FSC Schedule and Events
spring 2020 convocation dates: all convocations will be held on Wednesdays-10:30-11:25 (locations posted below
♦ March 18, 2020: William Cope Moyers [Buetow]/cancelled
Other Dates and Events
-spring Quasi-Grant applications due: March 29 at midnight
-spring Faculty Retreat: May 7 (details to follow)
♦ [ongoing] Faculty Learning Communities
♦ [ongoing/weekly] Monday Morning Mentor
CSP CONVOCATION [cancelled]
William Cope Moyers
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
10:30-11:25: Buetow Auditorium
William Cope Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations for Hazelden Betty Ford, based in Minnesota. As the organization’s public advocate since 1996 Moyers carries the messages about addiction, treatment and recovery to audiences across the nation. He has appeared on Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey show, Good Morning America and National Public Radio. Moyers is the author of several books including, Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, a New York Times best-selling memoir published in 2006 that is still in print. He lives in Saint Paul. He has a new book coming out in early 2020.
Faculty Learning Communities (ongoing)
The FSC is still encouraging the development of Faculty Learning Communities. Thus far:
Monica Murray: Explore and process through: The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness by Susan Robison.
David Woodard: the 7-hour class (email Dr. Woodard for details)
Tom Hanson: teaching Ethics in our classes
Kris Bransford and Erin Simunds: positive psychology
The goal of a Faculty Learning Community/Faculty Learning Circle is to establish scholarly exchange among peers. It provides a chance for Faculty to interact, to socialize, and to create positive change. Research has shown that (FLCs) enhance faculty perception of teaching as an intellectual pursuit, strengthen scholarly interests, improve teaching skill, and support experimentation in the classroom. FLCs can also build a sense of community and promote cross-disciplinary conversation.
Just email me with your ideas and/or groups. Thus far, there are four groups being organized. I plan to publish a monthly newsletter on these FLCs! Email me with your thoughts and ideas. (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, please be creative with your FLC groups. These need not be strictly academic. These can be groups focusing on a common faculty interest: exploring a certain book; focusing on a cultural or societal issue (might help us connect better with students); or even investigating an outside interest (studying a foreign language, travel, etc.)
FSC Google Docs team drive—we have a Team Drive now all faculty have been included. The team drive currently contains:
–Monday Morning Mentors from the past years
–Learning Community links
The Faculty Scholarship Center (FSC) at Concordia University-St. Paul supports and encourages faculty research and seeks to assist faculty in an ongoing process of scholarship, reflection, experimentation, growth, and professional development. The FSC supports a number of ongoing and new initiatives: a quasi-endowment grant program; a Wednesday Convocation series; Concordia’s Book of the Year, workshops, faculty research lunches, library and online teaching resources, and much more. Meet the Faculty Development Committee, 2019-2020
Matthew Buns, email@example.com
Megan Dowdal-Osborn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Schuessler, email@example.com
Phyllis Burger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Arendt, email@example.com
David Woodard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Scholarship Center Director/History & Political Science
Convocations: 2019-2020 (fall semester)
fall semester convocation dates: all will be on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:25
♦ September 18, 2019: Ken Barlow is a popular Twin Cities meteorologist. In 2007, after a lifetime of manic bursts followed by debilitating depressions, Barlow was diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder. For five years, fearing that the truth about his mental illness could have a negative impact on his life and career, Barlow told only a select few people; and even they were sworn to secrecy. He finally revealed his Bipolar disorder in 2012. Before he knew it, Barlow had redefined himself as a public figure openly living with a mental illness.
♦ October 16, 2019: Coventry Cowens will give the 2019 Bartling Lecture. She is the co-founder of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG)—where she now serves as its operations coordinator. She has 20 year’s experience in the computer technology and software industry, and has also worked in higher education and social services. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota at Mankato (BS), and the University of St. Thomas (MBA certificate). Coventry has been a volunteer for several international and local nonprofits including True Friends and LTL International Leadership Institute. She was a University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, Human Rights Fellow in Tanzania and Kenya. In 2015, she was honored by Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Humanitarian Leadership Award; in 2019, she received an International Citizen Award from LTL International Leadership Institute.
