Friday @ the Center
June 4, 2010
2010 Faculty Mini-Courses
Register now for this year’s offerings of Faculty Mini-Courses. Each one-day course 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. Due to a large response, the participant limit for the CBTE-co-sponsored sessions may be increase. Contact Anna Miller to reserve your spot or to be placed on the waitlist for a course that is currently full. Registration for the June offerings closes on June 14. Registration for the September offerings 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 (offering full) 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 (offering full - 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.
A Friday Good-bye from the Center
After eight years of talking with you about teaching and scholarship in this weekly newsletter, I am writing my final Friday at the Center with both regret and anticipation. I will miss working with faculty on their teaching, but I look forward to helping more students learn. I will miss encouraging and supporting faculty and student scholarship, but I look forward to working on more writing projects of my own. Pondering the last eight years, I realize the extent to which our professional training, for the most part, has poured us into disciplinary silos from which we find it difficult to emerge. Although SPU affirms and values the existence of a bigger picture that has been crafted by the Master Artist, many of our structures, practices, and inclinations work against thinking in such terms. Too often we prioritize our disciplines or careers at the cost of drawing connections, making community, and forming character. May we all periodically, at seam-points of life, reaffirm our vocational commitment as a Christian teacher-scholar at SPU: constantly striving to be better teachers, growing in biblical and theological literacy, acting as life-long learners to increase our knowledge of and wonder at the immensely beautiful universe given by our Creator.