Faculty Development Newsletter

2013-2014: issue #5 - October 29, 2013

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Recent Conference Presentations by Knox Faculty

Stuart Allison
Symposium 'The History of Ecological Restoration': 'Concluding remarks: The history of ecological restoration: Where it has been and where might the field go?' at the 2013 Society for Ecological Restoration World Conference , Madison, WI - Oct. 6-11, 2013.
John Dooley
"The Signal Intelligence Service and Cipher Machines: 1930 - 1940' at the National Security Agency Center for Cryptologic History Symposium, Bethesda, MD - Oct. 17-18, 2013 (Ed. - All indications are that it is safe to call John to discuss his visit the the NSA.)
Jason Nethercutt
"Lucretius' Water Cycle and the Subversion of Literary History," Conference on Lucretius in Theory: Literary-Critical Approaches to the De Rerum Natura, University of Edinburgh - Oct.1, 2013.
Julio Noriega
"La guerra del agua y También la Lluvia" at the 3rd Semi-Biennial Conference of the Society for Amazonian and Andean Studies, Orlando, Florida - Oct. 26-27, 2013
Jennifer Smith
"Movement Session: The benefits of human contact: understanding the connection between touch and authentic movement" at the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science Annual Conference, Seattle, WA - Oct. 17-20, 2013

Multiple Participants in the German Studies Association Annual Meeting - Denver, Oct. 3-6, 2013

  Gizem Arslan
"Berlin-World: Textual and Spatial Fragmentation in Yoko Tawada"

  Emre Sencer

Seminar Convenor: "Not So Quiet on the Eastern Front: New Directions in World War I Studies"

  Todd Heidt

Moderator on Panel: "Diversity and Diversion in Film and Television" and Commentator on Panel: "The Weimar Republic Novel in its Social Contexts"


First "Tuesdays @ Noon" - November 5: Sign Up Now!

Please follow this link to sign up for the free lunch at the Nov. 5 Tuesday at noon presentation (my.knox.edu login required). Lunch will be available at 12 noon and the presentation will begin around 12:15.

Tuesdays @ Noon - November 5: "Building the Better Survey" - Ferris Lounge
Presenters: Andy Hertel (Psychology) and Charles Clark (OIRA).
Surveys play a key role in our academic and strategic planning, our understanding of our students and our prospective students, and our assessment activities, and infect just about every other aspect of our lives, as well. What makes a good survey? When is a survey necessary (and when is it not)? Where can I learn more about survey methodologies? What are the technology resources available to me? If you are planning to use surveys in your courses, want to know more about how surveys work, or just want to hear what all the ruckus is about, join us for a presentation on surveys and survey resources at Knox.


30-Day Reimbursement Window for Conference and Research Travel

Please submit receipts for reimbursement for conference and research/creative work travel expenses within 30 days of the completion of travel. (This is a College-wide policy that applies to faculty as well.) Submit all receipts in a Travel Expense Envelope (available in the Business Office, Old Main). Please contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu if you have any questions about filing reimbursement requests.


ACM Opportunities: Botswana and Colorado

Botswana Site Visit: The ACM Office invites applications for a visit to the ACM program site in Gaborone, Botswana, March 22 - 28, 2014. The site visit program if for faculty for whom the visit would be mutually beneficial, to their teaching and advising on campus and to students enrolled in the Botswana program. Faculty must be tenured or in tenure-track or other continuing appointments at ACM colleges, and preference is given to applicants who are not familiar with the program. A team of 4-5 faculty will be chosen to travel to the program site to meet with ACM students, the ACM Visiting Faculty Director, faculty at the University of Botswana, and our partners at the Office of International Education and Partnerships. Participants are asked to make a formal substantive contribution to the program curriculum during the visit that is relevant to the program goals, such as a guest lecture or workshop. ACM pays for the travel, lodging, meals, and other costs of the scheduled activities.

A full announcement and application are here.

SAIL Contested Spaces: Colorado, June 20-30, 2014 - Deadline extended to November 25: The Contested Spaces seminar will bring faculty together in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado to engage in multi-disciplinary exploration of environmental and land stewardship issues by exploring geographical and ideological "contested spaces," with a focus on contemplation and mindfulness. Faculty will then use this onsite experience to develop curricular innovations that foster multi-disciplinary learning by advanced undergraduates.
Faculty interested in forming a three-person Knox team should contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu.

Read more about the SAIL seminar and the application process here.


Reminder: Friday @ 4: Sarah Scullin - November 1 - Round Room

The next "Fridays @ 4," the faculty colloquium series, will feature Sarah Scullin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, speaking on the topic "Where Does It Hurt? Pain Problems in Ancient Greek and Modern Western Medicine" on Friday, November 1 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.


Reminder: Next Midwest Faculty Seminar, January 23-25 - We will buy the book!

Each year, the Midwest Faculty Seminar devotes one meeting, this time in January, to a single, seminal book in the history of human civilization. This year's book is Friedrich Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals. This seminar will assess the meaning and implications of this work from a variety of perspectives and with attention to different disciplines. If you think you would be interested in participating, we will provide you with a copy of the book. Please contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu no later than the end of Fall Term if you are interested in this or any of the remaining seminars this academic year.

Read about this year's seminars and Knox policies here.