VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning)

May 26 Session

Palmer - Classrooms and Congregations

5 Habits of the Heart

Events for Winter Quarter 2018

Preparing your Syllabus for Core Approval

Are you considering submitting a syllabus for Core Approval in the coming year?  Submission deadlines are coming up: January 16, 2018 for courses scheduled for Spring 2018; April 2, 2018 for courses to be taught in Summer or Fall 2018.  Join us tomorrow and/or Thurs  as faculty from Core Committees describe the syllabus evaluation process and provide tips for preparing effective materials for committee approval.  Examples of excellent syllabi and assessments will be provided. Cosponsored with Core Curriculum.

Wednesday Jan 10, 11:45-12:45,  Lucas 126 

Kathy Aoki (Art & Art History), STS Faculty Core Committee Chair
Chad Raphael (Communication), Arts Faculty Core Committee


Thursday Jan 11, 12:15-1:15,  Lucas 126
Chris Kulp (Philosophy) Ethics Faculty Core Committee Chair
Laura Ellingson (Communication) Diversity Faculty Core Committee Chair

RSVP (includes lunch)

Co-sponsored with Undergraduate Studies and the Core Curriculum Committees

Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM

Twenty universities in the US have participated in the TIDES Project (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) with the American Association of Colleges and Universities--with the goal of assisting faculty as they develop curricula and pedagogies to support learning for students from underrepresented groups in STEM. Join us for this special session as we discuss teaching strategies and practices developed by colleagues on TIDES campuses. Faculty participants will learn and practice research-based approaches to inclusive STEM teaching as they discuss classroom case studies. 

Tuesday Jan 23, 9-12, Benson Parlor A


Monday Feb 5, 1:30-4:30, Donohoe



Faculty Writing Retreats

Thursdays & Fridays

How's your writing and research going? Winter--the middle of the year on the lightning-speed quarter system--might just be the toughest time to stick with regular writing practices. So mix it up a bit. Join faculty colleagues for any of these monthly Th/Fr writing retreats. Come for one or both days. The program consists entirely of faculty writers writing. Why write with colleagues when you can stay in your office? Lots of reasons: because you want to focus and energize your writing project/s; because working alongside colleagues offers accountability, community, and joy; because your routine might not be serving you well; because peer pressure is powerful.

Dates, details and RSVP here


Inclusive Teaching

A longstanding faculty discussion group, VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning) offers an opportunity for faculty across the disciplines to discuss readings about teaching.  Since fall 2016 VITAL has  focused on diversity and inclusion. We meet twice each quarter and focus on readings and current classroom challenges.
Incidents of hate speech and other acts of aggression continue to increase since the 2017 presidential election, Charlottesvillle, DACA and travel bans. Here on our campus more than 45% of SCU undergraduates are students of color or international students; many identify as LGBTQ, and come from a wide range of faith (and no faith) traditions. How do you make your teaching style and course content inclusive, welcoming, respectful, and challenging for our student population? And what about teaching practices that alienate and exclude students from underrepresented communities? These remain common; we hear about them regularly from our students. Join us as we discuss the fall issue of  Liberal Education: On Creating Inclusive Classrooms. Read it online in preperation for our discussion.

Monday  Jan 29, 11:45-12:45

Lucas 126

RSVP (includes lunch)

Teaching with Santa Clara’s Perspectives

Perspectives--a program run by the Office of Multicultural Learning--is a committee of students, staff and faculty who facilitate diversity workshops that aim to help students shift their perspectives, gain diverse knowledge, and build multicultural skills. These workshops take place across campus: in residence halls, with staff teams, in student organizations, and in classrooms. Did you know about that last part? Didn’t think so. Join us as we learn more with Danielle Aguilar (OML), Amy Randall (History) and Brett Solomon (Child Studies) about how faculty use Perspectives in their courses to enhance student learning.

Tues March 6, 12:15-1:15

Lucas 126

RSVP (includes lunch)

Lecturer Reappointment Process 

If you are a multiple year, renewable Lecturer with questions about the Lecturer Reappointment Process, join Amy Shachter (Senior Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs) and Eileen Elrod (Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development) to learn more. Find guidelines here or learn more about appointment types in the Faculty Handbook, section 3. Need more information? See our Lecturer Resource Guide.

