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Faculty Development News This Week:

Faculty Development Seminars / Programs

--Inver Hills Faculty Roundtable

Inver Hills Faculty Roundtable
Speaker: Dr. Kathleen DeDeyn
Date: November 18, Tuesday
Time: 12-1
Location: Conference Boom B, Student Center

The next Faculty Roundtable is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 12-1, Conference Room B, Student Center and will feature Kathleen DeDeyn, pictured above, from physical education. Kathleen's topic is "Stress and How to Handle Yours. " Here is the abstract for her presentation:

A look at what causes your stress, the physical and psychological ramifications of stress, and practice in several techniques to help manage your stress, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, autogenics, visualization, meditation, exercise, and more."

A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Colette Wanless-Sobel or Shannon Marting, so there will be enough food. Do we accommodate vegetarian requests? Yes. Just be sure to let us know your preference when you RSVP.

--Faculty Development Abroad

International Faculty Development Seminars' (IFDS) goal is to encourage U.S. colleges and universities to internationalize curricula. Hosted by prestigious academic institutions abroad, "the seminars are short-term, intensive experiences that offer you updates on global issues and regions that are shaping the course of world events; introductions to scholarly communities overseas; idea exchanges with international colleagues; the opportunity to re-examine your own discipline within an international context; global perspectives to incorporate into your administration, teaching and research. " International Faculty Development Seminars span the globe with more than 125 programs in 35 countries.

International Faculty Development Seminars

--Faculty Development Articles

This site offers a variety of articles and resources on faculty development and education, with special emphasis on information technology. The articles and
Web links were used as conference material for PT3, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology.

Take a look:

Faculty Development

--Faculty Development Resources: Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada

This site offers numerous links to university centers of instructional and faculty development.

Office of Instructional Development and Technology

--Faculty Development Resources: Accounting

Just as it reads, this site, sponsored by the American Accounting Association, promotes faculty development for accounting instructors.

Faculty Development for Accounting

--Faculty Development Resources: Stanford University

Highly recommended:

Speaking of Teaching, Stanford University.


HEWLETT PACKARD will award over $10 million in cash and equipment
to K-12, community college and university faculty using mobile technology in innovative ways to improve student learning. Applications are due March 1, 2004.
Information and RFPs for K-12 and higher education are available at:

Technology for Teaching


--Mental Health Problems

This blog article considers the dramatic increase in student mental health problems over the last thirteen years:

Science Blog

--"Myths and Facts about Suicide"

This is a Web page from Brown University:

Myths and Facts

Service Learning

--Service Learning and Faculty Development

This site is interesting as model program in service learning.

Service Learning and Faculty Development

--Civic Practices Network

Read the mission statement:

Civic Practices Network (CPN) is a collaborative and nonpartisan project bringing together a diverse array of organizations and perspectives within the civic renewal movement. We share a commitment to bring practical methods for public problem solving into every community and institutional setting in America. We assume the responsibility of telling our stories, so that all citizens may have the opportunity to learn from what others are doing to renew their communities. And we have a common faith that we can revitalize our democracy to tackle the complex problems of the 21st century if we can broadly exchange and continually refine the civic wisdom of what works and what empowers citizens to work together."

Interested? Check it out at:

Civic Practices Network

--Engaging Communities and Campuses

This site provides a conceptual framework for service learning.

Engaging Communities and Campuses


--Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology

See the article:

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology

The Blog Grab Bag

--Next Wave

--Next Wave is a weekly online publication that covers scientific training, career development, and the science job market. The Next Wave is published by SCIENCE magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Next Wave

--Astronomy: Observing the Sky

This NASA-funded "skyblog" covers astronomical events and observations, NASA discoveries and spacecraft, and other topics related to astronomy. Includes image galleries and a topical index. Searchable, too.

Observing the Sky

--Vision Connection

This is " an interactive global Internet portal for people who are partially sighted or blind," their families, friends, and related professionals. It features "the latest
information on vision impairment, its prevention, and vision rehabilitation" including articles, statistics, a bibliography of "low vision" literature, links to related
sites, downloads, and a glossary."

Vision Connection

--Cultural Diversity: The Lannan Foundation

This foundation is "dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities." The audio archives contain over 65 audio programs that feature thinkers who have participated in the "Readings & Conversations" and "Bookworm" series. The site also includes information about grant programs in literature, visual art, cultural preservation, and social justice. "

The Lannan Foundation

--Geography: Places Online

Sponsored by the Association of American Geographers, this site "provides access to the World's very best place-based Web sites."

Places Online

--Journalism and Current Affairs: The Center for Public Integrity

The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to "provide the American people with the findings of our investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability and ethics related issues."

The current issue: "U.S. Contractors Reap the Windfalls of Postwar Reconstruction."

Center for Public Integrity

--Arab Culture and Civilization

Here is what the introduction to the site has to say:

"The National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education has developed this site, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as a resource for all who would develop a better understanding of the Arab world. While our principal audience is the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the liberal arts colleges served by NITLE, the site is open to all visitors."

Visit the site:

Arab Culture and Civilization

-- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Professional Groups

This site provides a listing, as well as links.

GLBT Professional Groups

--New Journal: The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education.

Here is the excerpt from promotional literature for the journal:

"The mission of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education is to publish research studies, scholarly papers, and practitioner-oriented essays directly related to educational policy, professional practice curriculum development, and pedagogy. Studies, papers, and essays appearing in this international peer-reviewed journal meet the highest academic standards and reflect conceptually clear and concise writing devoid of jargon. Contributors to this journal understand their task as two-fold: disseminate findings/ideas to an intellectually-minded community; draw implications for these findings/ideas to educational policy and practice. "

The journal is accepting article submissions for publication. To read more:

The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education

--Online Bibliography: The Men's Bibliography

This is a comprehensive bibliography of writing on men, masculinities, gender, and sexualities (online, 11th edition, 2003 ). Search feature available.

The Men's Bibliography.

--Model Minority: A Guide to Asian American Empowerment

This is a Web site devoted to the Asian American experience. Recommend it to your students.

Model Minority

--The Joy of Soup

With the chilly weather the last few days, I could not resist including this one! Soup recipes galore:

The Joy of Soup

Until next week!

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