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2019 Brown Innovation Faculty Cohort Announced

Front: Savannah-Jane Griffin, Catherine Day, Grace Ramsey, Ronette Lategan-Potgeiter, Daniil Zavlunov
Middle: Lindsey Carelli, Michael Eskenazi, Fazal Abbas, Teresa Carmody, Vernita Glenn-White
Top: Kevin Winchell, Mark West, Cristian Cuevas, Julia Metzker, Michele Randall
Not pictured: Chadley Ballantyne, Aaron Distler, Maxwell Droznin,Amber Finnicum-Simmons, Susan Peppers-Bates

Congratulations to the 2019 Brown Innovation Faculty Cohort! This cohort of Stetson faculty will spend the next year working together to develop courses that will prepare Stetson students to address community and social issues. [program information]

Faculty Fellows

Facilitators

  • Savannah-Jane Griffin – Executive Director of Community Engagement & Inclusive Excellence
  • Julia Metzker – Executive Director for the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence

Community Coaches

Call for Applications: Brown Innovation Fellows

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is seeking applications to the 2019 Brown Innovation Fellows Cohort.

Program Focus: Students Who Change the World! Building Courses That Inspire

How do we help Stetson’s students realize their “full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world” with the capacity and desire to address societal issues?  How can we design courses that prepare students for these challenges?

Our society faces broad, complex issues that will require years of work, collaboration among individuals from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, and innovative, creative thinking.

The Brown Innovation Fellows program will provide faculty with the tools to be able to address issues facing our local and global community through engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom. This program will be facilitated by the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence and the Center for Community Engagement.

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Call for Applications: Brown Innovation Fellows

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation & Excellence is pleased to announce the fourth annual Brown Innovation Fellows Program.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.

<<apply online>>

PROGRAM FOCUS: Inclusive Pedagogies

Like many universities, Stetson University’s mission  describes an aspiration to grow students into liberally educated citizens with the skills and wisdom to make positive change in their communities. This is a laudable goal, but what does it really mean?

In ancient Greece, a liberally educated person was “classically” trained in the liberal arts, such as grammar, rhetoric, and logic. The Yale Report of 1828 defined a prescribed curriculum “best calculated to teach the art of fixing the attention, directing the train of thought, analyzing a subject proposed for investigation; following, with accurate discrimination, the course of argument; balancing nicely the evidence presented to the judgment; awakening, elevating, and controlling the imagination; arranging, with skill, the treasures which memory gathers; rousing and guiding the powers of genius.”  In both cases, this educational model was only available to men with privileged stations in society. In modern times, the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has lead the charge to redefine liberal education for the 21st century as “an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change”, yet many college courses look the same as they would have 20 or 30 years ago.

 Are our approaches to teaching and learning keeping pace in an education landscape where student demographics are rapidly changing? How do we fulfill Stetson’s aspiration to “be a diverse community of inclusive excellence” in our classrooms?

Fellows will grapple with these questions and more as a cohort over the course of the academic year. In an effort to model democratic ways of knowing, the program will borrow from the appreciative inquiry model and the un-conference movement in digital humanities where we collaborate to actively create the agenda to develop sessions that are relevant, engaging and respond to the knowledge, interest and goals of participants.

<<apply online>>

Application Process

All full-time faculty members at Stetson University are encouraged to apply. Each faculty member should submit their brief (500 word) application through the online form.  Please note that we will request support from your chair or direct supervisor for your participation.

Agenda
  • September 20 September 25: Applications Due
  • September 27: Award notifications made
  • September 29: Gathering to establish goals, agenda and select readings/resources and experts to visit campus.
  • Monthly meetings to discuss, learn and reflect from November to March. (meeting times will be negotiated)
  • April 6: Share learning with campus and beyond at the Brown Fellows Symposium as part of the annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium

Goals
Brown Innovation Fellows will:

  • Develop expertise in pedagogical student learning
  • Use innovative strategies and technologies to deepen learning
  • Educate the campus community on pedagogical strategies and student learning by participating Brown Fellows Symposium as part of the annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium,  April 6.

