Upcoming Events

Spring 2018 Professional Development Opportunities


Book Clubs

Toward a Theology of Psychological Disorder; written and led by Marcia Webb
April 19, 2018; 3pm-4:30pm
Library Seminar Room

How do Christians in the twenty-first century understand psychological disorders? What does Scripture have to teach us about these conditions? Marcia Webb examines attitudes about psychological disorder in the church today, and compares them to the scriptural testimony. She offers theological and psychological insights to help contemporary Christians integrate biblical perspectives with current scientific knowledge about mental illness.

Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education; written by Jon McGee, led by Margaret Brown

May 3, 2018; 3pm-4:30pm
Library Seminar Room

The challenges facing colleges and universities today are profound and complex. In Breakpoint, McGee argues that higher education is in the midst of an extraordinary moment of demographic, economic, and cultural transition that has significant implications for how colleges understand their mission, their market, and their management. Drawing from an extensive assessment of demographic and economic trends, McGee presents a broad and integrative picture of these changes. He describes the key forces that influence higher education and provides a framework from which trustees, presidents, administrators, faculty, and policy makers can address pressing issues in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice; written by Martin Weller, led by Rolin Moe

May 10, 2018; 3pm-4:30pm
Library Classroom (First Floor of Library)

While industries such as music, newspapers, film and publishing have seen radical changes in their business models and practices as a direct result of new technologies, higher education has so far resisted the wholesale changes we have seen elsewhere. However, a gradual and fundamental shift in the practice of academics is taking place. Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and possibilities of new technologies. This book will explore these changes, their implications for higher education, the possibilities for new forms of scholarly practice and what lessons can be drawn from other sectors.

Faculty Learning and Growth Groups (FLAGGs)

How to Do Scholarship Panel Series (FLAGG credit optional); led by Peter Moe
Noon, Ames Library Reading Room

NOTE:  This scholarship event series has its own signup. Click here.

You’re invited to a spring quarter series of panels on “How to Do Scholarship,” put on by the Writing Program, Library, and Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. Speakers from across campus will address the difficulties and delights of writing and publishing. If you attend three of the five panels, you’ll receive credit for a FLAGG. There will be refreshments.

April 12, “How to Blog like an Academic”
John Robertson, Leah Airt, Doug Downing

April 19, “How to Pitch a Book Proposal”
Ben McFarland, Katie Kresser

May 10, “How to Deal with Reviewer 2”
Jeff Keuss, Jennifer McKinney, Josh Tom

May 17, “How to Fund Your Research”
Leland Saunders, Amy Robertson, Jenn Wilson

May 24, “How to Be a Productive Scholar”
Cara Wall-Scheffler, Daniel Castelo

White Faculty Accountability FLAGG; led by Shannon Smythe

Our spring quarter meeting dates are three Thursdays: April 5, May 3rd, and May 24th, from 10-11am. We will be continuing to discuss an episode of the Seeing White series, which is part of the Scene on Radio podcast (http://podcast.cdsporch.org/seeing-white/) each week along with checking in with one another about what it means to dismantle whiteness in our scholarship, teaching, service, and lives.

April 5: Episode 35: Little War on the Prairie (Seeing White, Part 5)

May 3rd: Episode 36: That’s Not Us, So We’re Clean (Seeing White, Part 6) and Episode 37: Chenjerai’s Challenge (Seeing White, Part 7)

May 24th: Episode 38: Skulls and Skin (Seeing White, Part 8)

Equality by Default FLAGG; led by Caleb Henry

SPU is a “liberal arts” university, but what are the liberal arts in today’s society? What should they be? This FLAGG will read Philippe Beneton’s Equality by Default: An Essay on Modernity as Confinement. The author questions whether our contemporary understanding of equality as (solely) process now undermines the transcendent goals which we should be pursuing. The group will discuss whether his pessimism is legitimate and how his argument might relate to SPU’s liberal arts education. Meetings will be about every three weeks; times and dates to be determined based on participant schedules.

Educational Technology FLAGG; led by John Robertson
Quzzing in Canvas

OTHER FLAGGs: Topics to be determined based on participant interests (e.g., scholarship; teaching and learning; Christian faith; diversity, equity, and inclusion; etc.)

Additional Workshops  and Development Opportunities

Responding to Student Writing
Led by Peter Moe

April 19, 2018
Marston 253

Want to get better at commenting on student essays? Need some strategies for managing the paper load? Come to this workshop to learn best practices for responding to student writing.

“It's Alive!”: Animating Academic Prose
Led by April Middeljans

April 26, 2018
Cremona 201

In this workshop we will share 1) the challenges of writing within the stylistic conventions of our disciplines, and 2) strategies for achieving greater clarity, grace, and liveliness in our academic prose. Bring examples of writing in your discipline that you admire or that you loathe, and together we will parse what makes them sing or sink. (You are also welcome to bring samples of your own prose to share.) Nerdy grammar jokes will be provided at no extra cost.

Cultural Engagement as Journey: Introduction to Teaching within the CUE Curriculum

Led by Brian Bantum

May 7, 2018
Library Classroom (1st floor of the library)

The aim of cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and just learning community can be daunting. Faculty can feel as though we must be experts before we teach. This workshop invites faculty to explore cultivating diversity as a journey that require our personal commitment as well as specific skills and knowledges. This training is designed for faculty teaching courses connected to the Cultural Engagement requirement (either in the core courses- UFDN 1000, WRI 1000, and UCOR 2000, or CUE designated courses), but all faculty are welcome. We will focus on three areas:

1) Understanding race and ethnicity as a historical reality and our individual experience within that history. Put differently, "What does it mean for me as a professor to be on this journey?"

2) Considering diversity in terms of creating a classroom "culture."

3) Explore ways to build courses or course elements around the CUE learning objectives. For those teaching in core courses we will focus on how to incorporate these into elements of the course as well as creating a broader classroom culture, while faculty interested in developing or adapting a CUE designated course will have opportunities to workshop how the CUE learning objectives can frame the overall course.

Community Engaged Pedagogy/Service Learning Community of Practice 

Led by Margaret Brown and Jenn Wilson; Dates/Times TBD

Have you ever considered adding a community engagement component to one of your classes but weren’t sure how to get started? Are you already incorporating community engagement in your classes, but looking to learn even more about best practices in high impact, engaged pedagogies such as service learning? If so, then we warmly invite you to participate in a community of practice where you can learn, enjoy fellowship with your colleagues from around campus, receive support to develop community partnerships, and earn $500 for participating! We made a 2 minute video last year to explain some of the basics. See:  https://vimeo.com/194906763/f289854a9e. We will meet 5 times during the quarter. The first meeting is a no-strings orientation where you can learn more! Meeting times will be determined by participant schedules. Sign up and we’ll contact you.

AND....Events With No Signups Needed

2018 Weter Lecture, The Artists Will Be My Priests: A Theology of the Iconic Body
Led by Brian Bantum
April 3, 2018
Upper Gwinn Commons

See https://digitalobby.spu.edu/csfd/weter-lecture/ for details

Faculty of Color Luncheon (invitation only)
April 19, 2018
3pm- 4:30pm

New Faculty Seminar Reunion Lunch (invitation only)
May 10, 2018
Lower Weter Conference Room

Mentor Tea (invitation only)
May 22, 2018
Library Seminar Room

New Faculty Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead Workshop (invitation only)
June 11, 2018
Library Seminar Room