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CCRI Faculty Focus

Summer 2012

Greetings from VP Lela Morgan...

Lela MorganIt’s hard to believe that summer is well under way and the July 4 holiday is almost upon us. Whether you are teaching or not, I hope you are finding time to relax and do the things you enjoy most.

I appreciate that you are taking time during your summer to read Faculty Focus. We try to cover a lot of material in a brief format and provide links to more in-depth information so I hope you are finding it useful. This issue includes updates from IT, distance learning, the library and so much more.

It also shares the very important news that Dr. Lois Wims will be joining my office as the new dean of arts, humanities and social sciences in mid-July. I am very excited to welcome her to CCRI. If you come to campus this summer, please try to stop by to introduce yourself, as I know she is looking forward to meeting and working with everyone here.

Please remember, the information in this newsletter is compiled to help you, so if you feel that a particular topic is missing, please let my office know. This is only our second edition so would appreciate any input you may have about Faculty Focus.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.


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Did you know....

Spring 2012 Enrollment

Dean Woodberry


  • Full-time: 4,926
  • Part-time: 12,252


  • Female: 10,426
  • Male: 6,752

Quick Facts

  • Headcount enrollment increased by 505 students or 3.0 percent.
  • 29.4% of students reported themselves as a minority. This is the highest percentage in the college's history.
  • The number of full-time students decreased by 414 or 7.8 percent.
  • The number of part-time students increased by 919 or 5.5 percent.
  • The average age of a part-time student is 28.1 years.
  • The average age of a full time student is 22.7 years.

Read more »

AHSS Dean Announced

lwims1Dr. Lois Wims has accepted the position of dean of arts, humanities and social sciences at the Community College of Rhode Island. As of July 16, Dean Wims' office will be located on the Knight campus room 4222.

Dr. Wims was formerly dean of social and behavioral sciences at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

She has worked in higher education for more than 27 years and has been a tenured faculty member, senate president, department chair and an American Council on Education Fellow in higher education administration while with Salve Regina University in Newport. She also previously served as associate dean of arts and sciences at the University of South Alabama. She has teaching experience in two- and four-year institutions, graduate-level courses, the freshman seminar and wholly online delivery systems. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s in criminal justice from Salve Regina and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Bryant College.

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Information Technology

World Wide Website Policy:

Web PolicyThe purpose of the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) website is to provide a medium for access to accurate and timely information regarding the community college’s mission, its faculty, staff and students, its services and programs, and college-related events.

  • Purpose
  • Who may publish on the website
  • Responsible use of social media

Read more »

Faculty Technology Day

The Information Technology Department invites faculty to attend the fall Faculty Technology Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Faculty technology leaders and Information Technology staff will spotlight technologies and demonstrate resources for a meaningful integration of technology in your teaching practices. Register here.

IT Summer Workshop Series:

Registration Required »

Getting Started with Blackboard Learning Management System
  • July 17 : 10 a.m. to Noon, Flanagan 3638
  • August 28 : 10 a.m. to Noon, Knight 2114
Updating and maintaining your Blackboard Courses
  • July 17 :1 to 3 p.m., Flanagan 3638
  • August 28 : 1 to 3 p.m., Knight 2114
Working with Videos and Multimedia-Rich PowerPoint Files
  • July 18 : 10 to noon, Knight 2108
  • August 29 : 10 to noon, Knight 2106
Create a Self-Produced Video Introduction and Video Tutorials for Courses
  • July 18 : 1 to 3 p.m., Knight 2108
  • August 29 : 1 to 3p.m., Knight 2106
Learn the Essentials for Creating and Delivering Online Assessments
  • July 19 : 10 to noon, Flanagan 3638
  • August 30 : 10 to noon, Knight 2114
Explore the Blackboard Grade Center and Customize It to Fit Your Needs
  • July 19 : 1 to 3 p.m., Flanagan 3638
  • August 30 : 1 to 3p.m., Knight 2114

Register here »

Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC)

ATAC membership has voted to accept Turning Technologies clickers as the standard student response system (SRS) at CCRI effective May 2012. CCRI's IT department will continue to support the existing iClicker SRS and these units remain available for loan from IT. Future faculty requests for new acquisitions of SRS will be directed to Turning Technologies systems.

Learn more about personal response systems »

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Distance Learning (DL)

Distance LearningIf you are teaching a distance learning section (600 or 700) this fall and you are not on the DL mailing list or you do not have access to the DL Faculty Forum in Blackboard, please e-mail Maggie Burke to be added to the list and the forum. The forum contains helpful documents for DL faculty (sample start-up letter, syllabus template, course evaluation, and semester checklist, among others). If you're on the mailing list, Maggie regularly will regularly send you e-mail reminders throughout the semester to help you with DL policy and keep your course running smoothly.

Advisory Committee

The Distance Learning Advisory Committee created and is responsible for maintaining the Distance Learning Policy. In addition, the DL Advisory Committee, together with the distance education faculty coordinator, supports departments' distance learning courses through informational materials and coordinating with nonacademic departments to keep DL courses running smoothly.

If you want to learn more about distance learning at CCRI, please visit the Distance Learning Overview page for a brief tour.

DL Faculty Pedagogy Course to be Offered Again

The five week Distance Learning Pedagogy course ran successfully during the summer and will be offered again in the fall (dates TBD). Limited seating for CCRI adjunct and full-time professors will be available with first preference given to those teaching full time and scheduled to offer a DL course in the spring semester. Experienced DL faculty are encouraged to take the course. You will be awarded CEUs and a certificate upon completion. For additional information, please contact Maggie Burke.

