Faculty Colloquium Tuesday, Feb. 26: Prof. Alan Frost & Dr. Susan Wesner


For our final faculty colloquium of the year, two colleagues will reflect on their experiences last summer with two programs organized by the CCCU.

Alan Frost will discuss his participation in the New Faculty Institute held at Calvin College, while Susan Wesner will share insights from the Women’s Leadership Development Institute in Cedar Springs, Washington.

The program begins at 11:00 AM in the Reed Room and refreshments will be served.

Pecha Kucha 2019: The Book that Changed Me


This year’s faculty Pecha Kucha will address the theme “The Book that Changed Me.” Join us to hear from Lanette Poteete-Young, G.E. Colpitts, Jeffery Carl, Pete Sandberg, and Marsha Vaughn, as they address the subject in the challenging 20 x 20 format (20 slides, 20 seconds each).

The Pecha Kucha will be held in the Reed Room at 11 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

Read more about this year’s theme and the pecha kucha framework.

The Role of Metacognition in Learning


Interested in the process of thinking about thinking, and how that can help your students learn? Check out this summary from a recent book (Four-Dimensional Education) that includes a breakdown of the three levels of the metacognitive process as reported by the authors, which all hinge on different kinds of verbalization.


Faculty Colloquium Tuesday, Oct. 30: Dr. Teri Stein & Dr. Josh Jones


For our second faculty colloquium of the year, Dr. Teri Stein and Dr. Josh Jones will review recent accomplishments in longtime research.

From a ten-year journey, Dr. Stein will impart insights regarding best practices when teaching, communicating with and listening to students from China and South Korea who have chosen to attend schools in the United States. In particular, she will address classroom management, mentoring strategies, family expectations, servant leadership, and becoming a “listening teacher.”

Dr. Jones will present “The Grungier Side of Scholarship,” describing his work as a contributing author for a series of music textbooks published by Clifton Hills Press. With the support of a scholarship from the Surbeck Summer Research Program, in summer 2018, he completed his first project of writing a chapter for POP MUSIC, USA on 90s grunge music.

In preparation for the colloquium, Dr. Stein asks that you watch the one-minute video below, which captures ideas and concepts that will be addressed during the presentation. Dr. Jones reminds you that, for his portion of the colloquium, flannels and cynicism are optional.

The program begins at 11:00 AM in HAWAC 221 and refreshments will be served.

Experts in the Art of Referral: a.k.a. Faculty Advisers


Next Arrows Note Direction Opposed To RightAs most colleges have reached midterms, it may be helpful (and necessary) for professors to dust off their adviser hat and remember how important it is to reach out to students who are struggling–academically, or otherwise. This good article in the Chronicle reminds us of the broad, and broadening, role of faculty advisers, as “experts in the art of referral, … [who] know where on their campus a student should go and whom they should see for health, housing, career, financial-aid, work-study, campus security, and other problems.”

What Will Your Students Remember in Twenty Years?

Although sometimes it feels like it’s enough to plan for what our students will (hopefully) remember for the final exam, truly aspirational professors look far beyond, to what our students will remember when they reach mid-life. This article from Chronicle Vitae considers what is most valuable about our teaching: sometimes an approach to learning, passion for the subject, or big-picture thinking, rather than disciplinary content. The question can also animate a different way to approach our syllabi, as we reach far into the future in an exercise in way-back, backwards design. Read on for more on this intriguing way to think about student learning, and how to frame our teaching.