Friday @ the Center
May 14, 2010
Fulbright Informational Meeting for Students
Opportunities to participate in the U.S. Student Fulbright Program for 2011-12 were announced on May 1. SPU’s annual Fulbright informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 18, at 1 p.m. in DH 354. Fulbright offers programs both for graduate students and for post BA/BS students. For current juniors and seniors, one attractive option might be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, available in over 50 countries. Other programs involve proposing and conducting an independent research or creative project. Please direct interested students to the Fulbright website and also encourage them to attend the meeting next week.
Toy Award: CAS Social Sciences
*The seventh in a series featuring this year’s eight nominees for the SPU Faculty Teacher of the Year award.*
Dr. Kathleen Braden has been teaching geography at SPU since 1982, with a five year break when she served as Dean of Student Life from 1999-2004. She has taught World Regional Geography, Economic Geography, Geopolitics, and a Capstone course in Civil Society. Her “Are There Dogs in Heaven?” is a popular freshman seminar examining whether animals have souls, animal suffering, animal exploitation, and art and poems about our relationship with animals. Kathleen has an “indefatigable vision for academic program innovation,” according to her Associate Dean, and is renowned for her creative powerpoints, top ten lists, wiki work, and contribution to SPU’s new Global Studies Major. One of her students writes, “Dr. Braden is extremely responsive, knowledgeable, kind, and interesting to listen to. I love that along with wisdom, she brings a heart that genuinely cares both about her students and the subject matter.” Her students especially appreciate her provision of reading notes, use of outside speakers from NGOs, and practice of praying for the needs of the countries they are studying.
Dr. Kathleen Braden
File Building Workshop Next Week
Going up for tenure, promotion, or third-year review next year? Don’t miss attending the file-building workshop offered by the Faculty Status Committee next week. Crucial information on how to prepare an effective file will be presented, and committee members will be available to answer your questions. Senior Faculty Mentors are encouraged to attend with their mentees, and department chairs and school deans are also welcomed. The workshop will be offered twice:
Thursday, May 20th, 9:30 – 10:20 am, McKenna Conference Room
Friday, May 21st, 12:30 – 1:20 pm, SUB 207