Wednesday March 7, 11:45-12:45


Thursday March 8, 12:15-1:15

St Joseph's 309

RSVP (includes lunch)

Lecturer Information Lunch

Do you have questions about your AYAL, QAL or other term-lecturer appointment? Do you need to know more about how the different lecturer appointment lines work? Are you eligible for reappointment? How do you apply for a new search for the next academic year? What faculty resources are available to you? Join Eileen Elrod (Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development) and Amy Shachter (Senior Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs) for lunch and an information session focused especially on clarifying lecturer appointments.

Wednesday March 14, 11:45-12:45


Thursday March 15, 12:15-1:15

St Joseph's 309


Can’t make it but you’d like to know more on this topic?

Check out SCU’s lecturer resource guide

Coming Soon: Let's talk about SETs

(Student Evaluations of Teaching)



Our institutional membership in the National Council for Faculty Development & Diversity, gives every SCU faculty member free access to excellent online professional development geared to all phases of an academic career. Most offerings are archived and available at any time. (You need to log on to see specifics. Follow the prompts to join through the institutional membership. It just takes a minute or two.) Below are a few opportunities you might want to check out:

  • Fall 14-Day Writing Challenge (a live resource starting April 1; limited space and it fills quickly)
  • Every Semester (aka Quarter) Needs a Plan
  • How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice
  • Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded
  • Imposter Syndrome: How to Recognize it, Overcome It and Realize Your Academic Goals
  • Developing a Publishing Pipeline
  • Writing for Journals: An Editor's Perspective

Ongoing Opportunities

Faculty Development is  happy to meet with groups, including departments, on specific programs to support teaching or research, and we offer confidential individual consultations (including classroom visits). We can help you find a mentor outside your department and get you connected to a Faculty Group for peer mentoring, writing, study or affiliation. Want to set up an inter-disciplinary faculty study group? We have funds for materials and food to help you do that. And if you haven't done so already, check out DRT (Digital Resources for Teaching)--a Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation project. 

Upcoming Events for Winter Quarter

Thursday, January 21 - VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning): Lucas 126, 12-1:30 pm (lunch served)

This quarter the VITAL faculty group will discuss Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.  The January 21 session will focus on chapters 1, 3, and 6. Faculty Development will gladly provide you with a copy of Palmer's book in exchange for your participation in at least one VITAL session. If you'd like to attend, email Pam Cuilla to request your copy of the book.

Facilitated by David Pleins (Religious Studies) and Shawn Veciello (Education)

Click here to RSVP 

Tuesday, January 26 - How (and Why) to Gather Multiple Forms of Evidence of Teaching and Learning Effectiveness: Lucas 126, 12:15-1:15 pm (lunch served)

There are many ways to evaluate how well we teach, and whether and what our students are learning. This workshop will discuss why it’s useful to look to multiple sources of information for both developmental and summative purposes. We will introduce a few instruments that can be used to evaluate various aspects of teaching and learning, and we’ll discuss how certain departments assess teaching holistically.

Facilitated by Tim Urdan (Psychology), Tonya Nilsson (Civil Engineering), and Chad Raphael (Communication)

Click here to RSVP 

Wednesday, February 3 - Vertical and Digital: Writing Matters // Matters of Writing: St Clare Room, Learning Commons, 12:15-1:30 pm

A workshop on digital and multimodal writing across disciplines.

Featuring Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Michigan State University

Co-sponsored with the Department of English

Click here to RSVP 

Thursday, February 4 - Composing Multimodal Projects // Learning Commons, Lab 2015 12:30-2:00 pm

A curriculum workshop for faculty across disciplines focused on brainstorming activities and projects that engage students in producing multimodal work.

Featuring Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Michigan State University

Co-sponsored with the Department of English and supported by a University Research Grant

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Friday, February 12 - Making Writing Assignments Matter: Lucas 126, 11:45 am-12:45 pm (lunch served)

How can we design and schedule writing assignments and incorporate constructive feedback that students can use to improve their work?

