Faculty Development Newsletter

2015-2016: issue #9 - Mar. 31, 2016

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Smith, The Violence

By Rob Smith, English

From the publisher: "A little horror, a little humor, a little history, and you have The Violence. From the surreal brutalities of the Falklands conflict and the sport of fox tossing to the indignities of rat extermination and seduction by Kenyan boy toys, from the musings of doomed Irish nationalists and fascist girlfriends to dystopian Celtic futures and nightmare family vacations, the intensity of this debut collection is matched only by its stories' humanity. With wit and disarming levity, Rob McClure Smith leads the reader to an uncanny wisdom regarding the assaults that can be withstood and the dignity that endures."

Acquire a copy online or at fine local booksellers everywhere.


Educational Plans: Resources for Advisors

Do you have sophomore advisees? Read this.

During Spring term pre-enrollment, your sophomore advisees should plan to meet with their new major advisors. That means your sophomore advisees need to complete their Educational Plans over the next few weeks and declare their first majors.

These resources can help:

This Ed Plan Guide will help your advisees decide what an Ed Plan should contain.

Here is a Word version of the same document that your advisees can use to construct their Ed Plans.

Feel free to share these links with your advisees.


External Grants

Check Out Recent External Grant Announcements

The latest sampling of external grant opportunities is here.

Reminder: Research / Creative Work Funding, Mellon Grant and Other Requests for 2016-2017 - Initial Deadline April 1, Final Deadline May 1

The Committee on Faculty Resources is now accepting requests for funding of Faculty Research and Creative Work and for Mellon Pedagogy Grants for 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

For Research / Creative Work Requests: A full description of the application process is here.

Mellon Pedagogy Grant Guidelines for 2016-2017 are here.

Knight Fund Requests are also due April 1.

Requests submitted by April 1, 2016 are guaranteed to receive a response no later than June 1, 2016 (and probably earlier). Please note that CoFR, as with other faculty committees, does not meet in the summer. Therefore, CoFR does not review funding requests after June 1. All requests involving summer activities must be submitted no later than May 1, 2016. 


Two Events on Teaching with Technology - Thursday, April 7

Pedagogy & Practice: "The Best Tech Thing I Did / Saw / Want to Try" - 12:00-1:00 PM, Alumni Room, Old Main

Please join us for lunch to hear and discuss a variety of instructional technology applications. As with all Pedagogy & Practice events, this meeting will be conversation. Ed Finn, Instructional Technology consultant from the ACM office will join us to discuss what instructional technologies faculty have been implementing at other liberal arts colleges. Please bring your experiences. Even if you do not think you did the "best tech thing" ever, we want to hear what you have tried. Ed will show us a few examples of things he has seen.

Lunch will be pizza and salad from Baked. Please RSVP by Wednesday April 6 if you want lunch, especially if you have any dietary restrictions. Lunch will be available starting at 11:45 and the discussion will start at noon.


"Benefits and Pitfalls of the Virtual Lecturer" - A presentation on the Virtual Classroom - 4 PM, Handler Forum, Alumni Hall 300.

You want to have some distant person talk to your class. What can you do to make it successful? How do you ensure things go smoothly on the tech side? How do you guarantee a pedagogical impact? How do you prepare in case things go horribly wrong? Ed Finn and our ITS staff will walk us through how to set up a virtual lecture and discuss the pedagogical and other decisions one must make.

Refreshments will be served.


"Dialogue of the Day," with Cate Denial and Gabe Raley - Wednesday, April 6, 4 PM, Wilson House

Join us for another dialogue about the social identities and issues we deal with on campus.  This time around, we'll ask ourselves about the social identities we think about most, and those we think about least, and the consequences for how we interact with students.  Everyone is welcome, whether you've participated in a dialogue before or not!

Refreshments will be served.


Next Fridays @ 4 is April 22: Danielle Fatkin on Maps and Archaeology - SMC E117 Francois Classroom

"Fridays @ 4" is the faculty's presentation series for itself. Our next installment will be Danielle Fatkin, History, speaking on "Historic Maps and High-Tech Survey: Revealing the Past of Dhiban, Jordan."

Refreshments at 4 PM; presentation at 4:15 PM. Please mark your calendars.


Summer Study-Away for ACM Faculty: Where would you go? What would you study?

A Call for Pre-Proposals for SAIL 2017: ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central time, May 13, 2016                                                                              

Imagine a summer study-away experience for faculty - with all costs covered and a stipend as well! Could this invigorate your teaching, especially for advanced students who've returned from study away themselves? What if you could also design the theme, choose the location, and help select participants from other academic fields who would contribute their perspectives? What would you want to study, from what perspectives, and where?

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is looking for good ideas for this unique experience and hopes that you will share yours. Please consider submitting a short, 2-page pre-proposal in which you describe how you would lead the 2017 ACM-Mellon Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL).


Fac Dev Newsletters are Searchable

You can now search past issues of the Faculty Development Newsletters with a simple Google Search on the Newsletter Archive Page. Why would anyone want to do such a thing? The Newsletter is a compilation of new, mostly enduring material and time-dependent, mostly cyclical material. Many time-specific grants and seminars occur on an annual basis. A grant opportunity reported a couple years ago may, in fact, be available every year.