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In the Academy Dialogue Opportunities

March 30, 2012 -

Collegium II: A Faculty Seminar on Christ, Knowledge and Wisdom

“What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects – with their Christianity latent.” - C.S. Lewis; Christian Apologetics

Collegium II serves as a committee assignment and meets during the third Monday committee hour.
It provides a co-facilitated, inter-disciplinary discussion for faculty to do the critical intellectual work of considering how the Christian faith influences teaching and scholarship. Each participating faculty member receives a $300.00 stipend for fulfilling the following objectives:

  • Explore and discuss the contributions of Christian scholars to their respective disciplines;
  • Attend monthly committee meetings and an extended mini retreat in January;
  • Create at least one of the following: an annotated bibliography, a literature review within your discipline, a list of critical questions or themes for further inquiry with their discipline, a revised course syllabus that demonstrates how the Christian faith influences course content, a conference paper, an article to be submitted for publication, or an application for a grant.

Summer Reading: George Marsden; The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, Oxford University Press, 1997.

Faculty Community for Significant Learning

The Faculty Community for Significant Learning (FCSL) also serves as a committee assignment and meets during the third Monday committee hour within a setting of interdisciplinary dialogue to assist faculty members in enhancing teaching effectiveness and increasing student learning.

Participants will receive a $300.00 stipend for the following objectives:

  • Write and/or revise a statement of teaching philosophy to serve as a foundation for other FCSL activities
  • Contribute to an online FCSL wiki to engage with other Community members outside the regular meeting times
  • Complete a teaching project; suggested projects include:
    • (re)design a course or aspect of a course according to the principles articulated in one’s new statement of teaching philosophy
    • deploy a new teaching methodology or technology in an actual course and share the results with the Community and possibly also with the broader academic community

Summer Reading: Rosebrough and Leverett, Transformational Teaching in the Information Age: Making How and Why We Teach Relevant to Students (Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2011),
Both communities are ultimately serve as a means of equipping, preparing, and invigorating faculty to fulfill their current interests and professional development goals.

Space is limited, so please contact Nan Thomas (5065) if you are interested in participating.

"The way to be confortable is not by having our barns filled, but our minds quiet."
-Thomas Watson, 17th century English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher