New Faculty Orientation

August 7-8, 2023

We have workshops and sessions on a wide variety of topics: inclusivity in the classroom, Longwood traditions, retirement planning, parking passes and rules, and a workshop on our learning management system. The program begins with breakfast on each day at 8:15 am, and ends by 4:15 pm.

New Faculty Orientation Schedule ( click here to access the schedule )

August 7- Orientation will take place in Allen Hall 308

August 8- Orientation will take place in Allen Hall 308

The President’s Reception for New Faculty will take place on August 15, 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Radcliff Hall.

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please contact Renee Gutiérrez at

Teaching for Civic Learning and Engagement

10th Annual Teaching and Learning Institute

Longwood University
8:30am-5:30pm, May 9, 2023
Blackwell Ballroom, Rotunda Hall

Registration NOW OPEN @

The Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) and the Civitae Core Curriculum Committee invite ALL faculty and staff to a full-day workshop focused on best practices for developing students into engaged members of the community. Beginning with the keynote address, participants will be invited to co-create a definition of civic learning that will be used as a framework for future discussions. Following the keynote, participants will choose concurrent sessions to attend and learn more about key concepts and skills related to teaching civic engagement. For faculty specifically engaged in the teaching of Longwood’s signature core curriculum program, Civitae, there will be opportunities to meet and discuss assessment and professional development pertinent to their courses. 

By the end of this workshop, all participants will be able to:

  • define civic learning and civic engagement in an academic context;
  • apply civic learning concepts to specific activities, assignments, and/or classes;
  • describe how pedagogical approaches such as critical reflection and experiential learning can provide students with the tools to become effective, contributing members and/or leaders of their community; and
  • communicate civic responsibility to multiple audiences, especially students.

This year’s keynote speaker is Patti Clayton, Ph.D. Dr. Clayton formerly served as founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Curricular Engagement at NC State University and as a Faculty Fellow with National Campus Compact’s Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study. In all aspects of her work she seeks to support intellectual, personal, and civic development through co-creating mentoring communities grounded in reflective practice, leadership, and scholarship. Beyond community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship, her academic interests include environmental philosophy and environmental studies, leadership development, and the history and philosophy of science. She earned her Ph.D. (1995) and M.S. (1992) from the Curriculum in Ecology at UNC-Chapel Hill. 


Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President

with CAFE, Center for Faculty Enrichment

WIN PRIZES!  Every time you attend one of the well-being activities listed below, your name will be entered in a raffle for gift cards and apparel. 

HEALTHY SNACKS (until they are gone!) Stop by the CAFE kitchen (310A Allen Hall) and grab some snacks to go. 

Faculty Mindfulness & Meditation Group
Monday, March 27, 3:15 to 4:00pm
Allen 310 (CAFE lounge)

Please join us as we gather with friends and colleagues interested in meditation and mindfulness.  This group is open to all, from the never-before meditator to the well-practiced guru.  We will meet to share about our lives and sit for 1-2 brief meditation sessions.  The goal of these meetings is to build a community of mindful friends. 

Tuesday and Thursday Meditations
Tuesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 from 11:30-11:50
Join Renee Gutiérrez for a short mediation session via Zoom.


Finding and living a healthy life-work balance can be challenging and navigating the needs of others with our own can be stressful. Join Dr. Maureen Walls-McKay and Dr. Jenny Retallick for an informal discussion about YOUR well-being including tips for how to be well. Press Club lunch is provided, so registration is required to help us plan.
Tuesday, March 28 (almost full)
Dr. Maureen Walls-McKay, Dean of Well-Being
12:30 – 1:30PM
CAFE Lounge

Wednesday, March 29 (going fast)
Dr. Jenny Retallick, Trauma Specialist
12:00 – 1:00PM
CAFE Lounge

Come to the Allen 304 for a 12-minute chair massage with Dr. Ruth Holliday, D.C. and licensed massage therapist.
Thursday, March 30 11:00-4:00pm (only 2 spots left)
Spaces are limited, and registration is required.  Register @
Friday, March 31 10:00-3:00pm (going fast)
Spaces are limited, and registration is required.  Register @

Thursday, March 30
3:00, 3:30, and 4:00pm
Meet Dean Roberts in front of Greenwood Library for a 30 minute stroll around Longwood’s campus.

Friday, March 31 from 4:00-5:00pm
CAFE Lounge (310 Allen Hall)
It’s 5:00 somewhere! Start your weekend a little early unwinding with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

A CAPS and CAFE Collaboration

Facilitator: Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton, Dean of Health & Wellness and Director of Counseling Center at Susquehanna University

Friday, April 7 from 12:00-2:00pm; lunch provided

Please register @ by March 30th.

The first 25 people to register will receive the book, 35 Dumb Things that Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say that Widen the Diversity Gap by Maura Cullen

How can we take meaningful steps toward creating more socially equitable learning environments?  At predominately white universities, students of color continue to experience discrimination, social isolation, and psychological challenges throughout their educational experiences. For example, micro aggressions, conversations about race or racially-based issues, and stereotype threat take a toll and can affect their ability to learn.  In this two-hour workshop, Dr. Pearson-Wharton offers practical steps and guidance for educators to effectively address race-based trauma in learning spaces.  

For nearly 20 years Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton has dedicated herself to helping students maximize their learning, health and well-being, and personal growth. Currently, she is the Dean of Health & Wellness and Director of Counseling Center at Susquehanna University. She has served as an Assistant Dean, Assistant Vice President, Counseling Center Director, Staff Psychologist, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor and even a Hall Director. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Counselor Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Program provided by CAPS.  Funding for this workshop was made possible in part by grant number 5H79SM084035-02 from SAMHSA: Well Lancers: Creating a Culture of Well-Being with Expanded Mental Health Services. The views expressed in written materials or publication and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA, or HHS; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Lunch provided by the Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE)

To register click this link:

Registration now open for Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College faculty and staff. Go to to register.

For the Health of It! Learning and Course Design

Longwood’s Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE)

Annual Pre-Semester Seminar Series

January 4 & 5, 2023 (Via Zoom)

This meme just might capture how you and your students feeling around week 10. The cumulative effects of a semester’s worth of teaching, learning, completing assignments, and grading is affecting our energy levels and motivation. At the end of the semester, many of us have high-stakes assignments due, resulting in an increased workload for faculty and students alike. Just when we expect students (and ourselves) to be at our best, we sometimes lack the energy to sketch out the rest of the semester.  Looking forward to spring semester, perhaps we can “draw” the semester differently. Join CAFE and experts from across Longwood’s campus for strategies, tips, and suggestions on ways to improve course pacing to help maintain faculty and student well-being.

Blackwell Talks Fall 2022

Blackwell Talks will meet in person in the Virginia Roo, from 12 noon to 1 pm.

The Dynamic Learning Dialogue (DLD) is an early to mid-semester evaluation technique that provides instructors with rich qualitative feedback from their students regarding the learning environment in a course. Feedback obtained from a DLD can be used for focused reflections on one’s teaching to enhance classroom interactions, student learning, and teaching strategies. For more information:

CAFE will conduct DLDs between September 19-October 5. There are a limited number of slots available. Registration deadline is September 15.

If you would like to register for a DLD, go to


Civic Dialogue: Engaging Students in Difficult Conversations

May 16, 2022

Blackwell Ballroom

Longwood University

Registration opens in April