From the Office of the Provost
Denison University Faculty Newsletter
From Andrew Law, Ph.D. Director, Off-Campus Study
A poem to challenge the young people whom we are teaching ... well worth the 2' 45" of your time.
Promotion to Full Professor
At the April meeting of the Board of Trustees, promotion to the rank of Full Professor was granted to Barbara Fultner, Department of Philosophy, and Jessen Havill, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
New Directions Initiative Grants
Gabrielle Dillmann, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, was awarded an NDI Exploration grant for travel funds to attend the Palm Desert International Shorts Festival to learn about short films, particularly German shorts. In her proposal, "Learning about Short Films," Dillmann sees the introduction of short films as an effective way to energize her classes and possibly define a new area of research.
Report from the Race and Pedagogy Research Group
The Race and Pedagogy group had our last meeting of the school year on Thursday, April 28. Our goal is to figure out some of the main concerns of students and faculty surrounding race and race relations on campus and in the classroom in order to point out possible directions for the community to engage with these issues. We have planned small research projects for the summer as well as others that will be initiated when we get back to campus. We will use the research to plan a presentation to the faculty, to bring an appropriate speaker to campus, to put together useful resources for the faculty, and perhaps to present at a national conference in May 2012.
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, EXHIBITIONS, CONFERENCES, COMMUNICATIONS, CONCERTS
In April, Associate Professor of Studio Art Ron Abram exhibited work alongside his son Orson in the group exhibition All in The Family at Green Line Cafe in Philadelphia, PA. Curated by California painter/curator Timothy Buckwalter, All in The Family is a selected exhibition of artwork by east coast and national art-making families. A promotional video for the exhibition can be seen here: http://www.vimeo.com/22110260
Olivia Aguilar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Enironmental Studies, and co-author M. E. Krasny, recently had an article published in Environmental Education Research volume 17 (2), pp. 217-234, titled: "Using the communities of practice framework to examine an after-school environmental education program for Hispanic youth."
Associate Professor of Communication John Arthos' essay "Where Is Mythos Hiding in Gadamer's Hermeneutics: Or, the Ontological Privilege of Emplotment" appears in the just released Gadamer and Ricoeur: Critical Horizons in Contemporary Hermeneutics (Continuum, 2011).
David Baker, Professor of English, is one of 50 American poets invited to contribute to the composition of a renga chain as part of the painter Eric Fischl’s multi-art project; America: Now and Here. The chain has just been published as Crossing State Lines (Farrar Straus & Giroux). (Click here for NPR story) Filmmaker Drew Harty filmed Baker on-site in Granville, reading his renga and talking about the state of poetry and art in contemporary America; the film will appear as part of the two-year arts project, traveling cross-country. Baker’s poem “Outside” appeared this month in the special Americana issue of The Southern Review, and his series of aphorisms, “Half Stitches,” appeared in Hotel Amerika. Baker gave readings this month at University of Connecticut, Norwich Bookstore, and, as part of their National Poetry Month celebration, the University of Toledo/Lucas County library. He was also the featured reader and guest at the annual fundraiser of the Poetry Forum of Columbus.
Gary L. Baker Professor of Modern Language,s just published "Politisches Handeln und Gewalt in Uwe Johnsons Jahrestagen.” Johnson-Jahrbuch 17 (2010). Eds. Holger Helbig et al. Göttingen: Wallsetin, 2011. 129-140. As well, Baker presented “The Coalescence of Beauty and Violence in Uwe Timm’s Rot” at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 14-16, at the University of Kentucky.
On the occasion of the International Workers' Day (May Day), Radio KPFA 94.1 (Berkeley) had an interview with Sohrab Behdad, Professor of Economics, on "The Conditions of the Iranian Workers" (April 27, 2011), Click here to listen. (This audio archive will be available until Wednesday, May 11th 2011) Also on the same occasion Sohrab's article (with Farhad Nomani), "Iranian Labor and the Struggle for Independent Unions," previously published in Seminar (India- December 2010), has been posted on "PBS/Frontline" and "In These Times."
Associate Professor of Music Andy Carlson and Instructor of Music Tom Carroll performed as guest artists for the Chamber Jazz Concert Series at the Columbus Museum of Art on April 10, 2011.
