VOLUME 4, NUMBER 6
September 24, 2012
Student Learning Gains – They’re Impressive! Lunch Conversation Opportunity
Tuesday, September 25, noon-1 p.m., Ford Salon, Robertson Hall
Over the past four years, the various assessments of student learning at Butler in which Butler
participates are showing significant learning gains in our students. Join us for lunch to learn about where
our students are succeeding and talk with each other about what you are doing that is contributing to
student learning. To help us be best prepared for catering needs, please RSVP today to Laura Cobb by
New Faculty Orientation: “Working with Diverse Learners and Learning Styles”
Thursday, September 27, noon-1 p.m., AU111 (UClub)
How can faculty best work with the variety of students who come into classes who may have different
knowledge levels and skills? What are ways to capitalize on and support the diverse experiences students
bring to class? How might assignments be structured to allow students to do their best work, or how can
class time be managed, particularly when differences of opinion or experience surface? Meet in the
University Club (south of The Market Place in Atherton Union) – lunch coupons will be available
beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Visit http://www.butler.edu/faculty-development/new-faculty-programs-2012-13/ for more information
on other upcoming new faculty orientation activities.
“Applying for External Grants”: Tuesday, September 25, 3-4 p.m., JH048
“Research and Compliance Information Session”: Wednesday, September 26, 1-2:30 p.m., JH048
“Searching for Funding on the SPIN Database”: Friday, September 28, 3-4 p.m., JH048
“Internal Grants (Butler Awards and Holcomb Awards) Informational Session”: Thursday, October 4,
Visit http://www.butler.edu/research-scholarship/calendar/ for detailed descriptions on these and other
upcoming BIRS workshops and opportunities. RSVP to Dana Ohren by clicking here.
Brown Bag Series, Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work Presentations
Doug Spaniol, Music: “Bassooner or Later: ‘New’ Nineteenth Century Bassoon Music”
Tuesday, October 2, noon-1 p.m., AU111 (UClub)
Julius Weissenborn served as principal bassoon of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and was
the first bassoon instructor at the conservatoire in Leipzig. He also enjoyed a multifaceted
career as a composer, conductor and copyist. To this day, his pedagogical works
are among the most widely used by bassoon students and teachers. However, his grand
plan for a complete curriculum of study never materialized as he intended, and several
works are now lost.
Doug Spaniol will discuss his recent work restoring Weissenborn’s music in a way that will on the one
hand retain his original content and intent, and on the other hand meet the demands of today’s
bassoonists (and publishers). Included in the discussion will be how this work related to Doug’s
application for a Fulbright Teaching/Research Award and how the Fulbright helped enable much of the
research. Click here to view the poster for this session.
No RSVP required. Beverages and snacks provided; please feel free to bring your lunch.
Faculty Food for Thought: “Inspiring Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Mindset Across the Curriculum”
Tuesday, October 9, noon-1 p.m., AU111 (UClub)
Each of our Butler colleges take creative and innovative paths to developing some of the best future
leaders, citizens, change agents, and contributors to society in both non-profit and profit ventures –
whether in the arts, engineering, life sciences, or business. We invite you to share your innovative and
entrepreneurially natured projects…from farms to art, from medicine to machines…from education to
commercial products and services. What are your best practices on motivating students using the
power and drive of the entrepreneurial mindset and including creativity and innovation in the
classroom? What are some of the trends of innovation and entrepreneurial development in your
areas? What about applying entrepreneurial decision-making skills to a specific discipline, such as
preparing pharmacy students to run their practice, or helping music students develop a vibrant and
successful freelance career? Are their opportunities for diverse students across disciplines to work
together and build their innovation capacity? Join us for lunch and conversation led by Stephanie
Fernhaber (Management) and Denise Williams (Management) and share your best practices on
innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset across the curriculum. Resources and examples will be
Lunch coupons to The Market Place will be provided. So that we can best be prepared, please RSVP by
Editorial Assistance for Faculty
Editorial assistance is available to faculty who are preparing book chapters or research articles for
submission to scholarly journals. John Mugge has many years of experience as a generalist writer/editor
and is available to offer his assistance to faculty on a first-come, first serve basis.
Evidence from other universities that provide pre-submission editorial assistance indicates that such
services, as a final review before submission, can help to achieve easier and faster acceptance of papers,
and can help prepare a more successful transition through the peer-review process. Don’t let editorial
errors or organizational problems jeopardize your publishing success.
The service is intended for research papers and book chapters at an advanced level of preparation, and it
will not overlap with proposal and grant writing assistance that is already provided to faculty through the
Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship. Turnaround time is expected to be approximately one
week, although faster review may be possible depending on necessity and availability. There is no fee to
faculty or departments for this service.
To discuss a project, please contact John Mugge at email@example.com, or 940-8852, or in FB004.
Internal Grant Opportunities for 2012-13
Please click here for a complete listing of all internal grant opportunities available to eligible Butler
faculty this year, including deadlines and links to further information. These grants support research,
scholarship, and creative work, teaching and pedagogy, efforts to internalize curriculum or develop study
abroad seminars, and work on assessment. Support for faculty interested in seeking external funding also
Workshops and Groups
Teaching Observation Program
Create your own group, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help. Modest funding is available
to help pay for refreshments during pre- and post-visit classroom conversations. For more information,
please visit: http://www.butler.edu/faculty-development/teaching-observation-program/.
The BIRS Bulletin is available online. Click here to learn more about possible funding opportunities for
your research, scholarship, or creative work.
Additional information and a full calendar of upcoming faculty development events can be found at:
Click here to view a full list of books in our Faculty Development Library.
Have a resource you’d like to see added to the faculty development library in JH109? Click here
to send us the title and author.
We welcome suggestions for faculty development opportunities and news of research, scholarly
or creative accomplishments, innovative pedagogy, as well as feedback –
please click here to send this information along to us, or talk with Laura Behling.
For more information:
The Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship http://www.butler.edu/birs/
The Center for Citizenship and Community http://www.butler.edu/centerforcc/
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment http://www.butler.edu/institutional-research/
Center for Academic Technology http://www.butler.edu/it/cat
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