Faculty 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!
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.
…and would you like to be more so?
Many of us have faced the erroneous, but spreading, view of higher ed’s shrinking relevance to “real life.” Academics can help correct that view through greater engagement in public discussions. This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education includes a list of six ways to better engage with the public (from research at Michigan State University): write in the active voice, familiarize yourself with the publications or websites you want to write for to get familiar with their style, link your research to a problem or issue that many people can relate to, think about why you’re passionate about your research and incorporate that into a 30-second elevator speech about what you do, avoid jargon, and focus on research that’s timely, new, or has clear impact is more likely to catch the news media’s attention.
Whether or not you have joined one of the groups reading Small Teaching this semester, you may like to hear from its author, James Lang, who will present the plenary address at this year’s ACCA Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium. Information on this annual event, held this year on the campus of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, can be found on the PDF available here.
Reminder of meeting locations for this semester’s reading circles: Wednesday midday in LTOW 3 MLA; Thursday midday in Creekside 116, and Thursday morning in HAWAC Blue Room. Looking forward to hearing about the discussions and teaching experiments and pedagogical innovation prompted by Small Teaching!