Facilitated by Denise Krane, Director of the HUB Writing Center

Co-sponsored with the HUB

Click here to RSVP 

CANCELLED: Friday, February 19 - Late Career Vitality: New Visions, Creative Possibilities: Donohoe Alumni House Conference Room, 12:15-1:15 pm (lunch served)

A discussion of current research (and a toolkit) on late career vitality and transitions to retirement from the "Sharing the Knowledge" conference

hosted by the Sloan Foundation and the American Council of Education

Facilitated by Tracey Kahan (Psychology) and Diane Jonte-Pace (Religious Studies and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs)

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Wednesday, February 24 - Being an Effective Ally: Lucas 126, 12:15-1:15 pm (lunch served)

Do you want to support colleagues and students who experience discrimination but wonder how to do so in a respectful, appropriate, and constructive way? At this session we will discuss this with colleagues from the African-American, Muslim, and LGBT communities.

Co-sponsored with the Faculty Women of Color Network and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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Thursday, February 25 - VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning): Lucas 126, 12-1:30 pm (lunch served)

Facilitated by David Pleins (Religious Studies) and Shawn Veciello (Education)

Reading for this session to be determined at the January 21 meeting. 

Click here to RSVP 

Wednesday, March 2 - You've Got Tenure! Now What? How to Find Happiness and Success as an Associate Professor and Continue Making Progress Towards Your Professional Goals: Lucas 126, 11:45 am-12:45 pm (lunch served)

How can associate professors set professional goals and work effectively towards them? How do we know when we are ready to apply for promotion to full professor? How can tenured faculty contribute actively to our institution without becoming overburdened with service responsibilities? What can be done to avoid or alleviate the mid-career professional blues? In this discussion colleagues who are full professors will share what worked for them, what didn’t, and what they wish they’d known as associate professors.

Facilitated by Kieran Sullivan (Psychology), Rick Scott (Mathematics), and Terri Griffith (Associate Dean, Leavey School of Business)

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Preparing Your Tenure Application
Tuesday, April 5: 12:15 - 1:15 pm, Lucas 125 RSVP Here
Wednesday, April 6: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm, Lucas 125 RSVP Here

This session is for faculty applying for tenure within the next year or two.

Facilitated by Elsa Chen, Amy, Shachter and Laurene Skinner
Guest Facilitators include Rich Barber (for April 5th session) and Barbara Molony (for April 6th session)

Tuesday, April 12 - Tenure Process Informational Meeting for New Faculty: St. Joseph's Hall, Executive Conference Room, 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

Facilitated by President Fr. Michael Engh, Provost Dennis Jacobs, Elsa Chen, Sanjiv Das, Bob Senkewicz

Click here to RSVP 

Tuesday, April 19 - Phased Retirement Information Session: Lucas 126, 12:15-1:15 pm (lunch served)

By popular demand, we are repeating this session, which was also offered Fall Quarter. We will provide a brief overview of SCU’s phased retirement program. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Representatives from HR will also be present.

 Presented by Amy Shachter, Senior Associate Provost for Research & Faculty Affairs and Elsa Chen, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development

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Thursday, April 21 - VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning): Lucas 126, 12-1:30 pm (lunch served)

Facilitated by David Pleins (Religious Studies) and Shawn Veciello (Education)

This quarter the VITAL faculty group will discuss Chapter 6 (“The Truth Told Slant: The Power of Metaphor”) from Parker Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. A PDF of this chapter will be distributed to all colleagues who RSVP.

Click here to RSVP 

Friday, April 22 - New Faculty Retreat (for 1st and 2nd Year Tenure-Track Faculty): Villa Maria del Mar, Santa Cruz, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, with reception (families welcome) from 4:30 - 6:00 pm 

By popular demand, we are repeating this session, which was also offered Fall Quarter. We will provide a brief overview of SCU’s phased retirement program. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Representatives from HR will also be present.

