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August 29th, 2013 by Eric

Faculty Lounge

Lamson Rm. 113

Hours Open:

Monday- Friday


Can reserve for meetings!

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Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #47B
Plymouth, NH 03264

Contemplative Pedagogy Potluck Brunch (Sat. Mornings)

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

The Contemplative Pedagogy Group invites you to discuss of selections from the current issue ofThe Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (Vol. 2, No. 1) over brunch Saturday mornings this semester. Journal contents here (

The group meets 10 a.m. Sat. Sept 26th, Sat. Oct 17th, and Sat. Nov 21st in Frost Commons. For details and journal access, please contact Brigid O’Donnell, Associate Professor of Biology,

Strategic Discussions about Clusters

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Join Provost Bernier and the deans for the following four Strategic Discussions about Clusters.

Sessions 1 & 2: “Purpose, timeline, themes, and planning”

Thursday October 1st 3-4:30 p.m. in the Frost Commons AND

Friday October 2nd 7:30-9 a.m. (similar content offered twice) in the Frost Commons.
The focus of these initial sessions will be to outline the purpose(s) of clusters–in other words, what do we hope clusters will accomplish for PSU in terms of its teaching (and learning), research, & service mission. We will also share the timeline for initial steps in moving to clusters/open labs.
Then we will explore themes for clusters: some have been identified through previous meetings, we’d also welcome ideas participants want to share during the session.
Finally, we’ll consider next steps in the planning process.


Sessions 3 & 4: “Diving deeper: Building off themes & ideas”

Monday October 5th 3:30-5 p.m. in the Frost Commons AND

Thursday October 8th 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. in the Frost Commons.

These sessions will build off of the previous sessions. Depending upon next steps, established during sessions 1 & 2, these sessions would likely result in deeper conversations around specific clusters and/or on questions related to implementation.

Please let us know if you plan to attend (and which session(s) by emailing

Further details from the deans and provost:

The sessions will be a series of conversations that all faculty are invited to. The first two sessions will be similar in content; the second two sessions will build off of key themes and ideas developed during the initial sessions. Sessions have been scheduled early mornings and late afternoons, on different days of the week, in the hopes we can accommodate the schedules of as many faculty members as possible. We see it as critical that we work together to shape the clusters, but there is also some urgency to our work. We seek to identify and conceptually define the clusters by the close of the fall semester. This will allow us to talk about the clusters and our strategic direction with each other, our potential partners, present & future students, and key stakeholders.

Thank you! We look forward to the conversations.

Writing, Research, Creative & Scholarly Activity Drop-in

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Need time, space, and motivation to get your writing done?

At your request, we’ve carved out some community writing time!

Drop in & out as your schedule allows:

Friday Sept 11 Frost Commons 3-5:30 p.m.

Friday Oct 2 Frost Commons 3-5:30 p.m.

Friday Nov 20 Frost Commons 3-5:30 p.m.

Friday Dec 11 Frost Commons 3-5:30 p.m.

Drop in to Frost Commons on the above dates from 3-5 for writing time (no talking! no chatting! no Moodle!) and hang around for ~1/2 hour socializing from 5-5:30.

“Slow Reading”

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Facilitator: Elliott Gruner, Director of Composition.

Wednesday, Nov 18th 12:15-1:15 p.m. and Thursday Nov 19th at 11a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113)

“Reading” is one of our General Education skills, but what does this skill entail? Join in this conversation to expand our ideas on what “good reading” means across disciplines and discourses. Borrowing from Tom Newkirk’s book “Slow Reading,” we’ll work against some notions/measures of successful reading (speed, amount, some “study skills” approaches, etc.) to focus on six practices Newkirk recommends: performing, memorizing, centering, problem finding, reading as a writer, elaborating.


September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Facilitators: Michael Davidson, MLIS, Assist. Professor, Web Services Librarian and  Elliott Gruner, Professor of English

Wednesday, Oct 28th 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113)

This discussion will explore how search differs from research. Online and mobile search practices, processes, and algorithms have become naturalized and are often thought of as benign, utilitarian public services. Of course, they are not–all search engines mediate information in some way. Should we know more about and be able to teach “what’s in the water” when it comes to the search tools we now use? How has the mass mediation of information influenced how you teach research in your own discipline? What should we be teaching students about “the culture of search”?


PSU Writing Retreat At Bear Tree, Pittsburg, NH

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Registration is open for the Spring 2016 PSU Writing Retreats sponsored by the discipline of Philosophy. The Spring retreats will be held at AT BEAR TREE in Pittsburg, NH.

The Spring dates are March 18-20, 2016.

