Faculty Learning and Growth Groups (FLAGGs)

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"Sex and the Soul" FLAGG: Discussing human sexuality in community at Seattle Pacific University
Led by Jeff Keuss

Human sexuality continues to be a challenging area of dialogue especially within the context of Christian higher education.  We will gather together as faculty to discuss a variety of views shared across Christian faith traditions on the topic of human sexuality.  The core text for our discussions will be Donna Freitas’ Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campusesas well as some articles to supplement our discussion.  This will be a space open and hospitable to diverse views and positions that includes some time for prayerful reflection. Times are TBD, to be determined by doodle poll.

Spring Faculty Writing FLAGG
Led by Peter Moe

Join colleagues from across campus for a quarter-long writing group. We'll meet Fridays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Marston 253 and write together. We won't be sharing our work, or commenting on each other's work--just writing together. Questions? moep@spu.edu

White Faculty and Staff Accountability FLAGG
Led by Emily Huff

For white faculty and staff committed to undoing racism in all its forms, it is necessary to develop a critical consciousness that interrogates the spectrum of internal and external responses to anti-racist work. It is also critical for white faculty and staff to unpack their racialized identity without burdening faculty of color, which ultimately hinders efforts at solidarity in working for diversity, equity and inclusion.  We will also practice being accountable with other white faculty and staff, in non-judgmental relationships, as we grow in understanding our roles both in perpetuating systemic racism and in dismantling it. We are reading Robin DiAngelo's new book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism (this link takes you to an electronic copy of the book available through the SPU library). Meetings are Thursdays from 10 – 11 am on April 4 (Peterson 416, Chapters 8-9), May 2 (Peterson 416, Chapters 10-11), and May 23 (Peterson Conference Room, Chapter 12).

Educational Technology FLAGGs
Led by John Robertson

  • Online and Blended FLAGG (open)In support of the presidential initiative for graduate programs and in response to faculty interest more widely we’re offering this FLAGG each quarter this year to help faculty explore developing online and blended courses. This will be part workshop and part FLAGG with four meetings throughout the quarter. It will explore opportunities and challenges with different modes of teaching and learning and set out some practical steps to plan your course development. [Open Enrollment – we’ll accommodate schedules as best we can].
  • Active Learning at SPU(invitation only) Building on fall quarter’s FLAGG with SHS, this quarter participants will put in to practice the plans they developed, observe each other’s explorations of active learning and help organize a one day event on an active learning for the School of Nursing. [Restricted – only for those who were in the FLAGG fall quarter].

Neurodiversify SPU FLAGG
Led by Julie Antilla

Join the Neurodiversify SPU Steering Committee for a 3-part series this spring quarter from 10 – 11:30 am on Friday May 10, May 17, and May 31. We will read and discuss Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant. This book is a winner of the Autism Society of America’s Dr. Temple Grandin Award for the Outstanding Literary Work in Autism and is “Breathtakingly simple and profoundly positive” (Chicago Tribune). Another description of the book points out that autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns, but Dr. Barry M. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior. Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, Dr. Prizant sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. Let’s talk about ways to practice this with our autistic students and community members at SPU.

Women in Academia FLAGG
Led by Margaret Brown and Cindy Price

Our FLAGG centers around the reading and discussion of selections from an edited, interdisciplinary volume entitled Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership. From the authors’ description: “The chapters document and analyze everyday sexism in the academy and offer up strategies for survival, ultimately ‘lifting the veil’ from the good old boys/business-as-usual culture that continues to pervade academia in both visible and less-visible forms.” We will meet from noon to 1 pm on Tuesday April 2, 16, 30, and May 14.

Research Accountability FLAGG (invitation only)
Led by Joshua Tom

This group meets regularly to share research goals and keep each other accountable for scholarly productivity. In the spirit of overly-optimistic research aspirations, we are also planning to read through and discuss “The Intellectual Life” by Antonin Sertillanges. This group is by invitation only. Days and time will be decided by group leader and invited participants.

Additional FLAGG Opportunities 
Groups in the interest areas of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship, Christian Faith, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and others are available. Feel free to sign up for these areas if you are interested and we will do our best to group people together around common interests.