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Faculty Development

2018-19 Calendar of Events

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2018-19 Opportunities

Celebration of Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
Thursday, April 25
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Reilly Room, Atherton Union

CITL 2019 will feature peer-reviewed posters, demonstrations, and displays presented by Butler faculty and academic staff. All Butler faculty and academic staff members are invited and encouraged to attend and hear from their peers about innovative teaching methods, assignments, projects, professional development initiatives, assessments, and more.  CITL is a great opportunity to discover new ideas from your colleagues and to learn about the great work that is occurring with faculty and staff from across the university. Questions? Please contact


“Six Sigma, Agile, Lean, Kaizen: The Lingo and Application of CI (that’s ‘Continuous Improvement’)”
Presented by ​Melissa DeFrench, Business Ethics as part of the Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work
Friday, April 11
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Atherton 326

Melissa DeFrench will discuss the language of “Continuous Improvement” and explain why, although she is earning her Black Belt in Six Sigma, it has nothing to do with her athletic ability. Continuous Improvement is the umbrella term for such methodologies as Agile and Six Sigma—in-vogue practices employed by organizations that seek efficiency and innovation. Although many Continuous Improvement initiatives began in manufacturing environments, the methodology has been well-received in other settings as well. Using Continuous Improvement tools and data-driven decision-making, CI practitioners can evaluate nearly any problem for improvement opportunities. Melissa will explain how Continuous Improvement can thrive at Butler, too—in or out of the classroom. Six Sigma’s DMAIC approach (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control), for example, is useful to find root causes of problems and to craft solutions. In this Brown Bag session, Melissa will show how the Continuous Improvement can be easily implemented, without cost, to solve even the smallest of problems. Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.


"Designing Effective Assessment Rubrics"
Faculty Food for Thought Sesssion presented by Marcos Oliveira
Tuesday, April 2

All faculty are invited to join us for a presentation by Marcos Oliveira (COPHS) focused on rubrics for use in student peer evaluations, as well as exam evaluations. Lunch tickets to The Market Place provided. RSVP to required. 


"'The wound which does not heal' Trauma and Writing in Robert Neumann"
Presented by Sarah Painitz, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures as part of the Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work
Friday, March 22
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Atherton 326

Professor Painitz will discuss the unpublished diary of Robert Neumann, a Jewish Austrian writer who fled to London prior to the Second World War. The diary not only chronicles the unexpected death of Neumann’s son in February 1944 and how Neumann attempts to come to terms with it, but also illustrates the therapeutic impetus of the writing process. By exploring the relationship between trauma and writing as it evolves in Neumann’s autobiographical works, her analysis reveals how this personal trauma is repeatedly folded into the historical trauma of war and exile. Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.


"Lib Qual Survey Results" - CANCELLED
Faculty Food for Thought Session Presented by Sally Neal and Josh Petrusa
Thursday, February 28
12:30-1:30 p.m.

In 2015 Butler University Libraries asked campus constituents to rate library services via the LibQual+ survey, an assessment instrument developed by the Association of Research Libraries. The results of that survey were folded into the Libraries’ strategic planning, and used to incrementally improve services and facilities. A follow-up LibQual+ survey was then administered to campus in 2018 to track the impact of those service improvements, and to learn what further work was necessary. Associate Deans Sally Neal and Josh Petrusa will discuss the 2018 LibQual+ survey results, their context, and future steps. Lunch tickets provided. RSVP to required. 


"The University  and the Community Together - Engage in Learning" Faculty Lunch and Learn on the Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR) Presented by the Center for Citizenship and Community
Tuesday, February 19
Noon-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Atherton 326

Please join us for presentations from faculty colleagues about their success in teaching ICR courses, and a discussion about how civic engagement and the ICR might work in your classes. RSVP to is requested. 


