A faculty learning community is a group of cross-disciplinary faculty (usually 6–12 people) engaging in an active, collaborative program that meets regularly to support each participant's professional development (definition adapted from Miami University, OH). Depending on the chosen book, learning community participants may pick a focus project and agree to apply the ideas, try out innovations, and report back to the group on what they have learned.
The Center for Faculty Development provides you with a copy of the book, refreshments, and a designated “host” for your learning community. At each gathering, you’ll discuss key insights from the assigned reading, questions that arise for you while reading, and, when appropriate, the progress you're making on your own project.
Any Seattle University faculty member, part-time or full-time, can participate in the program.
Nonviolent communication: A language of life
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson
How can we better connect with one another and understand our varied perspectives in an age of physical distance and remote working? In our computer-mediated reality, many of our in-person strategies for fostering community and understanding no longer function effectively, so new approaches are required. Here, Marshall Rosenberg’s model of nonviolent communication (NVC, also called “compassionate communication”) offers us ways of proceeding.
NVC is a four-stage process for engaging with one another to build trust through listening empathically and expressing ourselves honestly. Rooted in social justice, NVC prioritizes respect for differing worldviews. While the model appears straightforward, it requires practice and care – as well as asking us to unlearn our cultural norms in communication. The rewards can be significant, and when effectively used, this carefully developed communication method can lead to smoother and more productive teamwork.
In this three-session Learning Community, facilitated by McKenna Lang (Faculty Ombudsperson) and David Green (Center for Faculty Development), you’ll read through the book with colleagues and explore how we can practice and apply NVC in our current circumstances and beyond.
Over the three sessions, you'll learn how to:
This community is for any faculty member who wishes to develop their skills in communicating for understanding and finding ways to bring people together through compassionate yet candid dialogue.
Nonviolent communication is 219 pages long, and the reading will be split across the three sessions to be manageable for participants.
The three dates in Fall Quarter are
Please register by 9:00am on Friday, September 25.
»Registration is now closed
Reimagining the “Impact Factor”: The Ignatian Research Paradigm
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education, the SU ADVANCE Program, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and the Center for Faculty Development
Facilitated by Kristi Lee (College of Education) and Jen Tilghman-Havens (Center for Jesuit Education)
How can faculty scholarship contribute to the common good? How does Seattle University’s Jesuit mission invite a reimagining of research and scholarship in light of our distinctive place within the academy? This Thematic Faculty Learning Community will explore these questions in light of the university’s mission and through the directives of the SU Advance Program (an NSF-sponsored grant to examine pathways to promotion for women faculty in STEM and beyond).
Faculty will be inspired to reimagine their own scholarly agendas within an evolving mission-inspired paradigm. This three-part Thematic Faculty Learning Community will:
Participants will also receive a stipend of $100 upon completion.
The foundational work for this series was recently presented to a summit of the Jesuit universities on the West Coast.
All faculty will be invited to attend. We imagine this series being of particular interest to new faculty as well as faculty recently promoted to Associate or Full Professor.
The three dates in Fall Quarter are:
To apply for the Ignatian Research Paradigm Learning Community, please complete this application form on Survey Monkey by Monday, September 28 at 12:00pm.
We will notify all applicants of their participation by Friday, October 2 at 5:00pm.
Please be sure to block off the three sessions in your calendar when you apply so that you are definitely available.
*The application form for this series is separate from the registration form for other Center events.