Faculty Guide to Explore College Majors Week

Faculty Guide to Explore College Majors Week

The Goal of  Explore College Majors Week is to create a space for college and pre-college students to have the opportunity to enjoy meaningful conversations with faculty members and advisors involved in all the credentials (majors, minors, and certificates) offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Overview of Event Facilitation via Zoom

This event involves College advisors and faculty members representing departments and programs and staff from the Walter Center and College Recruiting acting as room hosts. And of course — the College and Pre-College undergraduate students attending the event!

Below you’ll find a schedule of events with departmental groupings, participants, and Zoom links for all three nights of this event. Zoom rooms are organized by advisor assignments. If an advisor(s) serves multiple departments/programs, faculty members from each will be present in that room. Each Zoom room has a room host and advisor and faculty representatives.

Zoom rooms are designed to be spaces for casual mixing and conversation. As with the Majors Expo in years past, which is a traditional fair-style event, students will drop-in and drop-out of these rooms as they please to mingle with department representatives.

If you have specific questions about this event please email the Walter Center.

See Student Page for Explore College Majors Week

Schedule of Events

Monday, Oct. 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (Expand to see Majors/Minors)
and Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
Location Zoom Link
Majors Represented Central Eurasian Studies (HLS)
Cybersecurity and Global Policy (HLS)
East Asian Languages and Cultures (HLS)
Dhar India Studies, International Law & Institutions (HLS)
International Studies (HLS)
Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures (HLS)
Russian and East European Institute (HLS)
Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (College)
Representatives John Hanson
Shruti Rana
Emily Williams
Sarah Lucas
Olga Bueva
Jessica Steinberg
Mark Trotter
Room Host Hallie Devido

Sociology, Anthropology, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Geography, Second Language Studies
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Pamela Jackson
Jane Goodman
Sarah Mincey
Justin Maxwell
Jennifer Ashcraft
Rebecca Butorac
David Stringer
Laurent Dekydtspotter
Room Host Linda Hadley

Biotechnology, Chemistry
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Troy Smith
Cate Reck
Charles Dann III
Carly Friedman, Academic Advisor
Emily Davis, Academic Advisor
Room Host Hillary Nienhouse

Management + Human Organization, Liberal Arts & Management Program, Classical Studies
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Michael DeNunzio
Tom Pappas
Nick Blackwell
Room Host Amy Cornell

Mathematics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, B.S.E.S., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Shouhong Wang
Constantine Deliyannis
Sarah Mincey
Brian Yanites
Sima Setayeshgar
LaTeeka Gray
Liz Smith
Room Host Molly Burkhardt

African American and African Diaspora Studies, Comparative Literature, English
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Shauna Melvin
Valerie Grim
Sarah Van der Laan
Nikki Skillman
Room Host Sara Bretz

Criminal Justice
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Jonathan Brauer, Professor
Andrew Bloomgarden, Academic Advisor
Room Host Maggie Sperry

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Philosophy, Political Science, Economics
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Jeanne Myers
Frank Reiter
Adam Leite
Aurelian Craiutu
John Stone III
Shouhong Wang
Rupal Kamdar
Room Host Hallie Devido

The Media School (Cinematic Arts, Game Design, Journalism, Media)
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Janis Boling
Senia Borden
Jessica Gieger
Quenshia Graves
Lauren Kinzer
Babita Upadhyay
Galen Clavio
Room Host Maria Cambone

Psychological and Brain Sciences
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Carolyn Blank
Chrissy Brown
Sara Gibson
Serena Ostrander
Kimberly Ross
Jason Gold
Room Host Jenna Piva Laramie

Animal Behavior
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Jane Pilgrim
Zach Vaughn
Cara Wellman
Room Host Maggie Sperry

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Gender Studies, Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Lucy Miller Dodd
Mia Ranard
Lisa Gershkoff
Jennifer Maher
Heather Milam
Room Host Sarah Bretz

Human Biology, Religious Studies
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Aaron Ellis
Andy Ruff
Andrew Libby
Patrick Michelson
Room Host Hillary Nienhouse

Art History, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Linguistics
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Krystie Herndon
Julie Van Voorhis
John McDowell
Ann Bunger
Room Host Linda Hadley

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Biology, Molecular Life Sciences
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Gabriella Graziano
Libby Tilghman
Troy Smith
Jim Drummond
Room Host Hillary Nienhouse

Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design
(Apparel Merchandising, Comprehensive Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Studio Art)
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Sheila Maben
Elke Pessl
Nell Weatherwax
Mary Embry
Deb Christiansen
Room Host Maria Cambone

Individualized Major Program, Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Paul Aarstad
Kristen Murphy
Stacey Wieda
Room Host Molly Burkhardt

Jewish Studies, Germanic Studies, Spanish & Portuguese
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Carolyn Lipson-Walker
Natalie Techentin
Aziza Khazzoom
Nikole Langjahr
Laura Gurzynski-Weiss
Room Host Amy Cornell

Cognitive Science, Computer Science B.A., Statistics
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Izabela Ziolkowska-Kenney
Tom Schoenemann
Sam Tobin-Hochstadt
Room Host Amanda Mauldwin

American Studies, French & Italian, History, PACE Certificate, Institute for European Studies
Location Zoom Link
Representatives Pete Giordano
Phoebe Wolfskill
Colleen Ryan
Barbara Vance
Mark Fraley
Room Host Jenna Piva Laramie

Overview of Room Host Duties

Room hosts should arrive in their Zoom rooms no later than 5:45 p.m. the night they are assigned to host.

