Wednesday, August 24: Multiple Sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. at Inn on Boltwood
Location: Dickinson Ballroom, Inn on Boltwood
8:30 a.m.; Dickinson Patio
Welcome Remarks by Provost and Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein
8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Hearing from Our Students
9:00 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
Teaching students is at the center of the mission of the college. You will hear from four students on what drew them to Amherst, what motivates them to learn, and what they want new faculty to know.
Starting Classes with Ease
9:40 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Four faculty from across the college and with different lengths of time here will share their experiences and offer suggestions about how to get off to a good start, including what you should expect in your first days and weeks of teaching and trends they have seen among our students.
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Nuts and Bolts
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
What happens during the so-called “shopping period”? How does the college’s course management system work? Why do I need to know what Workday is? When do I talk to my chair or ADC with questions? Jesse Barba, director of institutional research and registrar services, Sarah Barr, associate to the provost on campus initiatives, and Pawan Dhingra, associate provost and associate dean of the faculty, will offer information and answer questions.
Teaching Resources: Center for Community Engagement, Instructional Librarians, Mead Library, and Information Technology
11:05 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Jaya Kannan, director of technology for curriculum and research at the college; Emily Potter-Ndiaye, head of education at the Mead Library; Christina Santana, associate director of community learning; and Sara Smith, arts & humanities librarian at Robert Frost Library, will lead a conversation about resources that are available to faculty to support their teaching and answer your questions about teaching support.
11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ; Dickinson Patio
A chance to get to know one another.
Title IX and Identity-Based Harassment Training
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Laurie Frankl, Amherst's Director for Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator, will provide information about Title IX and how the college responds to reports of sex and gender-based discrimination and harassment.
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism at Amherst
2:05 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Amherst is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the United States, which is a point of pride and also requires ongoing work. This session will be led by Angie Tissi-Gassoway, Amherst’s interim chief equity and inclusion officer, and Sheila Jaswal and Solsi del Moral, the faculty equity and inclusion officers from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI).
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Student Honor Code
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What is the college honor code? What are student and faculty responsibilities under the code? What should you include on your syllabus regarding the code? What is the process for addressing infractions? Corey Michalos, Amherst’s director of community standards, will lead a discussion focusing on these questions.
Accessibility Services and Testing Accommodations
3:35 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.
How does the college respond to students who voluntarily disclose a disability(ies), submit appropriate documentation for verification, and request accommodations? How do faculty learn about those accommodations? What resources are available to faculty to help in providing digital and physical accommodations? What accommodations are available to faculty who need them? Presenting will be Larissa Hopkins, director of accessibility services.
Amherst Students: What Do They need? How Do We Help Them?
4:10 p.m. to 4:55 p.m.
This session will feature a discussion about the student body and the ways in which the college supports students. Cate Zolkos, dean of admission, Liz Agosto, chief student affairs officer and dean of students, and Darien McFadden, the director of the college's counseling center, will provide information and offer their perspectives.
Office of Admission