Winter 2017 Professional Development Opportunities

Winter 2017 Professional Development Opportunities

*Sign-up for all events HERE*


The Idea of a University Weekly Reading Group

Led by Brad Murg

Mondays, 3pm-4:30pm

Location: Crawford 201

Cardinal John Henry Newman was one of the foremost Catholic intellectuals of the 19th century – leading the Oxford Movement and founding what eventually became University College Dublin. His classic work, “The Idea of a University,” since is publication in 1852, has had an enormous influence on the subsequent development of Christian higher education. In his distinctive and at times challenging rhetorical style, Newman examined myriad topics, among them: the centrality of theology to the mission of a university, the role of the liberal arts, and the coherence of knowledge. Over the course of the winter quarter, we will work through this book paying attention to both the theoretical aspects as well as the possibilities for practically applying Newman’s insights to better integrate faith in our respective classrooms.

Please email Brad Murg if you are interested in joining this weekly reading group.


Community of Practice: Civically Engaged Pedagogies 

Interested in signing up?

Join our informational session on January 10th from 12:15-1:15
Library Seminar Room

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 in either winter or spring quarter, 2017.

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. Contact for more information and to sign up.


CSFD January Book Club: Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America’s Educationally Underprepared

January 12, 3pm- 4:30pm

Library Seminar Room

Discussion led by Doug Thorpe and Peter Moe

Mike Rose’s book, Lives on the Boundary, is subtitled “A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America’s Educationally Underprepared.”  It is that but it is also much more.  For one thing Rose is a fine writer, and is sharing his own story of growing up in south LA and making his way through public high school and to UCLA as one of the marginalized.  He’s also sharing numerous other stories from his time on the front lines of working with the “underprepared,” including working-class children, poorly educated veterans, underprepared college students, and adults in literacy programs.  “Ours,” he concludes, “is the first society in history to expect so many of its people to be able to perform these very sophisticated literary activities . . . .  [These] are literate people straining at the boundaries of their ability, trying to move into the unfamiliar, to approximate a kind of writing they can’t yet command.”  It is, as he says, “an astounding challenge:  the complex and wrenching struggle to actualize the potential not only of the privileged but, too, of those  . . .  outside the mainstream.”

As we embark on our first year of the two quarter writing requirement, join Writing Director Peter Moe and English Professor Doug Thorpe in a lively discussion of a book that makes a powerful argument on behalf of writing as a key to both academic and personal development.


Faculty Leadership Brownbag Webinar Series

Wednesday, January 18, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

How to Effectively Lead Change

“If you want to make things happen on your campus and help others embrace the changes, you just need to know the steps to take that help ensure success. This seminar breaks change down into a process and then gives you a road map to follow.”

Bring your lunch and join your colleagues in watching and discussing this webinar! Treats will be provided.


Faculty Leadership Brownbag Webinar Series

Wednesday, February 15, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

Faculty Evaluation and Review: Guidelines for Getting it Right

“Discrimination, litigation, and accusations—faculty evaluations can have negative consequences when conducted incorrectly. For deans and department chairs, developing a good faculty evaluation process is crucial to the health of the department and college as a whole. Take steps to ensure you get it right, because well-conducted evaluations don’t just avoid problems—they inspire individual faculty and elevate entire departments.”

Bring your lunch and join your colleagues in watching and discussing this webinar! Treats will be provided.


Learning Communities: A Powerful Partnership and Practice for the CUE Curriculum
Session 1: Learning in Community

Thursday, February 16, 11:00am-12:20pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

What do our students tell us about the culture of our SPU community? How does this translate to our work in the classroom? Join your colleagues for a facilitated exploration of Learning Communities and how our life in community can enhance and support our instruction and the varied learning needs of a diverse population of students.

LT: Recognize the theoretical and theological connections between learning and community.

LT: Identify the characteristics of a Learning Community and practical application for professional growth.