"Creating an Effective Self-Study Video that People Will Actually Watch"
Presented by Kim Beck (COPHS) and Heather Hazelwood (CAT), as part of the Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work
Friday, February 15
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Atherton 326

Prerequisite courses may be taken one or more years before the material is applied in advanced courses and it is unlikely that students will have a working knowledge of material they learned one or more years prior.  Kim and Heather chose an out of class video format for review/background material to prevent students from being cognitively overloaded during the in-class lecture and discussion. In Cognitive Load Theory, one method to decrease extraneous load to optimize germane load for in-class lecture time is by providing information via a multimodal format. In an effort to find the preferred multimodal video format for students, they compared TED-Ed Lesson, Lightboard, and Voiceover Slideshow video recordings. In addition, they assessed the effect of assigning points for completing the embedded formative feedback quiz on participation rate. The presenters will chronicle their quest to find a self-study video format that people like to watch and share tips for creating self-study videos. Be sure to bring a laptop and earbuds to experience one of our videos! Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.


Founder's Week Lunch and Learn Presentation for Faculty and Staff
Friday, February 8
Noon-1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Ford Salon, Robertson Hall

One hundred sixty-four years ago, Butler University was founded on the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion. Those characteristics are still vital today as we seek to recapture and reclaim the values of Ovid Butler with a celebration of Founder's Day. Founders's Day was brought back in 2012 as one day of activities, and each year a new theme has emerged to guide a week of events. This year's theme is BU: BE YOU. Please join us to learn more about Founder's Day efforts on campus, and why celebrating our values is still relevant today. You will also have the opportunity to view outcomes from the 2018 faculty grant winners' spring courses, and learn about this grant opportunity. Over the last seven years, the Founder's Day committee has awarded 35 grants totaling $35,000 to faculty members to enhance one of their courses by infusing the annual theme along with Butler's founding principles into assignments and projects in their syllabi. RSVP to Visit for more information on Founder's Week events (site will be updated by February 1).  


"Infusing Vocational Reflection into Your Teaching and Course Curriculum"
Faculty Food for Thought Session Presented by Daniel Meyers (CFV) and Marleen McCormick (LSB)
Monday, February 4
Noon-1:00 (lunch provided)

Join us for a conversation on why vocational reflection is important to infuse into your courses, and for some practical ideas on how to do so. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Marleen McCormick, Assistant Professor of Management, and alumni of the Network for Vocational Undergraduate Education's "Vocation Across the Academy" summer seminar, and Daniel Meyers, Director of the Center for Faith and Vocation. Together they will share why connecting course material to students' lives and future direction is important, Dr. McCormick will present on her strategies of infusing vocation into her own courses, and they will offer a variety of additional ideas to help draw connections between student lives and your courses. RSVP to required. 


"Who knew the reason I'm friendly and outgoing is because I'm an extrovert?" The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Personality Testing 
Faculty Food for Thought Session Presented by Joel Martin (Psychology)

Monday, January 28

Personality tests are everywhere, and rightfully so - how else would you ever know your "food personality," or which Game of Thrones character you are, or which Hogwarts house you would be sorted into? What are the misuses and appropriate uses of personality testing? What makes a "good" personality test? What does it mean when I look at the inkblot and all I see is someone beating up a psychologist? Join us for a presentation and discussion on the pros and cons of personality testing, both the silly and the scientific. Lunch tickets provided. RSVP to required. 


"Urban Wildlife in Indianapolis and Beyond"
Presented by Travis Ryan and Carmen Salsbury (Biology), and Julia Angstmann (Center for Urban Ecology), as part of the Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work
Friday, January 25
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Atherton 326

In order to be a good neighbor, it is necessary to know who your neighbors are, where to find them, and to understand their needs. Human residents of Indianapolis – and other urban areas throughout the world – share their landscape with a variety of non-human animals. Until relatively recently, non-human animals in urban areas have often been regarded as either nuisances or novelties. The rise of urban ecology as a field of study over the last 30 years teaches us to recognize the presence (or absence) of urban wildlife as indicators of overall environmental quality. This presentation will provide an overview of efforts made over the last several years to document the diversity, density, and distribution of wildlife across Indianapolis and some initial insights from a multi-city comparison of urban wildlife. Only by developing this understanding can we hope to become better neighbors in Indianapolis and around the world. Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.


