Friday @ the Center
May 31, 2013
Teacher of the Year Award: SOT & SBE
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.
Professor Sarah Koenig, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has taught courses including Introduction to Christian Scripture, Torah, and Hebrew I, II, and III. Dr. Koenig, similarly to Eric Liddell in the movie Chariots of Fire, believes that "God made [her] a good teacher, and when [she] teaches well, [she] feels God's pleasure." As she teaches, she also remembers the role the Holy Spirit plays in communicating divine truths to her students, and she understands teaching to be a hospitable invitation for students to participate in the enjoyable task of learning. In response to her UFDN 2000: Christian Scriptures course, one student said, "I learned so much! This class has made me realize how little I knew about Christianity even though I am a Christian. I learned more in ten weeks than I have in my entire life going to church. Thank you!" The committee members who observed her teaching as part of the review process especially noted Sarah's use of active learning techniques and her ease in communicating with students.
Professor Kim Sawers, Associate Professor of Accounting, has taught courses including Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Intermediate Accounting II. Dr. Sawers believes the accounting profession has a greater purpose, "a social good," and her goal in teaching students is "to pass on a model of decision-making that fully integrates ethical considerations" while exploring "concepts of justice, fairness, and faith." In response to her Intermediate Accounting II course, one student said, "Professor Sawers is great, and I like her approach of presenting application problems rather than just lecturing the whole time every time. It helps you to visualize how things are supposed to look." The committee members who observed her teaching as part of the review process were impressed with how engaging Kim's class time was and the thoughtful, interactive teaching methods she employed.
Faculty Spring In-Service
Monday, June 3, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn
Speaker: Dr. James Lang
I look forward to seeing you all at our Faculty In-Service day!
The Book of James: A One-day Introduction
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Upper Gwinn
Led by David Nienhuis, Associate Professor of New Testament
The Center for Biblical and Theological Education is hosting a mini-course on the book of James, the Lectio text for fall 2013. This workshop is FREE to faculty and staff ($20 for external guests to cover lunch costs). Contact the CBTE for more information; registration closes June 11, 2013.
|Margaret Diddams, Ph.D.
Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Director, Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development