Adam Davis, Associate Professor of History, reviewed Ronald J. Stansbury, ed., A Companion to Pastoral Care in the Late Middle Ages (1200-1500) (Brill, 2010) for The Medieval Review 11.03.20.
Quentin Duroy, Assistant Professor of Economics, published "The Path to a Sustainable Economy: Sustainable Consumption, Social Identity and Ecological Citizenship" in the International Journal of Green Economics 5(1).
Barbara Fultner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, published the edited volume Jürgen Habermas: Key Concepts, (Durham: Acumen, 2011). She wrote the editor's Introduction and contributed a chapter on "Communicative Action and Formal Pragmatics" to the volume.
Karen Graves, Professor of Education, concluded a two-year term as Vice President of Division F: History and Historiography in the American Educational Research Association in April. Her address at the New Orleans conference was entitled, "So, You Think You Have a History? Taking a Q from Lesbian and Gay Studies in Writing Education History."
David Greene, Associate Professor of Geosciences, with Denison student co-authors Matt Matteri (11) and Don Yezerski (10), is presenting "The Confusion Range, West-Central Utah: A Sevier-Age Fold-Thrust Belt in the Hanging Wall of the Snake Range Decollement" at the Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section meeting in Logan, Utah.
Stephanie Henkle, Affiliate Instructor of Voice, was recently elected President of the Ohio Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing. The election took place at the organization's annual Spring Meeting, held this year at Cleveland State University on April 2nd. NATS is the largest professional organization for voice teachers in the world, with the Ohio Chapter being comprised of over 150 college and university voice professors, as well as private instructors.
FADHEL KABOUB, Assistant Professor of Economics, published "The Middle East's Neoliberalism-Corruption Nexus," Dollars & Sense (May/June 2011), and was interviewed by Press TV (April 6)) to comment on the recent developments in the Middle East.
Assistant Professor of Communication Bill Kirkpatrick's paper "Reluctant Regulators Redux: Local Policymaking in an Age of Convergence" was included as part of the International Communication Association's "Virtual Conference," the online adjunct to their annual conference in April.
Ashwin Lall, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, had a paper "Representative Skylines using Threshold-based Preference Distributions" appear in the proceedings of the International Conference on Data Engineering, 2011. His paper "Efficient Online Locality Sensitive Hashing via Reservoir Counting" was accepted to the proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
Professor of Modern Languages Bernardita Llanos was invited to participate in the Asian and Latin American Studies Symposium and Workshop: South-to-South Feminist Dialogues (open to the public), at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 8-9,2011. Llanos was a discussant for one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Prajna Parasher, who presented "Specters and Images: Borders, Identities, and Locations." Isis Nusair, Assistant Professor of International Studies and Women's Studies, also participated and was a discussant in the symposium.
Diana Mafe, Assistant Professor of English, presented a paper entitled “Bearing Witness, Framing Resistance: One Woman’s Reflections on Autobiographical Writing” at the annual ALA (African Literature Association) conference, Athens, OH, April 16.
Robert Malcuit, Emeritus Professor of Geosciences, presented an oral paper at a Joint Sectional Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Pittsburgh (PA) in late March. The title of the paper was "Terraforming a Mars-like Planet by Tidal Processes". He also served as co-chairperson of the session on Planetary Geology.
Sandra Mathern-Smith, Associate Professor of Dance, spent one week as Guest Artist-in-Residence at Purdue University in the dance program, where she performed her work Three in Two with collaborating artists Rebecca Bryant and Don Nichols, and taught classes in movement technique and improvisation. In March, she was selected to participate in an improvisation performance lab, working with veteran improviser/teacher Barbara Dilley and performing, in Marfa, TX. Sandra will teach Ensemble Thinking at the OhioDance festival in April.
An article entitled "Attentional oblique effect when judging simultaneity, "by Nestor Matthews, Associate Professor of Psychology, with Jenna Kelly ('10), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Vision. On Tuesday May 10th, 2011, two posters from Matthews' lab will be presented at the annual conference of the Vision Sciences Society in Naples, FL. Matthews will present one poster that is co-authored with Denison senior Sarah Theobald ('11): "Attention-Dependent Hemifield Asymmetries When Judging Numerosity." The other poster will be presented by Jenna Kelly ('10):
"Attentional Oblique Effect When Judging Simultaneity: A Perceptual Learning Study."