Before the Event Begins:

  • Promote academic advisors to role of co-hosts.
  • Make sure everyone is introduced to each other and set up any organizational logistics that might be appropriate.
  • Change the legible title labels of all advising and faculty members to make their names and roles clear.
    • Example, Jane Doe – Advisor; Jill Smith – Biotech Faculty; Frank Jones – Chemistry Faculty
  • Set up individual breakout rooms for each of the programs/departments represented. Faculty can be placed into these rooms before the event begins, or when appropriate.
  • Discuss with the room participants how they wish — or do not wish to– use the Room’s chat function.
  • Make sure everyone present understands the mechanism of breakout rooms and how to return to the larger Zoom room from the breakout rooms.

At the Start of the Event:

  • Let students into the room from the waiting room.
  • Be prepared to deal with zoombombings and expelling participants from the Zoom Room
  • Takedown the student’s name and email for later follow-up purposes.
  • Inform students how the room wishes to use the chat and breakout rooms.

Overview of Advisor Duties

Advisors should arrive in their Zoom rooms no later than 5:45 p.m.in order to touch base with the Zoom room host to help configure the room for the event.

  • Advisors are the organizing principle behind each Zoom Room configuration.
  • Answer more detailed questions students may have about curricular issues.
  • Depending on the nature of the question, the advisor should feel free to set up a mechanism to talk with the student at greater length about their individual situation after the event concludes.
  • It is not appropriate to speak about specific, personal student considerations in the public Zoom Room setting. The advisor, however, should feel free to field questions of a general nature in the larger Zoom Room setting.

Depending on the nature of a given Zoom Room’s population and popularity, a host and advisor can work to place the advisor and student in a more private breakout room for a time. In general, however, Advisors should expect to spend the majority of their time in the larger Zoom Room, available to all students who come showing an interest in the departments and programs represented in that Room.

In rare cases, a Zoom Room may have more than one advisor.  In such cases, breakout rooms used for conversations between an individual student and an advisor might be more common.

Overview of Faculty Duties

At least one faculty member from each department/organization should arrive in their Zoom rooms no later than 5:45 p.m. in order to help prepare the Zoom room for the event.

  • Departments/Programs are allowed more than one faculty member and may wish to have faculty members take shifts during the event.
  •  The goal is to have at least one faculty member present for each department/program for the duration of the event.
  • Faculty members may wish to stay in the larger Zoom room for discussions, but they can also work with the Host to set up a breakout room to enable smaller conversations with an individual student or smaller group of students.
  • Departments/programs may wish to have PDF documents describing their majors and minors, which can be emailed to interested students. You may want to view the student-facing event webpage to see what information is already readily available to students.
  • In cases where departments or programs have a current physically open office on campus, such departments and programs can offer swag or informational materials to students willing to stop by their brick-and-mortar campus department or program offices. Departments and programs are responsible for providing their own swag and informational items.

About Pre-Planned Presentations
In most cases, we are looking for students to drop in and out of rooms, and thus we don’t expect faculty members or advisors to have a preplanned presentation for those who come. Advisors and faculty members should be able to discuss the curricular demands of the certificates they offer.

The exception to not having preplanned presentations may occur in the case of departments with a large number of majors such as such as Biology and Psychology and Brain Sciences.  In cases where there is a good possibility of large numbers of students visiting a particular Zoom Room, the advisor and faculty members should have a short prepared presentation (no longer than five minutes) that they can give at regular intervals followed by a question and answer time. These larger departments and programs should also strategize on how best to use breakout rooms to facilitate smaller group discussions involving students if that seems appropriate.

Expectations of Students

Students will enter and exit as they please. The room host will let them into the larger Zoom room from the waiting room, and then they’ll either have a chance to discuss a given major/minor with those present or be sent into a break-out room.

Possible student questions:

  • Requirements behind a certain credential (major, minor, certificate)
  • Possible double major considerations/what are frequent double majors people pursue
  • Possible minors and majors which complement the credential(s) they are already pursuing
  • Skills that are acquired by completing a given credential
  • Careers open to students who earn a given credential
  • Reasons that they might be interested in a given credential
  • How did faculty members come to be involved in their area of study
  • How large are typical classes in the department or program
  • Are there undergraduate groups/societies attached with a given credential