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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.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Faculty Food for Thought sessions will be held via Zoom until further notice. RSVP to is required to receive log-in information.

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.

2020-21 Food for Thought Series

Dates subject to change. Please check back for updates.


"Utilizing the Three E's (Environment, Economics, and Equity) to Bring Active Learning Pedagogies Across the Curriculum"
Julia Angstmann (Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability)
Monday, September 28
Noon-1 p.m.
RSVP to for Zoom log-in details.

Program details forthcoming.


"Using Photovoice as a Research and Pedagogical Tool"
Susan Adams (Education), Lisa Farley (Education), and John Perkins (Music)
Thursday, October 15
12:15-1:15 p.m.
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Program details forthcoming.


"Advice for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students"
Paul Morgan (Chemistry)
Tuesday, November 10
12:30-1:30 p.m.
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Program details forthcoming.


"Introduction to Graphic Medicine"
Brittany Heer (Library)
Wednesday, March 17
Noon-1 p.m.
In-person or Zoom format TBD

Program details forthcoming.



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.