2022 Faculty Forum Will Be Held in Person Monday
Four things to know about this year’s symposium
More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic forced educational institutions across the country to go remote, develop hybrid methods of teaching, and implement strict social distancing, colleges and universities are grappling with how to restore a sense of community for students and faculty. That topic is the subject of this year’s Faculty Forum on Monday, May 16, at the Rafik B. Hariri Building.
The in-person event is open to BU educators and staff and designed to foster faculty connection and offer strategies to create community in their classrooms. Faculty Forum 2022 will explore these questions and more: How does a sense of belonging and community impact student engagement and learning? What role does technology play in facilitating and strengthening learning communities on campus? How do peer partnerships as well as faculty-to-student partnerships bolster student community? How does inclusive teaching foster community?
Below are four highlights of this year’s symposium.
40-Plus BU Faculty Presenters, Panelists, and Moderators
Learning happens in community—that’s the lesson we’ve learned over the past several years through research and experience. This year’s Faculty Forum opens up the concept of community in residential education. Calling on the experiences of 40-plus Boston University faculty, the half day in-person symposium will feature parallel sessions, promote connection and collaboration, and offer strategies to create community in the classroom.
Metcalf Awardees Panel Discussion
Four Metcalf awardees—Fadie Coleman (CAS’97, MED’16), a MED assistant professor of medical sciences and education (from left), Binyomin Abrams, a College of Arts & Sciences research associate professor of chemistry and director of general chemistry, David Sullivan, a CAS master lecturer in computer science and director of peer education and assessment, and moderator Marisa Milanese, a master lecturer in the CAS Writing Program, will discuss strategies to enhance classroom community. Their one-hour panel discussion, Crowdsourcing for Creating Community in Your Classes, will include a lively interactive sharing of teaching strategies among all participants.
Join the Conversation: Community and Learning on the Residential Campus
Drawing on more than 400 interviews with students, faculty, and staff across US higher education, keynote speaker Peter Felten, coauthor of Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College, will discuss relationships as a flexible, scalable, equitable, and humane approach to ensuring that all students experience welcome and care, become inspired to learn, and explore the big questions that matter for their lives and our communities.
Digital Poster Session and Wine & Cheese Reception
Faculty Forum 2022 will feature a late afternoon wine and cheese reception, where over a dozen digital posters will illuminate the Rafik B. Hariri Building lobby. BU educators and staff will explore, engage, and converse with colleagues during the hour-long community-building reception.
Faculty Forum 2022 is Monday, May 16, from 12:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Rafik B. Hariri Building, 595 Commonwealth Ave. The forum is hosted by BU Digital Learning & Innovation, the Center for Teaching & Learning, Educational Technology, and the Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation. Find more information and register here.