If you are interested in attending  the spring writing retreat (or both), please contact one or both of us, Maria Sanders ( or Annette Holba ( for more details. Spaces are limited so register now to secure your own room in the lodge or your own cabin on the lake. This year meal choices are expanded, breakfast will be hot, and the agenda includes breaks for hiking, kayaking, and therapeutic massage. If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, please contact us as soon as you can so we can provide you with registration information for At Bear Tree. If you are not sure about attending the retreat and want to know more, contact us and we can send you more information, sample weekend schedules, pictures, and even testimonials from other faculty who have attended in the past. We hope you can join us this year!

What is “contemplative pedagogy”?

August 17th, 2015 by Melinda

Workshop with Karolyn Kinane

Th Sept 24th 1-2 p.m. OR

Fri Sept 25th 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Same workshop offered twice)

Lamson 113

Light refreshments served

Please RSVP 24 hours in advance

CETL Summer Symposium Schedule

March 13th, 2015 by Melinda

 Summer Symposium

Tuesday, June 2nd

“Spotlight” format: Each presenter gives a “teaser’ for the more in-depth 40-minute presentation the following days. See June 3rd – 5th for titles.

9:00 Sandra McBournie ~ Contemplative Mind: Practice for Student, Teacher, and Self

9:15 Robin DeRosa ~ Open Education: OER, Open Pedagogy, and Open Access

9:30 Christin Chenard ~ OER Resource Roundup

9:45 Bonnie Bechard ~ The PSU Common Man Apprentice: Partnering to Create High Impact Teaching & Learning Practices

10:00 Break

10:15 Marianne True & Stacey Curdie ~ Preparing for the Pedagogical Move to Online

10:30 Rebecca Noel ~ Gamifying, Flipping, or Project-Basing The American West Directions class

10:45 Mark Fischler ~ Teaching with Love, Spontaneity, and Authenticity in the University Classroom

11:00 Break

11:15 Tammy Carnevale ~ Online World Cafe to increase student engagement

11:30 Dick Hunnewell ~ 40 Years at Bat: Reflections on Passion, Pedagogy, and Persona

11:45 Marylena Sevigney ~ ePortfolio for Creative Expression

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Nancy Puglisi & Pam Clark ~ Integrating Contemplative Practices in Classrooms

1:00 Meg Petersen ~ Experience, Knowledge, Practice, Reflection: A model for learning

1:15 Annie Hagar ~ Problem Solving: an everyday, life-long skill

1:30 Stacey Curdie & Ann Berry ~ Reflective Practice using Google Hangouts

1:45 Break

2:00 Christian Bisson ~ Creating Adventure in the Classroom

2:15 Michael Davidson ~ Advanced look at the next library website

2:30 Ann McClellan ~ Digital Assignments in the Humanities? Learning Outcomes AND “Skill-Based” Assessments

2:45 Break

3:00 Scott Coykendall ~ Rate Your Mate: get your teams teaming!

3:15 Terri Lessard ~ What is a Blended Class?

3:30 Wendy Palmquist ~ Using “Lit Circles” for reading assignments

3:45 Ray England ~ Online Course – publisher content, virtual meetings and more

Wednesday, June 3rd

9:00 Sandra McBournie ~Perhaps you are someone who has embraced a regular contemplative practice, or want to learn more about what it means and how to incorporate contemplation into your personal life or work. This session will discuss options for practice in daily life, explore the tree of contemplative practices, options and outcomes for personal, workplace, and classroom inclusion.

9:45 Robin DeRosa ~ This presentation will introduce you to the field of “open education,” including how to locate free, openly licensed texts and materials in your field; how the pedagogical implications of “open” can transform your teaching and assignments; and how the open access movement can provide you new routes for disseminating your research and maximizing your scholarly impact.

10:30 Break

10:45 Marylena Sevigney ~ Five ways to transform an ePortfolio from “paint by Numbers” to “Customized”.

11:30 Bonnie Bechard ~ Using the experience gained from ten years of experience this presentation will offer suggestions for systematically creating high impact practices that engage students in real-world learning and promote high levels of student performance that integrate and apply what they have learned in their studies across the curriculum.

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Mark Fischler ~ Knowing who you are and loving what you teach are part of the building blocks to being great at what we do. Learning to teach in the NOW will lead to even deeper evels of connecting with you students and subject matter. This workshop will explore these important spaces, developing a healthy toolkit for success in the process.