♦ November 20, 2019: Phil Hansen is a multimedia artist who works at the intersection of traditional visual art, pointillism, and offbeat techniques. His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Phil, Glamour and many other venues. In high school, Hansen developed a tremor and was diagnosed with permanent nerve damage in his arm that stopped him from following his dream of being an artist. After finding his way back to art years later, Hansen embarked on a journey to embrace his limitation. And along the way, he discovered that he could use limitations to actually drive creativity.
Hansen is the author of Tattoo a Banana, which presents an innovative approach to finding creativity through the exploration of everyday objects. As a commercial artist, Hansen has worked on a variety of TV and internet campaigns with clients that include the Grammy’s, Skype, Diesel and Arby’s. For more, visit philinthecircle.com. Hansen has devoted himself to teaching others the approaches to creativity that have changed both his outlook and his artistic endeavors. You can also watch his TED Talk on creativity: https://www.ted.com/talks/phil_hansen_embrace_the_shake
spring semester convocation dates: all will be on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:25
♦ January 15, 2020
♦ February 19, 2020
♦ March 18, 2020
Here’s how Monday Morning Mentor series works:
Monday Morning Mentor delivers 20-Minute faculty development online lecture/programs each week of the academic year: 16 in the fall, 16 in the spring. Each program is available online Monday morning. The Faculty Scholarship Center will send/post a link as soon as the lecture ready. It’s a great way for faculty to start the week.
- The program is available for a full week for on-demand viewing.
- Faculty can view it where and when is convenient for them.
- Everyone at CSP can watch the program when it fits into their schedule.
Magna has also promised: supplemental materials, PowerPoint handouts, a facilitator’s guide, transcript, reminders (three days before the program and the day each one airs), and promotional materials.
And the schedule looks exciting. Here is a list of the fall semester lectures. Take a look and try to watch all of them. There are links each week outlining the talk and introducing the speaker.
Innovation in Teaching & Learning Project (ITL)
CSP Faculty Scholarship Center
We know that the Concordia faculty are undertaking new classroom and teaching initiatives each and every semester. What we seek to do this year is simply start collecting, recording, and celebrating this faculty creativity. Maybe we will even offer a few incentives!
Here is the 2017-2018 plan:
a): We will be collecting and recording any and all Innovative Teaching ideas (starting in the fall).
b): These ideas can come from any class or collaboration of classes (online, traditional, blended, graduate, undergraduate). We just want to know what new and exciting things are taking place in our CSP classrooms.
c): These “Innovative” ideas can be anything from individual lessons to entirely revamped courses.
d): And your Innovative ideas don’t even have to be a success this first time! There will be no required assessment, application forms, paperwork, or questions from us. We just want to know what you are doing.
e): We will celebrate these Innovation Teaching & Learning ideas at the end of the year (at the spring Faculty Retreat). Awards and accolades and will be given for: individuals, team-teaching, departments. Faculty will also be encouraged to discuss their ITL ideas at this spring Faculty Retreat.
f): Let’s have fun with this!
possible ITL ideas (just to get you thinking)
new online class methods
innovative group work
using new technologies
FDC Grant Program
Faculty Development Grant—funded by the quasi-endowment
2019-2020 grant deadlines
–fall semester: October 25, 2020 (midnight)
Goal Statement: The goal of this grant program is to provide faculty members with financial assistance for scholarship and research activities. The program is administered by the Faculty Development Committee (FDC), and the Director of the Faculty Scholarship Center—who serves in an advisory role to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).
Project Guidelines: Grant projects should lead to a broader and deeper understanding of one’s discipline, and/or an understanding of a new discipline or subject area. Scholarship and research is not simple defined as a book or article. Scholarship and research also encompasses the arts, plays, music, dance, and any other form of scholarship as long as the project and output meets the criteria of the grant (measured goals, specific outcomes, etc.) This may also include research with students and collaborative endeavors with other faculty members/colleagues.
fundable items include (but are not limited to):
• conducting research directly related to one’s scholarship and/or teaching
• research supplies (books, software, art materials, science consumables, etc.)
