Faculty Development Newsletter

2013-2014: issue #10 - February 13, 2014

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Service Learning 101: A PowerPoint Overview

This PowerPoint was presented by Professor Nancy Castle, Northern Illinois University, at her workshop on January 16. It provides an overview of key terminology, rubrics for evaluating service-learning projects, and further resources to inform your teaching.

Prof. Castle's presentation was made possible through an Illinois Campus Compact/McCormick Strategic Civic Leader Fellows Grant.

Webinars on Civic Engagement - Already Purchased; Watch Anytime

Follow this link to webinars on civic engagement produced by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). Use the login information provided and watch the webinars at anytime. Among the three webinars provided, faculty may find this one most relevant to our current Strategic Planning discussions:

Civic Learning Outcomes that Matter: In the Workplace and in Public Life
"This webinar will examine why contemporary redefinitions of civic learning outcomes are so necessary to integrate as an expected dimension of college for every student today, whatever the specialization. Drawing on the findings in the national report A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, this webinar will highlight outcomes identified as crucial elements of civic learning, especially in a diverse democracy and in an interdependent world."

These webinars made available through an Illinois Campus Compact/McCormick Strategic Civic Leader Fellows Grant.

In Defiance of the Cold -- Upcoming Faculty Development Events

Tuesdays @ 4
February 18 at 4 PM in Ferris Lounge

Flipped Classrooms Revealed

With all the talk about online learning, MOOCs, and other tech-in-the-classroom initiatives, one can be forgiven for wondering if the implementation can possibly live up to hype. To answer those concerns, we have no substitute for the thoughtful reflection of our colleagues who have experimented with online learning. Please come to hear Daniel Peterson, Gabe Raley, and Jaime Spacco discuss their experiences with "flipped classrooms" and answer your questions. This event is the first opportunity for faculty to hear a report that will be presented to the Trustees later in the week.

Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesdays @ Noon
February 25 at 12 Noon in Ferris Lounge

How to Create a Faculty-led Travel Course

Always wondered what goes into the planning process of a course with a short-term travel component? Attend a lunchtime discussion and learn about the ins-and-outs of putting a travel course together. What do you need to consider? What support can you expect from the Stellyes Center and other offices on campus? What training opportunities are there to prepare you for the experience? This information session will get you on the right path whether you are still brainstorming new possibilities or have concrete ideas you want to implement.
Presenter: Robin Ragan, Director, Stellyes Center for Global Studies

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for this event here (login to my.knox.edu required)

Next Fridays @ 4
February 28 at 4 PM
Francois Classroom, SMC E117

"Invasion of the Quants, or Money for Nothing."
Kevin Hastings, Professor of Mathematics

Since the mid 1970's there has been a huge increase in the variety of investments that individuals and large market-makers have to invest in and to hedge investments. This followed several mathematical breakthroughs in asset valuation, and produced a new kind of financial professional called the "quant." What role did the quants play in this growth, and in the disastrous downturn of 2008? What ideas and methods do quants use to give value to non-traditional kinds of assets?

As always, refreshments at 4 PM; presentation at 4:15.

Survey on Participation in Faculty Development Workshops

Please participate in this brief survey on motivating factors in your decision to attend faculty development workshops and other presentations related to pedagogy, faculty career paths, etc. The survey is a national one, but we will receive an aggregate of the Knox College responses if you include your institutional affiliation in the survey. Follow this link to participate in the survey.


TODAY! - Qualtrics Training Webinar

Information Technology Services is happy to announce a free training webinar for Qualtrics on Thursday, February 13th at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Qualtrics is our new web-based, survey building software. Qualtrics enables the user to create surveys, polls, and receive feedback using a variety of distribution means. You may attend the webinar from your personal computer or we will be hosting the webinar in CAT Lab in SMC E011. This software allows survey creation, survey sharing, and generates reports of the results. Qualtrics allows collaboration with other users as well as the ability to share surveys.

If you are interested in attending, please click here to register!

Funding in Global Studies from the Stellyes Center

The Stellyes Center for Global Studies offers financial support for faculty and student activities related to global education. Funding is available in a number of categories relating to curricular development, collaborative work, and student international travel. Faculty are encouraged to review the application form and instructions and contact Center Director Robin Ragan with questions and proposals for use of these funds.
(Requests for faculty research support on international topics should still go to facultydevelopment@knox.edu.)

Possible uses of these funds:
Site visit: Visit an Off-Campus Program Site, either one of Knox's or one related to the specific needs of students in your field.

Scouting trips: Create a new short-term study abroad program. Previous funding supported the creation of Japan Term, European Identities, Drumming and Dance in Ghana, and others currently on the drawing board.

Distinguished guest speakers or scholars-in-residence with an international perspective.

Foreign Language Acquisition: Study a foreign language. Previously supported languages have included Chinese, Korean, Ki-Swahili, German, and Spanish.

Knight Funds in Religious Studies - Apply by Monday, February 24

Financial support is available for faculty projects in Religious Studies, made possible by a gift from Knox Trustee Mary Kent Knight.

Examples of fundable activities include:
- Design or re-design a course with a substantial religion component.
- Conduct research into topics related to Religious Studies.
- Pursue other professional development opportunities: studying a foreign language, attending a religious studies conference or program.

Details on supported activities and the application process are here.

Infusing Chinese and Japanese Religion, Art and Politics into the Undergraduate Curriculum, July 21-August 8 - Honolulu, Hawaii

This multidisciplinary Institute fosters faculty and program development aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies. The program offers undergraduate educators the opportunity to interact with leading Asian studies experts in an intensive program of lectures, discussions, film screenings, site visits and cultural events. The first two weeks of the 2014 program will include thematic overviews of Chinese and Japanese history; sessions on the religious traditions of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Shinto; and both China- and Japan-focused talks on pre-modern art traditions. Throughout, consideration will be given to the interplay among religion, art, authority and power. The final week of the program will address the transformation of religious, artistic and governance traditions in modern and contemporary China and Japan.
The Institute is open both to individual applicants and to two- to three-person teams from colleges and universities committed to furthering undergraduate Asian studies. Nearly all expenses, including airfare, can be covered by the Institute and funds available through Knox. Application deadline: March 6, 2014.
For more detailed description, please see the ASDP website: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/asian-studies-development-program

If you are interested in speaking with former Knox participants in these programs, please contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu.