Winter 2018 Professional Development Opportunities
Winter Faculty Learning and Growth Groups (FLAGGs)
White Faculty Accountability Group
Led by Shannon Smythe
For the winter and spring, prior to each gathering, we will listen to an episode or two of a podcast series called Seeing White (http://podcast.cdsporch.org/category/seeing-white/) and then come together to discuss it together (http://podcast.cdsporch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SeeingWhite_StudyGuide.pdf) as it relates to our own development as anti-racist whites. We also open up space to listen and dialogue together on how our development as anti-racist whites impacts our scholarship, teaching, and service at SPU.
Here's our meeting schedule for Winter 2018:
Jan 17 from 10:30-11:30am – Alexander 110, discussing Episode 31: Turning the Lens (Seeing White, Part 1) and Episode 32: How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2)
Feb 14 from 10:30-11:30am – Alexander 110, discussing Episode 33: Made in America (Seeing White, Part 3)
March 7 from 10:30-11:30am – Alexander 110, discussing Episode 34: On Crazy We Built a Nation (Seeing White, Part 4)
God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition
Led by Steve Perisho
Continuing the Autumn emphasis on Christian higher education, we plan to read together Alasdair MacIntyre’s God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Reviewers of the book note that MacIntyre laments the degeneration of the university into the multiversity, and argues for the relevance to higher education of a tradition of theological and especially philosophical argument for which the “unified knowledge of all being” (Anderson) is the ultimate (if remote) goal. “the current university. . . . is seldom hospitable to this pursuit because it lacks the pursuit of knowledge’s unity where the various ‘items’ under consideration are related to each other” in “the truth of God” (Long). Though MacIntyre is an important 20th- and 21st-century philosopher, the book is supposedly pitched to the educated layman (senior or first-year graduate student).
Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option
Led by Rob Wall and Facilitated by Tony Robinson
David Brooks termed Rod Dreher’s 2017 book The Benedict Option, "the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” Rod Dreher is a noted author (Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life) and blogger for The American Conservative.
The subtitle of the book is “A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.” Rather than trying to recapture social or political dominance, Dreher argues that the church and Christians need to learn from Benedict and the monastic movement he founded in order to build a stronger sub-culture, one that can withstand the tides of a secular and materialistic society. Some of the intriguing chapter titles include, “A New Kind of Christian Politics,” “Education as Christian Formation,” and “Eros and the New Christian Counterculture.”
Our four session conversation will be facilitated by Tony Robinson, pastor, author and occasional adjunct SPU SOT faculty. This FLGG will meet from 12:30-1:45 pm, over brownbag lunch in Alexander 101 on the following dates (with reading assignments shown):
Thu., February 1 Introduction - Chapter 2, pp. 1 – 47
Thu., February 15 Chapters 3 - 6, pp. 48 – 143
Thu., March 1 Chapters 7 - 8, pp. 144 – 194
Thu., March 15 Chapters 9 - Conclusion, pp. 195 – 244
Service Learning/Community Engaged Pedagogy Community of Practice
January 9, 2018
Facilitators: Margaret Brown and Jenn Wilson
Are you interested in learning more about incorporating community engagement in your classes? Join us for the informational meeting on our quarter-long service learning community of practice. The subsequent meeting times will be determined by available times of those who join the group.
Teaching Multilingual Writers
January 18, 2018
11:10 am-12:20 pm
Facilitator: Peter Moe
As SPU enrolls more and more multilingual writers, come learn what the latest scholarship says on how to best teach them writing.
January Book Club
Elaine Howard Ecklund Book Clubs
Select between two books: Failing Science, Failing Families or Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think
January 11, 2018
3 pm-4:30 pm
Library Seminar Room
Failing Science, Failing Families: Work life in academia might sound like a dream: summers off, year-long sabbaticals, the opportunity to switch between classroom teaching and research. Yet, when it comes to the sciences, life at the top U.S. research universities is hardly idyllic. Based on surveys of over 2,000 junior and senior scientists, both male and female, as well as in-depth interviews, Failing Families, Failing Science examines how the rigors of a career in academic science makes it especially difficult to balance family and work.
Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think: At the end of a five-year journey to find out what religious Americans think about science, Ecklund and Scheitle emerge with the real story of the relationship between science and religion in American culture. Based on the most comprehensive survey ever done-representing a range of religious traditions and faith positions-Religion vs. Science is a story that is more nuanced and complex than the media and pundits would lead us to believe.
February Book Club
Scholarship Reconsidered by Ernest Boyer, led by Rolin Moe
February 15, 2018
3 pm-4:30 pm
Library Seminar Room
Ernest L. Boyer's landmark book Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate challenged the publish-or-perish status quo that dominated the academic landscape for generations. His powerful and enduring argument for a new approach to faculty roles and rewards continues to play a significant part of the national conversation on scholarship in the academy.