• transcription costs
• activities fostering joint faculty-student scholarship
• student work study wages
• release time (the VPAA and dean of the applicant’s college must provide written permission, and this must accompany the grant proposal)
• dissertation research
• gift cards
• tuition (post-terminal degree)
• expenses related to professional conference attendance (such as registration, transportation, lodging). When applying for conference-related funding, applicants must also include:
a): paper topic and proof of acceptance
b): links to professional organization website and/or conference website (both are preferable)
c): conference program (if available)
items not fundable include:
• curricular or program development (unless that development applies to scholarly activity from one or more criteria in the approved Advancement in Rank rubric – Faculty Handbook Policy 2.72)
• pre-terminal degree-related tuition
• course preparation
• conference attendance without a specific presentation
• publication promotions
• travel abroad: must include a fundable research/scholarship project
• language study: applicants should use faculty development monies
• workshops, exhibitions, seminars: if not presenting, faculty development monies should be utilized
project spending/timeline: Funds not expended within one calendar year of grant award notification date may be returned to the quasi-endowment fund for re-granting. Exceptions to this rule are:
1. If more time is necessary beyond the 1-year limit, grant recipients must inform the Director of the Faculty Scholarship Center in writing.
1a. Extensions can be given—the maximum being three (3) months.
2. If the applicant chooses to alter in any way the project originally funded by the Faculty Development Grant, the applicant must submit a letter to the Faculty Development Committee. That letter should explain the changes to the original project.
Any and all questions about the application form, and administration of funds, should be directed to the Director of the Faculty Scholarship Center.
Any public dissemination of funded research should include the following acknowledgement: This research was (partially) funded by a Faculty Development Grant from Concordia University, St. Paul.
project completion: Grant recipients must submit a 2-3 pp final report to the Faculty Scholarship Director and the VPAA within one (1) month of their deadline. In addition, all grant recipients are expected to present their project outcomes at appropriate venues both on and off campus. Examples could include, but are not limited to, published articles, professional presentations, and creative works. Furthermore, it is expected that the applicant will present their outcomes at a Faculty Retreat Research Roundtable or other Concordia University venue, as agreed upon.
project funding guidelines
1. Currently, a maximum of $2,000 per applicant may be awarded. If available funds exceed the total funds requested, the Faculty Development Committee may, at its discretion, award more than the maximum.
2. All full-time faculty of Concordia University, St. Paul are eligible to receive funding. Only one application may be submitted by an individual faculty member in a given application period.
3. A group or joint application must include rationale for the collaboration, along with separate statements for each faculty member stating her/his unique contribution, qualifications, timeliness, and reasons for separate funding (if necessary).
4. Priority will be given to applications requesting funds for scholarship (research implementation) over those applications requesting funds to present research at conferences. Also, those who have not received funding the previous academic year will receive higher priority.
5. Funding from other sources may be included as part of the proposal, but is not required. Funding from the applicant’s college (e.g. professional development funds) need not be listed as part of budget.
6. A faculty member may apply for funding retroactively, if the activity took place or began within the time of the previous funding period; or that the activity was not available or known to the faculty member in time for the applicant to have appropriately made application in time for that funding period’s deadline.
7. A previous proposal which was partially funded may not be resubmitted in unaltered form for additional funding.
8. Materials and supplies funded through the grant normally will remain the property of the applicant after the project is completed. The specifics will be communicated to the applicant in the award letter.
9. Any funds left over after grants have been awarded are carried over to the next application period or otherwise redistributed.
project application procedures
• Proposals must be written clearly and concisely using the Faculty Development Grant Application—this document is available online at the FSC website.
• Please use the ten-point outline provided. The grant application may be returned if this format is not followed.
• The completed application form is submitted electronically to David Woodard (email@example.com) and carbon-copy (cc:) the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org), by the posted deadline. Any supporting documentation should be submitted electronically or in hardcopy (if necessary).
• The name of the faculty member(s) and the submission date should be included in the title of all electronically submitted files.
