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From the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted: Monday, November 9, 2020

Elevating Student Success in Our Current Environment Conversation Series: ‘Supporting Students through Agentic Classroom Practices’ - November 12

I am excited to announce that Natalie Szymanski, assistant professor of English and director of the College Writing Program, will present “Supporting Students through Agentic Classroom Practices” as the next speaker in our Elevating Student Success in Our Current Environment Conversation Series on Thursday, November 12, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconference. This series is co-sponsored by the Title III Task Force and the Professional Development Center. Please register online.

What does student success mean at Buffalo State College? What are the individual ways that we cultivate student success at the college, and how can we as individuals apply these practices to our own work to support the students we serve? Join us as we learn from our colleagues their definition of student success and the specific practices we as staff or faculty members can apply to better support the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of our students. Each conversation will involve a 10- to 15-minute presentation from a staff or faculty member focused on his or her definition of student success and effective practices that others can apply to their work with students. These conversations will then be followed by a 45- to 50-minute facilitated conversation by a member of the Title III Task Force about how we can apply these practices to our individual work with students. We will also discuss similar practices colleagues found to be effective and build off of the ideas presented to elevate these practices across campus.

About Natalie Szymanski
Natalie Szymanski earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Florida State University and previously worked as the writing program administrator at a small indigenous-serving institution on the west end of Oahu, Hawaii. Her research and scholarship focus on the intersection between composition pedagogy and writing program administration; the invisibility of administrative labor in traditional tenure and review processes; and the incorporation of sustainable, inclusive, and antiracist pedagogies in writing programs.

She currently teaches composition courses in the College Writing Program as well as upper-level courses in writing. She is dedicated to and passionate about improving the first-year experience for Buffalo State students.

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