Teaching Squares – Sign up Now!

The teaching squares project 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. The four faculty in each “square” agree to visit one another’s classes over the course of a semester and then to meet to discuss what they’ve learned. The purpose of a Teaching Square is to open up new spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching. (more info..)

Interested?  Let us know here: RSVP: Teaching Square

Sign up deadline January 23, 2019.

Please contact the Brown Center with any questions at browncenter@stetson.edu

Teaching Squares – Sign up Now!

The teaching squares project 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. The four faculty in each “square” agree to visit one another’s classes over the course of a semester and then to meet to discuss what they’ve learned. The purpose of a Teaching Square is to open up new spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching. (more info..)

Interested?  Let us know here: RSVP: Teaching Square

Sign up deadline January 23, 2019.

Please contact the Brown Center with any questions at browncenter@stetson.edu

Call for Proposals: 2019 Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation

Collaborations: Building inclusive bridges

Calling all Learners: The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence invites proposals for panel discussions, interactive workshops and sharing sessions that describe promising practices  aligned with the colloquium theme, “Collaborations: Building inclusive bridges.” We seek proposals that demonstrate ways to create learning spaces that bring people together. Examples include learning activities the bring together student and faculty from different departments, colleges or institutions, teaching collaborations between students and faculty, inclusive teaching practices that support diverse student populations, innovative connections between curricular and co-curricular activities, or partnerships between campus and community groups.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: March 11, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 18, 2019
  • Registration Deadline: March 31, 2019
  • Colloquium Date: April 5, 2019

[Click here for event details and submission guidelines]

Call for Proposals: 2019 Faculty Resource Network Symposium

2019 FRN National Symposium: Critical Conversations and the Academy

When: November 22-23, 2019
Where: Miami, Florida
Submission Deadline: April 22, 2019

Conversation has always been at the core of education. Discussion-based seminars, in which students develop their critical thinking through thoughtful dialogue, serve as a paradigm for learning in higher education. Yet today conversation is increasingly being replaced by contention. Instead of civil discourse and respectful disagreement, we are witnessing a bifurcation of opinion into isolated echo chambers fueled by social media and the 24-hour news cycle. At this critical juncture, we need to ask the following questions: What is the role of the Academy in cultivating conversations on campus and in the classroom? How can our teaching provide students with models of productive conversations?

Visit the Faculty Resource Network for symposium details and submission instructions.

Call for Proposals: ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SYMPOSIUM @ DAYTONA STATE

Institutional Outcomes: Building Bridges to Student Success

Daytona State College is seeking proposals for the 11th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium that explore linkages between
institutional outcomes and pathways to student success.

When: March 1, 2019
Where: Daytona state College’s Daytona Beach Campus
Deadline: January 11, 2019

Consult the symposium website for submission guidelines and additional information.

LINK: https://www.daytonastate.edu/professionaldevelopment/symposium.html

REMINDER: End-of-semester reflection lunch, TOMORROW (Dec 18)

Teaching Reflection:
End of Semester Luncheon

Reflect on your courses while they are still fresh in your mind!
 Please RSVP!

When: Dec 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Allen Hall
Target Audience: Teaching staff and faculty
RSVP:  https://www.addevent.com/event/Dp1146300

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.

© Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

FRN Summer Network Seminar topics announced!

Did you know that Stetson’s partnership with the NYU Faculty Resource Network makes it possible for Stetson faculty and staff to participate in world-class seminars??

Summer 2019 Seminar topics

Confronting Difficult Topics Through Classical Literature
Critical and Creative Thinking
Experiential Learning and the Student Managed Fund Program
Human Rights and the Rights of Stateless Peoples
Inside the Music: Critical Issues in Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop
Nursing Reimagined: Innovation in Nursing Education, Scholarship, and Practice
Promoting Self-Regulated Learning
Smart Phone Filmmaking
Teaching for Social Justice Through Comics and Graphic Novels
Teaching Writing Within the Disciplines: Conception, Representation, Mysteries, Essaying
Using Digital Resources to Support Online Project-Based Learning
Violent Energies: Extractivism and Women’s Struggles in the Americas

The Summer Network seminars will be held be held June 10 to June 14, 2019 on the NYU Washington Square campus.