Visiting Assistant Professor of First Year Studies Anna Nekola presented "The Devil in Disguise: Evangelical Christian Anti-Rock Discourse and the Origins of the Culture Wars" at the joint meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US branch) and the Society for American Music on March 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Anna also presented "Teaching Music on Television: Omnibus and the Defense of Culture" at the Allegheny Chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society on April 9 at Kent State University.
Isis Nusair, Assistant Professor of Womens Studies and International Studies, presented a paper titled "Permanent Transients: Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan," at the Gender and States of Emergency conference at the Ohio State University. http://mershoncenter.osu.edu/events/10-11events/Apr11/genderandstateemergencyconfapr11.htm She also took part in a symposium titled "Postcolonial Feminisms and the Ethic of Care: South-to-South Dialogues Asian and Latin American Studies" at the University of Pittsburgh. http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/conference/alas/2011/index.html
At the recent Kentucky Foreign Language Conference Charlie O'Keefe, Professor of Modern Languages, delivered a paper entitled: "Ethical Criticism vs. Aesthetic Criticism: Can Affect in Patrick Modiano's LA PLACE DE L'ÉTOILE Help Widen the Debate?"
Laura Romano, Associate Professor of Biology, presented a poster titled "Isolation and characterization of genes associated with the formation of the larval skeleton in the pencil urchin, Eucidaris tribuloides" at the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin Conference held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA at the end of April. The poster is co-authored by Emily Moore ('12), Donyea Moore ('11), Sadie Orlowski ('09), and Saira Tekelenburg ('12) and by a collaborator at Caltech.
Photographs by Tom Schultz, Professor of Biology, have been published recently in books including Structural Colors in the Realm of Nature by Shuichi Kinoshita, Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West by David Paulson, and A Treatise on the Western Hemisphere Caraboidea (Coleoptera) Volume 2 by Terry Erwin and David Pearson; several will appear in the second edition of the textbook Principles of Animal Communication by Jack Bradbury and Sandra Vehrencamp.
Geoff Smith and Jessica Rettig, Associate Professors of Biology, along with Kyle Renaldo '09, Cecilia Murch '09, Ja-Nell Riley '08, and Brandon Helleman '08 recently published a paper entitled "Substrate preference of eastern red-backed salamanders, Plethodon cinereus: A comparison of deciduous and coniferous substrate" in the latest issue of Amphibia-Reptilia. This paper is based on projects completed in Geoff and Jessica's Vertebrate Zoology course. Geoff, Andrew Terlecky '07, Chris Dayer '07, Allison Boyd '07, Megan Ogle '08, and Chris Dibble '09 had a paper entitled "Effects of mosquitofish and ammonium nitrate on activity of green frog (Lithobates clamitans) tadpoles: a mesocosm experiment" published in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of Freshwater Ecology.
Mary Tuominen, Professor of Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s Studies, co-presented a paper titled “Smart Money? Ideology, Individualism, and Financial Literacy,” at the North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting on April 1.
Micaela Vivero, Associate Professor of Art, had a month-long residency at Acoss Cultural NGO in Yerevan, Armenia. While there she took part of the 15th Annual Alternative Art Festival at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art from April 8th to the 23rd curated by Arpa Hacopian (http://www.accea.info/en/home/). In this exhibition she showed “(Im)possible Interventions (wishing trees)” a project made during the residency and gave a talk about it.
A chapter by Steven Vogel, Professor of Philosophy, entitled "On Nature and Alienation" has just appeared in a volume published by University of Toronto Press and edited by Andrew Biro; the book is entitled Critical Ecologies: the Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises. As well, Vogel gave a paper entitled "Thinking Like a Mall" to the Environmental Political Theory group at the Western Political Science Association meetings in San Antonio.
Ping Yang, Assistant Professor of Communication, recently published "Who am I in the virtual space? A dialectical approach to students' online identity expression" in New Media and Intercultural Communication: Identity, Community, and Politics, edited by Pauline H. Cheong, Judith N. Martin, and Leah P. Macfadyen (2011).
Thoughts about Teaching
College on the Hill.
There is a paradox in liberal arts teaching. Small liberal arts colleges excel as teaching institutions; yet the Ph.D. programs that qualify faculty for this work are not primarily designed to teach us how to teach. In my field of history, graduate training is primarily dedicated to developing the capacity to do original research. So the question might be posed: how do Denison faculty learn to teach?
