Mid-career Stage

Mid career stage


The Center for Faculty Development offers a number of programs and events which may be specifically useful for mid-career faculty.

Chairs' Community of Practice

If, as a mid- or late-career faculty member, you become a program director or department chair (and have other faculty reporting to you), then another program that might be useful to you is the Chairs' Community of Practice (CoP).

This informal forum for chairs and directors from across the university is an opportunity to share ideas, expertise, practices and perhaps even challenges. Over a collegial glass of wine, you'll have a rare change to talk to your peer group with the aim of making chairing a more enjoyable experience.

2017–18 Chairs' CoP meetings

All meetings are scheduled for Hunthausen 110, unless otherwise noted.

  • Friday, October 6 | 3:30–5:00 | ADMN 305A
  • Friday, November 3 | 3:30–5:00
  • Friday, January 12 | 3:30–5:00  
  • Friday, March 2 | 3:30–5:00
  • Friday, April 6 | 3:30–5:00
  • Friday, May 4 | 3:30–5:00

Click here to register to attend the Chairs CoP meetings.

To find out more about the Chairs CoP meetings, visit the Chairs CoP web page.

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In the nick of time: Course design that increases students’ preparation, participation, and higher-order thinking

Mon, Apr 15 (HUNT 100) or Thu, Apr 18 (STCN 210) | 12:30–1:50 | Lunch provided
Facilitated by David Green

How do we increase the likelihood that students come to class well-prepared and ready to engage and learn together? And how do we ensure that we use class time to help students process the material that they find hardest to grasp?

In this workshop, we’ll work together to explore one approach to course design that seeks to address these questions constructively. This approach, called “Just-in-Time Teaching” or “Thinking About the Readings,” focuses class time on the sticking points in the curriculum by creating a straightforward feedback loop between you and your students, requiring students to think about—and give feedback on—the reading/class preparation in advance of class, and helping you discover where their energies are best concentrated to enable them to move forward intellectually.

During the workshop, you’ll have the chance to focus on a specific class in one of your courses so that by the end, you’ll have devised some strategies and questions that will allow you to experiment with this learning-focused approach in the near future. 

Please remember to bring a syllabus and/or class notes for a specific class session with you.


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Academic life: What’s mindfulness and compassion got to do with it?

Tue, Apr 23 | 12:30–1:50 | CASY 525 | Lunch provided
NCFDD Presenter: Angela Black | SU Host: Jacquelyn Miller

So, you've had your “Sunday meeting” to plan out your week; your appointments have been carefully plotted; and weekly writing/research/teaching goals are set. Yet somehow your life on paper and your academic life seem to rarely meet. This webinar will introduce how techniques in mindfulness and compassion could be the building blocks to further support locating more room in your calendar, more space in your being, and increased self-kindness to sustain your academic life. In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Define how mindfulness is critical as a foundational practice in academic life
  • Interpret how to use a four-part definition of compassion to evaluate action steps in academic life
  • Evaluate how loving kindness (versus self-criticism) is key in cultivating a healthy identity in academic life
  • Integrate mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion as a cycle of self-kindness to sustain academic life
  • Develop a self-compassionate narrative when all else “fails” in academic life

Please note: This event is a presented by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). This webinar is accessible on the NCFDD website, under Member Resources. The Center for Faculty Development funds an institutional membership to NCFDD for all SU faculty, graduate students and law students. Click here to find out more about Seattle University's institutional membership to NCFDD, including how to become a member of NCFDD.


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The “Personal Intellectual Project:” Capturing, focusing, and (re)inventing your scholarly agenda

Mon, Apr 29 | 12:30–1:50 | HUNT 100 | Lunch provided
Facilitated by David Green

Depending on our career stage, our scholarly agenda can pose a variety of challenges. For many newer scholars, it can be hard to step back and identify exactly what it is we’re doing – and why it matters. For more seasoned researchers, in contrast, we often find our passions have shifted to new topics, or that we need to reinvent ourselves as scholars in somewhat different academic fields than where we began.

Difficulty in describing our research arc can affect our chances of winning grants, of being promoted, or simply of feeling in control of our own scholarship. It can lead us to take on projects that don’t exactly align with our expertise or intellectual curiosity, and to missing out on those that do.

In this session, we’ll provide a space for you to think through your own “Personal Intellectual Project”—the big-picture encapsulation of your different scholarly topics and agendas. For newer scholars, can you sense its form yet? Do you recognize the parameters you want to set to keep it manageable? For more experienced scholars, has your intellectual project evolved since you last considered it? What has changed and what remains the same? What projects might reignite your enthusiasm?


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What does intelligence mean?

Wed, May 15 | 12:30–1:30 | Casey Commons (CASY 530) | Bring your own lunch, beverages provided
Come to participate, come to listen
Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars
Moderated by Katherine Raichle


  • Mary Graham, PhD | Associate Professor of Counseling, College of Education
  • Dylan Helliwell, PhD | Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics, College of Science and Engineering
  • Erica Lilleleht, PsyD | Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

A central mission of any university is to certify development and expression of intelligence in its students. Faculty also are thought to model and express intelligence in scholarship. But what counts as intelligence in a university context and at SU?

Bring lunch if you like. Coffee, tea, and water provided. No RSVP required. For more information, contact Sven Arvidson (Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies)

What is the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars?

The Consortium is 150+ faculty from all schools and colleges on campus who are interested in providing expert advice for students pursuing projects across disciplines and in facilitating interdisciplinary faculty scholarship.


You do not have to be a member to attend a Consortium event. Membership in the Consortium is free and open to SU teachers. Simply contact Dr. Sven Arvidson (arvidson@seattleu.edu). To learn more and see current membership list visit:  https://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/departments/interdisciplinary-liberal-studies/consortium-of-interdisciplinary-scholars/

Consortium Steering Committee: Sven Arvidson (AS), Lisa Brodoff (Law), Marc Cohen (Albers), Mary Graham (Education), Wanda Gregory (SNCS), Stacey Jones (Albers), Douglas Latch (Sci&Eng), Emily Lieb (AS), Lauren Lawson (Nursing), Rick Malleus (AS), Stephen Rice (AS), Mark Roddy (Education), Michael Trice (STM), Riva Zeff (AS)

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