Faculty Development Newsletter

2016 - 2017: January, 2017

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Introducing Tuesday Soup

One of the issues expressed in the December faculty reading groups was a thirst for more time for faculty to come together and talk informally. Thus, you're cordially invited to the first installment of "Tuesday Soup". Here are the details:   Can't make it this week? No problem--expect one of these every Tuesday this term. Have a suggestion for a better name for this series? I'd love to hear it. And if you have suggestions for short articles or blog posts to discuss in subsequent weeks, please let me know.  

Tuesday Soup

(11:45 am - 1:15 pm, Handler Forum, Alumni Hall 300) Come chat with colleagues about this food-for-thought post (https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1657-claiming-your-right-to-say-no ) or whatever else is on your mind. Come when you can; leave when you must. Bring your lunch and/or bring a mug for soup, if you think of it. I'll have a few extra mugs available. (This week: West African Peanut Soup. If you have a favorite recipe for this or another soup, let me know!)

P.S. Even if you can't make it for soup and conversation today, do take a look at the blog post about setting boundaries with regard to letters of recommendation. I found it timely, and you might, too.

This week's Tuesday Soup: Handler Forum, 11:45 - 1:15

(come when you can, leave when you must, bring a mug if you think of it)  

IRB Recommendations & Regulations

(Wednesday, January 25, 4:00 p.m. Ferris Lounge)  

Planning a travel course for next Fall?

Bren Tooley (Director of the Stellyes center) and I are planning an informational session for you later in the term. Please go here to let us know you're interested, so we can keep you in the loop.  

Running a search? Mentoring faculty?

The ACM is offering a Hiring and Diversity Workshop on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the ACM offices in Chicago. Knox can send of team of up to three. This workshop will be significantly different from previous years--Lily Lavner of the ACM says,
A keynote speaker will highlight ways in which colleges can implement a new framework to strengthen the institution’s policies and procedures to enhance the college’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Interactive workshops with case studies will follow. The 90-minute morning keynote will also be made available via a live-streaming webinar online, so that additional ACM faculty and staff can “attend” virtually and participate by sending in questions electronically throughout this session.
  If you're interested, click here to let me know.  

Conversations between departments

Does your department or program need to talk to Department or Program X about the new curriculum--or even the current one? Drop me a line, and I'll be happy to help both groups find a time and place, and even facilitate a conversation, if you'd like.  

Individual teaching consultations

Struggling with a thorny teaching issue? Want a second pair of eyes on an assignment, syllabus, or classroom dynamic? Just wondering if there's a better way to do something? I'm happy to provide ideas and/or help you find some answers--stop by Old Main 102 (or, on Thursday afternoons, E204 SMC) to chat, or drop me an email to set up a time to talk. It's all totally confidential.