Friday @ the Center
January 23, 2009
Faculty Diversity Luncheon Tuesday
Join your colleagues on Tuesday, January 27, at noon for a luncheon co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Center, in the Library Seminar Room. A delightfully diverse dinner (lunch, really, but the alliteration suffers) will be served from noon until 12:30, with a presentation and discussion from 12:30 to 1:30. Professor April Middeljans, English, will talk about the CIC Faculty Seminar on American History, held at Yale this past summer and focusing on slave narratives. Here’s a taste of the issues: “The seminar kept returning to the question of where do we fit shame, anger and tragedy into the dominant national narrative of success and progress? How do we repair a past (and present) full of trauma that many on both sides of the oppressor-oppressed conflict would rather keep buried? How do we move from collective guilt to collective responsibility?” These are certainly issues that many of us encounter in our efforts to teach with multicultural sensitivity. With the events of the past week echoing that national narrative of success and process, how do we also acknowledge and address the continuing wounds in our society? No RSVP required. Please come!
Get Those FRG/SFG Apps In!
Funding for SPU internal support of scholarship in the form of Faculty Research Grants (FRG) and Senior Faculty Grant (SFG) is holding steady for next year. Remember, applications are due Feb. 2, 2009, in the Center’s office. Grants typically range from $500 to $4500 and can be used for direct research expenses, a summer stipend, or release time to pursue a scholarly project. Priority in FRGs is given to pre-tenured faculty; SFGs are limited to tenured faculty. Funds cannot be expended until July 1, 2009. Final awards will be determined by a subcommittee of the Faculty Development Committee. Faculty Grants in Vocation and Theology are also available for next year; applications due Feb. 1, 2009. For more information and to download an application for any of these grants, click [here].
Many of you requested back in December that I send you a copy of an article on getting student buy-in for active learning. I am sorry to report that I lost the list that I carefully compiled and appear to have permanently deleted all your emails. Once again, if you’d like a hard copy of that essay, could you let me know?