Values Day Theme Announced! Submit your workshop proposals today.

Mark your calendars!  Values Day 2018 is on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.  The Values Day Planning Committee is thrilled to announce the 2018 Values Day theme …

“Building Community, Reflecting on Our Values”

The theme, Building Community, Reflecting on Our Values, resulted from a series of inclusive workshops and conversations with staff, students, faculty and community partners.  The theme places value on reflection, connection and storytelling as means for building community among the Stetson campus and beyond.

Workshop Proposals

The Values Planning Committee invites proposals from staff, students, faculty and community partners for workshops that promote the theme “Building Community; Reflecting on Our Values“.  Interested presenters are invited to submit proposals for concurrent workshops within one of the following tracks:

  1. Building Community
  2. Contemplative Practices
  3. Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  4. Storytelling
Proposal Deadline: July 16, 2018
Proposal Link:

About Values Day

Values Day is designed to continue the dialogue between students, faculty and staff so that the Stetson University community shares, learns and appreciates our shared core values. In order to support the ability for the entire Stetson University community to attend, the university cancels classes and closes offices, with the exception of evening graduate classes. The entire community is expected to participate in this day of reflection, community and action. [Learn More]

REMINDER: End-of-semester reflection lunch, May 14th

End of Semester Reflection Lunch

: May 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Allen Hall
Target Audience: Teaching staff and faculty

Each semester, the Brown Center hosts a structured reflection luncheon.  This is an opportunity to take some time to reflect on your teaching over the past semester while it is still fresh in your mind – and in the company of colleagues that can offer new insight.

Please communicate accommodations needed or dietary restrictions to the Brown Center at

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Looking Ahead: 2018-19 Brown Center programs

The Brown Center of Faculty Innovation and Excellence has an exciting slate of programming for you to look forward to in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Important Dates

September 25, 2018 – Values Day
January 11, 2019 – Teaching and Learning Day
April 5, 2019 – Colloquium on Teaching and Learning
April 16, 2019 – Stetson Showcase

Course Design for Essential Learning

Sign-up now at
Location(s): TBD
A five-part course design series, explores evidence based strategies for designing assignments and activities that have high-impact on learners.

  • Workshop 1 – What’s the Big Idea: : 9/17/18
  • Workshop 2 – Essential Learning Goals: 10/8/18
  • Workshop 3 – High Impact Pedagogies: 10/29/18
  • Workshop 4 – Authentic Assessment: 11/12/18
  • Workshop 5 – Reflect & Share: 12/3/18

Spring  2019 Series Follow our blog for more details as they develop. 

Faculty Resource Fair & New Faculty Mixer

On Thursday, August 16th, the Brown Center will host the 5th annual Faculty Resource Fair  and New Faculty Mixer.  This popular event brings campus and student service departments under one roof, so you can learn about the resources available for faculty and students. This year the Fair will be held in the newly renovated CUB.  Follow our blog for more details as they develop.

Teaching Squares 

Sign-up Deadline: 9/21/2018
The Teaching Squares program offers faculty at any stage in their career an opportunity to gain new insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection.
[Learn More]

Inquiry Circles

Proposals accepted year round
Small groups who meet regularly during the academic year to engage in a common inquiry, build community, and disseminate what they have learned together to the Stetson community and beyond.
[Learn More]

Brown Innovation Fellows

Applications open: 8/15/2018
Application Deadline: 9/26/2018
The program celebrates teacher-scholars as learners by offering dedicated time for reflection and strategies to prepare students to lead lives steeped in personal growth, intellectual development, and global citizenship.
[Learn More]

Faculty Seminars and Sabbatical Residencies

Winter seminar applications due in September*
Summer seminar applications due in January*
Spring sabbatical applications due in August*
Fall & summer sabbatical applications due in January*
Stetson University’s membership in the New York University Faculty Resource Network (FRN) provides Stetson faculty opportunities to participate in seminars and scholar-in-residence programs alongside colleagues from colleges and universities across the nation and world. Typically, participation in these programs is included in the membership and faculty only have to pay for travel expenses. [Learn More]
*ALL applications are reviewed internally prior to submission. Please contact us at if you are interested in applying.

Stetson Spotlight Series

Signups open 8/27/2018
The Stetson Spotlight Series is a monthly showcase of research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement of the campus community. This year, 2018-19, we will expand the series and include Wednesday and Friday presentations.  Subscribe to our blog to get notices of upcoming spotlight presentations.

2020-2022  Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellowship Proposals 

Call for Proposals: Opens 11/1/2018- 3/15/2019
Do you have a project, initiative or area of study that could use a “boost” from a teacher-scholar fellow?  Would you like to bring some special expertise to campus? Our flagship program prepares teacher-scholars who inspire current and future faculty to aspire to excellence in undergraduate learning, teaching, and research. Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows come from and contribute to a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. For more information about the Teacher-Scholar Fellows Program, contact the Brown Center.


Click here to learn more information about us all the projects and programs we have to offer!

End-of-semester reflection lunch, May 14th

[RSVP Requested]

End of Semester Reflection Lunch

When: May 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Allen Hall
Target Audience: Teaching staff and faculty

Each semester, the Brown Center hosts a structured reflection luncheon.  This is an opportunity to take some time to reflect on your teaching over the past semester while it is still fresh in your mind – and in the company of colleagues that can offer new insight.

Please help us plan, by completing this short form.