<<apply online>>

Eligibility: The program is available to any full-time faculty member who is available to participate fully during the year-long institute and at the Brown Fellows Symposium during the Teaching & Learning Colloquium.

Benefits: The Brown Innovation Fellows Program will engage participants in diverse experiences to expand skill sets for designing courses that foster significant learning experiences by students. Fellows will build knowledge together as a cohort over the course of a year. In addition, each Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 to be issued upon completion of the Brown Innovation Institute and submission of a reflective report on their experience.

Questions? We look forward to a number of excellent applications. Questions should be directed to the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation & Excellence.

<<apply online>>

Brown Innovation Fellows Graduation

On Friday, April 21, 2017 the Brown Innovation Fellows gathered in the Nemec Courtyard to celebrate the completion of their fellowship.  Each graduate presented a object that represented their journey.

Brown Innovation Fellows: Inspired to Learn | Stetson Today

Stetson University’s Brown Innovation Fellows, a group of teacher-learners immersed in a yearlong journey of reflective dialogue and meaningful discussions about teaching and learning, are setting their sights high this year.

Twelve Fellows were announced for this year’s cohort in December, and they are using the inspiring and ground-breaking novel by Parker Palmer, “The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life” as a transformative guide.

“I picked the book as the framing guide for this group because it deals very effectively with an educator’s identity and building community in the classroom – an important component to building classrooms that are inclusive of all learners,” explained Julia Metzker, Ph.D., executive director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. “Parker Palmer’s book has become a classic text in this sense.”

Rajni Shankar-Brown

One of this year’s participants, Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of Education, said she read Palmer’s book a few years ago and found it “resonated on many levels.”

“Having the chance to reread the text and engage in conversations, especially on critical questions posed by Palmer, has been so rewarding,” explained Shankar-Brown, also Director of Education Graduate Programs and the Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice Education. “Connecting with colleagues across campus, including many dynamic faculty members who recently joined our community, has been remarkable. Our time together is a gift, particularly as we grapple together with complex pedagogical questions and issues.”

Sharmaine Jackson

Sharmaine Jackson

Stetson University assistant professor of Sociology, Sharmaine Jackson, Ph.D., was inspired to become a Brown Center Fellow so she could better interact with students where they are in their learning process and give them the tools to follow their dreams.

“As a Fellow, I have learned from my cohort through the sharing of their successes and challenges. This space provides me with a sense of community as well as encouragement. I have learned that while we may come from different disciplines, we have much in common when it comes to the teachings we undertake,” said Professor Jackson. “Ultimately, I hope that by being a Fellow, I will become more adept at teaching ‘with’ versus teaching ‘to’ students as they develop skills to think critically about their place and role in local communities – at the national level and as global citizens.”

Julia Metzker

Each year, the professors and their students at Stetson benefit during the Brown Innovations Fellows experience, a signature program of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence and made possible by donations from longstanding University Trustees Hyatt and Cici Brown.

“All of last year’s participants have done interesting things in their courses from their experience last year,” said Metzker.

Matt Hurst

One example is Matt Hurst, assistant professor of Finance at Stetson, who provided an invaluable leadership role in designing an honors curriculum in the School of Business Administration as a result of his experience with the Brown Innovations Fellows.

“The group helps faculty members evolve and become who they want to be as educators,” said Hurst. “The list of beneficiaries include the faculty themselves, the students who are exposed to more impactful learning experiences, and the university as a whole. Stetson has always been known for having great teachers and this program ensures that legacy will continue and grow.”

The proof of success in this year’s Brown Innovation Fellows Program is already evident. The current group has developed a conference presentation,

“The Courage to Teach: Using a Faculty Learning Community to Reframe the Role of the Professor” will have a statewide audience. The Fellows are slated to showcase their presentation at the 2017 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference in mid-February.

“I am grateful to be part of this program and at a university dedicated to facilitating deep and engaged student learning,” said Professor Shankar-Brown. “As I tell my students who are preparing to teach and serve as educational leaders, a commitment to reflective practice and lifelong learning is vital for professional and personal growth.”

