Friday @ the Center
May 21, 2010
Toy Award: CAS Arts & Humanities
*The final in a series featuring this year’s eight nominees for the SPU Faculty Teacher of the Year award. These appeared in reverse alphabetical order, if anyone was wondering. Don’t miss the announcement of the 2010 Teacher of the Year from among these eight outstanding nominees at the Faculty In-Service on June 7.*
Dr. Carlene Brown has taught music at SPU since 2005, with courses ranging from USEM and UCOR 1000 to upper division courses in the Psychology of Music, Music and Medicine, and Music Therapy. She recently was instrumental in reshaping the music theory curriculum and developing a new music therapy program, which quickly achieved national accreditation. In a recent UCOR section, Carlene received an impressive overall instructor score of 4.9 in her course evaluations. In response to this required GE course, one student wrote, “Just want to comment that I was really not looking forward to this class, but you made it one of my most interesting classes so far at SPU,” while another said, “I was dreading this class thinking it was a joke, but it’s actually made me think more deeply about how I connect to things personally.” Her students appreciate Carlene’s ability to facilitate good discussions, demand excellent work, and create a welcome learning environment.
Dr. Carlene Brown
2010 Faculty Mini-Courses
This year’s Faculty Mini-Courses offer a bountiful opportunity for faculty to learn in community. Each one-day course takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you can register for one to all four courses in any kind of combination. Several courses this year are co-sponsored with the Center for Biblical and Theological Education (CBTE); others provide insight into using writing in teaching and the intricacies of grant writing. Each session is limited to 20 participants, who will receive a $125 honorarium, a free book, and lunch. Full-time, adjunct, and part-time faculty are eligible to enroll for any sessions; staff will be able to enroll in the CBTE-co-sponsored sessions. Contact Anna Miller at email@example.com to reserve your spot now. Registration for the June courses closes on June 14. Registration for the September courses closes on Sept. 1.
- Course: Commenting on Students’ Papers: Terms, Concepts, Strategies
Instructor: Tom Amorose, Director of Campus Writing Professor of English
Dates: June 21 or Sept. 23
Lots of instructors get bogged down editing errors out of their students' papers, leaving themselves little time (or energy) to identify and comment on major strengths and weaknesses in student texts. This workshop will give participants a vocabulary of concepts they can use to get at the heart of their students' writing and really help students become better writers. Faculty from across all disciplines are encouraged to participate.
- Course: Wesleyan Theology—Co-sponsored with CBTE
Instructor: Doug Koskela, Associate Professor of Theology
Dates: June 22 or Sept. 15
This mini-course will explore the theological vision and legacy of John and Charles Wesley. In particular, we will examine John Wesley’s historical context, his theological methodology, and his doctrinal commitments and emphases, engaging hymns from his brother Charles as we proceed. Attention will be given to the ongoing relevance of Wesleyan theology for the contemporary church as well as for Christian higher education. Although not a prerequisite, having taken the faculty mini-course in UFDN 3100, Christian Theology, would be an advantage.
- Course: Genesis—Co-sponsored with CBTE
Instructor: Frank Spina, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology
Dates: June 23 or Sept. TBA
A day-long study of the first book of the Christian Scriptures. Although not a prerequisite, having taken the faculty mini-course in UFDN 2000, Christian Scriptures, would be an advantage.
- Course: Grant Writing at SPU
Instructor: Laura Lundahl, Assistant Director of Grants at SPU
Date: June 28 (one offering only)
Faculty members who are new to the grant development process at Seattle Pacific, or who have not submitted a grant in the last two years are invited to participate in this general overview of the grant development process. This session will review the steps in the process, such as concept development, prospect research, budget development, grant submission, and the post award process.
- Course: UFND 2000: Christian Scripture—Co-sponsored with CBTE
Instructor: Sara Koenig, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Date: Sept. 24 (one offering only)
A mini-version of the Christian Foundation course required for all second-year students at SPU, this course explores the formative role that Christian Scriptures perform within the community of believers. It provides an introduction to the literature and theology of both Old and New Testaments and the necessary skills to make responsible use of Scripture as the church's principal authority in nurturing a Christian's faith and witness.