 in the Provost Large Conference room, CG 202.  This is a great opportunity for us to learn from Ms. O’Brady on the work that she is doing, and for her to dialogue with us, and field questions and gain insights. I hope that you will take this opportunity.

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NISOD Webinar on Critical Thinking, March 26

Critical Thinking in Action: A Step-by–Step Approach to Using Content to Construct Argumentative Essays in Any Class

This webinar begins with a summary of research that shows the specific flaws in how people use evidence. Next, the facilitator provides an overview of the single methodology that has shown measureable gains in critical thinking skills. Building on that foundation, a step-by-step approach to applying this skill to any content area is provided, resulting in quality argumentative essays that are rich with evidence.

Dr. John Eigenauer, Professor, Philosophy and English, Taft College

Thursday, March 26, 2-3 p.m., free

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Scholarly Teacher Blog

The Scholarly Teacher blog circulation continues to grow. New blogs are posted twice a month:  Subscribe to our mailing list to receive a notification when a new blog is posted.

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NOVA Service Awards Luncheon, April 10

The NOVA Service Awards Luncheon honoring employees completing 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service with the Commonwealth of Virginia will be held Friday, April 10 at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly.

Invitations will be sent to all recipients at their home addresses. Social time (cash bar) will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.

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Get Inspired: Three Ways to Find New Teaching Ideas

Cengage Learning’s Managing Editor Tami Strang writes an Engaging Minds blog. Published 16 February 2015, she shares three steps you can take to identify new teaching strategies and ideas. These are from Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert McKeachie’s Teaching Tips:

  1. Review some new reading, listening, or viewing materials, including Cengage Learning TeamUP’s Professional Development Portal;
  2. Ask your colleagues and peers; and
  3. Watching someone in action.

Reference: Svinicki, Marilla, and Wilbert J. McKeachie. 2014. McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, 14th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

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Helping Students with Jobs, Internships, Etc – March 18

Connecting Students to Real World Experiences through Jobs, Internships, Externships, and Volunteer Opportunities!

Wednesday, March 18th, 1:00- 2:30 PM, NOVA Annandale Campus, CA 317

Register here

Why Attend?

As our students prepare to transfer to four-year colleges and to the working world, connecting students with experiential learning opportunities related to their majors is increasingly crucial to their long-term career success.   Teaching faculty play a pivotal role in helping our students to bridge academic and workforce-based learning, and to gain the critical skills that will make them highly competitive in their chosen career fields.

What’s in it for you?

Attend this session to learn more about the resources and programming available through NOVA’s college-wide Career & Experiential Learning Services, including College Central Network, NOVA’s new online job, career, and internship database.  Enhance student learning by connecting students to opportunities to receive credit for elective internships, and part-time and full-time employment search assistance.  We will offer faculty ways to connect to us and the over 1,000 businesses and organizations who are reaching out to NOVA students.  Your students are asking, so let us assist you in adding more resources to your faculty toolbox!

Questions? Contact Trasi Watson

This workshop is sponsored by NOVA’s Office of College and Career Pathways and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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Interactive Strategies for an Inverted Classroom

NOVA’s CETL is sponsoring a workshop on Friday, March 20, from 11:30-1 on Interactive Strategies for an Inverted Classroom. The workshop is at NOVA’s Annandale Campus  in CG Building, Room 218.

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Delegate David Bulova Honored by AAUP and FSVA

Congratulations to Delegate David Bulova of Fairfax who was awarded the Colonel Michael S. Harris Award for exemplary service in support of higher education on January 15, 2015 at the Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day.

This award is sponsored by the American Association of University Professsors/Faculty Senate of Virginia/and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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NISOD Webinar on Educational Technology

Community Colleges and Educational Technology: What Lies Ahead

It is critical for community colleges to look ahead to see what technology advances will impact their institutions. This webinar examines the trends, challenges, and emerging technologies in the coming five years that will impact faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education. Technologies considered during this webinar include learning analytics, flipped classrooms, quantifiable self, games and gamification, and more. The webinar draws upon the findings of technology experts included in the following New Media Consortium publications: Higher Education Horizon Reports and the Technology Outlook for Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018.

Larry Miller, Senior Director, Community College Relations, The New Media Consortium

Tuesday, March 3, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., free

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