Faculty Development Newsletter

2017 - 2018: May, 2018

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May Newsletter

Tuesday Soup: Ed Finn (ACM) on captioning videos and what's new in the ACM

Tuesday, May 1, noon - 1 (talk from 12:15 - 12:45 pm), AH 300 Come when you can, leave when you must. From about 12:15 - 12:45, Ed Finn, Liaison for Innovation and Collaboration in Teaching and Learning for the ACM will give a short presentation on his experiences with adding captioning to his course videos. Before and after, Ed will be available to answer any questions you might have about ACM program opportunities and/or what's going on in teaching and learning at other ACM schools.   Bring your lunch to enjoy in the company of colleagues, or just come to hear the talk. I'll bring enough (vegan, grain-free) soup to share a bit, if you'd like to try it.

CoFR deadlines
  • Funding proposals for research and creative work for Summer 2018 can still be submitted, and will be considered if funds remain; such proposals, as well as proposals for Fall 2018, should be submitted no later than May 4 in order to be considered this term. More information, and the application, here. Don't hesitate to contact Mary at facultydevelopment@knox.edu with questions about what might be fundable--especially if you haven't requested money before. It doesn't hurt to ask!
  • The time to submit Mellon proposals has passed, as has funding proposals for conference travel up to June 30.
  • Conference travel after June 30: Use this year's CTA form here for now. A form for 18 - 19 will be rolling out soon.

Useful links

  • From Faculty Focus: a post-exam review activity (The faculty reading group that discussed Linda Nilson's Creating Self-Regulated Learners discussed this and similar strategies for helping students understand and take more responsibility for their own learning.)
  • Food for thought from Hybrid Pedagogy (thanks to Cate Denial for the link!) Student Shaming and the Need for Academic Empathy

June Workshop on Active and Engaged Learning--sign up now!

As Mike mentioned in the most recent Dean's report, the June Mellon workshop is fast approaching. The workshop will focus on key questions of student engagement, collaborative learning, and how to implement these ideas through actively engaged and immersive learning opportunities.     On Wednesday, June 6, Elizabeth Barkley (click here for her bio) will be here to share her expertise on active learning and student engagement.  On Thursday, June 7, breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for you to develop and refine your ideas for more engaged/active/immersive student learning opportunities and take steps toward implementation.   Follow this link to indicate that you will (or might) attend, and to express preferences for Thursday's breakout sessions. Participants will receive a stipend.   Any questions? Please don't hesitate to ask!

Announcing the 2018 Summer Common Reading

The FP Steering Committee, in consultation with FP faculty, has selected the Summer Common Reading for 2018: Bryan Doerries'  The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today.   From the book description on Amazon.com:  
This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.
Paperback copies of the book will be provided to all FP faculty and their co-leaders. If you do not teach FP and would like to reserve a paperback copy of the book--and/or be a part of book discussions, and/or help in developing an FP event connected to the book--please use this form no later than May 25. When the books arrive, I'll be in touch.


Helping students navigate the new requirements: Tuesday, June 12, 9 - noon, Trustees Room

So we passed a new set of graduation requirements....now what? As an academic advisor (new or experienced), you probably have a lot of questions. Get them answered here.
  • Learn what's changed and what hasn't
  • Discuss common advising challenges
  • Get answers to your questions about the new Knox educational program
Sign up here   Snacks will be provided. And if you're unavailable on June 12, never fear: another workshop with similar content will be available in late August.