Friday, September 30, 2011

Upcoming Faculty Development Events

Transformational Learning Opportunity Workshop
Friday, September 30, 2011
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff interested in applying for Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) funds are invited to attend the TLO workshop titled, "Deep Learning: Designing Successful Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLOs)." This session will provide an overview of the TLO concept, some examples of past successful TLOs and guidelines for applying for financial support.  
 For more information:
Contact: Martina Perry at or (904) 620-2607 
Sponsor: Office of Undergraduate Studies, OFE 

Presidential Professorship Lecture: Aquaculture
Monday, October 10, 2011
6:00 p.m.

Aquaculture provides valuable protein to meet the demands of a growing world population. In this John A. Delaney Endowed Presidential Professorship Lecture, Dr. Greg Ahearn (Department of Biology) will discuss aquaculture activities in the U.S. and abroad and will address specific research that contributes to its continuing success. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.
RSVP by Thursday, October 6 (use the "Register Now" link above or call 620-1623.
Presented by Academic Affairs and The Office of Faculty Enhancement"

Effective Presentations with Prezi
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Prezi is a free online tool for creating and showing presentations. It breaks from the bulleted-list approach of Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote. Unlike other presentation software that uses slides, Prezi presentations are more similar to concept maps or poster presentations. This two-part workshop will begin with a demonstration and discussion of how Prezi is conceptually different from other presentation software. The second part of the workshop is hands-on. Participants will use the ideas presented in the workshop to create their own Prezi. We ask that participants create a free, educational Prezi account before attending the workshop by filling out the form at: Please feel free to stop by CIRT if you’d like help creating your account. 
Sponsor: Center for Instruction and Research Technology, Office of Faculty Enhancement 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Upcoming SoTL Conferences

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) encourages faculty to take a scholarly approach to their teaching, to test hypotheses, and to evaluate results in student learning. Below are links to two conferences that are relatively close by for those who are interested in SoTL or have SoTL projects to present.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The End of the College Degree

In an recent article in the Chronicle, Jeffrey Selingo comments on a growing trend in higher education, to eliminate credentialed degree programs in favor of "badge" identification, where students receive badges for specific skills. Time will tell if employers are more interested in employees with specific "badges" or with a college degree. Read the article. What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

International Conference on Diversity

Please see the announcement below regarding an upcoming interdisciplinary conference on diversity. Faculty in the areas of Sociology, Psychology, History, English, Education, Political Science, and other areas may be interested in this conference. The deadline to submit proposals is October 6, 2011.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
11-13 June 2012      
The Diversity Conference has a history of bringing together scholarly, government and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community. The conference examines the concept of diversity as a positive aspect of a global world and globalised society. Diversity is in many ways reflective of our present world order, but there are ways of taking this further without necessary engendering its alternatives: racism, conflict, discrimination and inequity. Diversity as a mode of social existence can be projected in ways that deepen the range of human experience. The conference will seek to explore the full range of what diversity means and explore modes of diversity in real-life situations of living together in community. The conference supports a move away from simple affirmations that 'diversity is good' to a much more nuanced account of the effects and uses of diversity on differently situated communities in the context of our current epoch of globalization.

The International Diversity Conference will take place in Vancouver, a city both with a past marked by racial conflict and a rich heritage of diversity.

As well as impressive line-up of international plenary speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication.

In addition to organizing the Diversity Conference, Common Ground publishes papers from the conference and we do encourage all conference participants to submit a paper based on their conference presentation for peer review and possible publication in the journal. Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel. In addition, we publish books at in both print and electronic formats. We would like to invite conference participants to develop publishing proposals for original works, or for edited collections of papers drawn from the journal which address an identified theme. Finally, please join our online conversation by subscribing to our monthly email newsletter, and subscribe to our Facebook, RSS, or Twitter feeds at .

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 6 October 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date.  Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the conference website -

Prof. Jock Collins
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia For the Advisory Board, International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations and The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Transformational Learning Opportunity Applications Now Accepted

Applications from full-time (non-visiting) faculty and staff for Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) projects for fiscal year 2012-2013 are now being accepted and can be obtained here. Before completing the TLO application, review the TLO application guide, also on the same Web page. This year, there are separate application forms for undergraduate TLOs and graduate TLOs. If a project involves both graduate and undergraduate students, complete both application forms. For more information about the various forms a TLO could take, as well as a listing and description of previously-funded TLOs, click here. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Submit both a hard copy and an electronic copy of the undergraduate and graduate TLO applications to Martina Perry at in Building 1, Daniel Hall, Undergraduate Studies, Room 1501. 
Contact: Martina Perry at or (904) 620-2607

Nominations for Community-Based Partnerships

Please see the announcement below regarding awards for community-engaged scholars.

The Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Annual Award recognizes exemplary partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions that are striving to achieve the systems and policy changes needed to overcome the root causes of health, social, environmental and economic inequalities.
The award highlights the power and potential of community-campus partnerships
as a strategy for social justice.   The award will be announced and recognized
during a ceremony at CCPH's 15th anniversary conference, April 18-21, 2012 in Houston, TX USA.

Partnerships nominate themselves and need not be members of CCPH. Partnerships that have applied in the past but did not receive the award or honorable mentions may re-submit. We welcome nominations from any country or nation.

Nominations are due no later than Jan 16, 2012.

For the nomination guidelines, info on past awardees, answers to frequently asked questions and other resources, visit

For information on the conference, visit

Questions?  Email us at

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Spaces & Flows Conference

The Spaces & Flows Conference is an interdisciplinary conference that may be of interest to those in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Construction, Computing, Political Science, and Urban Studies. The conference also will be of interest to those who use and study Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The deadline for submissions is September 22nd.

Please see the information from the conference website below:

"The 2011 Spaces and Flows: Second International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies. The conference will be held at the Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy from 17-18 November 2011.
This conference aims to critically engage the contemporary and ongoing spatial, social, ideological, and political transformations in a transnational, global, and neoliberal world. In a process-oriented world of flows and movement, we posit, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverse in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs, and rural areas. This conference addresses the mapping of, the nature of, and the forces that propel these processural changes.
Monash University Prato Centre    
Prato, Tuscany, Italy      
17-18 November 2011    

SoTL Commons Conference

When faculty take a scholarly approach to their teaching, their students are the beneficiaries. Please see the information below about an upcoming conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The submission deadline is October 31st.

For improving student learning in higher education, the 5th annual SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning) Commons Conference will be held March 7-9, 2012 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia (USA):  The submission of proposals period began September 1, 2011.