Provost's Awards Lecture Series

This series is to honor and showcase each year's recipients of the Provost's Awards.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206


Kevin Ayotte, Department of Communication
Recipient of the 2014-2015 - Provost's Award in Faculty Service

"Collegiality and Shared Governance"
Realizing "shared governance" as an actual practice rather than merely an abstract ideal depends fundamentally upon the mutual interest by faculty and administrators in working together. Collegiality also, therefore, must be a practice actually lived by faculty and administrators. This thing called "faculty service" must include responsibility for promoting shared governance by actively cultivating collegiality.

Kathryn Forbes, Women's Studies Program
Recipient of the 2014-2015 - Provost's Award in Faculty Service

"Feminist Dissent: Social Movement Politics in the Bureaucratic University"
This lecture examines dilemmas faced by faculty who are trying to transform the silent economy of gendered academic service into visible activist work that is engaged with feminist social movement politics. Dr. Forbes draws on her role as a CFA faculty rights representative, her experience in the Women's Studies Program, socio-legal studies, and the scholarship of feminist activism to consider how faculty might integrate the realities of their daily working lives into their scholarship to resolve, at least partially, some of these dilemmas.

Kenneth L. Froelich, Department of Music
Recipient of the 2014-2015 - Provost's Award in Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Accomplishment

"Making Noise: Cultural Relevance in New Classical Music"
Classical Music is often perceived as disconnected from modern society -- a relic of another time. In his presentation, Dr. Froelich will present samples of his own compositions, and through these works discuss how new classical music is building bridges between our contemporary American culture and concert halls across the nation.

Eric Person, Department of Chemistry
Recipient of the 2014-2015 - Provost's Award in Innovation

"From Problem Based Learning to a Problem Based Course: Just in Time Teaching"
It is staggering what students can learn and how quickly they can acquire new knowledge, skills, and abilities when they feel a compelling need. Dr. Person will discuss how his experience mentoring grade=school robotics teams and a close relationship with a local environmental analysis laboratory has led to the re-imagination of a senior level analytical chemistry course to an industry based, problem focused course that provides students with real-world job experience.

 FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016   (NEW DATE)
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Henry Madden Library, Room 2206


Recipients of the 2014-2015 Provost's Award of Promising New Faculty

Lori Clune, Department of History

"Don't Know Much About History"
Dr. Lori Clune will discuss the thrills and challenges of teaching history to a student population that does not yet quite appreciate the subject. Historians regularly use original research and critical reading/thinking to vanquish boredom to unveil the beauty and horror of human behavior through the study of the past. Just because most of the folks are dead does not mean that they aren't interesting.

Frederick L. Nelson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

"How to Play Nice With Others: Interdisciplinary collaboration and the growth of a new faculty member"
Dr. Frederick Nelson will share his experiences working with colleagues from across campus in teaching, scholarship, and service and discuss how these experiences have contributed to his identity development as a new faculty member. The development of professional relationships and personal friendships with people outside of his own department has facilitated the growth and achievement of his goals in higher education.

Jes Therkelsen, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism

"Classroom, Curiosity and Comfort Zones: The Continual Search for Where the Magic Happens"
To share life's stories honestly, documentary storytellers must remain curious and open-minded of the world around them. This presentation offers some reflections and strategies from documentary filmmaker and professor Jes Therkelsen on motivating students to step outside their comfort zones, encouraging creativity, and cultivating interest, both inside and outside the classroom.

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