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Civic Dialogue: Engaging Students in Difficult Conversations

May 16, 2022

Blackwell Ballroom


Longwood University

Teaching & Learning Institute

Registration opens in April

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Faculty Wellness Days – December 1st, and December 6th-10th

Final exam week can be a challenging time for faculty and staff to maintain our wellness. CAFE is offering mini-breaks and healthy activities for mind, body, and soul. Here is the full list of events:


Every time you attend one of the wellness activities listed below, your name will be entered in a raffle for a plethora of gift cards and apparel. Prizes have been donated by Barnes and Noble, Press Club, Weyanoke, 119, and Greens to Go (Aramark).

Difficult moments of choice: Strategies for Mindfulness and “Wise Minds” for Educators
Facilitator:       Jenny Retallick, Assistant Director of Well-Being Programming, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Date:               Wednesday, December 1st from 3-4:30pm

At this point in the semester, your needs and your students’ needs might be in dialectical tension. We are tired, yet they need more of our time and we have end of semester course and service responsibilities.  How do we balance our own wellness with the increase in student needs? Using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and real life examples, we will discuss strategies and tools you can use to increase the likelihood of maintaining your wellness during stressful periods.  ​

Healthy snack bags for faculty
Sponsor:        Aramark and the College of Business and Economics
Date:             Starting on December 6th until they’re gone
Location:        CAFE Lounge, Allen 310

These bags have information about wellness and some tasty, healthy foods. Faculty, please pop by and pick one up!

Chair massage
Sponsor:        Greenwood Library
Masseuse:      Amy Nelson
Dates:            Tuesday, December 7th, 9 am-12 pm & Wednesday, December 8th, 8 am-12 pm
Location:        Greenwood Library Room 147

Come to the Library for a 12-minute chair massage from local massage therapist Amy Nelson! Space is limited to registration is required.

Faculty and staff registration for Tuesday:

Yoga for faculty and staff
Instructor:      Eleanor Kent
Date:             See options below
Location:        Fitness Center’s Group Exercise Room (membership not required)

Eleanor Kent teaches yoga designed for all ability levels: she will coach you through different levels of each pose or exercise to accommodate a wide range of physical conditioning. The class on Thursday is chair yoga—no need to get up and down or wear any special clothes.

Monday, December 6th, 2:00-3:00 pm | Fitness Center, Group Fitness room

  • Thursday, December 9th, 2:00-3:00 pm Chair Yoga |Fitness Center. Room 307
  • Friday, December 10th, 4:00-5:00 pm | Fitness Center Group Fitness room

Meditation for faculty and staff (New meditators)
Guide:            Renee Gutiérrez
Date:             10:45-10:55 am, December 6th-11th

New to meditation? Wondering what it’s all about? Join Renee Gutiérrez to get a start on this healthful, mindful practice. These starter sessions last for 10 minutes, no registration required.

Meditation for faculty and staff (Established meditators)
Guide:            Renee Gutiérrez
Date:             11:00-11:20am, December 6th-11th
Location:        CAFE Lounge, Allen 310

Already have an established meditation practice? Join in with others to help your accountability during a busy week. You can meditate in person or via Zoom. Sessions last only 20 minutes, and no registration is required.

Grading Pomodoros
Facilitator:      CAFE Staff
Date:             See options below
Location:        CAFE Lounge, Allen 310

Faculty, join CAFE staff in person or via Zoom to work on your grading during finals week. Grade in community, using the pomodoro technique by Francesco Cirillo that encourages productivity. 

  • Tuesday, December 7th, 2:00-3:30pm with Adam Franssen
  • Wednesday, December 8th, 6:30-8:00pm with Pam Tracy
  • Thursday, December 9th, 9:00-10:30am with Renee Gutiérrez
  • Friday, December 10th, 2:00-3:30pm with Renee Gutiérrez

Walk High Bridge Trail for faculty and staff. 
Facilitator:      Renee Gutiérrez
Date:             Wednesday, December 8th, 2:00-3:00 pm
Location:        High Bridge Trail

Join Renee for some exercise as you appreciate the natural beauty of the High Bridge Trail. Walk as far as you like, at your pace or with others. We’ll gather at the Main Street LOVE sign at 2:00 pm.

Research Focus Symposium – Save the Date!

Day 1 – Wednesday, January 5th
Day 2 – Thursday, January 6th 

CAFE is pleased to announce our 2nd annual pre-spring semester symposium. This year’s event is designed to help advance your research agenda, whether you’re just starting out or looking to publish your work. We’ve invited area experts to facilitate 10 research-related workshops. This year’s topics are: developing your research agenda, using institutional data, conducting research with students, following IACUC/IRB guidelines, SOTL, publishing, copyright, and grant writing. The symposium will conclude with a 2-hour session to implement what you’ve learned and plan a productive semester of research. All sessions will be available on Zoom. We hope you’ll join us! ​

Promotion and Tenure Portfolio Workshops

Professional Portfolio Writing Session
Facilitator:       Adam Franssen, Assistant Director of CAFE
Date:               Thursday, December 2nd from 3:30-5pm
Location:         Allen 310 w/ Zoom option

This 90 minute writing session is time designated for all first year tenure track faculty, clinicians, honors faculty, lecturers, and librarians to work on their portfolios before the December 9th submission date. During this time, participants will write their professional portfolios in community, using the pomodoro technique. CAFE provides space, snacks, and stress relief items. A CAFE staff member will also be present to consult if participants would like to discuss their writing to get past obstacles to completion of their work.

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Advising the whole student:  A workshop for new advisors

CONTEXTUAL ADVISING: A refresher for experienced advisors

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Please click the link to view the fall schedule Friday’s @ CAFE

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Flexible Teaching and Learning Workshop Series

The Digital Education Collaborative (DEC) and the Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) are offering a series of workshops to help instructors prepare courses for the fall 2020 semester. These workshops will focus on pedagogy (why we do what we do) and technology (how to use appropriate tools) for in-person, hybrid, and online teaching and learning environments

Topics include:

Course Design 101+

Flexible Learning Environments: How to Blend or Flip Your Classroom

Teaching Writing 

Teaching Speaking 

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity 

Designing Assignments and Learning Activities

Teaching, Learning and Effective Communication Practices

Collaborative Learning and Group Projects

Research with Students: Using R for Statistical Computing and Graphics

Faculty Well-Being


We will emphasize developing practices that are specific to your course context; therefore, prior to each session, faculty will complete a situational analysis of the course(s). Each session will be 90 minutes with the option of an additional 30 minutes small group discussion for more focused mentoring.

All workshops are 1:00pm to 2:30 pm, unless indicated otherwise. Workshop details are located @ .

You can register for sessions @