Teaching Online

The Office of Academic Affairs has purchased several copies of Teaching Online by Ko & Rossen. You are welcome to stop by Knight Campus Room 4228 to sign out a copy for a two-week period. In addition, CITLA has two copies to lend. Read more »

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Important Notes for Faculty

RISD Museum: FREE Admission

RISDThe RISD Museum of Art, a world of ideas and expression, is now all yours.

The CCRI Art Department is proud to announce free membership to the RISD Museum of Art for Community College of Rhode Island students, faculty and staff! All you need is a CCRI identification card.

Learn more »

CCRI Library Assists Faculty with Skills Instruction

Librarians at each campus can provide one hour basic library skills instruction. Interested classroom instructors can sign up online or call the reference desk.

Library faculty are available to assist classroom instructors in crafting meaningful critical thinking or literacy assignments. Read more »

Reference desks:

  • Flanagan : 401-333-7054
  • Knight : 401-825-2215
  • Liston : 401-455-6150
  • Newport : 401-851-1698

Leadership Rhode Island

Leadership Rhode Island is accepting nominations for its Fall 2012 Leadership Rhode Island College Program. This semester-long experimental program is available to emerging student leaders providing insight into the inner-workings of Rhode Island's for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors, exploring how the sectors are intertwined. Professors are encouraged to nominate interested students.

CCRI Office of Enrollment Services

The Office of Enrollment Services and Bursar have begun their summer session hours. Learn more »

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Adjunct Faculty

Watch for this new section in the fall 2012 Faculty Focus that you will receive in August.

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NEASC logoNEASC Survey - The NEASC co-chairs have compiled a survey which will be electronically distributed to all faculty at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. The data garnered from this survey help to improve CCRI policies and institutional planning. When you receive the link for the survey, please take a few minutes out of your busy day to complete and submit.

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Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Introducing the New Coordinator

Inline ImageWarm Greetings! My name is Karen Griscom, the new faculty coordinator for CITLA.

“My vision for CITLA includes a commitment to offering interesting informal discussions about teaching, learning and assessment; dedication to creating workshops-both formal and informal-for faculty to learn and improve critical skills; support for professional development; and inspiration through hosting outstanding educators and educational scholars.
Inspiration is that magical breath of wind that carries us all forward toward becoming our best selves as educators, proponents of outstanding education, and as human beings. CITLA is a marvelous vehicle to offer our faculty and staff that energy to sail forward and-perhaps-to change course as we try new and exciting techniques in the classroom or expand our understanding about an issue.”

To learn more visit the CITLA website.

Upcoming CITLA Events

In fall 2012, CITLA will offer a series of five webinars on the topic of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Watch the Crier and check the CITLA website for times and venues and please plan to join us for as many as you can. The webinars are entitled:

  • You Want Me to Do What???
  • FERPA and Confidentiality
  • Students with Asperger Syndrome
  • Access to Technology
  • ADA Revised Regulations

Teaching Tip: The Two Levels of Expectations

“A master can tell you what he thinks of you. A teacher though awakens your own expectations.”

~Patricia Neal

A good teacher provides two levels of expectations. One is for the expectations of the program, course or assignment. Letting students know exactly what you expect from them gives them a roadmap for the item (program, course or assignment) and if followed, should navigate them towards a successful goal. This is accomplished in a letter (such as the syllabus), in reviews during seminars and on paper with feedback. My best advice for successful student papers is to provide a rubric of what the assignment calls for handed to the students at the same time the assignment is assigned.

The other level of expectations is to motivate the student(s) so that he or she aspires for the best. With guidance, encouragement and constructive feedback, the teacher helps the student to realize his or her potential and, hopefully, limitless possibilities. My best advice goes beyond the "sandwich method" by providing additional resources or suggestions for further study and challenging/inspiring the student to stretch themselves.

A good resource and support for the idea that setting out expectations is one key to student success can be found in Vincent Tinto's (February 2011).

Keep in touch with CITLA

If you have a suggestion for a speaker or workshop topic, please let us know. Use the Suggestion Box on our website.

To receive CITLA updates on events, join the mailing list by sending an e-mail to:

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[Full summer session I & II calendars]

Important Dates

Summer Session I

  • June 30: GRADES DUE BY NOON (Submit early!)

Summer Session II

  • July 2: Classes begin
  • July 2 to 5: ADD period
  • July 2 to 6: Faculty to report verification of enrollment
  • July 2 to 6: DROP period
  • July 4: Holiday - No Classes
  • July 6: Make up for day and evening courses
  • Aug. 6-10: Finals week
  • Aug. 14: GRADES DUE BY NOON (Submit early!)

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Items of Interest

2013 Trip to Sicily

Sicily, ItalyThis 10-day trip departs Friday, June 7, 2013.

Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend an informational dinner meeting on Friday, August 24 where details on itinerary, hotels, meals, pricing and early payment plan will be provided.

  • Pinelli's
  • 736 North Broadway
  • East Providence, RI 02914
  • 6:30 p.m.

Dinner cost is $35 per person which includes tax and gratuity. Beverage costs are additional. Deposits for the trip will be accepted that evening.

E-mail Maria Mansella for additional information »

Helpful phone numbers/links from HR

See more »


CCRI's TIAA-CREF representative, Allen Waters, will be on campus and available for private consultation meetings on the following dates:

  • September 6- Flanagan Campus
  • October 2-Knight Campus
  • November 7-Flanagan Campus
  • December 6-Knight Campus

Appointments required. Read more »

CWCE to offer free motorcycle class for CCRI employees

RIREP logoCWCE will run a free motorcycle training day for licensed riders who are CCRI employees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. For information, contact Anthony Ricci, coordinator of the Motorcycle Safety Program, at Ext. 2090 or Also helping with the coordination of this effort is Bob Considine at For more information about the course and registration forms, visit the Rhode Island Rider Education Program website.

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Last Updated: 9/18/18