Faculty Development Newsletter

2015-2016: issue #7 - Feb. 18, 2016

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Final Call

Request Conference Travel Allocations No Later Than March 1, 2016

CoFR requests that all regular requests for conference travel during the current fiscal year, through June 30, 2016, also be filed by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Direct link to Online Form for Conference Travel Allocation Requests for 2015-2016


ACM Notes
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Highlights in the Winter 2016 issue:

• A new class on Collecting the World in London expands museum studies on the London & Florence program.

• A mini online course aims to broaden the reach of the Institute on College Futures (ICF) to more faculty.

• Visiting faculty positions are available on ACM study away programs in nine locations worldwide.

• Faculty from five ACM colleges have been tapped to explore the topic Silicon Valley as an Innovation Ecosystem in the 2016 SAIL seminar.

• Four FaCE grants were awarded for faculty projects to use cognitive science principles in the classroom.



External Grants

Check Out Recent External Grant Announcements

The latest sampling of external grant opportunities is here.

Interested in finding others? Anne-Marie Berk put together this excellent presentation on grant-seeking. The SPINPlus Quick Start Guide is especially useful. Search the powerful SPINPlus Database for any and all grants.


Upcoming "Pedagogy & Practice" Events

We are pleased to announce two upcoming events in our series of faculty conversations on teaching.  As always, these events will be conversations, not lectures.  There will be facilitators for these conversations, and some information and resources may be brought in support of the day’s topic, but we invite all faculty with interest in the topic to come and share their views and experiences. 

"Promoting Student Success" with Risa Lopez, TRIO Director - Wednesday, February 24 - 4 PM, Alumni Hall 300

In our discussions of the changed student demographic at Knox, we often hear references to the cohort of so-called "TRIO eligible" students.  Who are these students?  How does the TRIO program work with these students?  What can we as faculty do to contribute to their success and the success of all students at Knox?  Risa Lopez, Director of Knox's TRIO Achievement Program, will answer your questions and offer advice on understanding the multiple perspectives of students in our classrooms. 

Please bring your issues and concerns to the conversation. Refreshments will be served.


"Religious Identities in the Classroom" with Brendan Randall, Interfaith Youth Core - Thursday, March 3 - 9:00-10:30 AM, Trustee Room, Alumni Hall

Brendan W. Randall, Director of Campus Engagement at Chicago's Interfaith Youth Core will lead a conversation about how faculty can anticipate and respond to expressions of religious identity in the classroom. High profile cases about religious identities and course content bring into relief the occasionally uncomfortable relationship among our values of pluralism, freedom of conscience, and liberal education. (These case studies from North Carolina and Duke are instructive.) How can faculty anticipate and prepare for these conversations? How might we respond when classroom discussions turn in unexpected directions or unanticipated issues emerge?

Faculty are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns to this special breakfast meeting of "Pedagogy & Practice." Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 AM, and the conversation will begin promptly at 9 AM.

To assist us in preparations for this event, please complete this RSVP form (My.Knox login required) by Monday, February 29.


From the Committee on Faculty Resources:

Supplements to Conference Travel Allocations for 2015-2016 - Apply by March 1, 2016

The Committee on Faculty Resources is pleased to announce that it is now accepting requests for funds to supplement annual Conference Travel Allocations (CTAs) for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. These funds are set aside to enable faculty to address special opportunities and unusual or unanticipated conference travel costs that cannot be met easily through the current allocation system. A full description of the application procedure and funding guidelines is here.

Requests must relate to conference travel during the current fiscal year only (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016). 

Requests must be completed through the online "Supplements to 2015-2016 CTA Request Form" by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.


Next Fridays @ 4 is March 4: Judy Thorn on Canines - SMC E117 Francois Classroom

"Fridays @ 4" is the faculty's presentation series for itself. Our next installment will demonstrate the virtues of cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations. Judy Thorn, Professor of Biology, will speak about her research on dogs as they appear on Greek vases.

For this event, we will return to our usual pattern: refreshments at 4 PM; presentation at 4:15 PM. Please mark your calendars.


Pedagogy & Practice: Classroom Discussion Resources

Thanks to the participants in the Pedagogy & Practice conversation on Classroom Discussion, February 5, 2016, we have launched a new page of tips and resources for leading class discussions. This page includes observations from the February 5 conversation plus suggestions and techniques for class discussion that you can implement immediately.

View the Classroom Discussion resource page here. This page is always available through the "Resources for Teaching" page of the Faculty Development Website.