Friday @ the Center
November 14 , 2008
Winter Faculty Book Circle: Johnny Cash
Jeff Keuss, from the School of Theology, will be leading a Faculty Book Circle next quarter discussing Rodney Clapp’s Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction: Christianity and the Battle for the Soul of a Nation (Westminster John Knox, 2008). Jeff says, “It’s a great book that looks at the north/south split in American religious temperament – what Clapp calls our ‘plural citizenship’ through the lens of Johnny Cash. Really fun read and very informative.” The Center will provide you with a copy of the book if you wish to participate. Please email me to sign up by Dec 1.
Last Call for Faculty Women's Book Circle:
Faculty women are invited to a Faculty Book Circle on The Challenges of the Faculty Career for Women: Success and Sacrifice, by Maike Ingrid Philipsen, which examines how women faculty members juggle the demands of their personal lives with the pressures of academic careers and addresses issues such as balancing work and family, the single woman faculty member, defining identities and priorities, facing elder-care issues, and working in a historically male-dominated environment. Meetings will be held on Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, and Mar. 6, with one group meeting from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and a second from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Anna Miller by Nov. 15 (that’s tomorrow!) to indicate your interest and receive a book. Be sure to say in which of the two groups you would like to participate.
Advising and the Sophomore Slump
Ed Smyth, the Chair of AARC, sent an excellent email last week that reminded us all of the importance of our role as academic advisors. One-to-one contact with a faculty member who cares about how a student is doing is a crucial element of student retention. When do we lose the most students at SPU? At the end of their sophomore year, as students feel uncertain about finding a major and feeling at home in a program or discipline. With that in mind, why not pay a little special attention to your sophomore advisees during this advising season?