The Center for Faculty Development offers a number of programs and events which may be specifically useful for early career faculty.
"The Many Paths Back": Faculty/Staff spaces for reflection and intention
Wed, Sep 29 | 3:30–5:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars (CIS) and the Center for Jesuit Education (CJE)
On behalf of the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars, the Center for Faculty Development, and the Center for Jesuit Education, we would like to invite you to two opportunities for reflection as we begin the quarter together, in a context that remains uncertain.
Many of us may be experiencing grief or anxiety about the lost possibility of somehow returning to the “normal” which now eludes us. Within our Ignatian tradition, this context presents an invitation to reflect on our collective and personal journeys through the past year in order to discern our path forward as we move into the fall.
This past spring, we invited all faculty and staff colleagues to post “consolations and desolations” to a virtual space for reflection called “What We Have Lost/What We Have Found.” We also hosted an informal event to hold space for conversation. At that event, a colleague invited us to consider what the “path back” will look like this fall.
As the autumn leaves now begin to change, we again invite you to post reflections, insights, poetry, or images on a collective virtual wall entitled “The Many Paths Back.” You might share what the landscapes of your summer journey looked like, and what paths you are choosing as we walk toward the horizon ahead. Please register to gain access to the "The Many Paths Back" padlet and post about your journey.
Please also join us on Zoom on Wednesday, September 29 at 3:30 pm for reflection and conversation about how we will choose our way, with whom we will walk, and how we honor the landscapes that reveal themselves this fall.
Faculty Writing Groups - organized by your career stage
Tue, Oct 5 | 12:30–1:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
Facilitated by David Green and Kara Luckey
The “research on research” gives us good evidence on what helps faculty progress with their research, and in response, we’ve been launching Faculty Writing Groups since 2007. These groups provide you with camaraderie and accountability to achieve more in your scholarship. And they are intentionally interdisciplinary so that you remain the expert in your own field throughout.
We also aim to group you with peers at a similar career stage so that no one feels the need to mentor or to request mentoring within the group.
By the end of this session, you will be grouped with two or three other colleagues from across campus and will be ready to meet with your group independently and regularly to help you achieve more in your research – and with less stress.
Fridays: Oct 8, Oct 29, and Nov 19 | 11:00–12:15 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)
Facilitated by Holly Slay Ferraro
The Center for Faculty Development and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to announce the continuation of an affinity group for tenure-track faculty of color. The purpose of convening the group is to provide a space for the collective exploration of the impact of race, power, and privilege on the academic life of colleagues immersed in teaching, scholarship, and service at pre-tenure stages of their careers.
This fall, the group will read the book The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing Your Soul by Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy. The Center for Faculty Development is pleased to provide books for the group this quarter.
There are three primary reasons. First, the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence report recommends boosting our capacity to retain talented minoritized faculty and facilitate professional development opportunities. Second, research on affinity groups indicates they enhance participants’ agency and optimism, while providing access to beneficial information and support. Third, from our own conversations with members of the Seattle University community, we know that faculty of color need a space where they can discuss their unique experiences in a supportive environment with peers who are similarly situated.
This professional development opportunity aims to empower tenure-track faculty of color to build community, share experiences, and pursue their academic life with more confidence and agency. We hope that this caucus process gives participants the space to determine “what solidarity could look like for... people of color committed to the work of social, racial, and gender justice” (Kad Smith, Compass Point) at Seattle University.
Tuesdays: Oct 12 and Oct 26 | 1:00–2:00 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Facilitated by Katherine Raichle
The Center for Faculty Development will be offering an affinity group for faculty parents of school-age children. The purpose of this group is to provide a space to discuss and explore the unique challenges faced by faculty who have children in their care. The challenge of parenting while maintaining a rigorous schedule of teaching, research, and/or service to the university is not new. However, the benefits of finding a community of support around parenting has never been more urgent. We have faced unprecedented demands of caregiving and schooling while balancing the work of our academic lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The return to in-person work for ourselves and in-person school for our children likely offers sources of consolation and desolation. Let’s convene and share where we are during this time and find ways to support one another.
The psychological benefits of convening groups of people around common identities and experiences are well known. Research on affinity groups, in particular, has shown that they enhance agency and optimism, while also providing access to beneficial information and support.
At its most basic level, we hope that this group offers a space where you can feel less isolated in your experience. We hope to foster a community of support amongst faculty parents, where they can share experiences, offer suggestions, and explore how to navigate these extremely challenging times.
*Note: if you are interested in this group but cannot make the time scheduled, please email email@example.com and let us know. We would like to support all faculty parents during this challenging time and will work with you to find ways to offer support.
Wednesdays: Oct 13, Oct 27, and Nov 17 | 2:00–3:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Facilitated by Katherine Raichle, Holly Slay Ferraro, and David Green
Before the pandemic, many students were already experiencing a range of emotions from chronic stress to trauma – a situation that often went unnoticed. In contrast, these past 18 months have highlighted for all of us the critical interface of learning and mental wellness, urgently calling on us to change our pedagogical practices.
