Friday @ the Center
April 26, 2013
Teacher of the Year Award: CAS - Electrical Engineering
This quarter, F@C will feature the nine nominees for the SPU Faculty Teacher of the Year award. The Faculty Development Committee will announce SPU’s Teacher of the Year at the June 3 Faculty In-Service.
Dr. Melanie Plett, Professor of Electrical Engineering, has taught courses including Electrical Circuits 1, 2, & 3, Control System Design, and USEM 1000. One of Dr. Plett's teaching goals is that her students would begin to "own" the learning process and she "aims to join the other faculty and staff at SPU in loving the students and helping them to grow into a life centered around Christ, and to prepare them for His service." In response to her Electrical Circuits 2 course, one student said, "I really appreciated the added context of engineering as a service profession that Dr. Plett brought to light in this class. Understanding my career in context of my faith is definitely something I've wrestled with, and Dr. Plett helped make this grey area a lot clearer." The committee members who observed her teaching as part of the review process were also impressed with Dr. Plett's integration of Christian faith with her discipline and noted her as a highly competent teacher.
$5,000 CCCU Grant Awarded to Geri MasonPlease join us in congratulating Geri Mason, Assistant Professor of Economics, who received a $5,000 Free Market Economics grant from the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to develop a travel course that will engage college students with principles of liberty and the free market, their application in the Industrial Age, and the challenges of modern free market England. Geri is collaborating with Tom Copeland, Associate Professor of Political Science at Geneva College, and will use the funds for a scouting and planning trip to London, Oxford, and Cambridge; and also for the development of the course syllabus, assessment tools and on-line support materials.
2013 Paul T. Walls Lecture
Holiness in Black & White: Women, Race, and Sanctification
Priscilla Pope-Levison, PhD
Professor of Theology
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church
This year's Walls Lecture will focus on Wesleyan/Holiness women evangelists in the early 20th century, including Emma Ray, an African American who preached in Seattle rescue missions alongside SPU students and went on to become a Free Methodist Conference Evangelist. More information here.
|Margaret Diddams, Ph.D.
Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Director, Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development