Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Summer Faculty Workshop: Research Across the Curriculum

We are pleased to announce the third annual offering of Research Across the Curriculum, a professional development program to help faculty create or modify a research-based assignment in a course. The 2018 workshop will consist of three half-day sessions, from 9 am to noon, on June 5th, 6th, and 7th, facilitated by librarian Liza Harrington and science faculty member Amanda Hyde. Participating faculty will received a $300 stipend.

Apply for the 2018 workshop here!

This workshop will provide you with the time, support, and peer feedback that you need to make meaningful changes to that research assignment that never quite works out, or to try adding a research component to your class for the first time. In addition to an assignment, participants will create a curriculum to support research skills and a method for grading and giving feedback.

This opportunity is open to both adjuncts and full-time faculty. There are 10 available spots. Those that apply by May 14th will be given preference.

Here’s what last year’s participants had to say:

  • “[This workshop provided an] Overview of the steps in the whole [research] process, time and scaffolding to think about what was needed for one or more specific steps…great assignment ideas; exposure to a variety of goals to consider.”
  • “Information literacy is an important SCIENTIFIC tool, and one that can help social science students sift through all the “junk” out there online, better determining what’s “junk” and what’s scientifically-arrived at.”
  • “It was a rich experience pedagogically, intellectually, and collegially.”
  • “Thank you once again for such an excellent program.”

Not quite sure what this might look like? Here is a sample of our syllabus:

Day 1

  • Icebreakers and introductions
  • Defining information literacy
  • Introduction to backwards design
  • Discussion of applications within your discipline/course
  • In-class assignment and/or homework: develop and/or finalize information literacy learning outcomes for your course; reading(s)

Day 2

  • Present and discuss learning outcomes
  • Teaching research skills
  • Teaching supports for information literacy
  • Example information literacy curricula
  • In-class assignment and/or homework: revise learning outcomes; create a rough outline for a research curriculum for a course; brainstorm ideas for research assignments.

Day 3

  • Examples of creative research assignments
  • Work in groups to develop research assignment(s) and update syllabi
  • Present research assignments and final thoughts
  • Final deliverable: research assignment(s) and updated syllabi for one course

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either of the facilitators:

  • Liza Harrington,, 413-775-1836
  • Amanda Hyde,, 413-775-1450
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