Center for Faculty Development
Current Events

Current Events

  •  Winter 2016

    One of our goals as a Center is to engage SU faculty in conversation around the deeper questions of academic practice, based on national and international research into higher education. Events are open to all SU faculty.

    16WQ_Teaching Indigeneity

    Teaching indigeneity in the classroom
    Thu, Jan 14 | 12:30–1:50 | Casey 517 | Lunch provided
    Guest speaker: Dr. Deborah Miranda (Washington and Lee University)
    Co-sponsored by Dr. Christina Roberts, Program Director for Indigenous Initiatives at SU

    Indigenous voices and perspectives remain for the most part absent or silent in US university classrooms, and Seattle U is no exception. If we want to change that, though, how do we approach conversations about Indigeneity and Native American history, cultures, and societies in our courses? What does it even mean to be Indigenous in the 21st century? To explore these questions and think about them in your own context, join Professor Deborah Miranda, author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir and Raised by Humans, for this open discussion.

    Dr. Deborah Miranda is Professor of English at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where she teaches creative writing and literature of the margins. Her work has been widely published in literary journals, scholarly journals and anthologies, and lends itself to interdisciplinary approaches; it is taught in Native Studies, Creative Writing, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology, American Literature, Poetry, History, Sociology courses across North America, Europe, and Australia.

    16WQ Contrary to expectations

    Contrary to expectations: When classroom reality and our own expectations don't match up
    Tue, Jan 26 | 12:30–1:50 | Student Center 130 | Lunch provided
    Wed, Jan 27 | 12:30–1:50 | Student Center 130 | Lunch provided
    Facilitated by David Green
    In response to the Campus Climate Survey

    Walk into any classroom at Seattle U and the chances are that the make-up of the classroom does not resemble the classes you attended when you were a student. Today’s students entering higher education at all levels come from more varied backgrounds than in the past, and we see a greater diversity of characteristics, perspectives, and experiences than ever before.

    Our own mental image of students, however, is often more homogenous. How does this influence our behaviors and expectations? What unintended consequences may unfold when our unconscious ideas of higher education are not aligned with the classroom reality?

    The university’s recent Campus Climate Survey reveals that we have plenty of room to make our classes a place where our students feel both welcomed and intellectually challenged. So in this lunchtime workshop, we’ll explore our expectations and mental images by examining a student vignette, based on real data from a published study of faculty expectations (Popovic & Green, 2012). Through discussion, we’ll develop our own tailored strategies for keeping our mental images in check so that the classroom reality is one in which all our students can thrive.


    16WQ_Bully in the ivory tower 3

    Bully in the ivory tower: How aggression and incivility erode American higher education
    Tue, Feb 2 | 12:30–1:50 | Student Center 130 | Lunch provided
    NCFDD presenter: Dr. Leah Hollis | SU Hosts: David Green & Jacquelyn Miller
    In response to the Campus Climate Survey

    While workplace bullying has an enormous toll on individuals, workplace bullying can cost colleges and universities billions of dollars.

    This webinar will review the cost of employee disengagement to higher education. Further, Dr. Leah Hollis, author of Bully in the Ivory Tower, will offer specific case studies in which the bully created a threat for the organization with bullying behavior (breaking external policies and legislation). Organizational solutions, which emerged from the research, will also be offered to participants.

    Leah P. Hollis EdD, is president and founder of Patricia Berkly LLC, a healthy workplace advocate at Her recent book, Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education is based on independent research on 175 colleges and universities. Findings reveal that workplace bullying occurs at an even higher rate in higher education. Her research has helped over 70 schools address incivility on campus.

    Dr. Hollis has an extensive career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Dr. Hollis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Africana Studies from Rutgers University and her Master of Arts in degree English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Doctorate of Education from Boston University, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Her research interests focus on the healthy workplace and also issues that deal with college athletics, and at risk students. She currently is an assistant professor in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University.


    16WQ_Pinnacle of the Profession v2

    Pinnacle of the profession: Scaling the heights to full professor
    Tue, Feb 23 | 12:30–1:50 | Casey Commons | Lunch provided
    Facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller

    For many tenure-track faculty, achieving the rank of full professor signifies that they’ve reached the pinnacle of their profession. The process for reaching that pinnacle, however, often feels rather mysterious and perhaps even too daunting to consider.

    Meet a panel of current full professors to discover how they successfully achieved this next stage in their careers. Learn about some of the best practices to follow or possible pitfalls to avoid as you consider your own academic path to the heady heights of full professor.

    The session also includes a Q&A in a confidential environment.