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Faculty Development

2018-19 Calendar of Events

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2018-19 Opportunities

"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
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.