Category Archives: Faculty Life

That’s So HIP! Part One

Come join us in just over a week at our annual faculty development conference. We are excited for the opportunity to learn, grow, and share as we explore High Impact Practices (HIP) with our keynote speaker, Peter Felton. Anyone working with students is encouraged to attend and if you haven’t registered its not too late!

In preparation for the conference, we will be sharing a two part blog series highlighting the upcoming presenters and their breakout sessions. Part one will cover general HIP presentations followed by part two which will highlight study abroad HIP and course specific HIP presentations.

We hope to see you there!

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High Impact Practices

I enjoyed a few days in beautiful, sunny, warm San Diego in late November to learn about how Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (URSCA) could be integrated on campus with other high impact practices. Jillian Kinzie of Indiana University presented on how best to optimize high-impact practices and I wanted to share a few thoughts with you to encourage you to consider the use of high-impact practices as you work with students! Continue reading High Impact Practices

Not Your Mother’s Course …

“You and your group are walking in the woods when you find a bloody, unconscious young woman. You look through the backpack, you discover a two-way radio and a gas-mask. Her arm is wounded and looks badly infected but from this distance you can’t tell if it’s a bite or not. She’s starting to wake up. Work with your group to decide what to do.”

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Innovative Teaching & Cirque du Soleil

The Annual Conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) was held in Quebec City last month. I had the privilege during this conference to hear a plenary from Bernard Petiot who is the Vice-President for Casting and Performance for Cirque du Soleil. He spoke on the environment that welcomes creativity at Cirque du Soleil and Continue reading Innovative Teaching & Cirque du Soleil

Why Should I Care About Theory?

Prior to teaching my Public Policy Analysis students the practical skills needed to produce good policy analyses, I would spend time grounding practice in classic theories of policymaking. Every semester, about half-way into these discussions, I would wish I hadn’t even bothered. Continue reading Why Should I Care About Theory?