Faculty Retreat 2017

Camp Casey in the Sun

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Greetings, Colleagues!

I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable summer.

We are coming now to preparations for our annual Faculty Retreat, to be held September 11 and 12 at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. 

The focus of this year’s retreat is faculty scholarship. We are aiming to provide opportunities for faculty to talk about scholarship generally and for some to share what they are doing via breakout sessions. Also this year we have Dr. Chris Gehrz, Professor of History at Bethel University, to speak for two plenaries on the theme of scholarship in two distinct ways: the intersection between higher education and Pietism (a movement with strong affinities to the Wesleyan/Methodist tradition) and the theme of innovation within faculty scholarship. 

A few additional notes: Please be mindful to bring what you need in light of potential bee-stings given that this is a perennial concern at Casey during this time of year. Also, we cannot accommodate childcare requests, given staff and space limits.* Finally, please sign up for retreat by August 15 since we need an accurate headcount for planning purposes.

Thank you so much, and looking forward to seeing you at Casey! 

Un abrazo,

Daniel Castelo

Faculty Chair

*Due to the growing number of faculty, we cannot accommodate families at Retreat in most cases. If this creates undue hardship for you, and you have family or childcare concerns, please contact Michelle McFarland (mcfarlandm@spu.edu).

Faculty Retreat Schedule



9:00 am Early Bird Check-In (Auditorium A)

* Coffee and snacks available. Find a carpool buddy to CUMC. 

* Check-in continues all day. 
10:00 am Worship Service (Coupeville United Methodist Church)
11:30 am Welcome/New Faculty Introductions (Auditorium A) 

Faculty Chair and Provost Jeff Van Duzer
12:00 pm BBQ Lunch (BBQ Fire Pit / Picnic Area)

*Indoor seating available in Mess Hall B
1:30 pm Plenary Session I (Auditorium A)
2:30 pm Report Presentation (Auditorium A)
3:00 pm Breakout Sessions (Various Locations) 
4:00 pm Coffee Break and Free Time Options (Mess Hall B) 
  -Bicycling, Beachcombing, Getting ice cream in Coupeville, Volleyball, Walking around Crockett Lake 
 6:00 pm Dinner (Mess Hall A)
 After Dinner Evening Options: 
  Use the evening as you wish, or join us for games and fellowship in Mess Hall B. 
 8:00 pm  -Stargazing by Quartermaster's building (weather permitting); Campfire and S'mores at BBQ Fire Circle (s'more fixings provided)


8:00 am Breakfast (Mess Hall A)
9:00 am Junior Faculty Servant Award (Auditorium A)
9:15 am Report Presentation
10:15 am Coffee and Cinnamon Rolls Available (Mess Hall B)
10:30 am Plenary Session II (Auditorium A)
11:45 am Dismissal 
  *Sack Lunches - Grab and Go! Outside Auditorium A.

Directions to Coupeville United Methodist Church

NE 7th and N. Main St.
Coupeville, WA 98239

  1. Take the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry to Clinton.
  2. Continue straight onto WA-525 (22 mi) to WA-20.
  3. Slight right at WA-20 (5.5 mi).
  4. Turn right at N. Main (.4 mi).

What to Bring

  • Bedding 
  • Linens
  • Toiletries 
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable clothing, warm layers
  • Walking shoes
  • Optional: Bicycle, athletic attire

Yellowjacket & Bee Warning

It’s possible that yellowjackets and bees will be out in force, so be aware and be prepared.


It is a privilege to serve at an institution that is so passionate about the holistic transformation of its students. The Seattle Pacific University community deeply values rigorous academic study, character formation, and vocational preparation.

Jeff Van Duzer