Upcoming Events

Spring 2017 Professional Development Opportunities

*Sign-up for all events HERE*


Hump Day @ the Center Faculty Fellowship

Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm, beginning April 5th and ending May 31st.

Location: CSFD Office, Demaray 349

Just us for free food, fun, and fellowship each Wednesday! Drop by for 5 minutes and grab a tasty treat and some coffee, or stay for a while to chat with colleagues and browse our professional development library. No need to sign up!


2017 Weter Lecture: The World is Our Parish

Monday, April 10, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Upper Gwinn

Led by Daniel Castelo

Given demographic changes, Christianity is significantly a non-Western religion today, yet those of us in the West continue to perpetuate a kind of privilege in the way we speak and understand Christianity in part because of the intimate connections between Christianity and the West historically. What would be involved for Western Christians to change course and truly believe, as they confess, that they are part of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church? Join us to learn more about this important topic. Click here for more details. Signups are not required.


Community of Practice: Civically Engaged Pedagogies 

Tuesday, April 11, 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Interested in civically engaged pedagogies? Join our informational session on April 11th!

DH 349

Led by Margaret Brown and Jenn Wilson

Would you like to incorporate community-engaged, experiential learning (e.g., service learning) into your courses? Or would you like to take your engaged pedagogical practices to the next level? Then you are invited to participate in a Community of Practice this quarter. Participants will meet five times during the quarter, read and discuss a common text about best practices, and work on syllabi and assignments that incorporate civic engagement into their existing or newly developed classes. Instructors of Ways of Engaging courses are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome. Participants will receive a $500 stipend.


Learning Communities: A Powerful Partnership and Practice for the CUE Curriculum
Session 3: Evidence of Learning Community

Thursday, April 13, 11:00am-12:20pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

Led by Susan Okamoto Lane and Dan Bishop

If we were to examine our own planning, instruction and supports for learning, what would we look for as evidence that we have built or enhanced the learning community associated with each of our courses? Join your colleagues in a facilitated exploration of practical strategies for examining the growth of community within your course.

LT: Identify strategies for addressing reducing student isolation and increasing classroom community.

LT: Use the construct of Learning Communities to evaluate your own practice and make three practical changes to enhance learning.


Teaching W Courses

Thursday, April 13, 3:00pm-4:20pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

Led by Peter Moe and Traynor Hansen

Are you teaching a W course next year?   Come to this afternoon workshop for a refresher on W course requirements, discussion of sample syllabi and sample assignments, and guidance on best practices for teaching writing. Participants will receive a $100 stipend.


Innovation Book Club: Paying the Price

Thursday, April 20, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

Led by Rolin Moe

Unable to afford tuition, books, and living expenses, many students work too many hours at outside jobs, drop classes, take time off to save money, and even go without adequate food or housing, all in the pursuit of a college degree. In many heartbreaking cases, these students simply leave school—not with a degree, but with crippling debt. This book combines that shocking data with devastating stories of six individual students, whose struggles make clear the horrifying human and financial costs of our convoluted financial aid policies. Join Rolin Moe for a deep dive into the situation many of our students face when determining college, as well as a discussion of what we can do to better support these students and their situations.


CSFD April Book Club: What Works: Gender Equality by Design

Thursday, April 27, 3pm- 4:30pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

Led by Denise Daniels

Bohnet’s research-based look at issues of gender inequity finds that efforts to address unconscious bias at the individual level have been largely unsuccessful. Instead, she argues for using “behavioral design,” an approach that de-biases organizations rather than people, as a possible solution.


Working with International Students

Tuesday, May 2, 12:00pm-12:50pm

Location: Bertona 1

Discussion led by Kathryn Bartholomew

SPU is committed to increasing global awareness and engagement, and the presence of international students on our campus and in our classrooms is a great resource. However, many of us are less than confident in our cultural competence and our ability to teach and otherwise work with those students. This workshop will identify and address some of the challenges we face, providing information and strategies for improving our effectiveness in the classroom and our relationships with our advisees.

Kathryn Bartholomew has directed the SPU MA-TESOL (Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program since its inception in 1993. About half of the students in that program come from countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South America.


Faculty Diversity: Removing the Barriers

Tuesday, May 2, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: Library Admin Conference Room

Discussion led by Raedene Copeland

Have you ever served on a search committee? Have you ever had to make decisions about the performance of a peer for promotion or an award? Well if you have, this workshop is for you! You are invited to partake in this timely and enlightening discussion of the key takeaways from the book Faculty Diversity: Removing the Barriers. We will dissect the subconscious/implicit and unconscious biases that we are all prone to in making hiring, promotion, and individual assessment decisions. All participants will receive a copy of the book.


Silent Retreat

Friday, May 5th - Sunday, May 7th

Location: Camp Casey

Led by Carla Orlando

A wonderful opportunity for renewal and reflection, Faculty Silent Retreat is once again funded by a SERVE grant from CSFD. Grounded in the Ignatian Tradition, the retreat is led by Carla Orlando and a small team of off-campus spiritual directors. It begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday. Only 15 spots are available; currently all are filled. For details please contact Carla Orlando, orlandoc@spu.edu.


CSFD May Book Club: A World From Dust

Thursday, May 18, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Library Classroom

Led by Ben McFarland

A World From Dust describes how a set of chemical rules combined with the principles of evolution in order to create an environment in which life as we know it could unfold. Beginning with simple mathematics, these predictable rules led to the advent of the planet itself, as well as cells, organs and organelles, ecosystems, and increasingly complex life forms. McFarland provides an accessible discussion of a geological history as well, describing how the inorganic matter on Earth underwent chemical reactions with air and water, allowing for life to emerge from the world's first rocks. He traces the history of life all the way to modern neuroscience, and shows how the bioelectric signals that make up the human brain were formed. Most popular science books on the topic present either the physics of how the universe formed, or the biology of how complex life came about; this book's approach is novel in that it condenses in an engaging way the chemistry that links the two fields. This book is an accessible and multidisciplinary look at how life on our planet came to be, and how it continues to develop and change even today.


Faculty Panel on the Model Minority Myth

Monday, May 22, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

On behalf of the Faculty Diversity Committee, come hear from a panel of your faculty peers about the “Model Minority Myth” and its impact on students, teaching, and faculty development. June Hyun (SOE), Paul Kim (SPFC), and David Leong (SOT) will each share about their research and personal experiences in this area, and we hope you’ll join us for a good conversation!


Spring Mentor Tea

Tuesday, May 23, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

First and second year mentor pairs are invited to this time of fellowship and sharing.