Faculty Development Newsletter

2013-2014: issue #2 - September 17, 2013

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Kasser, Lucy in The Mind . . .
By Tim Kassser, Psychology

From Oxford University Press, "Since John Lennon composed Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in early 1967, fans and music critics alike have argued over the meaning of the song. Is it about drugs? Is it just a lyrical response to a drawing given Lennon by his 4-year-old son Julian? Is there some deeper meaning? Professor Tim Kasser goes beyond speculative explanations by applying innovative psychological methods to the song's lyrics and music. He deeply analyzes the song's linguistic structure, its basic theme, and the way its words and music had been used by Lennon in earlier songs. As the findings accumulate, Kasser weaves them together with the facts of Lennon's life and established psychological theories to provide an integrative (and sometimes surprising) perspective on the psychological processes that led Lennon to write Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Kasser goes on to follow the unfolding of these personal dynamics in later Lennon songs like I am the Walrus, Yer Blues, and Working Class Hero.

"No other book has so closely examined this period of Lennon's life with such a sophisticated psychological approach. Kasser's methods and perspective point to the usefulness of scientific psychology for understanding why a particular person does a particular thing at a particular time, at the same time that they shed new light on this fascinating and controversial man."

Reminder: Reimbursement for Summer Research/Creative Work and Conference Travel Due October 1

Please submit receipts and reimbursement requests for Summer Research/Creative Work and Conference Travel to the office of the Dean of the College by October 1. For those who received Mellon Foundation support, please also submit a brief report outlining your activities under the grant, as indicated in your award email from Dean Schroeder.


Reminder: Research/Creative Work and Conference Travel Funding Requests Due October 1

If you are interested in applying for Funds for Research and Creative Work for the 2013-2104 academic year, please submit forms and supporting documents (in .doc or .pdf) to facultydevelopment@knox.edu by October 1, 2013.

For Conference Travel Funds, complete the Conference Travel Request (Google Form - requires my.knox.edu login) by October 1, 2013. We will accept applications after that date for plans that develop later, but we cannot guarantee that funds will be available.

Read Full Details and Find Application Forms Here


2014 ACM SAIL Seminar Announced: Contested Spaces in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado - Application Deadline October 28, Onsite June 20-30, 2014

The Contested Spaces seminar will bring faculty together in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado to engage in multi-disciplinary exploration of environmental and land stewardship issues by exploring geographical and ideological "contested spaces," with a focus on contemplation and mindfulness. Faculty will then use this onsite experience to develop curricular innovations that foster multi-disciplinary learning by advanced undergraduates.
Faculty interested in forming a three-person Knox team should contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu.

Read more about the SAIL seminar and the application process here.


Assessing Service Learning: Illinois Campus Compact Workshop on October 25

A workshop on Assessing Service Learning will be held Friday, October 25 at DePaul University. The workshop runs 10 am - 1 pm and includes lunch. As a member of Illinois Campus Compact, Knox instructors can attend the workshop for no charge. For more information, contact Karrie Heartlein.

Read more about this workshop here.


Mentoring Undergraduate Research: A Multi-Year Research Seminar - Applications Due October 31

The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University invites applications for the 2014-2016 Seminar on Mentoring Undergraduate Research, a two-year research seminar that supports individuals interested in pursuing research that advances excellence in mentoring undergraduate research. They invite interested scholars from across the disciplines to submit applications to join a cohort of researchers collaborating on the study of evidenced-based, high-quality undergraduate research mentoring practices in diverse academic ecologies.

For more information, contact Dean Laura Behling.

Read more about the seminar and application process here.


Fac Dev Book Collection Relocated

The Library's Faculty Development Book Collection has been relocated to the first floor of the library near "the fish bowl." See the map.