• Applicants will not have an opportunity to refine or revise applications once they are submitted. Examples of previous approved grants can be found at the Faculty Scholarship Center Website.
• The FDC suggests that applicants have their completed applications reviewed by a member of the FDC prior to final submission so errors or omissions can be appropriately dealt with.
• Proposals will be accepted twice throughout the academic year. The deadlines will be approximately the midpoint of each semester. Application deadlines will be shared at a Faculty event.
decision-making process for grant awards
The electronic documents will be e-mailed to all Faculty Development Committee members in advance of the scheduled meeting on funding decisions. The Director of the Faculty Scholarship Center informs the committee of the maximum amount of money available for disbursement.
Committee members who have applied for a grant may not be present at meetings where their proposal is under review. Instead, this committee member will be responsible for asking someone to represent their college at the meeting.
Funds can only be committed to current projects. All future allocations will need to be applied for in later granting periods.
prioritizing criteria: Proposals submitted according to the guidelines are evaluated using the following criteria:
b): scholarly impact on the applicant, the university, and the profession
c): tangible evidence of achievement
d): clear methodology and learning outcomes
g): overall quality
h): evaluation measures
i): applicability to one or more of the criteria in the most recently approved Advancement in Rank rubric (Faculty Handbook Policy 2.72).
j): possible dissemination venues
• Full time tenure-track faculty have priority over term faculty; faculty holding a terminal degree have priority over faculty without a terminal degree; those who have not received funding the previous academic year may receive higher priority.
• The committee will review proposals item by item and may cut or suggest cuts to parts of the proposal. Applicants should pay special attention to providing rationale for each item in a budget and not collectively group items together.
• “Acceptance Pending”: The committee may ask applicants for clarification or rationale for expenses requested. Applicants will have fourteen days (this period beginning with sending of notification e-mail) to make all necessary revisions. If more in-depth revisions are needed, the applicant may be asked to reapply in the following granting period.
• The committee forwards its recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who makes the final decision on applications. All applicants will receive written notification from the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the decision regarding their application; this decision will be mailed no later than three weeks after the application deadline.
Faculty Development Grant Program Application
Please formulate and submit a proposal of no more than five pages (Arial 12 font, double spaced) which addresses each of the following points. Carefully review the posted Faculty Development Grant Guidelines before completing your application, and be sure to submit your application by the posting deadline.
note: Please number the sections of your proposal according to the following template:
Date of Application:
Name of Faculty Member:
1. Title of Request
2. Goals and Objectives of the proposed activities, and the intended outcomes of the project. Please include clearly stated intended learning outcomes; clearly stated methods for achieving each outcome; and a carefully formulated plan for evaluating whether each outcome has been accomplished.
3. Work plan and time frame for the proposed project (include applicable research methodology and feasibility). The research methodology must be clear and concise.
4. Timeliness and overall significance of the project to the faculty member, to the institution, and/or to the wider academic community.
5. Description of the applicant’s qualifications that would enable completion of this project and dissemination of results to appropriate groups.
6. Likelihood of success via performance, exhibition, publication, or some other form of peer or public review.
7. Proposed budget itemizing expenses directly related to the project.
8. How and when the outcomes of the activity will be evaluated.
9. How and when project results will be shared with others.
10. Approximate date when the documentation of research will be presented to the Faculty Scholarship Center
NOTE: Applications must be submitted to David Woodard (woodard@csp,.edu) and to the Office of Academic Affairs (cc: Kathy Haeg email@example.com) — by the posted deadlines. Any supporting documentation should be submitted electronically or in hardcopy, if necessary, to the office of the VPAA. The name of the faculty member should be included in the title of all electronically submitted files.
Applications must be submitted to David Woodard (woodard@csp,.edu) and to the Office of Academic Affairs (cc: Kathy Haeg firstname.lastname@example.org) — by the posted deadlines. Any supporting documentation should be submitted electronically or in hardcopy, if necessary, to the office of the VPAA. The name of the faculty member should be included in the title of all electronically submitted files.