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Upcoming Events

Events for Fall Quarter 2017

Faculty Writing Retreats

Couldn't participate in the Summer Writing Retreats?
As it turns out, we got so much writing done that we decided to keep this good thing going for the fall.
Join us for upcoming
Fall Faculty Writing Retreats
Fri Sept 22, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Fri Oct 20, 8:30 am - 5pm
Fri Nov 17, 8:30 am - 5pm
Fri Dec 15, 8:30 am - 5pm 
Learn more here

VITAL - Inclusive Teaching

A longstanding faculty discussion group, VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning) offers an opportunity to gather with faculty peers across the disciplines to discuss readings about teaching. Since fall 2016 VITAL has  focused on diversity and inclusion.
Incidents of hate speech and other acts of aggression focused on race, religion and other forms of difference continue to increase since the presidential election, Charlottesvillle, DACA and travel bans. Here on our campus more than 45% of SCU undergraduates are students of color or international students; many identify as LGBTQ, and come from a wide range of faith (and no faith) traditions. How do you make your teaching style and course content inclusive, welcoming, respectful and challenging for SCU's diverse student population? Join us as we continue our focus on readings & web resources concerning inclusive teaching.
note two different locations:
Thursday, October 5, 12:15-1:15
Benson 21 (lower level)
Monday, October 23, 11:45-12:45
Viewing & Taping A
(Learning Commons, first left after the cafe area)
RSVP (includes lunch)

Book Proposals (and books)

Join us for a discussion with experienced academic authors as they talk about how to write a book proposal that will get you the contract and the publisher you want. Laura Ellingson (Communication, Women's & Gender Studies) Dave Feldman (Counseling Psychology) and Michelle Oberman (Law) will talk with us about book proposals as well as the process of single-authoring and editing books.
Thursday, October 19, 12:15-1:15
Lucas 126
RSVP (includes lunch)

Open Access Week

Speaking of authorship, join us for Open Access Week:
OA Monographs Webinar Viewing
Faculty Development and the University Library invite you to enjoy lunch while watching a recording of a panel discussion hosted by open access publisher Lever Press. Representatives from multiple open monograph publishing initiatives will discuss their current economic models and the future of open access monographs. This is an excellent opportunity for SCU faculty to learn more about OA monograph publishing opportunities!
Wednesday, October 25, 12-1 (includes lunch)
Viewing and Taping A
Learning Commons
More info and RSVP
If you prefer to participate in this webinar live at 1pm on 10/24/17, email Professor Phyllis Brown (English, and member of the Lever Press Editorial Board). 

Navigating the Textbook Affordability Landscape: Publishers, Platforms, and Partners

Are you interested in reducing the cost of higher education for your students? Have you considered using Open Education Resources (OER)? Faculty Development and the University Library invite you to attend a live webinar with Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University, who will share the current state of textbook affordability initiatives and offer advice for collaborations between campus units (libraries, faculty, campus store).
Thursday, October 26, 11-12
Viewing and Taping A
Learning Commons

Scholar Commons Soiree: Lightning Lectures

 Faculty Development and the University Library are excited to invite you to our second annual Scholar Commons Soiree! This year, we've invited four dynamic speakers to present short talks broadly connected to the theme of information in our world. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer and some hors d’oeuvres and listen to four quick and stimulating lectures: Eric Goldman (Law) will present on section 230, the law that says websites aren’t liable for third-party content. Katharine Heintz (Communication) will discuss children and virtual reality. Sally Lehrman (Markkula Center) will talk about the Trust Project. Catherine Sandoval (Law) will speak about net neutrality and democracy. 
Thursday, October 26, 5-7
University Library Archives & Special Collections
Gallery and Reading Room
Learning Commons

Chairs' Roundtable

Department Chairs are invited to get together for lunch and an end-of-fall-quarter conversation about the complicated, crucial work of chair. Join us for a collegial conversation with your Chair peers from across the university. We'll share ideas and practices that can strengthen your department and streamline your work.
Wednesday, December 6, 12:15-1:15
Lucas 126
RSVP (includes lunch)


Our institutional membership in the National Council for Faculty Development & Diversity, gives every SCU faculty member free access to excellent online professional development geared to all phases of an academic career. Most offerings are archived and available at any time. (You need to log on to see specifics. Follow the prompts to join through the institutional membership. It just takes a minute or two.) Below are a few opportunities you might want to check out:
  • Fall 14-Day Writing Challenge (a live resource starting Nov 5; limited space and it fills quickly)
  • Every Semester (aka Quarter) Needs a Plan
  • How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice
  • Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded
  • Imposter Syndrome: How to Recognize it, Overcome It and Realize Your Academic Goals
  • Developing a Publishing Pipeline
  • Writing for Journals: An Editor's Perspective



Faculty Development is  happy to meet with groups, including departments, on specific programs to support teaching or research, and we offer confidential individual consultations (including classroom visits). We can help you find a mentor outside your department and get you connected to a Faculty Group for peer mentoring, writing, study or affiliation. Want to set up an inter-disciplinary faculty study group? We have funds for materials and food to help you do that. And if you haven't done so already, check out DRT (Digital Resources for Teaching)--a Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation project.