Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Faculty Critical Thinking Workshop

On Thursday May 9th, full-time faculty from across academic disciplines at JSRCC and John Tyler Community College attended a one-day Critical Thinking workshop sponsored by the Critical Thinking Task Force.  The workshop was planned by task force members Karyn Pallay (chair), Miles McCrimmon, Marty Watkin, Barbara Glenn, Jane Rosecrans, David Loope, and Sandi Fulton. 

This daylong workshop was facilitated by Brian Barnes of the Foundation for Critical Thinking.  Brian Barnes’s goal was to introduce faculty to specific methods that encourage critical thinking skills in students and allow the faculty to practice using these methods. After Brian’s introduction to the fundamentals of critical thinking, the workshop participants had a chance to role-play in small groups and practice using these skills to analyze readings and share their writing as modes of thinking across the curriculum.
The workshop was funded in part by a JSRCC Professional Development Grant, a VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini Grant, and a significant JTCC contribution. The 15 JSRCC faculty participants registered for the workshop were selected to pilot these Critical Thinking techniques into at least one of their Fall 2013 courses and will receive a $750 stipend at the semester’s end, generously provided by Dr. Barbara Glenn from Humanities and Social Sciences foundation funds.

The JSRCC faculty who participated and will be piloting the Critical Thinking in their Fall 2013 courses are: 

Beverly Aronowitz, English

Sherry Compton, Respiratory Therapy

Alan Crouch, Automotive Technology

Sarah Jessie, Administration of Justice

Nancy Morrison, Reading

Mark Plume, Sociology

Maria Ramos, English

Jane Rosecrans, English

Stephen Sowulewski, Health

Chris Thomas, History

Wendy Unison-Pace, Practical Nursing

Shalini Upadhyaya, Biology

William Wilson, Health Records Coding

Danette Young, Biology

William Ziegler, English