Download the PDF schedule of the 2012-13 series: Supporting the Scholar in Teacher-Scholars: Faculty Research at Colorado College
Events for All Faculty
THREE CROWN FACULTY CENTER OPPORTUNITIES
1. SUMMER SCHOLARLY RESEARCH AND WRITING GROUPS
Do you want to get some research and writing done this summer? Do you say this every summer, but find all kinds of reasons and distractions not to finish or even start projects? All kinds of research suggests that most people are more productive with some very local, but light-handed accountability. Small groups of 3-5 people that meet briefly and regularly to make goals and report on progress help many scholars stay on track.
We have come up with the oh-so-appealing acronym of SWARG (Scholarly Writing Accountability Group). If you’re interested in forming or being part of a SWARG that meets over the summer, there are many ways to sign up. If you want to hear what other faculty are doing, come to one of our organizational sessions from 3:30-4:30 PM on Thursday, April 25 in TLC 3 or for lunch at 12 noon on May 2 in the Cossitt (Faculty) Commons, OR send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org about your project and I will play matchmaker OR if you have group all ready to go get on line http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/facultydevelopment/mellon-initiatives/mellon-initiative-12-13-application-form.dot and fill out an application for your group. The Crown Center will help plan, find space, provide funds for snacks or modest lunches.
2. SUMMER WRITING AND RESEARCH MORNINGS (yes, SWARMS)
At the suggestion of a faculty working group, the Crown Center will staff and provide coffee, light breakfast, and quiet in the Cossitt Commons for two mornings early in each summer block. At the moment we have the following dates planned, just as experiments: (June 4 & 5, July 1 & 2, and August 1 & 2). Breakfast, coffee, chatting, goal setting from 8:30 to 9, then heads down and quiet work on scholarly projects in our own café-like setting from 9-11:30. You can work with your SWARG or just come and find out who is on campus this summer and doing what kind of work. We’ll have tables and chairs and a few plugs, but that is about it. Bring whatever you need to get some work done in that setting: a laptop, a book, articles you’re reading, a pile of data to crunch.
3. TEAGLE THESIS READING PROJECT (MAY 16-17) ($600)
For the past 6 years, CC has been part of a group funded by the Teagle Foundation trying to figure out how to assess senior theses and projects. We have had teams of faculty travel to Hampshire College, Bennington College, and New College to learn how to develop and use rubrics. Several CC departments have developed their own rubrics from this project. This summer, we’d like to use the original rubric and read a bunch of our own students’ theses, senior papers, senior capstones etc. An expert in designing rubrics and in helping “norm” readings, Dr. Carol Trossett, will sit with us and help us learn how to read and evaluate a broad range of senior work produced by this year’s seniors. We need 4-5 faculty interested in senior work and from different divisions to participate. And, yes, we have picked the delightful moment between the end of classes and commencement so as to avoid the reading of First Year Portfolios. We’ll need you from 2:30 to 5 in a norming session on Thursday, May 16 and for 4-5 hours on Friday, May 17. We have funding to pay people $600 for their time, but we’ll also get a chance to think about what our seniors are producing and how best to support them. Call or email Anne Hyde (719-389-6986) or email@example.com .