Faculty Development Newsletter

2017 - 2018: November, 2017

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November Newsletter

Dear friends,  

Hope you can see the finish line from here! Here are some opportunities and food for thought as the term winds down.  

Hang in there,  


December​ ​Reading​ ​Groups​ forming now: respond by Nov. 19

As mentioned in the November Dean's report, we are again planning to read and discuss two books in December--you can join one group or both. As was the case last December, one book is about larger issues surrounding our work as faculty; the other deals with practical strategies in teaching. The books are:

Linda Nilson’s book will be available as a Library e-book for all who are interested. We will purchase copies of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book (Kindle or hardcover) for all faculty and Academic Affairs staff who commit to participating in the December group discussions.   To participate, please complete this form no later than November 19: https://goo.gl/forms/UQEMCuSaphvme1D92  

More December Reading

There are still a few copies left of the 2017 Summer Common Reading Make Your Home Among Strangers; if you have not yet read this novel, I strongly urge you to consider doing so. The novel's main character Lizet, in her first year at a small liberal arts college, encounters faculty who are far less helpful and supportive than they probably intended. I found it a helpful reminder that, as sensitive as we think we may be, students might be perceiving our behavior differently. (Don't worry--it's nonetheless an enjoyable read.) Stop by Old Main 102 to pick up a copy; or email me to have one hand-delivered to your office. If you're interested in discussing this book during December as well, let me know!  

Mental Health First Aid Training: Wednesday, December 6  

Bridgeway will be on campus Wednesday, December 6 to provide Mental Health First Aid Training (https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/what-you-learn/) for interested Knox faculty. This is the same program that has been used with staff from various departments, and will help us to give a consistent message on addressing mental health concerns and use a common language. Per their website;   "Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help."   This is not a replacement for counseling. This is to assist with increasing your own awareness of those who may need counseling or some support and to feel comfortable doing it. Within the faculty, there are a variety of levels of competency regarding mental health concerns; this training is beneficial for all levels.   Training will be available on Wednesday, December 6th from 8:30 - 5:00 pm in the Wilson House. Lunch will be provided.   Please email Mary at facultydevelopment@knox.edu or Janell McGruder, Director of Counseling Services, at jmcgruder@knox.edu if you wish to take part.

December Writing Support Group   Once Thanksgiving is over and grades are in, you'll probably start to think about that big writing project that's been hanging over your head since August.   Fear not; Faculty Development has reserved OM 300 for the mornings of December 4 - 8 and December 11 - 15, and will provide coffee, quiet, and solidarity. Please come and go (quietly) as you please. You don't need to show up first thing in the morning or every day.   In addition, there will be a shared spreadsheet for participants who'd like to be held accountable by their peers; it'll be a place to share daily goals and progress reports. If the group decides it would be helpful, there might even be a small prize for anyone meeting their goals for all 10 days.   If you'd like to be added to the accountability spreadsheet, whether or not you write in OM 300, please let me know. If you want coffee and quiet without the accountability, feel free to just show up to OM 300.  

Teaching consultations   Have a thorny teaching issue? Trying to make sense of course evaluations? Have a fabulous idea you need to bounce off of someone or figure out how to implement? I'm here to help, and it's all totally confidential. Email Mary at facultydevelopment@knox.edu with your question, or to set up a time to chat.

Useful links for break

  The latest ACM Notes newsletter. . . . . . is available at  http://www.acm.edu/ACMNotes-Fall2017.  Highlights in the fall 2017 issue: