In Fall 2013, the Center for Faculty Development is launching two Faculty Learning Communities, each around a book. The first – on Ambrose et al.’s How Learning Works – is for faculty who want a better understanding of their students’ learning so that they can make smarter decisions in their own courses.Meanwhile the second – on Rabiner and Fortunato’s Thinking Like Your Editor – is for faculty interested in writing nonfiction for a broad audience.
A faculty learning community is a group of cross-disciplinary faculty (usually 6–12 people) engaging in an active, collaborative program that meets regularly to support the enhancement of one’s teaching or scholarship (definition adapted from Miami University, OH). Participants in the learning community each pick a focus project and agree to apply the ideas, try out innovations, and report back to the group on what they have learned.The Center for Faculty Development provides you with a copy of the book, refreshments, and a designated “host” for your learning community. At each gathering, you’ll discuss key insights from the assigned reading, the progress you’re making on your own project, and questions that are surfacing for you.
Any Seattle University faculty member, part-time or full-time, can participate in the program. For the two communities beginning in Fall 2013, please see the specific additional information below.
Are you interested in finding out more about your students’ learning and adjusting your own courses as a result? How Learning Works, written by faculty developers from Carnegie Mellon University, is grounded in evidence from cognitive sciences, education, and psychology, and presents seven key principles that we can use to underpin the design of our courses. Covering such topics as mastery, prior knowledge, motivation, and classroom climate, this book has gained an international reputation for its clarity, rigor, and practicality. Over five sessions in Fall and Winter, we’ll be able to increase our understanding of learning, plan concrete changes for our classes, and discuss the results of these changes with an interdisciplinary group of peers.
1a. What's in it for you?
Over the course of this 5-part series, you’ll
1b. Who is this suited to?
This community is for any faculty member who would like to take a more research-based approach to teaching. Ideally, you would be teaching in both Fall and Winter so that you can put new ideas into use immediately and are therefore better able to contribute to group discussion and reflection. This will give everyone greater insight into the variability of teaching contexts and norms, and can lead to a deeper appreciation of disciplinary nuances in higher education.
1c. Dates, times, and registration
Thu, Oct 17 | 2:00–3:00 | Casey 517Thu, Nov 21 | 2:00–3:00 | Hunthausen 150Thu, Jan 16 | 2:00–3:00 | Casey 517 (provisional)Thu, Feb 6 | 2:00–3:00 | Casey 517 (provisional)Thu, Mar 6 | 2:00–3:00 | Casey 200 (provisional)Twelve places are available for this community on a first come, first served basis. Please register your place HERE. If more people apply, we will keep a waitlist.
Would you like to write a book about your area of expertise for a broad audience, but you’re not sure where to begin? In this five-session series over Fall and Winter Quarters, you’ll learn some of the trade secrets for writing a successful nonfiction book. We’ll be reading and discussing Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction – and Get It Published, recommended by editors at Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, and HarperCollins, to name just a few. We won’t be talking about how to write a book for the dozen specialists in your field, but how to write a book that’s sold at regular bookstores and reaches 1,000 or more people a year. Whether you’re already outlining chapters or you’re just toying with the glimmer of a book idea, this faculty learning community can take your thinking and writing where you most need them to go.
2a. What's in it for you?
2b. Who is this suited to?
You can be at the early thinking stages of your book idea or you can already be writing chapters. We do ask, however, that you come with the intent to work on a nonfiction book project for a broad audience, rather than a niche book for a select group of like-minded specialists or a journal article. We’ll be able to provide the best support for one another if we’re facing similar challenges.
2c. Dates, times, and registration
Tue, Oct 15 | 10:30-11:30 | Casey 516Tue, Nov 12 | 10:30-11:30 | Casey 517Tue, Dec 3 | 10:30-11:30 | Casey 517 Tue, Jan 28 | 10:30-11:30 | Casey 517 (provisional)Tue, Feb 18 | 10:30-11:30 | Casey 516 (provisional)
Twelve places are available for this community on a first come, first served basis. Please register your place HERE. If more people apply, we will keep a waitlist.