Upcoming Events

Fall 2018 Professional Development Opportunities


Teaching and Learning Essentials I

September 6, 2018
Cremona 101
Facilitator: Margaret Brown

Steven Covey wrote that successful people begin with the end in mind. The same is true for enhancing student learning by articulating course objectives, defining student learning outcomes and then deciding how to assess student attainment of those outcomes. This workshop will focus on syllabus development, student assessment strategies and course evaluation.

Open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff (with supervisor’s permission) as space permits.
*Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided


Teaching and Learning Essentials II

September 7, 2018
Cremona 101
Facilitator: Margaret Brown

Building on the foundational strategies in Teaching and Learning Essentials I, and using research on how students learn, participants will design meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom to enhance student learning and other valued outcomes.

Open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff (with supervisor’s permission) as space permits.
*Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided


Faith Statement Workshop

September 17, 2018
Cremona 101
Facilitator: David Nienhuis

The goal of this seminar is to assist faculty in drafting a document of particular importance for pre-tenure review and tenure application files, that is, the narrative of their faith journey and statement of their Christian convictions and practices.  This essay is included in the SPU review process to encourage faculty to reflect on their personal faith insofar as it shapes and informs their own teaching and research, their membership in the SPU community, and their contributions to Christian higher education.  More than just the production of a document, then, this exercise is intended to be part of clarifying a faculty member’s sense of vocation.

*Lunch will be provided


Mentor Training

September 18, 2018
Library Seminar Room/ Classroom
Facilitator: Margaret Brown

All faculty mentors are encouraged to attend this workshop on the meaning behind mentoring and suggestions for the upcoming year of mentoring first and second year faculty.  You will receive the book “The Elements of Mentoring” and find a cohort of fellow mentors to rely on over the next year.


Department Chair/Associate Dean Training
September 18, 2018
Cremona 101
Facilitators: Debbie Crouch, Kenda Gatlin, Mark Sullivan, Serena Severance, Stan Lan, Denise Daniels, Margaret Brown, others TBD

This session is intended for department chairs and associate deans. It will greatly facilitate your ability to successfully do your work this year!

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Resources available to you (e.g., Argos, Tableau, Administrative Banner)
  • Institutional Research information about majors/programs
  • CourseLeaf, the new Catalog/Time Schedule system
  • Key policy and department protocol issues
  • Strategic Time Schedule and faculty load planning
  • Advising model and degree/major checklists, NSA updates, Plan Ahead tool
  • Students in academic difficulty; communications and interventions
  • Being transfer aware: How courses transfer, entry to your major for transfers, web presence

*Lunch will be provided


Statement of Vocation Workshop

September 19, 2018
Cremona 101
Facilitator: Doug Koskela

The Faculty Handbook requires “an articulation of the candidate’s sense of vocation as a faculty member” in pre-tenure and tenure files.  If you are preparing a pre-tenure or tenure file, this workshop will help you design and develop the structure of this four-page document.  We will briefly frame a theological understanding of vocation and examine statements from other faculty, but our time will mostly be given to work – creating the basic materials needed to construct a vocational statement and shaping the document’s basic outline.

*Lunch will be provided


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

September 20, 2018
Cremona 101
Facilitator: Brian Bantum

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 workshop 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). 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.

This course is strongly recommended for all faculty teaching in courses connected to CUE, but all faculty are welcome.

*Lunch will be provided


Fall Mentor Tea

October 2, 2018
Library Seminar Room

Calling all mentors and mentees!  Start the year off right with the mentor social tea.  Spend a bit of time getting to know your new mentor, fellow new faculty, and mentoring faculty as well.  Refreshments will be provided.


Book Clubs

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History and Praxis

Co-authored by: AJ Swoboda, Led by: JJ Johnson Leese

Thursday, October 11, 3pm-4:30pm
Library Seminar Room

Today's church finds itself in a new world, one in which climate change and ecological degradation are front-page news. In the eyes of many, the evangelical community has been slow to take up a call to creation care. How do Christians address this issue in a faithful way?