The answer, it seems to me, is “on the job.” In my own thirty-five years of teaching at Denison, I learned a lot from the college poet. Paul Bennett had an unbroken record of fifty years of service to Denison; and he seemed to see refusal from a journal as a stage in the editing of his writing. I’ll never forget a lunch in the old Faculty Lounge on the fourth floor of Slayter, when he chose to read poems in honor of former faculty who had meant a lot to him. He also celebrated former presidents that day. I came away from his moving presentation inspired with a sense that faculty at Denison had probably always learned from those who had gone before, and that this informal process would continue its unsung role into the foreseeable future.
One could even say metaphorically that the support each new generation finds on this ridge is located in the set of older stones making up the ridge. Faculty learn to teach on this hilltop and then become sources of support. Also, once inspired by the freedom to design our own courses, we continue to learn through teaching. This process of learning by the faculty might be paralleled to what we hope undergraduates will go through in four years; we just get a whole career to perfect it.
Do you have a comment or a response to these thoughts? Do you have more "thoughts about teaching"? Send them to Susan Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org) for publication in the next newsletter.
Pedagogical Scholarship and presentations
Juan Burciaga, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, attended the APS meeting in Anaheim this weekend. His major contribution was chairing the session on best practices in undergraduate research expereinces that he organized as part of the APS/AAPT (American Physical Society/American Association of Physics Teachers) collaboration. Invited speakers included Angela Locks (CSU Long Beach): "Undergraduate Research: Faculty Roles and Best Practices"; Umesh Garg (University of Notre Dame): "REU at Notre Dame: 'Experience' over a Quarter Century"; and Catherine Mader (Hope College): "Physics REU sites: What works? How do we know? How do we improve?"
Barbara Fultner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, gave a presentation on "The Role of Oral Exams in Philosophy Classes" to the American Association of Philosophy Teachers at the Central Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Minneapolis in March.
Joan Krone, Profesor of Mathematics and Computer Science, conducted a three-hour workshop on “Mathematics throughout the CS Curriculum,” at the SIGCSE (Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education) conference in Dallas, Texas on March 9. At the same conference, she presented results drawn from her current NSF grant at the National Science Foundation Showcase on March 10. She served as a judge for the student poster competition on March 11.
Laura Romano, Associate Professor of Biology, Romano was invited to give a talk at the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin Conference held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA at the end of April regarding the use of databases in the classroom in the Education Session for which she served as Chair.
Rebecca Homan and Jessica Rettig, Associate Professors of Biology, accompanied five senior biology majors to the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) in Indianapolis. These seniors presented the results of their senior research in podium or poster formats, some in pursuit of Departmental Recognition. In Biology, students seeking Departmental Recognition must present their research at an external venue, and the Butler URC is a professional-style conference that spans undergraduate disciplines (sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies) and draw students from over 30 colleges and universities. Our presenters included Tian Lan " A six-year study of demographic and habitat distributions of three amphibian species at a temporary pond in central Ohio", Eric Thompson "Florivory in Datura wrightii", Kelsy Espy "Does leaf damage induce anti-herbivore defenses in Raphanus sativus petals or pollen?", Grant Adams "Does damaging leaves induce resistance or susceptibility to herbivory in dogbane?", and Brian Jackson "30 years of succession on Mt. St. Helen's: An analysis of trends and literature". Rebecca Homan and Andy McCall served as research advisors for these students.
April R. Fields, biology, presented her senior research project "Characterizing the phenotype of 9.17 heterozygous, trio homozygous mutants in the Drosophila CNS" as a poster at the 120th annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science April 16th, 2011 at Otterbein University. April's project was supervised by Eric Liebl, Professor of Biology.
Update From Brian Hortz, TAsk Force on Advising.
The advising task-force has meet with several people over the last few months. We feel like we have a good handle on where things are currently and some great ideas for improving advising. We are starting to begin the process of writing and hope to present preliminary thoughts to faculty and students when we return in fall.
Update from Geoff Smith, Task Force on WritingThe Task Force on Writing thanks the faculty who participated in the small group conversations on writing at Denison. We found the conversations to be helpful and informative. We also had a conversation with the Writing Center Fellows that helped provide us with a student perspective on writing at Denison. We are currently in the process of writing our report which we plan to submit to AAC in mid-May.
