The new academic year is imminent. Earlier this week the President gave his Opening Remarks to assembled Faculty and Staff. A wonderful opportunity to renew relationships with trustees present, emeriti, and extant staff and faculty colleagues.
I only touched foot on campus once since graduation
(to pick up some mail) but of course monitored email and voice mail. That distancing behavior has always proven vital for my reinvigoration. Among the "academic" endeavors I accomplished this summer were the writing of a book review for PsycCRITIQUES (which will be published online on September 5), the reviewing of a submission of materials submitted to the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology, and serving as a (grant paid) data analysis consultant for a Carroll grant awarded to collaegue Gary Olsen.
My syllabi are "almost" completed. This afternoon I have a 2nd summer retreat at Carroll's Graduate Center with my Psychology Program colleagues to discuss curricular changes. With our academic year schedules it is so difficult to find common meeting times that we decided to try meeting in 4 hour blocks during the summer. I like my colleagues!
I now have the IPad 3 and am one of this year's Carroll's Technology Fellows. I also upgraded my Mac to the Mountain Lion operating system. Hence, I am quite motivated to refocus a block of time into systematic introduction of technology into my classes. This semester I shall be introducing a free textbook into my experimental psychology course. It is imperative, though, to establish if the added technology adds value for my students' and my teaching and learning experiences.