Faculty Development Newsletter

2014-2015: Issue #11 - May 15, 2015

Fac Dev Website

Higher Ed
Is Interesting:

Distractions about
the State of Academia

This essay from The Chronicle Review from a few days ago--Todd Gitlin, "You Are Here to Be Disturbed" (requires login if off-campus)--has many of the trappings of a jeremiad tuned to make end-of-the-academic-year faculty feel better about things. And it does aim to provide some of that. Contained within in the essay, however, is some solid reporting that attempts to get a handle on the mood enveloping academia these days.

At her Library Flash Talk on April 15, Lena Heilmann and audience provided much food for thought on the issue of "trigger warnings." Thanks, Lena, for tackling this fraught topic. By way of follow up information, the AAUP, our important guardians of academic freedom, has an official report on the issue from the perspective of academic freedom. You can read it here: AAUP "On Trigger Warnings."

If you have a taste for something a little easier on the blood pressure, our colleagues at Carleton College have been grappling with "interdisciplinary, integrative curricular initiatives". They should sound familiar--media and the Liberal Arts, quantitative reasoning, and global engagement--as should their underlying motivation: seeking to impart skills applicable to multiple contexts.

But if you are still yearning for one last dose of adrenaline, "A Letter to the Humanities: DH Will Not Save You," By Adeline Koh could help.


ACM Notes
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ACM Notes Newsletter - Spring 2015: Knox Student Wins Short Story Prize

Highlights in the Spring 2015 issue:

  • Nick Adams Short Story Contest winner is Evelyn Coffin from Knox
  • Liz Metz writes about the London-Florence Program
  • Watch Knox Students Ritu Gyawali and Tawni Sasaki present at the ACM Off-Campus Study Symposium
  • Funding is available for faculty-designed projects in digital humanities or language sharing - Due June 30


TeLeTT Cafe Goes West: SMC E117 on May 21 at 10 AM

Teaching and Learning Through Technology + Coffee + 20 minutes = TeLeTT Cafe

Our second TeLeTT Cafe will be on Thursday, May 21 in the Francois Classroom, SMC E117. TeLeTT Cafe is a low-investment, high-reward, caffeine-fueled presentation about some feature of teaching with technology. Presentations are brief (15-20 minutes), the kind of presentation you would hear over a cup of coffee, which is also provided (along with tea and hot cocoa).

Emily Frakes will reprise her presentation on Lynda.com - the acclaimed technology instruction website. Knox faculty now have access to the hundreds of lynda.com video courses on all things digital. To use lynda.com, you must check out a special Knox license. Emily will walk us through lynda.com basics and explain how the license check-out system works.

Look for future TeLeTT Cafes on Google Drive coming soon to other locations across campus.

(TeLeTT Cafe still does not have a cool logo, but The B-52's keep us humming along.)


Finish That Project This Summer . . . Join a Summer Writing / Research Group

Sustaining research activities throughout the academic terms is a significant challenge. Making progress during the summer is imperative. To assist faculty in keeping the research momentum alive in the weeks and months ahead, we would like to organize Writing / Research Groups. These groups will be small and loosely organized around shared (or at least mutually intelligible) research and creative endeavors. The aim of each group is to provide structured work agendas, feedback, and encouragement so that group members can push projects to completion. Regardless of what stage your research project is in, you can benefit from a Writing / Research Group. 

Writing / Research Groups come in many forms:

  • The true writing group: Group members set a goal (e.g. a completed article, a completed conference paper, etc.) for the summer. The small group meets every week to share written work and keep all members on task.
  • The writing discussion group: The group meets regularly to discuss the issues and concerns members face in their writing activities.
  • The research group: This group is for those not yet at the writing stage, but rather at the research stage. Group members set research agendas and meet weekly to discuss the previous week's work.
  • The reading group: Group members select a work or set of works that support different research agendas. Often the works fit the broad category of "theoretical" works that inform many disciplines.

If you are interested in joining a writing / research group this summer, please submit some basic information about your research agenda here. We will share suggestions and attempt to arrange groups based on your responses.


External Grants: Summer is the Great Time to Seek

First, some external grants with upcoming deadlines:

  • Photographer's Fellowship Through the Aaron Siskind Foundation - Due May 29th NEH
  • Grants for Digital Projects - Due June 10th, 2015
  • Grant for Student Transition Research - Due July 1st, 2015
  • Fahs-Beck Grant for Mental Health Research - Due November 1, 2015
  • STEM Retention Research Opportunity -- Open Due Date
  • Open fMRI Data Sharing Project -- Open Due Date
  • Geomorphology Research Grant -- Open Due Date

Read more about these grants here.

Interested in finding others? Anne-Marie Berk put together this excellent presentation on grant-seeking for the New Faculty Seminar Series, but the information is useful for all faculty. The SPINPlus Quick Start Guide is especially useful. Search the powerful SPINPlus Database for any and all grants.

Fridays @ 4 in 2015-2016: Presenters Wanted

Please apply to present by contacting facultydevelopment@knox.edu.

All faculty are encouraged to consider presenting as part of "Fridays @ 4," the faculty's lecture series for itself. The aim of "Fridays @ 4" is to provide an opportunity for faculty to present "work in progress" in front of a supportive, interdisciplinary, non-specialist audience. Work at any stage in any field is welcome. "Fridays @ 4" is especially useful for new, experimental projects, projects that need a kick-start, or a presentation that would benefit from a dress rehearsal. "Fridays @ 4" has two presentations each term. Refreshments and camaraderie are served at each. Please contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu if you have questions or would like to present.

REMINDER: Reimbursement of 2014-2015 Research/Creative Work, Mellon Grant, and Conference Travel Expenses - Requests Due by June 1, 2015

All requests for reimbursement for Research/Creative Work and Conference Travel Allocations for the current fiscal year (for activities before June 30, 2015) must be submitted by June 1, 2015, except in the rare cases of activities occurring during June 1-30.

Please remember that the reimbursement process is a three-step process:

  1. Submit the appropriate online Reimbursement Request and Report Form:
  2. Complete and sign a Travel Expense Report Envelope (available in Business Office).

  3. Submit the completed and signed envelope, with detailed receipts, along with supporting materials (e.g. papers for conferences, syllabi for Mellon Grants, etc.) to the Dean's Office, Old Main 106.