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Faculty Development

Food for Thought Series

All sessions will take place from noon - 1 p.m. in Atherton Union 111 (the University Club) unless otherwise indicated.


Lunch is 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.


Tuesday, September 26 
Teaching Writing Across Disciplines - Presented by Susan Adams (Education), Greg Shufeldt (Political Science), Tom Paradis (History and Anthropology)

If you have ever been frustrated or disappointed by the quality or even the quantity of academic writing you get from your students, please join us! In this session we will share strategies, approaches, and protocols for supporting novice academic writers across a variety of disciplines. The presenters will demonstrate resources, templates, and protocols they have been developing and fine-tuning to provide explicit and systemic processes that will help students better communicate their learning in writing as they develop their scholarly writing voices. Rubrics and approaches to scoring, grading, and assessing academic writing will be included.    


Monday, October 9
Bystander Intervention Training - Presented by staff from Counseling and Consultation Services 

How many people feel like they would help someone in trouble? How many people have seen something concerning, not acted, and later wished they had? Please join staff from Counseling and Consultation Services for a discussion on the barriers to intervening and what it means to be a part of Butler’s Community of C.A.R.E. 


Friday, November 3
Navigating Classroom Disruptions

Managing disruptive student behaviors like texting in class, showing up late, talking when others are speaking, monopolizing classroom discussions, and sleeping in class can drain instructors’ energy and hamper the ability of instructors to teach and students to learn. A panel of faculty from multiple colleges will share their experiences with disruptive classroom behaviors and the strategies they have used for addressing them.


Tuesday, February 6
Flipping the Classroom Using Lightboard Technology

Lightboard is a novel way to record video lectures for courses, allowing the user to write on a board while facing students. Join us for a presentation by Adam Azman (Chemistry) to learn about his experiences with this innovative technology, and how his students responded. Receive guidance on how to get started generating your own Lightboard content, and how to incorporate it into your teaching. 


Wednesday, February 28
Pursuing Lifelong Learning

As faculty, we want to instill a commitment to lifelong learning in our students, but what can we do to be lifelong learners ourselves? In this session, you will receive resources for continued growth, including instructions for how to take courses at Butler, and tips for integrating our own development into our course design.

Tuesday, March 20
Music First! Generating Civically Engaged Student Scientists through the Transformative Power of Experiential Learning

Music First! is an interprofessional research project linking faculty and students from Butler’s JCA, COPHS, CCOM, LAS, and Center for Citizenship and Community. Tara Lineweaver (Psychology) will showcase this example of a service-focused, student-centered & experience-based approach that transforms students into student scientists who recognize the importance of science’s role, and, more importantly, their own role in the community.


Thursday, April 12 
Info Lit Across the (College) Curriculum: The JCA Experience

Since 2000, faculty in the Jordan College of the Arts, along with Performing and Fine Arts Librarian, Sheri Stormes, have been working together to promote a tiered program of information literacy for JCA students. While the program has hit its share of potholes and detours along the way, information literacy has become a regular component in targeted courses at varying levels of the JCA curricula. Join us for a presentation by Sheri and her colleagues to learn what they have learned in the process, and how you can create a similar program in your discipline.