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Events for Winter Quarter 2018

Preparing your Syllabus for Core Approval

Are you considering submitting a syllabus for Core Approval in the coming year?  Submission deadlines are coming up: January 16, 2018 for courses scheduled for Spring 2018; April 2, 2018 for courses to be taught in Summer or Fall 2018.  Join us tomorrow and/or Thurs  as faculty from Core Committees describe the syllabus evaluation process and provide tips for preparing effective materials for committee approval.  Examples of excellent syllabi and assessments will be provided. Cosponsored with Core Curriculum.

Wednesday Jan 10, 11:45-12:45,  Lucas 126 

Kathy Aoki (Art & Art History), STS Faculty Core Committee Chair
Chad Raphael (Communication), Arts Faculty Core Committee


Thursday Jan 11, 12:15-1:15,  Lucas 126
Chris Kulp (Philosophy) Ethics Faculty Core Committee Chair
Laura Ellingson (Communication) Diversity Faculty Core Committee Chair

RSVP (includes lunch)

Co-sponsored with Undergraduate Studies and the Core Curriculum Committees

Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM

Twenty universities in the US have participated in the TIDES Project (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) with the American Association of Colleges and Universities--with the goal of assisting faculty as they develop curricula and pedagogies to support learning for students from underrepresented groups in STEM. Join us for this special session as we discuss teaching strategies and practices developed by colleagues on TIDES campuses. Faculty participants will learn and practice research-based approaches to inclusive STEM teaching as they discuss classroom case studies. 

Tuesday Jan 23, 9-12, Benson Parlor A


Monday Feb 5, 1:30-4:30, Donohoe



Faculty Writing Retreats

Thursdays & Fridays

How's your writing and research going? Winter--the middle of the year on the lightning-speed quarter system--might just be the toughest time to stick with regular writing practices. So mix it up a bit. Join faculty colleagues for any of these monthly Th/Fr writing retreats. Come for one or both days. The program consists entirely of faculty writers writing. Why write with colleagues when you can stay in your office? Lots of reasons: because you want to focus and energize your writing project/s; because working alongside colleagues offers accountability, community, and joy; because your routine might not be serving you well; because peer pressure is powerful.

Dates, details and RSVP here


Inclusive Teaching

A longstanding faculty discussion group, VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning) offers an opportunity for faculty across the disciplines to discuss readings about teaching.  Since fall 2016 VITAL has  focused on diversity and inclusion. We meet twice each quarter and focus on readings and current classroom challenges.
Incidents of hate speech and other acts of aggression continue to increase since the 2017 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 our student population? And what about teaching practices that alienate and exclude students from underrepresented communities? These remain common; we hear about them regularly from our students. Join us as we discuss the fall issue of  Liberal Education: On Creating Inclusive Classrooms. Read it online in preperation for our discussion.

Monday  Jan 29, 11:45-12:45

Lucas 126

RSVP (includes lunch)

Teaching with Santa Clara’s Perspectives

Perspectives--a program run by the Office of Multicultural Learning--is a committee of students, staff and faculty who facilitate diversity workshops that aim to help students shift their perspectives, gain diverse knowledge, and build multicultural skills. These workshops take place across campus: in residence halls, with staff teams, in student organizations, and in classrooms. Did you know about that last part? Didn’t think so. Join us as we learn more with Danielle Aguilar (OML), Amy Randall (History) and Brett Solomon (Child Studies) about how faculty use Perspectives in their courses to enhance student learning.

Tues March 6, 12:15-1:15

Lucas 126

RSVP (includes lunch)

Lecturer Reappointment Process 

If you are a multiple year, renewable Lecturer with questions about the Lecturer Reappointment Process, join Amy Shachter (Senior Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs) and Eileen Elrod (Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development) to learn more. Find guidelines here or learn more about appointment types in the Faculty Handbook, section 3. Need more information? See our Lecturer Resource Guide.

Wednesday March 7, 11:45-12:45


Thursday March 8, 12:15-1:15

St Joseph's 309

RSVP (includes lunch)

Lecturer Information Lunch

Do you have questions about your AYAL, QAL or other term-lecturer appointment? Do you need to know more about how the different lecturer appointment lines work? Are you eligible for reappointment? How do you apply for a new search for the next academic year? What faculty resources are available to you? Join Eileen Elrod (Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development) and Amy Shachter (Senior Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs) for lunch and an information session focused especially on clarifying lecturer appointments.

Wednesday March 14, 11:45-12:45


Thursday March 15, 12:15-1:15

St Joseph's 309


Can’t make it but you’d like to know more on this topic?

Check out SCU’s lecturer resource guide

Coming Soon: Let's talk about SETs

(Student Evaluations of Teaching)



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 April 1; 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

Ongoing Opportunities

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.