 Presented by Amy Shachter, Senior Associate Provost for Research & Faculty Affairs and Elsa Chen, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Click here to RSVP 

Tuesday, April 26 - Assisting Students in Crisis: Lucas 126, 12:15 - 1:15 pm (lunch served)

Colleges are experiencing an increase in students with depression and suicidal ideation.  In this session, representatives from Cowell Center, Residence Life, and the Office of Student Life will present about supporting and referring students in crisis.  This program will provide information about campus resources, the roles the offices play in responding to student needs, and how faculty can respond to meet the needs of our students.

Presenters: Jillandra Rovaris, PhD (Director, Cowell Center), Heather Dumas-Dyer (Director, Residence Life), Jeffrey Baerwald, SJ, PhD (Assistant Dean, Office of Student Life), Matthew Duncan (Associate Dean, Office of Student Life), and Marie Herbert, PhD (Assistant Director, Counseling and Psychological Services)

Co-sponsored with the Office of Student Life

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Thursday, April 28 - Special Populations in the Classroom: Lucas 126, 12:15 - 1:15 pm (lunch served)

This session will offer tips and conversation about how to support “untraditional” student populations, such as undocumented students, veterans, gender-nonconforming students, and non-English-fluent international students.

Presenters will include Susan Popko (Associate Provost for International Programs), Greg Callaghan (assistant to the Rector of the Jesuit Community) Sonja Mackenzie (Public Health), and Capt. Daimhin Graves (ROTC).

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Monday, May 9 - Experiential Learning for Social Justice and Beyond: Graham Commons B, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm (lunch served)

Interested in community-based teaching and research that does not necessarily entail teaching a course with a community-based placement? Come and learn about a multifaceted research and teaching project involving faculty colleagues from several disciplines, along with University Library staff and community partners from the Thriving Neighbors Initiative.

Presenters: Jennifer Nutefall (University Library), Jennifer Merritt (Director of Community-based Learning, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education), Nicole Branch (Head of Instruction and Assessment, University Library), Laura Nichols (Sociology), Laura Chyu (Public Health), Barbara Burns (Liberal Studies), and Irene Cermeno (Program Director, Thriving Neighbors Initiative)

Click here to RSVP 

Thursday, May 26 - VITAL (Vitality in Teaching and Learning): Lucas 126, 12-1:30 pm (lunch served)

Facilitated by David Pleins (Religious Studies) and Shawn Veciello (Education)

Reading to be announced. 

Click here to RSVP 

Wednesday, June 1 - Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journals: Lucas 126, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm (lunch served)

How do you know when a manuscript is good enough to submit to a journal? How do you choose the right outlet for your scholarly work? What are the best ways to respond to peer reviewers' feedback, especially when you don’t entirely agree? Please join us for a discussion of these topics and more with colleagues who have been successful publishing their work in academic journals.

 Presenters: Michelle Marvier (Environmental Studies and Science), Rose Marie Beebe (Modern Languages and Literature), Yongtae Kim (Accounting), Sanjiv Das (Finance)

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Tuesday, June 7 -  Retirement and Conscious Aging - What will it mean for you? A Half-Day Workshop for Faculty and their Spouses/Parnters: Benson Parlor B, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (breakfast served)

As you think about retirement and moving into this next chapter of your life, this workshop will explore the benefits and joys as well as the challenges and concerns ahead. Along with retirement also comes the recognition that we are getting older. How do we live this stage of our life well and see aging as a blessing?  The combination of retirement and growing older provides an opportunity to live life differently and more contemplatively, moving from “doing” to “being.”  Discover how we can share our Spirit-given gifts, talents, and experience in new ways that bring joy to ourselves and others and give continued meaning and purpose to our lives.

Spouses and partners are invited to attend.

(Note: this is a shortened version of the program offered by Human Resources in April.)

 Presented by Jim Briggs, recently retired Executive Director of the School of Applied Theology and former Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President of Student Services at Santa Clara University. 