1:45 Dick Hunnewell ~ After teaching for 40 years (35 at PSU), thanks to this Symposium and the invitation to present, I now have an opportunity to reflect broadly on my own teaching history, the qualities I perceive in myself as a teacher, and what I may have learned as an instructor. As a result, this presentation will consider issues of teacher-student engagement, the teacher as learner, and the significance of the teacher persona. The second day, discussion component will conclude with a jig-saw template, rich in possibilities for all disciplines, both F2F and online delivery.

2:30 Marianne True & Stacey Curdie ~ Thinking about moving a course online or creating a blended course but not sure where to start? LTOE offers many resources and personalized support services to help you get up and running…but is your course ready? This session will help you prepare to make the most out of your LTOE consultation and your transition to virtual teaching and learning.

Thursday, June 4th

9:00 Nancy Puglisi & Pam Clark ~ As teachers, we want to provide engaging and deeply meaningful learning experiences for our students. Through activities that engage mind, body, and spirit, we help students to discern the universal in their personal experiences and to apply universal truths and wisdom within their own lives. We utilize innovative venues in our classroom in our attempt to create an imaginative, reflective, and contemplative learning environment.

9:45 Meg Petersen ~ I would like to explore the writing project model of Experience, Knowledge, Practice and Reflection.  I would like to think about how this model might be applicable to other learning situations in different subject areas.

10:30 Break

10:45 Christian Bisson ~ Learning can be an adventure, so how can we bring a sense of adventure in our classroom? When students are “venturing” in our classrooms, they are engaged, challenged, and ready to do their best work. Together, let’s find out how to create adventures in our classrooms.

11:30 Annie Hagar ~ Problem-solving, communication, and teamwork are critical skills for our undergraduates to develop and practice.  I will give examples of how I have incorporated these developmental goals in my math classes, and discuss ways to emphasize them across the curriculum.

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Scott Coykendall ~ Robyn Parker (COBA) and Scott Coykendall (Communication & Media Studies) have designed a web application that facilitates student collaboration. Coykendall will demonstrate the long-awaited web app and explain the Rate Your Mate protocol. He will also be discussing the Rate Your Mate pilot project in the Fall.

1:45 Tammy Carnevale ~ Adapting the World Cafe to an online course environment increases community building and student engagement through-out the course. My presentation will focus on why and how to create an environment with the World Cafe in order to create online class community and improve on student engagement.

2:30 Rebecca Noel ~ My Past & Present Directions class, The American West, is due for a makeover.  I would like some help turning it into a more hands-on class using projects.

Friday, June 5th

9:00 Wendy Palmquist ~ Getting students to read different kinds of material is always a challenge, particularly material that is not just a textbook.  Lit circles are a way of getting the students to engage in the material if different ways, and make them actually engage with each other in discussions of the material!

9:45 Terri Lessard ~ Join Terri in a conversation about blended classes.

10:30 Break

10:45 Ann McClellan ~ Many people (including our students) mistakenly believe that digital humanities projects are all about the tech. However, the most important thing instructors and students need to think about is the learning outcomes and goals for the course. This session will help participants think about how to translate their current disciplinary learning outcomes into digitally-based assignments.

11:30 Michael Davidson ~ The library website will be dramatically different come fall.  We want to share the improvements we’re making with you.

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Christian Chenard ~ Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials licensed to allow anyone to use, modify, and redistribute them.  This session will highlight some of the best places to look and best strategies for finding OERs in your areas of interest.

1:45 Ray England ~ Join Ray England as he shares his experience teaching Operations Management online this Spring 2015.

All sessions are held on the main floor of Lamson Learning Commons. Follow the signs!

Ongoing Events

January 1st, 2015 by Ivy

Meditation Mondays, Every Monday 12:20PM – 12:45PM

Every Monday

12:20pm – 12:45pm in the Frost Commons

Join faculty and staff for guided meditation each Monday.  Meditation Monday starts next Monday, September 14th! We meet in Frost Commons every Monday from 12:20pm-12:45pm. Please mark your calendars and if you haven’t attended yet (and have wanted to!), plan to start this semester.

No experience necessary and all experience levels welcome.

Let us know if you have any questions.
Annette Holba and Nancy Puglisi


Moodle drop-in session

Bring your questions to Moodle’s drop-in sessions!Wednesdays and Thursdays – 10:30AM-1:00PM, in the CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113), in the back of the library’s main level.  If these hours don’t work with your schedule, call (603)535-2813.





Moodle drop-in sessions, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 10:30AM-1:00PM

January 1st, 2015 by Ivy

Bring your questions to Moodle’s drop-in sessions!

Wednesdays and Thursdays – 10:30AM-1:00PM, in the CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113), in the back of the library’s main level.  If these hours don’t work with your schedule, call (603)535-2813.