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Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations

Come to the Seattle Pacific University Library to hear members of the SPU community share scholarly and creative works in progress. Bring your curiosity and join in conversations about the discovery, creation, and sharing of knowledge.

Where: Library Reading Room, Main Floor (Wheelchair Accessible)
Cost: Free

Dan Martin, University President

Thursday, February 5th
3–3:50 p.m.

Rich Soil: Transforming Your Organization's Landscape for Maximum Effectiveness

In today's fast-paced world, amid numerous competitors, leaders must know how to situate their organizations in environments that facilitate strategy, profitability, and ongoing success. They must recognize what it takes to have the Rich Soil necessary for their companies to thrive. Using a fictional story about a coffee house and its owner and incorporating Jesus’s parable of the sower, eight valuable leadership principles are introduced, known by the acronym RICH SOIL.

Paul Yost, Psychology

Thursday, February 12th
12–12:50 p.m.

Leading From Where You Are

In this hour, Paul Yost, Associate Professor in I/O Psychology, will discuss leadership in an age of “continuous discontinuity.” The discussion will focus on how leaders can identify key inflection points in their work and they can become an inflection points for others with an emphasis on the important leadership roles that university faculty and staff play in the lives of our students. The discussion will be based on a chapter from his draft manuscript: A Compass in Chaos: Navigating Transitions in Work & Life.

Amy Robertson and Kara Gray, Physics

Thursday, February 19th
3–3:50 p.m.

Content Knowledge for Teaching: What does it look like, and how do we measure it?

One of the major claims that emerged from education research in the past several decades is that teachers use a different form of content knowledge than do content experts – that teachers have profession-specific knowledge.  For example, in addition to being able to perform long division, teachers need to be able to evaluate students’ alternative solution strategies for solving division problems and to be able to explain why the traditional algorithms work.  If we want to support the development of teacher content knowledge in specific disciplines, we have to figure out what this knowledge is, and how to observe or measure it.  We will share some of the ways in which we have been observing and measuring teacher knowledge in the context of energy, as well as how this research has impacted local professional development for secondary teachers of science.

Christine Chaney, English

Thursday, February 26th
12–12:50 p.m.

SPU's Core Curriculum: From Aristotle to Brain Imaging

SPU's exciting new writing curriculum (beginning in 2016) has roots as old as Aristotle and as new as the latest brain imaging research. In fact, it turns out that learning the tools of "academic inquiry" like writing, rhetoric, and research is now seen to be deeply connected to the same brain structures that lead to critical thinking skills overall and "transfer of learning" from one discipline to another. In this Creative Conversations talk, Dr. Chaney will discuss the academic research that connects the ancient rhetorical ideas of Aristotle with the newest science on brain learning -- and how that research underpins the upcoming change in SPU's core curriculum, too.

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