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Faculty Colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 25: Dr. Sharon Kim & Dr. Jeff Henderson

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Our first faculty colloquium of the year will showcase strikingly diverse sabbatical reports from Dr. Sharon Kim and Dr. Jeff Henderson.

Dr. Kim will discuss “interim” projects comprising a wide array of subjects, quite literally spanning the globe, from early twentieth-century aestheticians to twenty-first century cinema. All have been accepted for publication or conference presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch Dr. Kim squeeze several years of research into a 20-minute presentation.

From breadth to depth, our second presentation will be the results of Dr. Henderson’s sabbatical research, “Molecular Genetic Analysis of Rbm45/Drbp1: Genomic Structure, Expression, and Evolution.” The full summary, as authored by Dr. Henderson is included here.

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

Refresh & Reset

Updating your classes for the new semester? Check out these resources for suggestions on classroom activities and expanding online options:

For classroom activities:

“Active Learning” (Cynthia J. Brame, PhD, CFT Assistant Director, Vanderbilt University)

6-page article with theory, evidence, examples and advice.

Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning (Item II; Dee Fink & Associates)

Lengthy (35-page) guide for multi-step process of integrated course design; significant pedagogical background above and beyond its focus.

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (Flash Version), hosted by Iowa State University

Not your thesis advisor’s Bloom’s. Updated, three-dimensional, and animated: cross-reference “knowledge dimension” and “cognitive process dimension” to reveal learning objectives. Menu links to lots of other interesting material from the Iowa State Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. 

Tips for “Teaching Naked” (José Antonio Bowen)

Summary from Bowen’s popular and well-regarded book.

“What is Inkshedding?” (Russell Hunt, St. Thomas University)

Development of “freewriting” technique that aims to give writing a “social role” in the classroom; a practice that encourages student engagement in writing by ensuring their expectation of an audience.

For newsletters, archives, courses, blogs and groups:

ABLConnect

Online database of active learning practices hosted by Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, including activities, lessons, projects, video tutorials, links to tech resources, and downloadable materials.

Edublogs

Huge educational blogging network, related to WordPress. Free hosting for course blogs with lots of cool features (cooler still if you pay $40/year).

Emerging Ed Tech

Weblog with diverse articles on technology as an instructional tool.

Faculty Focus

Collection of articles on strategies for teaching of all stripes: traditional classroom pedagogy, online, flipped, blended, etc.

Michelle Miller, PhD

Blog by prof from Northern Arizona University and author of books on teaching with technology.

Pedagogy Unbound

Website of University of Iowa professor David Gooblar that collects teaching tips and practical strategies by college teachers from all disciplines. 

Reacting to the Past

The famous project out of Barnard College, wherein students learn by running classes in which they take on roles in elaborate games set in the past.

Using Technology Outside of the Classroom

Overview of the basics for using email, Twitter, Facebook, online discussions, and virtual offices to free time in face-to-face classes–and how to maximize use of that freed-up time. One page of many comprising the online face of the Centre for Enhanced Teaching & Learning at the University of New Brunswick. 

For online content in many disciplines:

Educator.com

Merlot

MIT Open CourseWare

Open Education Consortium

TED-Ed

Udacity

Do you know of a resource that should be added to this list? Please leave a description of it in the comments. Thanks!

GPA vs. GPAM

Researchers at Bucknell have considered a way to alleviate the disparity in grading norms evident in the traditional GPA and suggests a way to more accurately portray student success in coursework, regardless of the ostensible ease or difficulty of a class (or grading approach of its professor). Read more about the GPAM (“GPA of Medians”) in this article from the Washington Post.

Spring 2018 Faculty Workshop: “Integrative Learning” with Dr. Ashley Finley

On Monday, May 14, Judson welcomed Dr. Ashley Finley, Assoc. VP of Academic Affairs at Dominican University of California, and Senior Fellow, AAC&U, to lead our spring faculty workshop. In the course this great day, Dr. Finley referred to several websites with resources to help faculty enhance their teaching to cultivate integrative learning among our students. Please launch here for more information on:

Not specifically referenced within the workshop, but potentially helpful:

productivity, grit, scarcity & abundance

This article from an October issue of ChronicleVitae poses some interesting insights about grit and scarcity mindsets: food for thought if you’re entering the summer with plans for productivity or reflecting on your accomplishments of the past year–or perhaps as you consider another strategy to encourage your next batch of students to make use of the WHOLE term to do their semester-long project?

Does this article speak to you? Please leave a reply below!

Pecha Kucha 2018: “The Room Where It Happened”

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Join your colleagues at the final Faculty Colloquium for the academic year Thursday, March 29. In Pecha Kucha format presentations, nine faculty will discuss moments of vocational discernment, professional inspiration, and otherwise lightbulb moments, and the places they occured: in other words, the room(s) where it happened.

See you at 11 AM in the Reed Room!

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.

Update:

Congratulations, Dr. Josh Jones, recipient of the 2018 scholarship!