2017 Brown Innovation Fellows

Carol Azab, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Heather Edwards, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Madison Creech, Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Creative Arts
Rachel Core, Assistant Professor of Sociology (alumna)
Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor of Psychology
E. Lamerial Jacobson, Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Counselor Education
Sharmaine Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Joyce Mundy
, Assistant Professor of Education
Shun Kiang , Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Michele Randall, Visiting Assistant Professor of English  (alumna)
Grace Ramsey, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Rajni Shankar-Brown, Associate Professor of Education and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice
Petros Xanthopoulos Assistant Professor of Decision and Information Science

This article was reprinted from Stetson Today

Creating ‘Responsive Schools’ – Brown Innovation Fellow, Joyce Mundy, receives $30,000 grant to develop center | Stetson Today

Congratulations to the talented agent of change, Dr. Joyce Mundy!  Her leadership is an inspiration.

Joyce Mundy, Stetson associate professor of education, has received a three-year, $30,000 grant to help underserved populations in K-12 schools. She envisions a network of “responsive schools” that will meet the diverse needs of students and their families.

Responsive education and restorative practices have received a lot of attention in education circles in the wake of increased school violence, high-stakes testing and one-size-fits-all academic standards. The goal is to study the culture at individual schools and shape programs based on distinctive traits.  Mundy said they promote an emphasis on social skills and tolerance.

Read the entire article at Stetson Today

2017 Brown Innovation Fellows Announced

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Congratulations to the 2017 cohort of the Brown Innovation Fellows! Fellows meet monthly over the course of the academic to grapple with issues of inclusive teaching through the lens of Parker Palmer’s classic book, “The Courage To Teach: Exploring The Inner Landscape Of A Teacher’s Life“.

2017 Brown Innovation Fellows

Carol Azab, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Heather Edwards, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Madison Creech, Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Creative Arts
Rachel Core, Assistant Professor of Sociology (alumna)
Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor of Psychology
E. Lamerial Jacobson, Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Counselor Education
Sharmaine Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Shun Kiang , Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Joyce Mundy, Assistant Professor of Education
Michelle Randall, Visiting Assistant Professor of English  (alumna)
Rajni Shankar-Brown, Associate Professor of Education and Jesse Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice
Petros Xanthopoulos Assistant Professor of Decision and Information Sciences

Faculty learning community opportunities: Brown Innovation Fellows and Inquiry Circles

Please consider joining one of these upcoming opportunities to engage with colleagues in boundary-spanning inclusive communities of practice ….

2016-2017 Brown Innovation Fellows Program: The Courage to Teach

<<See the Call for Applications for more information and to access the short application form>>

Higher education is undergoing a paradigm shift.  This shift is partly in response to disruptive forces, which include changing demographics of students and faculty; disruptive forces reconceptualizing how higher education is delivered; and a questioning the value and relevance of a college education. The recent report on the climate at Stetson highlights many of these challenges.

Fellows will grapple with these issues and more as a cohort over the course of the academic year. In an effort to model democratic ways of knowing, the program will borrow strategies from the un-conference movement in digital humanities where we collaborate to actively create the agenda to develop sessions that are relevant, engaging and respond to the knowledge, interest and goals of participants.

2016-2017 Inquiry Circles

The following inquiry circles are seeking members.  To join, please contact the circle leader directly.

Teaching Inquiry Circle: Articulating Learning Using the T-Shaped Professional Model: Connecting Students to the 21st Century Workplace

The 21st Century workforce demands that graduates not only have depth in one or more disciplines but also broad “generalist” skills, an understanding of numerous future opportunities and complex issues, and appreciation of perspectives and systems different from their own. Students are unable to describe what they learned in specific courses, even though Stetson’s general and program learning outcomes directly connect to what employers want. Students lack the capacity to articulate what they have gained from curriculum. This circle will explore and apply the T-Shaped Professional Model of Integrative Learning and its usefulness in defining and connecting the liberal arts classroom experience to the workplace. To make this process manageable, the circle focus would focus on one or more courses to pilot this initiative.  To join this circle contact Tim Stiles at tstiles@stetson.edu

Teaching Inquiry Circle: The Courage to Teach

Members of this circle will meet to discuss Parker Palmer’s classic text, The Courage to Teach.  Each member of the circle will receive a copy of the book (or audiobook).  Indicate your interest in joining this teaching and learning circle by contacting browncenter@stetson.edu.

