Food for Thought Series

The Faculty Food for Thought series is focused on providing faculty with ideas and inspiration regarding teaching methods, mentoring, advising, and other professional enrichment.

Details coming soon.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food for Thought Series: “Talking about Social Justice and Diversity beyond SJD-designated Courses”
Chris Bungard (Classics) and John Perkins (Music), presenters
As we seek to engage students with the tricky work of social justice and diversity, there is great value in infusing these conversations into courses beyond those designated for the SJD requirement. Social justice is the responsibility of us all, not just a select few. In this session, come here from the experiences of a few faculty who have sought to incorporate SJD values into a variety of non-SJD courses. We are also interested in hearing about your own successes and struggles in doing so in your own courses.

Monday, October 4, 2021, 12-1 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series:”SJD-Vocational Reflection Strategies”
Daniel Meyers (CFV) and Courtney Elkin Mohler (Theatre), presenters
Join us for a conversation on some of the key findings and insights that have come out of three years of the Social Justice and Diversity Vocation Fellowship. We will explore some of the connections made between an SJD course and the potential for vocational exploration. We will also share some of the key strategies faculty have implemented to add vocational reflection to their SJD courses. And finally, participants will do a short exercise to brainstorm some of the ways you may implement these strategies in your own course. You do not need to be teaching an SJD course to benefit from this discussion.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 12-1 PM, AU 326
Faculty Food For Thought Series:”Open for Business: New Trends in Open Access”
Jennifer Coronado (Libraries) and Josh Petrusa (Libraries), presenters
The pandemic has driven home the costs and complications with traditional scholarly publishing and access to resources; join us to learn more about what “open” means for the future of the information marketplace, and how Butler Libraries can help faculty with resources to go “open.”

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 12-1 PM, AU 302
inclusion advocate logoFood for Thought Series:”A Deep Dive into Disability Services: How do students of all backgrounds receive services?”
Kathleen Camire (Student Disabilities Center), presenter
Most faculty members have received the accommodation letters for students with disabilities who require academic accommodations on the college level, but what is the behind-the-scenes process that goes into registering a Butler student with SDS for accommodations?  How can a student’s history and background either help or hinder them in seeking these supports?  In this session, we’ll break down the process of registration with SDS, paying particular attention to the types of documentation that are needed to qualify for these services and the way in which students from some backgrounds may have an easier time satisfying these requirements than others.  We’ll discuss trends in disability services both at Butler and nationwide, how faculty members can provide support to all students using universal design principles, and provide time for participants to bring forward questions for further discussion. ”

Thursday,  February 10, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series:”Relational Advising: Supporting the Whole Student”
Riki Lawrence (CASE) with Panel of Professional and Faculty Advisors
Join the CASE team and a panel of professional and faculty advisors to learn more about relational advising and its essential role in student learning and success. What is relational advising, and how do we meet students where they are? We will explore these topics and share advising practices to help cultivate and strengthen the advisor-advisee relationship and students’ sense of belonging through trust and connectedness.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 12-1 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series: “Cultivating Trans and Gender-Inclusive Classroom”
Mira Kafantaris (LAS, English), presenter
How are you positioning yourself and your classroom as an inclusive community for your trans and gender non-binary students? This session will have specific, timely, and actionable tools to add to your pedagogical toolbox, including pronoun use.

Tuesday,  March 22, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series:”Mentoring Toward Social Justice in our Schools and Communities”
Susan Adamson (COE), presenter
Hear from participants in the COE’s Mentoring for Social Justice program, funded by the Butler University Giving Circle to support pre-service K-12 teachers in understanding the importance of inclusive, culturally responsive, anti-racist teaching. Students in the program are paired with skillful, experienced teachers of color who have a long-standing relationship to the Partnership for Inquiry Learning leadership in urban education group. Through monthly meetings, students explore the importance of relationship building as well as working through the challenges and successes of teaching in more inclusive and culturally responsible ways.

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
Faculty Food For Thought Series: “Transformative Learning Theory”
Kathryn Brooks (COE), presenter
We often talk about transformative education, but do we really understand the underlying Transformative Learning Theory? An understanding of adult learning theory can help us to deepen the work that we do with our students as we support their social and cognitive development while they transition into adulthood. In this session, Brooks shares her journey with transformative learning by providing examples of transformative learning projects with students and community members using Critical Participatory Action Research (CPAR). She also shares how CPAR can provide critical incidences that elicit changes in meaning perspectives, meaning schemes, and professional practices for teachers, researchers, and teacher educators.

Monday, April 18, 2022, Noon–1:00 PM, AU 326
Faculty Food for Thought Series: Transferrable Skills for Students in 21st Century
Sudip Das (Pharmaceutical Sciences, COPHS), presenter
Transferable skills are defined as “portable skills” that students take to various workplaces and into different stages of their careers. Today’s workplace is fueled by adaptability and the need has drastically increased in recent years. Transferable skills keep professionals competitive in an ever-changing job market. To make the current and future generations of students successful, we will need to integrate 1) life and career skills, 2) learning and innovation skills, and 3) information and technology skills in their respective curricula.


Faculty Development events flagged with the Inclusion Advocate (IA) logo are IA designated events which may be used for IA certification. For more information on the IA program, contact Su-Mei Ooi, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

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The 2022-2023 Faculty Food for Thought and Brown Bag Series presentation proposals deadline has passed. Proposals process will open for 2023-2024 in December with a deadline in early April 2024.

Proposals are evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • Organization and clarity
  • Novelty and innovation/creativity
  • Likelihood of being interactive/engaging

In addition, selection will be based, in part, on the desire to offer a variety of topics so as to appeal to different faculty, staff, and students across disciplines. First-time presenters and faculty from underrepresented colleges/units/disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

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To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact Please allow two weeks’ advance notice in order to allow adequate time to make arrangements. Although attempts will be made to honor accommodation requests with less notice, it cannot be guaranteed that without two weeks’ notice a reasonable accommodation can be provided.