Interested? Contact the Brown Center to start the application process.  Applications are due Jan 28 and require a letter of support from your dean.

Questions about the program?  Visit the FRN Summer Seminar FAQ or ask a colleague who’s attended.

Teaching & Learning Day will feature Dr. Heather Hackman

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is thrilled to partner with the Center for Community Engagement and the Equity and Inclusion Group (formerly IISG) to bring Heather Hackman back to campus as the featured speaker for Stetson’s annual Teaching and Learning Day.  Dr. Hackman will be speaking on Racial Equity and the Classroom.

2019 Teaching and Learning Day

Dr. Heather Hackman

What is Racial Equity? What is a Racial Equity Lens?
How does Racial Equity Impact the Classroom?

January 11, 2019 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
CUB Stetson Room [MAP]
RSVP Requested

Dr. 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. In 2005 she founded Hackman Consulting Group and consults nationally on issues of equity and social justice and has focused most of her social justice training work on race, class, gender, and LBGTQI issues. [learn more]

Stetson Spotlight Series Presents Teresa Carmody

The 2018-19 Stetson Spotlight Series continues on December 7 with a presentation by Dr. Teresa Carmody, Assistant Professor of English, who will speak on “Archive: A Novel-Essay”.

Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Lynn Business Center 124
Snacks will be available. All are welcome!

SPOTLIGHT NOW OFFERS CULTURAL CREDIT!
Please encourage your students to attend.


Click here for a complete schedule of Stetson’s Spotlight Series.

Archive: A Novel-Essay”

As a young writer, I studied creative nonfiction before landing on fiction as my primary mode or genre. It was a decision I announced, I remember, at my MFA graduation, CNF-degree in hand. For the next fifteen years I wrote and studied fiction, albeit often highly autobiographical or hybrid forms, such as autofiction and the roman à clef. Yet a few years ago, I found myself thinking seriously again about creative nonfiction, alongside the archives of several writers who had influenced my own work: Clarice Lispector, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf and Kathy Acker, to name a few. With support from a summer grant, I’ve been spending time inside these writers’ archives, official and unofficial, while writing a series of essays about coming into my own creative self-awareness via readings of their work. In this presentation, I’ll talk about the project’s inception, read excerpts from completed lyric essays on Virginia Woolf and Kathy Acker, and show images from the archives of Clarice Lispector and Zora Neale Hurston.
Some guiding questions:
How does creative practice both determine and anchor change?
How might a creative practice mediate internal and external worlds?

Teresa Carmody, Ph.D., is a writer, editor and publisher. Her most recent book, Maison Femme: a fiction (2015), is a roman a’ clef about two women who run an independent press out of their basement in Los Angeles. Written via constraints and incorporating images by Vanessa Place, Maison Femme draws on the structure of their shared house to explore the border between writing and publishing, between private and public, between memory and the archive. Carmody is also the author of Requiem (2005), a micro-collection of short stories lauded by the American Book Review as “darkly poignant,” and which David L. Ulin describes a “marked throughout by its own quiet tone of authority, which works to peel back the surface of what we imagine and examine what is going on underneath.”

Stetson Spotlight Series

The Stetson Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Stetson Spotlight Series.

Workshop: The Course Faire, Monday Dec 3 @ 1:00

The Course Faire

When a student asks “Why should I take this course?”, what’s your response?

When I was a student, we chose our courses by attending a “course faire.” At this event, we would ask professors about their courses before deciding which course we would take. In this workshop, participants will create a poster that communicates to students the essence of their course.  Come join us for this fun, creative way to reflect on your course!
What:  A fun opportunity to reflect on your course!
When: Monday, Dec 3 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Where: The Brown Center (Elizabeth 110)
Who: Anyone with a course
Purpose:  The purpose of this workshop 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 creativity!