Call for Applications: Brown Innovation Fellows

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation & Excellence is pleased to announce the third annual Brown Innovation Fellows Program.The program celebrates teacher-scholars as learners by offering dedicated time for reflection on learning and strategies to facilitate deep student learning anchored in Stetson’s mission of preparing students to lead lives steeped in personal growth, intellectual development, and global citizenship. The Brown Innovation Fellows Program is made possible by generous donations from Hyatt and Cici Brown to support faculty innovation and excellence.

2016-2017 PROGRAM FOCUS:
The Courage to Teach

Higher education is undergoing a paradigm shift.  This shift is partly in response to disruptive forces, which include changing demographics of students and faculty; disruptive forces reconceptualizing how higher education is delivered; and students (and families) questioning the value and relevance of a college education. The recent report on the climate at Stetson highlights many of these challenges.

“Engaged learning” is embraced by many institutions of liberal learning as an antidote to these forces, moving the classroom from a space where the professor is an objective deliverer of knowledge to one in which student success and growth is a paramount concern.  Parker Palmer’s classic text, “The Courage To Teach: Exploring The Inner Landscape Of A Teacher’s Life“, offers a pathway by encouraging educators to reconsider objectivist education models where experts act as guardians of knowledge to one in which amateurs and experts become knowers working in concert to understand a subject. 

What Palmer proposes raises many questions …

  • When is this approach appropriate? When isn’t it?
  • How do we give students voice in the construction of their educational experience?
  • How can we develop syllabi that are inclusive of the diverse “lived experiences” of students and professors?
  • How is faculty work changed?  Are institutions recognizing and rewarding these new roles for faculty?

Fellows will grapple with these questions and more as a cohort over the course of the academic year. In an effort to model democratic ways of knowing, the program will borrow strategies from the un-conference movement in digital humanities where we collaborate to actively create the agenda to develop sessions that are relevant, engaging and respond to the knowledge, interest and goals of participants.

Tentative Agenda
  • October 1719: Applications Due
    (deadline extended)
  • October 20: Award notifications made
  • October 28: Gathering to establish goals, agenda and select readings/resources and experts to visit campus.
  • Monthly meetings to discuss, learn and reflect from November to March. (meeting times will be negotiated)
    • November TBD: Lunch gathering
    • December 2, 2-5pm
    • January 20, 2-5pm
    • February 10, 2-5pm
    • March 24, 2-5pm
    • April 6-7: Share learning with campus and beyond at the Brown Fellows Symposium as part of the annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium
    • April 21: 2-5pm;  graduation celebration

Goals
Brown Innovation Fellows will:

  • Develop expertise in pedagogical student learning
  • Use innovative strategies and technologies to deepen learning
  • Educate the campus community on pedagogical strategies and student learning by participating Brown Fellows Symposium as part of the annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium,  April 7-8.
Award Eligibility

The program is available to any full-time faculty member who is available to participate fully during the year-long institute and at the Brown Fellows Symposium during the Teaching & Learning Colloquium in April 2016.

Benefits to Fellows

The Brown Innovation Fellows Program will engage participants in diverse experiences to expand skill sets for designing courses that foster significant learning experiences by students. Fellows will build knowledge together as a cohort over the course of a year. In addition, each Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 to be issued upon completion of the Brown Innovation Institute and submission of a reflective report on their experience.

Application Process

All full-time faculty members at Stetson University are encouraged to apply. Each faculty member should submit their brief (500 word) application through the online form.  Please note that we will request support from your chair or direct supervisor for your participation.

Questions? We look forward to a number of excellent applications. Questions should be directed to the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation & Excellence.