“The Beautiful, Messy, Inspiring and Harrowing World of Online Learning”

Thursday, February 16, 11:10am- 12:30pm

Cremona 101

Discussion led by George Veletsianos, author of Social Media in Academia: Networked Scholars

Through a narrative combining learners’ and scholars’ experiences online, multiple years of qualitative research studies, and framed in the context of the historic realities of educational technology practice, we can see both the potential and the pitfalls of educational technology.  This presentation illustrates how emerging technologies and open practices have broadened access to education yet reinforced privilege. At the same time, the opportunity for academics to enact and share scholarship has changed drastically.  Multiple realities can exist in online education practices, and it is a thoughtful approach that is the difference between reality and potential and beautiful vs. ugly online education.


CSFD February Book Club: Social Media in Academia: Networked Scholars

Thursday, February 16, 3:00pm- 4:30pm

Library Seminar Room

Discussion led by Rolin Moe and Author George Veletsianos

Social media and online social networks are expected to transform academia and the scholarly process. However, intense emotions permeate scholars’ online practices and an increasing number of academics are finding themselves in trouble in networked spaces. In reality, the evidence describing scholars’ experiences in online social networks and social media is fragmented. As a result, the ways that social media are used and experienced by scholars are not well understood. Join Rolin Moe & special guest author George Veletsianos for a discussion of the book and how faculty can navigate the untracked space of social media & networked relationships for a fulfilling scholastic practice.

Join Dr. Rolin Moe, Director of the Institute for Academic Innovation, as we take a nuanced and thoughtful look at the possibilities and perils of technological adoption.


Learning Communities: A Powerful Partnership and Practice for the CUE Curriculum
Session 2: Building a Community of Learners

Thursday, February 23, 11:00am-12:20pm

Location: Library Seminar Room

Varied pedagogy can support the varied learning needs of students, but pedagogy alone is inadequate when addressing other factors that impact learning. Join your colleagues for a facilitated exploration of how we can build a community within our classroom and enhance learning for all students.

LT: Articulate a rationale for designing learning experiences that build a community of learner.

LT: Identify three strategies that you can use to engage all students in the learning process.


Community Brownbag Webinar Series

Wednesday, March 8, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: TBD

Working through Discomfort of White Fragility through the Comfort of the Gospel

White Fragility is the discomfort that some white individuals feel when discussing matters of race, power, and privilege. Fragility can result in white people expressing anger, self-justification, apathy, withdrawal, and invalidation of the perspectives of people of color, thereby reinstating white dominance in conversations on race. Naturally, this stymies progress toward goals such as love, justice, and reconciliation. In this presentation, given and recorded at this year’s Day of Common Learning, Assistant Professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology Dr. Dana Kendall and her graduate students applied a Gospel lens in describing (a) the basics of power asymmetries in the culture, (b) symptoms and historical root causes of white fragility, and (c) reasons why white fragility is so prevalent/challenging to address. They will propose several specific, easily-implemented strategies for white individuals to effectively deal with their personal discomfort that arises during race-related dialogue, so they can focus on loving their brothers and sisters of color more fully and completely.


Innovation Workshop

Tuesday, March 14, 1:00pm-2:30pm and 2:30pm-4:00pm

Cremona 102

Led by Rolin Moe

Great faculty members and learning institutions are in a constant flow of communicating and collaborating to create a better learning experience for students. We want our students to be citizens of competence and character; how can we continue to work to improve our efforts for our students? So how do we launch innovation in schools –what can we do to work together and improve teaching and learning? This 90 minute workshop will pull together the pieces of study, experimentation and reflection needed to consider the process of innovating in a teaching and learning environment.  A brief introduction will be followed by insight on how to approach innovative projects and processes at an educational institution, followed by time for questions and collaboration on topics.


CSFD March Book Club: Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

Thursday, March 16, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Demaray 150

Discussion led by David Leong

Race and Place examines the roots of racial division in urban geography, and challenges Christians to recognize structural patterns in how they’ve located their lives residentially, socially, and vocationally. Leong suggests that communities of belonging can be formed when people transgress the boundaries of race and churches embrace a gospel of reconciliation that understands the significance of place for their identity and mission.


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

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.