Conversations with Colleagues

graphic_for_web.jpgConversations with Colleagues is a community of Minot State faculty and staff who come together to share their expertise, experiences, and enthusiasm for teaching, scholarship, a new or revised program, or something else about which they are passionate. It’s an opportunity to nerd out with colleagues, to learn from your peers, and to share, collaborate, and converse with others across campus. All are welcome!

2024-2025 Meeting Information:

Coming soon!

We want to hear from YOU! If you are interested in presenting at one of the sessions or you want to suggest a topic and/or presenter(s) for a future session, please complete THIS SURVEY.

For more information:
Laurie Geller, VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: (701) 858-3329

2022-2023 Meeting Information:

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Featured presenters: Joe Collette: “Droning on about Darling, Big Piles of Sand, and a Native American Detective Story" and Daren Erisman: “Engaging Data Science at Minot State: Working together to build a Program for Certificates, a Minor and a Major in Data Science”
Poster for Gen X and earlier generations
Poster for post-Gen X generations

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Featured presenters: Ethan Valentine: "Leveling Up at Minot State: Games as Agents of Cognitive, Social, and Competitive Growth" and Dan Conn and Nathan Anderson: "CP2R: Finding Your Fit"
Event Poster

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Sharing the POWER at MSU:
POWER Center staff will share information about the TRIO grant from the US Dept of Education, including its beginnings, history, and all the different programs under it. They will also discuss ways in which the POWER Center benefits students and the program’s value. Minot State University’s POWER Center is committed to providing advocacy, mentoring, and support initiatives that promote participants’ academic, personal, social, and career success through campus engagement, community involvement, and enriched cultural experiences.
Anatomy of a Piano Recital: Dianna Anderson will share the submerged part of the iceberg that culminates in a polished performance.
Location: 121 Old Main

Break for finals and winter vacation

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.
Bill and Dan's Excellent Adventure with AI Art and ChatGPT
Discover and discuss recent advancements in AI and speculate on how these will impact higher education with Bill Harbort and Dan Ringrose. 
Location: Student Center Conference Center
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Event poster

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
GPT? Let's Chat
Part two of the conversation about ChatGPT, Midjourney, DALL*E2, and other AI tools with Bill Harbort, Dan Ringrose, and Sarah Aleshire.
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Event Poster

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Naxi Tribal Pictographs, Shamans, and the Metaphors by which We Communicate Truth with Robert Kibler
Chanting Shamans and Pictographic Metaphors: A journey on horseback into the Himalayas to Decipher Sacred Texts. Live translation ahead at the next Conversation with Colleagues. 
Objects Tell Stories about Us: Interpreting Material Culture with Amanda Watts
Watts shares methods from archaeology that join the humanities with a perspective on culture that comes from the objects created, used, and discarded.
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Event Poster

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
The Ancient Skeptics: Learning How to Think and Live with Raman Sachdev
This presentation will introduce you to the ancient Greek philosophy of skepticism, in particular, Pyrrhonian skepticism. This tradition is named after Pyrrho of Elis, who encouraged 1. suspending judgement about claims concerning the nature of reality, 2. practicing arguing from both sides about such claims, thereby revealing 3. "equipollence," or the equality of opposing arguments. According to practitioners, thinking and living as a skeptic in these ways prompts us to continue our search for knowledge. Perhaps most importantly, doing so also brings about "ataraxia," or tranquility of the mind, which is the ultimate goal of human life. My current research in the history of philosophy addresses the influence of ancient skepticism on early modern philosophers like Descartes and Hume. This presentation will give you a sense of the foundation for that research program.
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Event Poster

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
A NEW FYE that forces students to co-occupy a couple of vans for over a week, while simultaneously limiting their ability to shower and exposing them to breathtaking geology all along the way; in other words - an EXPERIENCE! Come hear more and discuss with Geology faculty and some of the FYE students.
104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Event Poster

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Gamifying Tough Topics
Baker shares her techniques for teaching tough topics in the classroom and leads a game of "Houses & Humans," a Dungeons and Dragons-inspired game for the classroom. 
Featured presenter: Erin Baker-Giese
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Event Poster

2019-2020 Meeting Information:

Spring 2020:

During spring semester 2020, conversations will center around the book, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph E. Aoun. Dates, times, readings, and location of these meetings are below. Contact Celeste for a copy of the book. 

Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. or Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Introduction and Chapter 1 (pp. ix-22)

Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. or Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapters 2 and 3 (pp. 23-76)

Mar. 24 at 3:30 p.m. or Mar. 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapter 4 (pp. 77-110)

Apr. 28 at 3:30 p.m. or Apr. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapter 6 and Afterward (pp. 111-150)

Location: 3rd floor of Swain Hall

Spring 2020 Convos Poster

Fall 2019:

During fall semester 2019, conversations will center around the book, Small Teaching:  Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang. Dates, times, readings, and location of these meetings are below. Contact Celeste for a copy of the book. 

Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. or Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m.
Introduction: Small Teaching and Part I: Knowledge (pp. 1-90)

Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. or Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Part II: Understanding (pp. 91-166)

Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. or Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Part III: Inspiration and Conclusion: Beginning (pp. 167-246)

Location: Jones Room - 3rd floor of Administration building


All are welcome!

For more information:
Laurie Geller, VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: (701) 858-3310

2018-2019 Meeting Information:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Let’s Talk Lecture –Another PowerPoint?  Sigh.
Headliners: Joseph Jastrzembski, Jean-Francois Mondon, Jennifer Sherman 
Photos and resources from Let's Talk Lecture

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - Student Motivation – How to help students DO before it is DUE.
Headliners: Christina Paxman, Tracey Mays, Tawnya Bernsdorf 
Photos and resources from Student Motivation

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - The First Day of Class – What I experience is what I expect.
Headliners: Erik Anderson, Mary Huston, Kristi Berg
Photos and resources from First Day of Class

Break for finals and winter vacation

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - Discussion – Even introverts can be included.
Headliners: Dan Ringrose, Joe Collette, Sarah Aleshire
Photos and resources from Discussion

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Collaboration and Groups – Learn to help others play nice in the sandbox.
Headliners: Dan Conn, Jessica Smestad, Nicole Thom-Arens 
Photos and resources from Collaboration and Groups

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Student Feedback – It’s more than a grade. The power of criticism and critique.
Headliners: Bill Harbort, Scott Kast, Jan Repnow
Photos and resources from Student Feedback

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Reflection & Change
“We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” - John Dewey
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” - John Dewey
Headliners: Lisa Borden-King, Holly Pedersen, Sandra Groth, Leisa Harmon
Photos and resources from Reflection and Change

Location: Northwest Arts Center (south side of the GBO Library)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Snacks and prizes: Provided!

All are welcome!

For more information:
Laurie Geller, VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: (701) 858-3310