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Faculty Development

2019-20 Calendar of Events

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2019-20 Opportunities

"Putting the Global in Faculty Development - Notes and Insights from Study Abroad"
Faculty Food for Thought Session
Wednesday, December 4, Noon-1 p.m., Atherton 111

Faculty are invited to join us for this session led by Department of History and Anthropology faculty Vivian Deno, Antwain Hunter, and Sholeh Shahrokhi to learn about their site visits and experiences during recent travels to Morocco and southern Spain as part of a faculty development opportunity through the Global and Historical Studies program. This experience augmented their commitment to cross-disciplinary approach to course development based on intellectual interests and professional expertise of the faculty in dialogue around interconnected themes like gender, ethnicity, visual culture, religion, food, history, politics, art, youth, globalization, and displacement. This session will offer insight into the importance of travel to faculty course development, and attendees can expect to gain an increased familiarity with faculty and staff development abroad opportunities through Butler. Lunch tickets to The Market Place provided. RSVP to


"B.E.A.K.: Butler Explores Avian Kollisions"
Butler Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work, Presented by Shelley Etnier (Biological Sciences) 
Thursday, November 14, noon-1 p.m., Atherton 326

Many of us have seen stunned or dead birds on the sidewalk of campus, particularly during the fall and spring. For the past three years, Dr. Etnier and her team have been monitoring window strike bird fatalities on Butler’s campus. This presentation will include information on what birds are dying and where, what we can do to prevent fatalities, and additional research associated with this long-term project. Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.  


"Best Practices for Writing Multiple Choice Questions - What to Follow, and What Not To Do"
Faculty Food for Thought Session
Friday, November 1, Noon-1 p.m., Atherton 111

Assessment of student learning is a critical aspect of any educational program, and helps to achieve the goals of the curriculum. In this session, Sudip Das will illustrate best practices in writing effective multiple choice questions for the assessment of student learning, with the least amount of confusion for students. Although his examples will aim mostly at medical and health professional disciplines, the general concepts he will discuss may apply to any discipline. Lunch tickets to The Market Place provided. RSVP to


"Mechanisms and the Unity of Science"
Butler Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work, Presented by Stuart Glennan (Philosophy, Religion, and Classics) 
Tuesday, October 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Atherton 326

Scientific domains and practices are diverse, but despite this, scientists and philosophers of science have long sought to understand science as a unified enterprise.  A central episode in this history was the Unity of Science movement that began in the 1930s as an attempt to facilitate international scientific cooperation, to discredit pseudoscience, and to resist fascism.  In the first part of this talk, Stuart will share some of the history of this movement and explain how it foundered in the changing scientific landscape of the later 20th century.  In the second part, he will describe a new approach to this old problem, which suggests that science is unified in both methods and domains by the search for mechanisms. Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.


"Novel approaches for fecal microbiota transplantation"
Butler Brown Bag Series for Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work, Presented by Hala Fadda (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Tuesday, September 17, 12:30-1:30, Atherton 326

The American College of Gastroenterology recommends fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for the treatment of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in patients who have failed to respond to antibiotic treatment. In FMT, stool from a healthy donor is transferred to a patient to restore the gut microbial ecosystem. Hala Fadda will discuss how she contributed to the development of a colon-targeted, oral FMT delivery system to enhance FMT efficacy and safety. In a multi-center, open-label dosing finding study in patients with recurrent CDI, the multi-disciplinary team observed a clinical cure rate of 89% with this novel colonic release FMT delivery system. Students, staff, and faculty all welcome. No RSVP required.


"Am I an Active Participant?"
Faculty Food for Thought Session
Thursday, September 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Atherton 111

All faculty are invited to join us for this session led by Josh Downing (Director of Recreation and Wellness) and Gina Forrest (Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) to learn about BU BeWell, the Butler Student Experience, and how YOU can be actively involved! Lunch tickets to The Market Place provided. RSVP to


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.