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Faculty Development

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.

Lunch vouchers are always provided. RSVP to is required.

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, 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.

2019-20 Food for Thought Series

"Open-Source Textbooks"
Thursday, February 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Atherton 111

Students are faced with the rising cost of higher education, which often includes tuition, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation. Only one of these costs can be alleviated by faculty and staff: the cost of books and supplies. We invite you to join us for this session led by Jennifer Raye (Library) and James McGrath (Religion) to learn more about open textbooks, and to discuss how open textbooks have impacted and improved student success in the classroom.


"Helping Students Be Best Prepared"
Thursday, January 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Atherton 111

How do academic support services such as the Writers' Studio, Speakers' Lab, and the Center for Academic Success and Exploration (CASE) help Butler students meet the demands of college-level academics? Join us for this panel discussion including the directors of the Writers' Studio Speakers' Lab, and CASE for a conversation about how our offices support Butler students in their academic journey. 


"Putting the Global in Faculty Development - Notes and Insights from Study Abroad"
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.


"Best Practices for Writing Multiple Choice Questions - What to Follow, and What Not To Do"
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. 


"Am I an Active Participant?"
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!

Presentation Proposal Process and Application Instructions

Faculty interested in presenting at a Faculty Food for Thought in the next academic year should submit a proposal by May 8 of the current academic year.

Proposals should include the following: description of the session, objective of the session, ways of including the audience, and what attendees can expect to learn. To submit a proposal, please send your responses to the following items in an email to by May 8.

  1. What is your college/department affiliation?
  2. Please briefly describe your proposed Faculty Food for Thought session (150 words or fewer). A detailed abstract may be requested at a later date if your proposal is accepted.
  3. List 1-2 points you expect attendees to learn from your session.
  4. Please describe the ways in which you plan to make this session engaging, hands-on, and/or participant-focused.
  5. Have you presented as part of the Faculty Food for Thought series in the past? If so, when?

Proposals will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • Clarity
  • Novelty
  • Level of engagement

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