Surbeck Scholarships 2018

Applications are now being received for the 2018 Homer and Margaret Surbeck Summer Scholarship Program

In order to promote and support scholarly activity, Judson University has established the Homer and Margaret Surbeck Summer Research Program. Full-time faculty members are invited to submit proposals for a summer research stipend, which will be awarded on a competitive basis.

To apply, candidates should submit a letter of interest, a copy of their vita (shortened to two pages), and a one to two page description of their proposed research or project. The candidate’s description should include a clear explanation of the proposed outcome(s), and the projected timing for the completion of the project (book, chapter, journal article, artistic presentation, etc.).

Priority will be given to applicants who have not received the Surbeck Scholarship in the last three years. Recipients will be expected to present the results of their research or project in one or more public forums.

Applications should be sent as a single PDF to: Dr. Jhennifer A. Amundson, Associate Provost of Faculty (JAmundson@JudsonU.edu), by noon on March 12, 2018.

Second Faculty Colloquium for 2017-2018: Dave Sanders & Craig Kaplowitz

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Our second faculty colloquium for the academic year will feature two presentations focused on serving our current students.

Screeners are Coming … Will We Be Ready?
Dave Sanders

For the next 20 years, our universities will be primarily educating and serving the “Screeners,” a distinctive generation following the enormous cohort of Millennials. Because of the robust Millennial focus, educators, youth workers and churches have barely glanced at this new generation. While in its infancy, research on Screeners indicates marked differences from Millennials in almost every way. Utilizing the lens of Generational Theory may provide a beneficial approach for identifying and strategizing our engagement with Screeners in our classrooms. Like it or not, they’re coming in the next few years, and they will require a whole new approach on several of the educational fronts we have become accustomed to in our teaching pedagogy. Preparing over the next two years will establish Judson as an institution where Screeners will thrive and flourish. So, let’s do the work necessary to get ready for the Screeners!”

New Adventures in HiFi: Lessons from the Honors International Faculty Institute
Craig Kaplowitz

Grounded in the experience at the 2017 Honors International Faculty Institute, this presentation will explore the characteristics of Honors pedagogy and common elements it shares with good teaching practices more generally. Some framing questions include: What is Honors? What should I expect from Honors students? Is Honors pedagogy any different from simply good pedagogy? If a student asks for an Honors offering of a course, what are some ways I can accommodate them? Come explore Honors, whether you teach with The Honors Program, are interested in what’s going on in Honors, or are curious about trends in teaching and learning.

The colloquium will be held on Tuesday, January 30, at 11:00-12:30 in the Reed  Room. Refreshments will be served!

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Faculty Honorees

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Clockwise from upper left: Sojung Hong, Amber Randolph, Keith Krispin, Joy Towner, Mike McKeever, and Josh Jones

At the November Faculty Assembly, the accomplishments of six colleagues were highlighted:

  • Keith Krispin & Mike McKeever, approved for sabbatical leaves in AY1819
  • Amber Randolph, promoted to the rank of associate professor
  • Sojung Hong, promoted to the rank of full professor
  • Josh Jones and  Joy Towner, both awarded tenure

Congratulations to these excellent professors who bring distinction on themselves, their disciplines, the university; we are so fortunate to teach, serve, and grow alongside you!

Reading Circles for Spring 2018

00.pngFaculty and staff are now invited to register for next semester’s reading circles. This spring we will discuss James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love (read the Artistic Theologian’s review here). Circles will meet biweekly at the following days and times (to be finalized/altered by the members of each group, based on teaching and committee schedules):

  • Tuesdays, 8:15-9:15
  • Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00
  • Thursdays, 12:00-1:00

If you’d like to take part, please email your preference(s) of day/time to JAmundson@JudsonU.edu by December 1. (For the seven specific meeting dates, please follow this link.) If you are among the first on the list, she will deliver a book to you before Christmas Break!

upcoming prayer service for faculty & staff

JU faculty & staff, please mark your calendars and join your colleagues for a service of prayer and lament on Friday, November 3 in the (new) Reed Room in Lindner Tower. The service will start at 10:10 AM and conclude before 11:00 AM. We will gather to offer in worship some of the anxiety and pain that we have felt across our campus in recent months through song, guided prayer, and silent reflection led by Mark Torgerson and Warren Anderson.