CFDE Staff Influence National Faculty Development Conversations

Director of Engaged Learning Vialla Hartfield-Méndez has begun a three-year term on the Modern Languages Association’s Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession and attended her first committee meeting in New York in September. She attended the national conference of the MLA in early January, and co-led a workshop on the Pre-Texts pedagogy with Professor Doris Sommer of Harvard.

In October, Hartfield-Méndez also attended the national conference of Imagining America, where co-facilitated a workshop with Emory colleagues on using community-sourced pedagogies (story circles and Pre-Texts) to create community, both on campus and in campus-community partnerships.  Other session leaders were: 

  • Kim Loudermilk, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Liberal Arts; Director, IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship) Fellows Program
  • Kate Grace, Director, CBSC Fellows Program
  • Shan Mukhtar, Assistant Director, English as a Second Language Program, Emory Writing Program
  • John Wang and Julia Munslow, Undergraduate IDEAS Fellows

In January 2018, Hartfield Méndez will participate in the Latin American Association’s State of Latinos Conference here in Atlanta, on the Education Issues and Trends Panel, “Latino College Access.” She will specifically address university-community partnerships that benefit Latino access to higher education. To be held January 29-30 in the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, this conference still has registration available at www.thelaa.org/2018StateofLatinos.

Through Emory’s membership in Campus Compact and The Research University Community Engagement Network (TRUCEN), Hartfield-Méndez will represent the university at the annual TRUCEN meeting in February, 2018.

In August 2017, CFDE Associate Director Allison Adams traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, to conduct two workshops for faculty at St. Charles Community College titled "Finding Time: Intellectual Self-Care for Faculty." She conducted a similar session in January 2018 for faculty at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Allison also co-led a session titled "Faculty Development and the Whole Professor" at the annual meeting of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in Montreal in October 2017.

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