"Cyber-Security Fundamentals 2018" Faculty and Staff Lunch and Learn
Presented by Eric Schmidt, Butler's Chief Information Security Officer
Monday, December 3
Lunch (provided): 12:00-12:30, Presentation: 12:30-1:30
Ford Salon, Robertson Hall

Eric Schmidt, Butler's Chief Information Security Officer, will review the current cyber threat landscape, and explain what Butler has been doing to protect you at work. He will also review updates to the credit freeze process and what you can do to safeguard the identity of protected consumers (minors and incapacitated persons), how to block e-access to your social security account, personal use of two-factor authentication outside of campus, and whether or not people can really spy on you on the web. All faculty and staff are invited, but space is limited. RSVP to required. 


"Adaptive Sports Clinics for Special Needs Children: A Unique Three-Part Collaboration"
Presented by Anne Wilson (Chemistry),  as part of the Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work
Tuesday, November 13
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Atherton Union Reilly Room

Since 2013, Butler University Athletics has hosted adaptive sports clinics. These adaptive clinics have seen children with a wide array of physical and developmental disabilities engage in basketball, football, baseball, and softball. In conjunction with physical therapy students from the Indiana University School of Medicine, these clinics have been designed to fully engage individuals in sports-related activities with individual adaptations made on-the-fly by the PT students. The positive outcomes for participants, student athletes, physical therapy students, and the Butler community at large will be discussed. Special guests from these constituencies will be sharing their perspectives. Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.


"Helping Students Who Have Survived Trauma" 
Faculty Food for Thought Session Presented by Keith Magnus (Counseling and Consultation Services) and Maria Kanger (Title IX Coordinator)
Friday, November 9
12:00-1:00 p.m. (lunch tickets provided)
Atherton 326

It can be very difficult to know how to best help an individual who has experienced a traumatic experience, such as sexual assault. Please join us for a conversation about how you can best support students who disclose to you that they have experienced a traumatic event. This conversation will include strategies for supporting students and help to clarify what your requirements are as an employee of Butler University.


"Community Building Through Personal Stories" workshop for faculty and staff, hosted by the Center for Citizenship and Community
Thursday, November 1
12:00-12:30 lunch (provided), 12:30-1:30 workshop
Atherton 326

Please join us to exchange stories and build community among Butler staff and faculty while opening our imaginations and hearts beyond campus boundaries. Working in small groups, you will be prompted to tell stories that offer a glimpse into your experience as a foundation for connecting with your colleagues. Be forewarned that the process often leads to laughter (and sometimes warmed hearts). Space is limited. RSVP to is required.


"Decluttering Your Academic Life: Establishing Boundaries and Policies to Help Maintain (or Regain) Your Sanity" 
Faculty Food for Thought Session Presented by Mandy Hall (Psychology)

Friday, October 19
9:00-10:00 a.m.
AU326 (change in location)

If your attention and focus feel fractured, if your energy is spread across too many projects and people not at the top of your priority list, and if you feel overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time, then you may benefit from establishing some personal and professional policies. Policies are strategically crafted statements that protect your time, energy, and attention, which are your most precious assets as an academic. This Faculty Food for Thought session will teach you strategies to position yourself within strategically-crafted policies that help you declutter your academic life. RSVP to required. 


"Luther Goes Viral: Social Media and Mass Communication in the Lutheran Reformation"
Presented by Brent Hege (Religion) as part of the Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work
Wednesday, September 26
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Atherton 326

There are many reasons for the success of the Lutheran Reformation, as political, social, economic, theological, and historical factors all coincided in a way they never had before. But one crucial aspect of the Lutheran Reformation that was missing in earlier attempts at reform was the cheap, efficient production and dissemination of texts and images. Without the social media of the 16th century, we very likely would know of Luther only through footnotes in histories of medieval Europe. Instead, churches, scholars, and media outlets around the world took stock last year of an event that began 500 years ago in a small university town far removed from the center of power, an event that blossomed into a fundamental reorganization of society, thanks in no small part to new forms of social media and mass communication.  Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility at faculty development events, please contact Rebecca DeGrazia at or at 317-940-8558. 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.