Joanna Grabski, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, is Coordinator of the GLCA Global Crossroads Grant Initiatives, including the $45,000 Grand Challenge grant and our recently submitted application to the Innovation Fund. Please contact Joanna if you have questions about these initiatives, and many thanks to her for taking on this leadership role!
Early-Career Faculty Learning Community: Resources and Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning
Over the past four years, the Center has provided this FLC as a mentoring and faculty development opportunity for early-career faculty as they continue to develop, practice, and evaluate their teaching perspectives, methods, and skills. Meeting once a month to discuss a set of readings on learning and teaching, we foster and sustain a collaborative group that will openly share perspectives and experiences about teaching and learning in order to enhance our professional development as liberal arts educators.
“Thriving at Denison” – January 18 ConversationThe Fall Faculty Symposium Group will host an afternoon gathering / happy hour to discuss the ongoing work related to “Thriving at Denison” on Wednesday, January 18, from 4-6pm in the Faculty Commons. We will reflect on the various commitments made by symposium participants on the “Reaction Wall” and discuss together how the work of inclusive excellence and student thriving can be carried on into the spring semester.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Workshops
On Monday, January 23, 2017, Denison University will honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by a day of service, workshops, and performance. The day will culminate in an evening performance of Power: From the Mouths of the Oppressed derived from narratives of our own students by Patrisse Cullors, organizing founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and performed/produced by Denison students.
Study Abroad Update
OCS has just finished working with the bulk of the sophomore class (Class of 2019) The deadline for application for the whole academic year 17-18 was December 1. We will work with latecomers but some programs may be closed to them after the deadline. We will begin working with first years (class of 2020) after spring break.
Thursday, December 1
General Faculty Meeting (Herrick Auditorium) 11:30
First Friday for faculty and administrators (Faculty Common) 4:30 p.m.Thursday, December 8
Lunch & Learn: Teaching and Diversity in the Classroom (Library A07) 11:30 a.m.Tuesday, December 13
Early Career FLC (Library A07) 4:30 p.m.Friday, December 16
Classes EndSaturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18
Reading and Study DaysMonday, December 19 through Thursday, December 22
Final ExamsMonday, December 26 through Friday, December 30
Winter Break, Offices Closed
Olivia Aguilar, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, published a paper, “Examining the literature to reveal the nature of community EE/ESD programs and research” in Environmental Education Research, November, 2016.
Hanada Al-Masri, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, presented a paper on “Language Pedagogy and Language Policy” at the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) held on November 17-20, 2016 at Boston.
January Professional Development Workshops
Please consider signing up for one (or more) faculty development workshops being offered January. Each workshop offers a stipend based upon the time commitment. Several spots remain in the writing and service learning workshops; the course / syllabus workshop has 6 open spots. Spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Peter Heft ’18, Brooke Hubbard ’18, Kristina Keidel ’17, and Taylor Zick ’17 attended the National Mental Health on College Campus for Active Minds in November. Denison’s Active Minds chapter received the Fundraising Innovation Award for the 2015-16 academic year during which Kristina Keidel served as the chapter’s president and Tim Durham as the chapter’s advisor.
The Lisska Center operates Denison’s fellowships office, coordinates our Summer Scholar programs, and serves as a hub for intellectual programming on campus. We are eager to meet with motivated students seeking opportunities to enhance their academic and extracurricular activities with a wide range of scholarly experiences both on and off campus. In the spirit of Harper’s Index, here are some facts to give you an idea of what we’ve been up to:
Average number of individual student consultations held per year: 450
Fellowship applications submitted by Denison students last year: 96
Percentage of Denison students who won the fellowship they applied for last year: 22
Application essay drafts read and commented on so far this year: 270
Fulbright applications submitted in October 2016 by Denison seniors and alums: 24
Advising Circles visited so far this fall: 27
Number of Denison Summer Scholar awards granted last year: 108
Percentage of Summer Scholar awards in the humanities, social sciences, and arts: 44
Number of faculty members who supervised Summer Scholar projects: 70
Number of interdisciplinary faculty Research Tables currently under way: 5
Percentage of first-year students surveyed who have received emails from Cookie: 100
Number of students who have told us they thought Cookie was an email robot: 4
Percentage of students who tell us they regretted applying for fellowships even when they didn’t win one: 0
Please encourage your sophomore and junior advisees to come talk to us NOW about how to identify and pursue opportunities for summer research, travel, and a wide range of postgraduate programs both in the US and abroad!