Friday @ the Center
October 31, 2008
Any faculty member who wishes to obtain some formative feedback on his or her teaching is invited to contact me to request setting up a Teaching Consultation. In this confidential process, two experienced senior faculty members will meet with you several times, review syllabi and other material, observe some of your classes, interview your students, and help you to work on specific teaching strategies. Teaching consultations must be initiated by the faculty member and are purely formative, not evaluative in nature. Consultations are helpful both for faculty who are newer to the profession as well as for those seasoned pros who might feel as if a certain course or strategy has grown “stale.”
Kudos to the faculty member who upon encountering a paranoid and irrational student during office hours took the initiative to walk the student over the Student Counseling Center for immediate assistance. When you suspect one of your students is suffering from depression, paranoia, or other mental health problems, you should do two things: refer the student to the Student Counseling Center and contact Kimberlee Campbell or Jeff Jordan in the Student Life Office, so that various SPU student-assistance processes can be started and coordinated. If we communicate with each other about these difficult situations, it will be easier for the community to work together to recognize problems and get students the help they need.
Graduate School Application: Nuts & Bolts
Please encourage any of your students who are planning to apply to graduate school either this fall or in the future to attend the CSFD’s seminar, “The Nuts and Bolts of Applying to Graduate School,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in DH 356. Topics to be discussed include the application process and timeline, GREs, obtaining recommendations, and writing the personal statement. This seminar is appropriate for students applying to a variety of graduate programs, with the exception of the health sciences.