New Bearer, Same Torch
This newsletter marks the end of my term as associate dean. In the spirit of the Olympic Games, I pass the faculty development torch to Mary Armon with the utmost confidence that she will carry it ably into the future. Starting today, she assumes responsibility for all matters relating to faculty funds, upcoming events, and all the other tasks associated with the faculty development agenda.
One of the great pleasures of the faculty development coordinator's role is that it is also a faculty development experience -- for the coordinator. I learn with you. In this role, one has ample opportunity to observe with unnerving regularity the forces that are reshaping higher education: the tough economic environment, the high stakes testing regimes for high school education, our know-nothing politicians, the sensationalizing news media, and, to repeat the literally millenia-old lament, less-than-serious students. While there is an occasional villain in that mix, I have learned that attempting to assign blame elsewhere is rarely productive or healthy. Faculty development builds on the assumption that the best chance to improve teaching and learning lies with us. Another workshop, a snappy Chronicle essay, a few preachy messages like this one, or worst of all, a webinar may seem like so much watery gruel in the face of serious challenges. But our investment in these activities expands and extends our capacity to experiment and innovate, to adopt radical change if necessary, to improve the faculty-student relationship. I do not expect that everyone will come to the same conclusion, but you have helped me understand better the possibilities for change in higher ed. It has been a pleasure to serve in this new post. Thank you for your participation, support, and enthusiasm for our faculty development agenda. Best wishes for the upcoming year.
-- Mike Schneider
New Fac Dev Website has Launched!
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We are happy to announce the launch of the streamlined, more user-friendly, more mobile-friendly Faculty Development website. We hope the new website gets you to the information you need quickly and efficiently.
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Next Round of Research / Creative Work Funding Requests for 2016-2017 - Apply by September 1 for academic year funding
The Committee on Faculty Resources invites applications for funding of Faculty Research and Creative Work for 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).
If funds remain, a final round of requests will be due January 1, 2017.
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Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Grants for 2016-2017 - Apply by September 1
The Committee on Faculty Resources is accepting applications for funding of faculty pedagogy, course, and program development projects, for activities between now and June 30, 2017.
The current Mellon FaCE Grant runs through the end of this academic year. Now is the time to seek funding for that good idea you have been mulling over.
Knight Funds in Religious Studies - Apply by September 1
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: course development, research, and other professional development. Proposals will be reviewed by faculty in the Religious Studies program and the Dean of the College.
Conference Travel Allocations for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year - Remember to apply in advance
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. Please apply for CTA funds before you attend a conference. All requests for the year are due no later than March 1, 2017.