Four Stetson faculty selected to attend summer seminars at NYU

Hearty congratulations to the Stetson faculty selected to selected to participate in the Faculty Resource Network Summer Seminars.  These week-long, intensive seminars are convened by distinguished faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the country and hosted by New York University.

2018 Network Summer Seminar Participants

New York University, NY: June 11 to June 15, 2018

Sylvain Daudel, professor of practice in family enterprise and director of the Family Enterprise Center
Seminar: Classroom Teaching Effectiveness

Sam Houston,  Brown Teacher-Scholar fellow in religious studies
Seminar: Forty Years of Revolution: Understanding State and Society in theIslamic Republic of Iran, Then and Now

Tara Schuwerk,  associate professor of communication and media studies
Seminar: Food in the 21st Century: Health, Environment, and Culture

Elisabeth Poeter, associate professor of world languages and cultures and director of gender studies
Seminar: Gender and Sexuality in Film

As a member of the Faculty Resource Network, Stetson faculty have access  to lectures, symposia, intensive seminars, and scholar-in-residence programs designed to expand faculty engagement in diverse scholarly experiences alongside colleagues from colleges and universities across the nation and world.  [Learn More]


Faculty workshop with Heather Hackman on May 9th

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence has partnered with the Center for Community Engagement and Human Resources to bring Heather Hackman to campus for a consultation visit. Dr Hackman is a leader in racial equity and social justice work at institutions of higher education.

When: May 9th, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Lynn Presentation Center in the Rinker Welcome Center

In this workshop Heather will help you answer several questions …

  • What is racial equity?
  • What is a racial equity lens?
  • How does racial equity impact the classroom?

Heather will be targeting this workshop to teaching faculty and staff in any discipline. ALL are invited to join!


Dr. Hackman conducting a trainingDr. Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and was a professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota for 12 years before she began focusing full time on consulting. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education (pre-service and in-service teachers), race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education (higher education leadership), oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression. She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College, Springfield College, St Cloud State University, Hamline University, and the University of St Thomas. In 2005 she founded Hackman Consulting group and consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and classism.

Read her complete bio at the HCG website

2019-2021 Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellowship Announced

April 26, 2018

DeLand, FL – The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is pleased to announce that the 2019-2021 Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellowship has been awarded in Public History.  Public historians are committed to representing community and group histories from a wide range of perspectives and to broadening public understandings of historical narratives.  Thus, this project advances several of Stetson University’s strategic goals, including  Expand & Strengthen Strategic Partnerships and Be a Diverse Community of Inclusive Excellence.

“The fellow in public history will position Stetson to support a burgeoning field of study that provides career opportunities for students where they can investigate the past in inclusive and meaningful ways” said Rosalie Richards, associate provost for faculty development “Stetson University stands in an important moment of creating new and exciting futures. As a signature program of the university, the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows highlight innovative and distinctive programs on our campus.”

Dr. Emily Mieras is associate professor of history and american studies and serves as chair of the Department of History

The proposal for a Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Public History was spearheaded by chair of the history department, Dr. Emily Mieras in collaboration with her colleagues, Dr. Mayhill Fowler and Dr. Kimberly Reiter.  This proposal supports a growing curricular innovation in the Department of History with the goal of developing additional community-based public history research projects and meeting key curricular needs.  The fellow, who will join the Stetson faculty in 2019, will collaborate with faculty to meet these goals.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring an expert in Public History to campus to share their knowledge with our students and with us. This concentration has already had wide appeal, and the fellow’s expertise will help us develop new courses and applied research projects, not only for our majors, but for any students interested in how history emerges in public spaces and cultural conversations, ” Mieras said.

The Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellowship prepares Teacher-Scholars who  aspire to excellence in undergraduate learning, teaching, and research at liberal arts universities. During their two-year tenure at Stetson, fellows have engaged the Stetson and local community in their scholarly and creative work through talks, gallery exhibits, workshops and community events.  Bios for current and past fellows are available here.

Awarded annually through a competitive proposal process, this program has brought a diversely talented cohort of fellows to campus since 2009.  Visit the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellowship program site to learn more.

Workshop: The Course Faire, Monday April 23 @ 1:30

What:  A fun opportunity to reflect on your course!
When: Monday, April 23 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Where: LBC 136
Who: Anyone who teaches (or is planning to teach)
“Why should students take your course?
(The Course Faire)
When I was a student, we chose our courses by attending a “course faire.” At this event, professors would have a poster, along with other artifacts such as sample assignments, the syllabus, etc. to communicate what his or her course would be about, what it would be like, and what a student could hope to get from that course – a kind of “elevator speech” in a graphic format. Students could then examine the poster and supporting documents and ask as many questions as they needed to in order to clearly understand that course so that they might make a fully-informed decision about whether or not to take it.
Purpose:  The purpose of this assignment is for you to distill your course design in the form of a poster that communicates to students the value of your course.
Task: Imagine you are an professor preparing for the Course Faire. Create a poster and include any other supporting documents that you would like to include. Your goal is to explain your course to potential students in a way that simultaneously captures its detail and complexity (to the extent that is possible) and also captures what makes it special, but does so in an abbreviated way. When the time arrives, you’ll stand by your poster/supporting documents and the rest of us will act as serious students asking you questions and provide feedback.
Criteria: You will be evaluated on your ability to communicate to students (us!) your vision and expectations for your course.  Creativity is encouraged.
[This is a transparent authentic assessment]
We will provide supplies & snacks – you will provide the ideas!