Report from the Faculty Development Committee
From Marlene Tromp, Chair
We had 72 respondents to the individual faculty audits and 14 responses from departments and programs in the departmental conversations. I will share information from the individual audits first, then turn to the departmental conversations.
75% of Denison faculty rated the current institutional support for Research at 5 or above on a scale of 1-7, 79% specifically naming the PD Accounts and 43% naming the various grant and fellowship opportunities. Similar enthusiasm was evident in the departmental responses as well, particularly with regard to DU’s flexibility with use of funds and time.
In the individual audits, 25% of faculty explicitly indicated that they wanted more value placed on research and more opportunities to share research (one described it as a lack of “research culture” at Denison), though all indicated that they still wanted the value on good teaching to remain high. While research is rewarded in the salary structure, they wanted more genuine intellectual dialogue and more respect accorded to the important scholarly work many of us are doing. 65% called for increased opportunities for internal (Denison-based) financial support. 10% called specifically for more support for gaining external resources.
With regard to Teaching, 58% rated the current support at a 5 or above, identifying various workshops and seminars (especially among pre-tenure faculty) and the library and IT support as significant. Colleagues called for additional support for team teaching and innovative teaching structures, and a strong reward system for teaching excellence.
Significant appreciation was specifically noted for the following: Teaching Matters, Early Career Mentoring, the Fall Faculty Symposium, the Advising Workshops, IT support, and the library resources, among others. We also acknowledged the benefit of our AAAs and the Wellness program.
Our colleagues rated Advising as the weakest area for current institutional support. 58% clustered in the 3-5 range; 70% valued either the workshops or other forms of institutional support; 13% said their best information came from mentoring; and 20% wanted more support in this area.
In explanation for this relative dissatisfaction, were narrative comments. A broad theme, and one that emerged in almost every set of comments with regard to advising, is that we simply don’t have the time, particularly given our large number of advisees and the other Denison demands, to be both clerks or “box-checkers” and counselors. There was a clear call for a computer-based system that would perform the former and more online information, as well as what one colleague called an “advising czar” for all class years (on the model of the Dean of FYS), which our colleagues indicated would permit them to perform the kind of intellectual advising on which we have placed such an emphasis. Colleagues also called for more departmental- or divisional-based dialogues to articulate field values and better guide our students, particularly if we had more time for advising.
Over 1/3 of our faculty wanted more mentoring themselves; 54% wanted more training to be mentors; roughly 1/3 wanted more training for leadership or with regard to available service opportunities; 45% wanted additional support for conflict resolution; and a striking 52% wanted additional support for life balance issues.
Overall, it was clear that colleagues wanted all of the workshops they valued and called for to be optional, rather than obligatory.
The departmental responses fleshed out all this data more fully with explanations and analysis.
Our colleagues noted specifically and with some regularity that, as Denison has evolved over the years, we have called for increasing time and energy commitments from everyone. Often, increased demands have been accompanied by little compensatory reduction in labor (some folks have noted that the shift to 3/2 compensated for the already high level of labor-intensive, faculty-guided independent student research), which means we all feel driven to work very hard. At Denison, in other words, we have research demands similar to a research institution and teaching demands similar to a teaching institution and now a new expectation that ramps up advising, and these demands feel unreasonable.While they deeply valued the PD, several departments asked for it either to be adjusted for inflation or to match the research demands when that became institutionally possible.
In general, our colleagues have called for more formative support for teaching and more structural support for innovative teaching. A significant proportion of our colleagues described a desire for a more robust intellectual life at the college—including more available and open time for conversations among faculty. This was a significant theme.
Some colleagues wished for more support for seeking external funding sources; more readily-accessible information and support for service training, life-balance issues, and service opportunities (though people are clear that they want no additional required meetings).
There was real clarity that people wished for more readily-accessible information on review, for ourselves and the junior colleagues we mentor; and many colleagues described a one-stop website as a key place for locating this information. Web-accessibility on this and other issues—including teaching, research, and granting support—ranked high.
Finally, a broad contingent of colleagues wanted more recognition for the variety of ways in which we successfully do our work, rather than a “cookie-cutter” vision of teaching, service, and scholarly or creative work at Denison.
