Faculty Development Newsletter

2015-2016: issue #2 - Sept. 29, 2014

Fac Dev Website

Reminder on Faculty Funding Requests Timetable for 2015-2016

October 1 - Faculty Research / Creative Work Grants and Mellon FaCE Grant Applications in All Categories for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year (until June 30, 2016)

Research / Creative Work info is here.

Mellon FaCE info is here.

Conference Travel Allocations - Apply anytime prior to conference attendance, but no later than March 1, 2016.

Conference Travel info is here.

January 4 - Last call for Faculty Research / Creative Work Grants and Mellon FaCE Grant Applications in All Categories for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year (until June 30, 2016)

Check Out Other External Grants Announcements

The latest sampling of external grants opportunities is 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 pertinent for all faculty. The SPINPlus Quick Start Guide is especially useful. Search the powerful SPINPlus Database for any and all grants.


Midwest Faculty Seminar Topics announced; Please Reply by Oct. 2 for the Year's First Seminar

The 2015-2016 Midwest Faculty Seminar topics have been announced. Knox can send six faculty for the year. Please apply now if you are interested in any of the seminars.

Race in the 21st Century - November 5-7, 2015

"As recent news suggests, the United States, despite its African-American president, is not a post-racial society in any meaningful sense. Those who study race nonetheless express the sense that the way race functions in our societies has changed over the course of the last twenty-five years. This seminar considers the politics of race in the 21st century in both the United States and around the world, asking what present-day racial struggles owe to the struggles of the past, and in what way racial strife in places like Ferguson, Missouri and the suburbs of Paris force us to rethink the way we study and write about race in the 21st century."

Does Human Rights Have a History? - January 21-23, 2016

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century - February 16-18, 2016

The Environmental Humanities - April 7-9, 2016

You can find a description of the Midwest Faculty Seminar and Knox policies regarding participation in MFS here.

General descriptions of the remaining seminars for the year are here.

Please email facultydevelopment@knox.edu if you are interested in any of this year's seminars. Requests to participate in the first seminar must be received no later than Friday, October 2, 2015.


Preparing Future Faculty, with U of Chicago Graduate Students: Topic Proposals by Sept. 30, 2015

In addition to the four Midwest Faculty Seminar Programs, the MFS holds an additional program, The Preparing Future Faculty Seminar, once each year. This year's focus is (this may sound familiar) "The Introductory Course: Gateway to the Discipline" on December 4, 2015. The Chicago Center for Teaching invites interested faculty members across disciplines to share their pedagogical insight and practice with the University's current graduate students.

The program announcement will lead you to the very brief Google form through which you can suggest ideas you would like to teach. Complete by Wednesday, Sept. 30.


Humanities Series on "Identities" Lecture: Wilson Valentín-Escobar - Tuesday, October 13, 4 PM - Ferris Lounge

The Humanities Series on "Identities" is pleased to present the lecture "¡Presente! Place-Making and Theatre(s) of Struggle in the Cultural Activism of the Young Lords Party of New York." This presentation will shed light on and address the under-appreciated and largely unspoken legacy of the the Young Lords Party (YLP). What began as a street gang in the streets of Chicago in 1960, spread like wildfire throughout various U.S. urban cities during a critical historical moment of political illegitimacy and unrest. The YLP developed into one of the most important radical and militant Puerto Rican civil rights organizations during this time, and its biggest political stage was New York City. We invite the Knox community to this presentation by Wilson Valentín-Escobar, an Associate Professor of American Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Sociology at Hampshire College.

Updated Information for Faculty on Academic Accommodations

Stephanie Grimes has provided some useful updates to the information for faculty regarding student requests for academic accommodations. All instructors are urged to review these documents and to address any questions to Stephanie Grimes or John Haslem in the Center for Teaching and Learning.