One of our goals as a Center is to engage SU faculty in conversation around the deeper questions of academic practice, based on national and international research into higher education. Events are open to all SU faculty.
Please note: One of the workshops below is a tele-workshop organized by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). An SU host will be available to facilitate a brief conversation at the end. Learn more about NCFDD.
Friday, April 11 | 12:30-4:30 | HUNT 110 | Lunch and refreshments provided
Facilitated by Robert Conyne, PhD, Boeing-William A. Allen Endowed Chair & Distinguished Professor, College of Education, 2013-14
A "Professional Journey" can be an exciting quest, a slog through bogs, a settling kind of experience, and far more besides. We each experience our own journey as faculty members and tend largely to keep its meaning private, whether it's wrapped in joy or in regret, or somewhere in between. Yet when we are provided with a positive occasion to focus on our professional journey and to be able to share it with peers, experience tells us that much is to be gained.
This four-hour afternoon workshop will intersperse short videos of SU faculty sharing and discussing key aspects of their professional journeys with opportunities for workshop participants to reflect and interact in small groups, guided by a set of carefully developed questions that help illuminate their own professional journey and its meaning.
By participating in this event, you can expect to gain:
• a deeper understanding of your own professional journey and its meaning
• a sense of universality, that "I am not the only one" who feels and thinks like this
• an opening of possibilities for renewal and advancement as a faculty member
• a sense of altruistic gain through providing guidance to others
• opportunities to realize valuable experience-based learning
Robert Conyne, PhD, is Boeing-William A. Allen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor in the College of Education for 2013-14 and Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, OH. He is a Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Counselor and Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and the American Psychological Association. He has 42 years' professional experience as a university professor and department head, counselor, administrator, consultant, and trainer. Bob has produced over 200 scholarly publications and presentations, including 14 books in his areas of expertise. With Fred Bemak, he co-edited Journeys To Professional Excellence: Lessons From Leading Counselor Educators and Practitioners (American Counseling Association, 2005), on which this workshop is based.
Thu, Jan 23 | 3:30-5:00 | Student Center 210 | Drinks & appetizers providedor
Fri, Jan 24 | 3:30-5:00 | Student Center 210 | Drinks & appetizers
Facilitated by David Green
Many of us require attendance in our classes. We expect
students to engage actively with the material and with one another. We check
who has viewed pages on Canvas. We monitor online discussions for levels of
contribution. And we often assign points for each of these as a carrot or
introduce penalties as a stick.
Why do we do this? Common reasons are that it is for the
students’ own good, that it reflects our university’s value of “care,” and that
it gives students practice for workplace professionalism.
While these reasons may be valid, could the opposite be true
at the same time? That by removing choice, we infantilize students, deny them
agency and academic freedom, and thwart their chances of developing their own
professionalism through trial and error? Or that by awarding points for
everything students do, we perpetuate a point-chasing attitude more akin to
high school, at the expense of higher learning in a post-compulsory setting?
In this late-afternoon session, we’ll have the chance for a
candid conversation over drinks and appetizers to discuss these troubling and
paradoxical notions and to weigh up the many alternatives available to us.
Tues, Jan 28 | 12:30-1:50 | Casey Commons | Lunch provided
Facilitated by David Green
In many of our disciplines, publishing in scholarly journals
is the coin of the realm. Many SU faculty are also deeply invested not only in
publishing, but also in reviewing for journals—that hidden and significant
contribution to the advancement of their disciplines.
Yet even with this level of professional engagement, what
happens behind the scenes in academic journals is often unclear. In the Center
for Faculty Development, we regularly have conversations with colleagues
wondering how best to communicate with an editor, how to respond to reviewers’
comments, and how faculty can put themselves in the editors’ shoes so that they
can be low-maintenance and high-value colleagues.
In this panel discussion, you’ll be able to raise your own
questions with journal editors from a range of disciplines here at Seattle
University. You’ll hear how different journals handle tricky situations, which
parts of the process most matter to the editors, and how you can enhance your
reputation across your own disciplinary community.