Report on Inside Higher Ed Webinar, May 11, 2016: The Critical Role of General Education
As one might expect, we are not the only ones rethinking the role of general education. On May 11, the Faculty Development Program hosted a viewing of a webinar on "The Critical Role of General Education" sponsored by Inside Higher Ed. You can view the webinar materials here. Although the webinar experience itself was . . . well, um, webinar-like, the accompanying booklet offered interesting details on points discussed in the webinar.
Given our discussions of general education requirements, you may find some of the articles in the webinar guide interesting:
1. How faculty at Harvard and Duke responded when they perceived the rationale for gen ed courses was lost on their students. ("Rethinking Gen Ed," by Colleen Flaherty)
2. The persistence, with modifications, of the distributional model for gen ed requirements. ("Distribution Plus," By Scott Jaschik)
3. The importance of the first year. ("Let's Focus More on the First Year," By Roger Martin)
Perhaps none of these insights will disrupt our thinking on these issues, but it is worth placing our conversations in a national context. This webinar does that.
Lead Summer Study-Away for ACM Faculty: SAIL Deadline Extended to June 24
A Call for Pre-Proposals for SAIL 2017: ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central time, June 24, 2016
Imagine a summer study-away experience for faculty - with all costs covered and a stipend as well! Could this invigorate your teaching, especially for advanced students who've returned from study away themselves? What if you could also design the theme, choose the location, and help select participants from other academic fields who would contribute their perspectives? What would you want to study, from what perspectives, and where?
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is looking for good ideas for this unique experience and hopes that you will share yours. Please consider submitting a short, 2-page pre-proposal in which you describe how you would lead the 2017 ACM-Mellon Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL)
Thinking about Creating an Off Campus Immersion Program for Students?
The Guide for Faculty for Leading Short-Term Off Campus Study Programs from the Stellyes Center for Global Studies has a wealth of information. From conceiving and planning an immersion experience to college policies for leaders of these programs to practical matters like budgeting, what to pack, and on-the-ground tips from experienced faculty, the guide will help you with the enormous variety of issues you will need to consider.
Put it on your summer reading list.
Conference Travel Allocations for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year - Online Form Now Active
The Committee on Faculty Resources is now accepting requests for Conference Travel Allocations for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).
The Conference Travel Allocations policies for 2016-2017 are here. Funding levels will remain the same for the coming fiscal year, as CoFR's current assessment is that faculty conference travel under the new CTA system will exhaust (and even surpass) the available budget again this year. CoFR will continue to evaluate faculty conference travel and funding levels and present recommendations to the faculty and the Dean.