A Message From Academic Affairs
I hope that you are enjoying a pleasant summer. I have been spending a good bit of the last couple of months reading up on pedagogical matters. One article I read is by Ken Bain, who visited campus a few years ago. Bain wrote (with James Zimmerman) a terrific article for the spring issue of Peer Review Understanding Great Teaching that I think you might appreciate. In it, he makes a case for the connection of inquiry and deep learning. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on how we can better support the kind of teaching and learning that Bain and Zimmerman describe here.
I am delighted to report that in June the Board of Trustees confirmed the promotion of nineteen colleagues, who are listed on the Faculty News page. Please join me in congratulating our colleagues!
We have a terrific cohort of new faculty coming to campus this fall. At their orientation on August 14, Dan Bernstein of the University of Kansas will be talking about syllabus development and backward design. Dr. Bernstein will also offer a session for all faculty that morning, from 9-11:30. His title is "Making Learning Visible." On his website at Kansas, you will find excellent examples of teaching portfolios: http://www.cte.ku.edu/gallery/index.shtml. Mary Koski will send out an invitation to the event in the next week.
I am looking forward to the upcoming faculty retreat, August 17-18, where we will have opportunity to talk about important matters before the college, most importantly our goals for student learning in the general education program and in the curriculum more broadly.
-- Jeff Abernathy