Workshops and conversations at Denison
The Office of the Provost and First-Year Programs will co-host an Advising Workshop designed specifically for new faculty who are beginning their formal advising role in their second year on campus. The mission-centric workshop begins with a philosophical approach to advising before transitioning to topics ranging from the curriculum, the Registrar, data on our student populations, and the partnership with the Division of Student Development. It is held on Tuesday, May 3, from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Higley Auditorium. Please contact Matt Kretchmar (email@example.com) for more information.
How to teach writing
On May 16 and 17, Matt Kretchmar and Brenda Boyle will be conducting a workshop on how to teach writing. This first of what we hope will be a series of workshops aimed at developing faculty writing pedagogy skills intentionally will be small, with only 20 participants, so if you have not yet indicated to Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you want to be included, please do immediately. This workshop is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and First-Year Programs.
Mid-Career FAculty Dialogue
The Mid-Career Faculty team (Mary Tuominen, Mónica Ayala, and Peter Kuhlman), sponsored by The Office of the Provost, has scheduled a dialogue to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Modern Languages Foresman Lounge (Fellows 305). A continental breakfast will be served.
Mid-Career Faculty Colleagues,
How might we best support the on-going development of mid-career faculty* at Denison? We would like to invite you to join mid-career faculty from across campus for an informal conversation about our hopes and concerns.
We offer some initial questions to get you thinking about issues that may provoke valuable discussion:
o What rewards and challenges do you experience as a mid-career faculty?
o How have your professional goals and challenges changed over time?
o What institutional structures or resources would enable you to thrive at Denison?
Once we’ve identified issues, we’ll consider next steps. We hope you’ll be able to join in this conversation.
Please RSVP to Mary Tuominen (email@example.com) and please contact one of us if you have any questions.
The Role of Advising in a Liberal Education
Following on the Mellon workshops of the past three years, this workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, will encourage faculty to explore the goals and possibilities of the advising relationship. We will discuss ways in which advising can help students discover the meaning and purpose of their liberal educations and ultimately help fulfill the mission of the college. We will also examine how advising fits into faculty life on our campus, looking at expectations and support for advising. First-time participants will receive a stipend of $300. Veteran participants are welcome to participate as well, but no stipend will be provided. Please contact Susan Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a space.
The workshop will run May 18-20 in Burton Morgan 220 (starting at 1pm May 18, and concluding at 1pm May 20) and will be facilitated by Jeff Kurtz (Communication) and Heather Rhodes (Biology). The workshop will be capped at 12 participants, but there are still a few slots remaining.
Mid-Career Faculty Dialogue
Repeat of May 18 dialogue.
Animating Our Convictions: Taking our conversations about the Liberal Arts beyond theory
Also following on the Mellon workshops of the past three years, this workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, seeks to bring theory into conversation with praxis around a notion of joint purpose. Taking the Denison mission statement as the conceptual frame for the group's work, the participants will explore the possibilities for and challenges to creating a living/learning community grounded in our particular iteration of the liberal arts tradition. By considering what and how the various members of our community contribute to our mission, including the individual stories that inform the participants' relationship(s) to the broader project, the goal of the workshop is to engender an ongoing conversation regarding how we can and should work together as liberal arts educators to create a community that embodies our institutional mission.
The workshop, facilitated by Andy Law and Brian Hortz, will run May 23-27 in the Faculty Common, starting at 9 a.m and concluding at 1 p.m. each day. First-time participants will receive a stipend of $300. Veteran participants are welcome to participate as well, but no stipend will be provided. Please contact Susan Garcia (email@example.com) to reserve a space.
general faculty meeting Thursday May 5 (11:45-1:15)
May 11: Senior grades submitted electronically to the Office of the Registrar by 12:00 noon.
May 16: Final grades submitted electronically to the Office of the Registrar by 12:00 noon.
May 14: Baccalaureate Service (1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.)
May 15: Commencement (12:30p.m.)
Final New Directions Initiative Submission deadlines for this academic year
Proposal Submission Deadline
Full Proposal Response by
Exploration Proposal Response by
May 30, 2011
July 25, 2011
June 13, 2011
For more information, see the GLCA/NDI page: http://www.glca.org/programs-groups-a-services/programs/new-directions-initiative
Fall Faculty Symposium
Mark your calendars for Wednesday August 24, 8:30 - 12:30.
Also, the August datesof the Advising Workshop and the Liberal Education workshops will be announced later this summer. Stay tuned.
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