Faculty Development Newsletter

2015-2016: issue #4 - Nov. 7, 2015

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Hastings, Financial Mathematics

By Kevin Hastings, Mathematics

From the publisher: Introduction to Financial Mathematics is ideal for an introductory undergraduate course. Unlike most textbooks aimed at more advanced courses, the text motivates students through a discussion of personal finances and portfolio management. The author then goes on to cover valuation of financial derivatives in discrete time, using all of closed form, recursive, and simulation methods."

See the full announcement.


Reminder on Faculty Funding Requests Timetable for 2015-2016

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)

Research / Creative Work info is here.

Mellon FaCE info is here.


January 4 - Knight Fund in Religious Studies - Requests for the for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year (until June 30, 2016).

Knight Fund details are here.


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

Conference Travel info is here.

Fridays @ 4: Fernando Gomez - November 13, Ferris Lounge

"Fridays @ 4" is the faculty's colloquium series for itself. It features faculty research in progress, camaraderie, and unusually good refreshments (whose content dare not be named).

The first installment in "Fridays @ 4" this year will feature Fernando Gomez, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, speaking on the topic "Creating Inclusivity in Don Quixote: Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Part II" on Friday, November 13 in the Ferris Lounge.

Refreshments at 4 PM and talk at 4:15 PM.

A full announcement and description of the presentation are here. Please join us to celebrate the work of our colleagues and send Fall term 2015 to a successful conclusion.

Next Faculty Diversity Workshop: December 10-11

-- Sign up No Later than Nov. 13 --

The next Faculty Diversity Workshop will be Thursday-Friday, December 10-December 11. This two-day workshop will be led by Charles Behling and Roger Fisher of the University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations. The workshop will explore intergroup dialogue techniques and strategies to assist faculty in cultivating inclusive classroom and interpersonal relationships.

The Michigan IGD pedagogy is both experiential and cognitive. Therefore, the workshops require that participants commit to the entire two-day program. The workshop will run from approximately 9 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Lunches and refreshments will be provided. About three weeks before the workshop, the workshop conveners will circulate required readings and preparatory exercises.

The Faculty Diversity Workshop Sign-up Form is active. Space is limited and will be reserved on a rolling basis until the the workshop is full.

Copyright and Fair Use: Information from the Recent TeLeTT Cafes

We extend our thanks to Sharon Clayton, Laurie Sauer, Anne Giffey, and Ryan Lynch for leading our recent TeLeTT Cafes on Copyright and Fair Use. A brief summary of these presentations is available in this Fair Use slideshow.

We also draw your attention to these four "highlights" from the cafe:

  1. The most effective way to avoid concerns over fair use of copyrighted material is to use material already licensed by the College. Check with your librarian.
  2. When claiming fair use of copyrighted material for a course, you should complete a "Fair Use Checklist" for each item you use. Please help us beta-test the Knox checklist. Use the checklist and send us your comments.
  3. Repeated and habitual use of the same item can often run one afoul the acceptable limits of fair use. If you plan to use an item frequently, you should consider the possibility of obtaining a licensed copy of the item.
  4. Copying books for cash-strapped students may seem like an act that will put one on the side of the angels, but it is contrary to fair use and, incidentally, federal financial aid calculations. There are alternatives. Check with your librarian.

The College's Guidelines on Copyright and Fair Use are available through this link and under Faculty Resources" on My.Knox.


Whistling Vivaldi: Extra Copies for Faculty

We have extra copies of the Summer Common Reading: Claude Steele's Whistling Vivaldi. Faculty who have not received a copy can request one by sending a brief email to: facultydevelopment@knox.edu.


Latest External Grants Announcements

Recently posted grants from: NSF, NOAA, American Society for Cell Biology, Duke University Humanities Writ Large, and others.

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.