Trauma-Informed Pedagogy is one such approach. Connecting existing, but previously discrete, research-based practices that are known to enhance learning for all students, Trauma-Informed Pedagogy offers holistic benefits that are timeless, born from the knowledge that trauma is ubiquitous in our classes.
This workshop series is for any faculty who would like to make subtle yet substantive changes to their pedagogical practices that will enhance trust, community, engagement, and learning for all students. All levels of teaching experience are welcomed.
In this three-part series, we will:
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education (CJE) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)
As a participant in this module of the Ignatian Pedagogy Series, you will
It's important that participants attend all four sessions in the series and complete short written reflection assignments between sessions.
Up to fifteen places are available, and participants will receive a $100 stipend from the Center for Jesuit Education upon completion of the module and related reflection assignments.
The entire series is co-directed by David Green of the Center for Faculty Development and Jen Tilghman-Havens of the Center for Jesuit Education. Joining them in this module are Holly Slay Ferraro (Center for Faculty Development/Management) and Katherine Raichle (Center for Faculty Development/Psychology).
Fifteen spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It's essential that you can attend all four sessions of the series, so be sure to block off all four times on your calendar before you receive confirmation of your place. Register using the regular link for this quarter's events from the Center for Faculty Development (also included below).
Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition
Facilitated by Jenny Loertscher and rotating guest facilitators
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education (CJE)
Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition (TJT) is a community-driven series aimed at building connections and exchanging ideas related to teaching and learning at a 21st century Jesuit university. All are welcome; faculty in their first few years at Seattle University are especially encouraged to attend.
There will be six hour-long Zoom sessions held over the 2021–22 academic year. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you choose. Those who attend will be given access to the Canvas teaching repository and will be invited to contribute materials as well.
If you have any questions, would like to contribute teaching materials, or have ideas for topics for winter or spring quarter sessions, please contact Jenny Loertscher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition: Let's get started! Ready-to-use resources for teaching and learning in the Jesuit tradition
Fri, Oct 15 | 3:30–4:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-facilitated by Jenny Loertscher and Jen Tilghman-Havens (Center for Jesuit Education)
Are you new to teaching at Seattle University? Are you a seasoned faculty member looking for fresh ways to infuse contemporary Jesuit education in your teaching? Join us for us for our first session of Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition in this new academic year.
During this session we will explore a community-generated Canvas repository of teaching resources based on the principles of Ignatian pedagogy. Participants will be encouraged to identify teaching strategies for use in ongoing and upcoming courses and will be invited to contribute new materials to the repository.
Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition: Pedagogies for Social Justice
Fri, Nov 12 | 3:30–4:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-facilitated by Jenny Loertscher and Kerry Soo Von Esch (College of Education)
Join us for an interactive session exploring what teaching for social justice might look like in your teaching and discipline. Engage in conversation with colleagues as we examine frameworks for social justice-centered teaching, and discuss our own successes and challenges with creating more equitable and rich learning experiences for our students. Bring a syllabus, course activity, or assignment to work on and receive feedback as part of this session.
Time and the life of the University
Wed, Nov 10 | 3:30–4:45 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars
Facilitated by Ken Allan (Art History, College of Arts & Sciences)
Considering the ongoing experience of the pandemic and the public pressure to return to “normal” in the US, even as vaccinations plateau and the Delta variant surges, what has personal isolation and a deadly health crisis taught us about our relationship to time? What connections can we make between the way we think about time and temporality from within the discourse of our disciplines and the way time is structured, managed, measured, and experienced within the university and in our broader culture for students, faculty and staff? How is our relationship to time, or the ideals and realities of how we “spend our time” as members of a university community, related to our educational mission?
I like the new guidelines! But how do I create a Holistic Faculty Development Plan?
Wed, Dec 8 | 10:00–11:00 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Thu, Dec 9 | 9:30–10:30 | Zoom link provided upon registration
Co-sponsored by the SU ADVANCE Program
Co-facilitated by Jodi O'Brien (Principal Investigator, ADVANCE grant; Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development) and Jean Jacoby (Co-Principal Investigator, ADVANCE grant; Associate Dean, College of Science & Engineering)
In June 2021, the SU Board of Trustees voted to formally adopt the SU ADVANCE proposed Revised Promotion Guidelines for Full Professor. The revisions go into effect immediately, although faculty seeking promotion in the 2021–2022 academic year are considered an "intermediate group" and therefore do not need to fulfill some of the new requirements, including the development of a "Holistic Faculty Development Plan" (HFDP).
Faculty seeking promotion in subsequent years will need to begin mapping out an HFDP. Ideally, this will be an opportunity to think deeply about intentional career development but we recognize that this represents a cultural and procedural shift for our faculty. Accordingly, we plan to hold two identical information sessions via Zoom to discuss the HFDP in more depth - you may choose to attend on either Wednesday, December 8, or Thursday, December 9, the information presented will be the same. Jodi O'Brien and Jean Jacoby will facilitate both sessions.
Mentoring is a key component of the HFDP. We are currently conducting training workshops for faculty in evaluative positions (e.g., College/School personnel committees), but welcome participation from all senior faculty interested in mentoring other faculty to also participate in this information session.