Friday @ the Center
January 29, 2010
Last Call for SPU Research Grants
Applications for SPU grants to support research and scholarship during the 2010-2011 academic year are due on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, by 5 p.m. Three internal grant programs support scholarship: The Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Senior Faculty Grant (SFG), and SERVE Grant in Vocation and Theology. The first two programs support direct research expenses, student assistants, a summer stipend, or release time to pursue a scholarly project. Priority in FRGs is given to pre-tenured faculty; SFGs are limited to tenured faculty. The Faculty SERVE Vocation Grant supports research and curriculum that center on theological exploration of vocation in a wide variety of disciplines. Complete descriptions of each program and NEW interactive application forms are now available on the CSFD website. Final awards will be determined by the Faculty Development Committee by the Faculty Development Committee by March 1.
Undergraduates and Academic Conferences
Undergraduates who are presenting at conferences or who would like to attend an academic conference in order to explore the possibility of becoming a teacher-scholar, are eligible to apply for up to $400 through the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development to support travel and registration costs. Please let your academically gifted students know about this opportunity. For more information, visit the CSFD website.
Developing Independent Learning Skills: Information
A common goal in our academic programs is the development of lifelong learners, those who are able both to cope with a rapidly changing world through on-going learning and to delight in continual encounters with more and more of God’s good creation. Lifelong learners are independent learners, but most students need assistance in developing the skills they need to learn on their own. In Helping Students Learn in a Learner-Center Environment, Terry Doyle identifies eight general skill areas for independent learning that professors should help students acquire and practice. This week, F@C begins a new series highlighting these skills.
- Finding and evaluating quality sources of information. The overwhelming flood of information available in today’s Google-world makes this skill even more crucial than in the past. The five traditional criteria for evaluating print and media materials are accuracy, authority, coverage, currency, and objectivity. Reviewing these five criteria with students before they do independent work, providing examples of reliable and unreliable material, and working with your Library Learning Consultant to design activities are some of the ways you can help enhance your students’ abilities as independent learners.
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Don't forget the Weter Lecture, Tuesday, 7:30, DH 150.