This evangelically centered but ecumenically informed introduction to ecological theology (ecotheology) explores the global dimensions of creation care, calling Christians to meet contemporary ecological challenges with courage and hope. The book provides a biblical, theological, ecological, and historical rationale for earthcare as well as specific practices to engage both individuals and churches. Drawing from a variety of Christian traditions, the book promotes a spirit of hospitality, civility, honesty, and partnership.


Creating the Path to Success in the Classroom: Teaching to Close the Graduation Gap for Minority, First-Generation, and Academically Unprepared Students
Written by: Kathleen F. Gabriel and Stephen Carroll, Led by: Mischa Willett

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 3pm-4:30pm
Library Seminar Room

This is a book for all faculty who are concerned with promoting the persistence of all students whom they teach.

Most recognize that faculty play a major role in student retention and success because they typically have more direct contact with students than others on campus. However, little attention has been paid to role of the faculty in this specific mission or to the corresponding characteristics of teaching, teacher-student interactions, and connection to student affairs activities that lead to students’ long-term engagement, to their academic success, and ultimately to graduation.

At a time when the numbers of underrepresented students – working adults, minority, first-generation, low-income, and international students – is increasing, this book, addresses that lack of specific guidance by providing faculty with additional evidence-based instructional practices geared toward reaching all the students in their classrooms, including those from groups that traditionally have been the least successful, while maintaining high standards and expectations.


On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life
Written by: Sara Ahmed, Led by: Sandra Mayo

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 3pm-4:30pm
Library Seminar Room

What does diversity do? What are we doing when we use the language of diversity? Sara Ahmed offers an account of the diversity world based on interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as her own experience of doing diversity work. Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life. Yet diversity practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to their work, as captured through their use of the metaphor of the "brick wall." On Being Included offers an explanation of this apparent paradox. It explores the gap between symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody diversity. Commitments to diversity are understood as "non-performatives" that do not bring about what they name. The book provides an account of institutional whiteness and shows how racism can be obscured by the institutionalization of diversity. Diversity is used as evidence that institutions do not have a problem with racism. On Being Included offers a critique of what happens when diversity is offered as a solution. It also shows how diversity workers generate knowledge of institutions in attempting to transform them.

Student Success Series

Underprepared Students
Led by: Niki Amarantides and Mischa Willett
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 12pm-12:50pm

The focus of this workshop is to give faculty and staff some resources in helping underprepared students to flourish at SPU. This population often ends up struggling, especially during their first year of college, both academically and socially, and they often don’t retain well. How can we identify and support these students who are sometimes but not always first-generation, sometimes but not always non-native speakers, who find themselves, through whatever combination of circumstances, having a difficult time adjusting?

Students with Mental Health Concerns
Led by: Steve Maybell
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12pm-12:50pm

International Students
Led by: Sharleen Kato
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 12pm-12:50pm

International students are an important part of our identity as a globally-minded Pacific Rim university. The number of these students that Seattle Pacific University serves has grown tremendously, tripling over the past ten years. These students add much life and breadth to our institution, helping us reach our institutional goals to become more international and increase overall enrollment. How can we best serve these students? This workshop will help you: 1) Identify SPU support services available to international students and you; and 2) Create a list of strategies for creating inclusive, connected, and purposeful learning environments that promote international students’ success.

Students with DSS Accommodations
Led by: Annabell DuMez-Matheson and Rolin Moe
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, 12pm-12:50pm

Accommodations provide equitable educational access for students with disabilities. This session will provide information on why students receive accommodations, the DSS process for accommodation, the relationship between faculty and students in regards to accommodations, and debunk common misconceptions about accommodations.

Neurodiversity in the Classroom
Led by Julie Antilla
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12pm-12:50pm

Neurodiversity refers to neurological differences like autism and ADHD that are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome. It is estimated that 12,000 children in Washington State have some form of autism. Most autistic students are now experiencing success in K-12 education in our state, and they are heading to college! In this workshop we will launch an exploration of the potential opportunities this affords SPU in the areas of enrollment, creativity, and potential partnerships with local tech industries (the big ones are already clued into the value neurodiverse employees bring to their organizations). This discussion will be a first step in building an understanding of how faculty, staff, and students on the SPU campus can support neurodiverse undergrads and each other as we experience the neurodiversification of SPU in the next decade.