Faculty Learning Communities

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In the 2017-18 academic year, the Center for Faculty Development is offering a few Faculty Learning Communities, each around a book. To ease scheduling for participants, each Faculty Learning Community will meet during a single quarter and dates and times will be scheduled at the outset.

What is a Faculty Learning Community?

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.

Who can join?

Any Seattle University faculty member, part-time or full-time, can participate in the program.

Winter 2018

 

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Faculty Learning Community #2:
The New Academic

Are you interested in learning about the culture of academia and how to be a more effective faculty member, but are not sure where to begin? Shelda Debowski’s The New Academic: A Strategic Handbook provides a guide for those new(-ish) to academe on how to develop an engaging and productive career as a faculty member.

In this four-session Learning Community facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller (Center for Faculty Development) over winter quarter, you'll work your way through the chapters in the book so that you feel better prepared to fulfill the various roles—colleague, teacher, scholar, disciplinary expert, public professional—expected of a new academic. 

What's in it for you? 

Over the four sessions, you'll learn how to:

  • Get started - or reboot - as an academic
  • Make a difference as an effective teacher
  • Build an effective research track record
  • Learn how to engage effectively with the public
  • Advance your career in an academic setting

Who is it suited to? 

This community is for any faculty member who is in the early stage of their academic career.

The New Academic is 219 pages long, and the reading will be split across the four sessions to be manageable for participants.

What are the dates?

The four dates in Winter Quarter are:

  • Wed, Jan 31 | 2:15-3:30 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Wed, Feb 14 | 2:15-3:30 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Wed, Feb 28 | 2:15-3:30 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Wed, Mar 14 | 2:15-3:30 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)

How to register

Register by 9:00 a.m. on Tue, Jan 16

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Faculty Learning Community #3:
The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors

Rena Seltzer’s The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors is a practical guide both for women—whether contingent faculty, tenure-stream faculty, or administrators—and for men who are supervising women in academe. Women often encounter unique barriers in academe and often carry heavier loads of service and care responsibilities than their male colleagues. This book offers succinct advice on how women faculty can prioritize the demands of their lives, negotiate better, create support networks, and move their careers forward.

In this three-session Learning Community facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller (Center for Faculty Development) during winter quarter, we'll work our way through the chapters of the book so that we can determine whether and how Seltzer’s advice can lead women faculty to a more sane and joyful life.

What's in it for you? 

Over the three sessions, you'll learn how to:

  • Establish a productive writing practice
  • Identify and overcome obstacles to your professional success
  • Feel increased confidence in your leadership skills
  • Develop a network of support
  • Rediscover joy and balance in your work and personal lives

Who is it suited to? 

This community is primarily for any faculty member who is interested in learning about the challenges that women face in academic and how to overcome them.

The Coach’s Guide for Women Professors is 199 pages long, and reading will be split across the three sessions to be manageable for participants.

What are the dates?

The dates in Winter Quarter are

  • Thu, Feb 8 | 10:30-11:45 | Wismer Center, LOYA 400
  • Thu, Feb 22 | 10:30-11:45 | Wismer Center, LOYA 400
  • Thu, Mar 8 | 10:30-11:45 | Wismer Center, LOYA 400

How to register

Register by 9:00 a.m. on Tue, Jan 16

 

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Faculty Learning Community #4: 
The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking

Are you looking for new ways to get your students engaged in class discussions, to make sure that everyone gets heard, and to keep the conversation energized without going off-topic? If so this faculty learning community may be just what you are looking for. In their recent book, Stephen Brookfield and Stephen Preskill acknowledge and unpack the various ways that discussions often fail. They then offer 50 techniques to set up successful discussions depending on the setting. For every technique the authors cover: how it works; when and where it works well; what users appreciate; and what to watch out for.

This Learning Community will be facilitated by the Center for Faculty Development and the Center for Digital Learning & Innovation. During each session we will test out at least two of the techniques in the book and make notes about what worked and what didn’t. Between sessions we will also explore how those same techniques work when translated into online formats.

What's in it for you? 

During these sessions, we’ll explore techniques—both in class and online—that:

  • Get students to engage more fully in discussions
  • Democratize participation
  • Foster active listening
  • Get students out of their comfort zone
  • Keep students focused on important topics, contentious issues, and key questions—instead of getting diverted by trivia or avoidance
  • Spur creativity so students are actively asking unusual questions, uncovering new perspectives, and proposing novel solutions
  • Increase genuine collaboration and teamwork, right from the outset of the course

Who is it suited to? 

This community is for any faculty member who is interested in learning how to improve their discussions either in the classroom, online, or both. Consider joining us If you would like to explore quick and easy techniques to get students talking, keep them focused on the topic, and fully engaged.

The Discussion Book is 260 pages long and covers 50 discussion strategies. We will focus on two strategies each session.

What are the dates?

The dates in Winter Quarter 2018 are:

  • Fri, Jan 26 | 10:30–11:30 | CDLI Lab (PAVL 050)
  • Fri, Feb 9 | 10:30–11:30 | CDLI Lab (PAVL 050
  • Fri, Feb 23 | 10:30–11:30 | CDLI Lab (PAVL 050)
  • Fri, Mar 9 | 10:30–11:30 | CDLI Lab (PAVL 050)

How to register

Register by 9:00 a.m. on Tue, Jan 16

Fall 2017

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Faculty Learning Community #1: 
The slow professor: 
Challenging the culture of speed in the academy

Are you interested in challenging the corporatization of the contemporary university’s increasing demands of speed and efficiency from faculty regardless of the consequences for education and scholarship? Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber’s The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy presents both an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality.

In this two-session Learning Community facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller (Center for Faculty Development) during fall quarter, you'll work your way through the chapters of the book so that you are better prepared to live the principles of the Slow movement in academic life as a counter to the erosion of humanistic education.

2a. What's in it for you? 

Over the two sessions, you'll learn how to adopt the principles of the Slow movement into your professional practice in an effective way to:

  • Alleviate work stress
  • Preserve humanistic education
  • Resist the corporate university

2b. Who is it suited to? 

This community is primarily for any faculty member who is interested in learning about changes in academic culture due to a more corporate approach and how to offset those changes in order to improve life–work balance.

The Slow Professor is just 94 pages long, and reading will be split across the two sessions to be manageable for participants.

2c. What are the dates?

The two dates in Fall Quarter are:

  • Thu, Oct 19 | 10:30-11:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Thu, Nov 2 | 10:30-11:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)

2d. How to register

Registration is now closed.