Faculty Development Newsletter

2014-2015: issue #6 - Jan. 16, 2015

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Recommended (short) Readings on Student Activism

In honor of MLK Day

We have been here before.
"A Season of Anger" by Steven S. Polk
A 'seasoned' faculty member reflects on the emerging spirit of protest and assesses faculty responsibilities.

Taking Credit for Someone Else's Activism
"Selma Backlash Misses The Point"
Historian Pineal Joseph weighs in on the question of historical accuracy in film and the controversy surrounding Selma.

Civic Engagement? Yes. Protest? It's complicated.
"Civic Engagement and Psychosocial Well-Being in College Students" By Constance Flanagan and Matthew Bundick
An essay on the benefits of student civic engagement, with a cautionary note on political protest.

Upcoming Faculty Development Events:

February 3 - Tuesday @ Noon and @ 4 PM - Advising Mini-Workshop

During the week before Spring Term Pre-enrollment, we will offer a quick, refresher version of the start-of-the-year Advising Workshop, with special notes on identifying and helping at-risk students.

February 10 - Tuesday @ 4 PM - Difficult Classroom Conversations

Cate Denial and Gabe Raley will lead a discussion of how to cope when things get tense in the classroom but also how to embrace and develop these moments to build more inclusive environments.

February 13 - Friday @ 4 - Valerie Billing, English

February 19 - Special Lecture in Honor of Founders' Day - Lance Factor

Next Friday @ 4
Steve Cohn - January 23 - Alumni Room, Old Main

"Fridays @ 4," the faculty colloquium series, will feature Steve Cohn, Charles W. and Arvilla S. Timme Chair in Economics, speaking on the topic "Marxist and Neoclassical Analyses of China's Economic Restructuring: Implications for the Future of Socialism and Capitalism" on Friday, January 23 in the Alumni Room of Old Main. 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.

Next Midwest Faculty Seminar:
"Everyday Life" - February 26-28, 2015

"The question of how to study and represent the wide range of practices, affects and experiences that constitute what we call "everyday life" has occupied historians, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, literary critics and others for decades, if not longer. Thus, while the meaning of 'everyday life' seems obvious as a term widely used in common speech, it remains simultaneously one of the most elusive as a category of study and also one of the most productive concepts with which scholars across the humanities and social sciences challenge their disciplines today." The full announcement is here.

Please contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu no later than Monday, February 1 if you are interested in being nominated for this seminar.

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

Think July in January: Summer Development Opportunities

NEH Summer 2015 Seminars and Institutes Announced: Applications - Due March 2, 2015

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes promote teaching in the humanities with specific attention to undergraduate teaching faculty. For those unfamiliar with the NEH nomenclature, "seminars" focus on a specific topic, providing both study of that topic and opportunities to pursue individual projects related to it with the support of the seminar leaders and participants. "Institutes" are designed to advance undergraduate teaching on key themes and issues, engaging participants in discussions of texts and topics while bringing leading scholars to the institute to present current scholarship on the material.

Some seminars of note:

The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and their Homelands - June 15-July 17 - Los Angeles, CA
Rethinking Black Freedom Studies in the Jim Crow North - June 15-July 26 - Bronxville, NY
Some institutes of note:
American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York - July 5-July 31 - New York, NY
American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics - July 13-July 31 - Washington, DC
Development Ethics and Global Justice: Gender, Economics and Environment - June 22-July 17 - East Lansing, MI
Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond - July 6-31 - Philadelphia, PA
See the full list of 23 seminars and institutes here. (Note: Be sure to click on the tab for "College and University Teachers.")

CIC Teaching European Art in Context: Portland, Oregon, July 20–24, 2015 - Nomination Deadline: January 30, 2015

The Council of Independent Colleges organizes an annual seminar on Teaching European Art in Context, with different themes each year. This opportunity is especially valuable for faculty members who teach art history at institutions without large campus museums or proximity to major art museums. The 2015 seminar on The Art of Storytelling in French Painting and Sculpture 1600–1850 will be held at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, July 20–24, 2015.

For more information, visit the program website.

Contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu if you are interested in being nominated.

CIC Seminars on Teaching Interfaith Understanding - Nomination Deadline: February 6, 2015

CIC and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) will cosponsor two multidisciplinary Seminars on Teaching Interfaith Understanding for full-time faculty members at CIC member colleges and universities. The first seminar will be held at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, June 21-25, 2015. The second seminar will take place at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, August 2-6, 2015, and will be led by Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, and Laurie Patton, dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University.

For more information, visit the CIC Teaching Interfaith website.

Contact facultydevelopment@knox.edu if you are interested in being nominated.


PKAL Summer Leadership Institiutes for STEM Faculty - Deadline: February 10, 2015

"The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading projects aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. The five-day intensive Institute provides faculty participants with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of such change and contribute to the national STEM higher education reform effort."

Location: Maryland or Colorado. Offered three times. For more details, visit the summer institute site.


Reminder: CV Updates for 2014 - Due January 24, 2015

This year, there are two ways to submit your CV update:

Current process: The CV Update form is available in Word document format. You may complete this form and then send three hard copies to the Dean of the College's office and one additional copy to your department chair/program director. Any supplemental materials, such as new course syllabi or publications, also can be included.

New process: In an effort to support campus sustainability efforts via technology: using the exact same form as the current process, please click on this link to take you to a Google Forms version of the CV update. Responses can be entered directly into the boxes (no character limits) or information can be copied into the boxes. Once you have completed your CV update, please hit "Submit" and the form will automatically be sent to the Dean's office. If you have supplemental materials, such as new course syllabi or publications, please send them electronically to the Dean of the College's office—to Tammie Dillow (tadillow@knox.edu). The Dean's office will ensure that these materials are forwarded electronically to chairs/directors.