PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle that informs students and faculty about the multitude of research and other projects going on at the university has returned for the spring 2009 semester.
The college’s Faculty Noon Seminar Series kicked off on Jan. 28 with presentations on the carbon economy, online teaching and teaching methods.
Seminars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month in the Normal Hall Faculty Lounge. Presentations are 20 to 30 minutes in length and with a discussion afterward.
Seminars are open to the public.
The first seminar featured a presentation by President Don Zillman titled “Beyond the Carbon Economy.”
“Participation in the past has been pretty good,” Lynn Eldershaw, assistant professor of sociology and organizer of the series, said earlier this week. “We usually have between 20 and 25 people at each seminar, and it is a good mix of faculty and students.”
She noted that the purpose of the series is to foster awareness of research and teaching activities taking place on campus and to provide a forum for dissemination of information among faculty members. She noted that as a campuswide forum, the seminar series welcomes students, faculty and administrative staff to present their work.
Eldershaw started the seminar two years ago after taking part in a similar activity at another university.
She noted that during the seminars, attendees learn what sort of research and other work is being conducted on campus.
“Even though we are a small campus, we don’t always know what others are doing,” she said. “There is so much research being conducted here, but we spend so much time teaching that we often don’t have time to dialogue with our colleagues.”
On Feb. 25, a group presentation on “Everything You Wanted to Know about On-line Teaching but Were Afraid to Ask” will be led by Mike Amey, Ray Rice, Alice Sheppard and Jing Qi, and instructor Wendy Ross.
On March 25, Harold Jones will lead a presentation on “Developing a Psychological Basis for Teaching Methods: Dream or Reality?”
Eldershaw said she is optimistic that this semester’s series will be fruitful for all who attend.
“We are a teaching campus, and this is just another tool that we use to do that,” said Eldershaw.