Lunchtime discussion
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1. Scholarship & Teaching: How do you make time for scholarship and for teaching? What strategies have worked for you? What teaching tools have helped you? What awesome ideas about cool tools and strategies can you share with the rest of us?​ If MCFLAC developed an online space for sharing resources what features would you like it to include?
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2. Precarious labor: Are there support services/support networks on your campus for faculty in precarious positions? How can/do you advocate for labor rights for adjuncts? What could MCFLAC do to better support the underemployed?
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3. Resource Development: MCFLAC steering committee members are currently hard at work developing resources including an up-to-date program directory, a database of experienced program reviewers, as well as guidelines and best-practices documents addressing a range of media-specific areas such as audio and video equipment management and strategies for new programs in developing/acquiring library resources. Would you be interested in discussing in the development of these resources and/or identifying additional resources might MCFLAC develop and provide?
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4. Decolonizing the Classroom: How do you work towards equity and diversity in your classrooms and on campus? What are some struggles you’ve encountered? Did those experiences help you to formulate strategies that you’ve found useful towards decolonizing the classroom? How might MCFLAC support these endeavors?
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5. How do we raise awareness among colleagues across college departments and programs of the important, unique and usually irreplicable role of media studies for the liberal arts? How do we work to debunk the idea that film and media can just as effectively be studied in departments of English, American Studies, Humanities, or other Languages, where film and media can provide useful tools for exploring discipline-specific issues, but where a media-specific focus is most often absent. How do we better sell the vital importance of media-specific studies to colleagues and administrators so that media studies is recognized as a central concern for the liberal arts?
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6. With competition for students and tuition dollars intensifying for liberal arts colleges, how has your department/program tried to adapt to attract and retain students? Do you feel these adaptations have been voluntary, or has your department/program experienced administrative pressures to implement changes, e.g. curriculum, hiring, funds management, sabbaticals, etc.?
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7. Have you seen a rise in mental health challenges in your students, and if so, how are you dealing with it? how is your institution dealing with it? how is it affecting the classroom experience, interactions with students, teaching strategies, assignments, etc.?
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8. Promotion & Tenure: Are your tenure/promotion guidelines clear? Do you have an institutional mentoring structure? What works for you/has worked in your case? Could MCFLAC be of use in offering a mentoring program specifically around pedagogy issues?
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9. Interfacing with Administration: What strategies do you employ and what challenges have you experienced in your relationships (and your programs’ relationships) with administrators working in: admissions, development and alumni relations, deans’ offices, pr and marketing, etc. What resources could MCFLAC provide that might facilitate productive relationships with administration?
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10. Social Media Presence: What are your personal/professional social media habits? Do you follow students, do they follow you? Do you make political comments online? Do you have a strategy for what you will do if you get attacked by alt-right trolls? Does your institution have a policy/strategy established that explicitly protects faculty? What could MCFLAC do to help you in this regard?
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11. “Free Speech” on campus: What are your campus “free speech” policies? What kinds of educational programming does your campus or department offer around dealing with controversial speakers/campus protests? What resources can we galvanize/share to support each other across campuses? What could MCFLAC do to provide resources?
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12. Violence on Campus: Does your campus have training/guidelines for dealing with active shooters? Have you thought about what would happen in your classrooms? What kinds of conversations should we be having with our students around these issues? What could MCFLAC do to provide guidelines for dealing with this sort of situation?
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