Faculty Development Newsletter

2014-2015: issue #3 - Oct. 24, 2014

Fac Dev Website

Building Inclusive Classrooms - From the Summer Mellon Workshop


Inclusive Workshop Website

This link leads to the website for the 2nd Summer Mellon Workshop on the 21st Century Student: Building Inclusive Classrooms.

As faculty explore new ways to engage students--in the conventional classroom and through so-called "high-impact practices" (collaborative and experiential learning, undergraduate research and capstone projects, global education)--, we discover that the community of learners is not ready-made. Our students arrive with various approaches to the academic enterprise and a variety of skills to master it, but they may be different from the ones we value highly in ourselves. The rich diversity of experiences our students bring to our classrooms presents opportunities, nevertheless, to advance our agenda for a 21st century education.

The workshop's resources provide guidance in confronting new challenges when designing courses, cultivating classroom atmosphere, crafting course assignments, providing effective feedback, and addressing the host of other features of curricular design.

Faculty Voices

Faculty Voices

The campus conversations during Spring Term 2014 indicated, among many things, that we may not successfully communicate the value we attach to an inclusive and supportive educational experience at Knox, even when that is precisely the goal to which we aspire. These short statements, produced by the workshop participants, express in no uncertain terms the faculty's unwavering commitment to the goal of inclusion and the professional and pedagogical development necessary to achieve it.

Tuesdays @ Noon Faculty Development Series:
Fund that Idea! - RSVP by Monday, Oct 27

Tuesday, October 28 @ Noon
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union

Offering a comprehensive view of funding and grants opportunities at Knox and beyond, we will discuss how to convert ideas for scholarship and teaching into successful grant proposals. Representatives from the Committee on Faculty Resources and Anne-Marie Berk, Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsored Research Support, will provide an overview of internal and external grant opportunities for faculty and basic advice on securing funding for your scholarly/creative work.

Please read the full announcement here.

Lunch will be served. RSVP by Monday, October 27.

Environmental Justice Activist Claudia Ayala - Two Events on Monday, October 27

Class Lecture - 2:40 PM, GDH 203
Claudia Ayala, an environmental justice and public transportation activist out of Little Village in Chicago, will be speaking to Teresa Gonzales' Community Engagement class on Monday October 27th during 5th period in GDH 203.

During her time as the Public Transit Coordinator at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Claudia drew on various university partners to ensure the success of the 31st street bus route. In her current role as the Family and Community Engagement Director at the United Neighborhood Organization, she continues to look for ways to collaborate with universities and colleges in order to promote higher education amongst low-income, primarily Latin@ students.

Faculty Coffee Talk - 4:00 PM, Common Room, Old Main
Please join us for cookies, conversation, and coffee on Monday October 27th in the Common Room in Old Main from 4 - 5 pm, for what promises to be a lively and candid conversation.

Claudia's daylong visit is made possible through an Illinois Campus Compact/McCormick Strategic Civic Leader Fellows Grant.

Friday @ 4: Jason Nethercut - November 7 - Round Room

"Fridays @ 4," the faculty colloquium series, will feature Jason Nethercut, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, speaking on the topic "Lucretius and Ennius: Atomism and the Disavowal of Elite Roman Ideology" on Friday, November 7 in the Round Room, CFA. Refreshments at 4 PM and talk at 4:15 PM.

A full announcement and description of the presentation are here. Please join us to experience and celebrate the work of our colleagues.

Professional Development Funds in Religious Studies - Apply by November 14

Financial support is available for faculty projects in Religious Studies through a fund made possible by a gift from Knox Trustee Mary Kent Knight. Examples of fundable activities include designing or re-designing a course with a substantial religion component, research into topics related to Religious Studies, or other professional development to support religious studies education on campus. Fall Term deadline for proposals is Friday, November 14.

Details on supported activities and the application process are here.

ACM FaCE 3 Technology-Enabled Education - Proposals Due December 1, 2014

Paralleling Knox's Mellon FaCE grant, the ACM's FaCE 3 offers considerably larger grants to support cross-departmental and inter-institutional collaborative projects. Groups are currently forming in all areas, including:

• Online resources for International Relations courses
• Digital Humanities training workshops
• Tutorial/Remedial online training modules in statistics and mathematics

Details will be discussed at the Oct. 28 Tuesdays @ Noon event. Full details are available at the ACM FaCE Grant website.

Please contact Mike Schneider, Assoc Dean for Faculty Development, if you have projects you plan to propose or would like to be connected to faculty on other ACM campuses with interests similar to yours.

ASIANetwork Summer 2015 Thailand Faculty Enhancement Program - Applications Due December 5, 2014

Provides teaching faculty from member institutions the opportunity to participate in a faculty seminar to study a country in Asia that lies outside their primary range of expertise.

“Thailand: Power, Land, and Belief in a Divided Society,” June 11 – July 2, 2015
Program Directors: Dr. Robert Dayley, Political Economy, The College of Idaho, and Dr. Bonnie Brereton, Art History, Independent Scholar, Chiang Mai, Thailand

More information available at the ASIANetwork website.

Humanities Writ Large: Visiting Faculty Fellowship at Duke University

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year for Visiting Faculty Fellows to join with Duke faculty in re-defining our common teaching and research approach to the humanities. This opportunity has been made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called Humanities Writ Large.

Additional information is available at the program website: http://humanitieswritlarge.duke.edu/ The deadline for proposals is January 7.