Co-sponsored by Human Relations

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Monday, June 27 - Wednesday, June 29 -  Faculty Writing Retreat: Presentation Center, Los Gatos 9:00 am Monday - 4:00 pm Wednesday

Join faculty colleagues for a three-day retreat to focus on your writing project! Continuing, full-time Santa Clara University faculty are invited to apply. Priority will be given to tenure-stream faculty. We have space for 15 writers (and might be able to accommodate more). Lodging and meals are sponsored by Faculty Development.

Monday, June 27th 9:00 a.m. to Wednesday, June 29th at 4:00 p.m. (Participants must commit to attend for the whole time.)

Presentation Center in Los Gatos, less than 30 minutes from SCU

Applicants must complete this Application Form and submit a brief (one paragraph, no more than one page) description of writing project/goals, along with a current CV, to Pam Cuilla by May 31

How I Write

Join us as Justin Boren (Communication), Michelle Burnham (English), Naomi Levy (Political Science) and Justen Whittall (Biology) reflect on their writing practices and processes. As writers, what do we do, exactly, and when, and how--especially, say, around week 7 of the term? Is your process linear? Consistent across projects? What do you need? A big question that wakes you up at night? Irresistible data? 4 hours of uninterrupted writing time? 30 minutes a day? Company? Deadlines? Lock-outs for social media? Audio loops of coffeehouse sounds? Madeleines and the smell of oranges? Faculty panelists will reflect on their work and invite us to think about how to build and protect writing practices that work for actual people (who teach, serve on committees, and have relationships with other actual people).  Can't join us but you'd like to do some thinking about how writers write? Check out this post on Brain Pickings and the resources available for scholarly writers through our institutional membership in the NCFDD 

Thursday Oct 13, 12:15-1:15 
Video & Taping Room A
Learning Commons, First Floor
RSVP (includes lunch)


Papers, Books and Miscellanea, Oh My!

Would anyone (ever) be interested in all those marginal notes in all those books in your office? What about the jottings that led to that published interview? The notes from that conversation that led to your invention? Or to the creation of your department? Or to the special program you designed? Someone might, actually: Join us as Erin Louthen, University Archivist, talks about the particulars of how your materials might make their way to a new home in the University Library’s archives. Bonus! Tour the Archives & Special Collections vault. (We have a vault?) Another bonus! While you are there, check out the exhibit featuring the life and work (and papers. . .) of one of our colleagues--Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality from the Jesuit School of Theology, Sandra Schneiders.

Tuesday October 18th, 3-4 pm
Archives & Special Collections Reading Room
Learning Commons, 3rd floor 

VITAL: Effectively Handling Hot Moments around Issues of Identity, Difference and Disrespect

Wednesday, October 26th, 11:45 - 12:45pm
Video & Taping Room A, Learning Commons
Learning Commons, 1st floor 
RSVP (includes lunch)

Cool BEAMs: A Rhetorical Approach to Research Assignments

Do you ask students to find and write with sources in your classes? Do you wish you had more strategies for facilitating their success with these tasks? Would you like to support students in improving their research skills to find better depth and quality of information sources? If so--BEAM might be for you!  Drawing on their own research and teaching, Nicole Branch (Library) and Tricia Serviss (English) will present an information literacy and writing paradigm known as BEAM thinking (Bizup, 2008). BEAM helps students better understand the purposes and utility of the sources they discover in research assignments, and can help you clarify your own approach to writing assignments. Learn more.

Wednesday Nov 9, 11:45-12:45
Lucas 126
RSVP (includes Lunch)

What is Digital Humanities?  

A Progress​ Report from members of SCU's Digital Humanities Working Group

Are you interested in learning more about the kinds of digital humanities projects and tools used across multiple disciplines? Would you like to learn about the highlights of this year's HASTAC conference? Do you want to know what initiatives are being planned by SCU to support digital humanities?  Would you like to hear from your colleagues about their own experiences using technology in humanities teaching and scholarship?

Join us as members of SCU's Digital Humanities Working Group--Michelle Burnham (English), Elizabeth McKeigue (University Library), Andrea Pappas (​Art & Art History) and Bruno Ruviaro (Music)--talk about the group's charge, progress, and plans. Panelists will also report on the interesting projects they heard about at the 2016 HASTAC Conference this past May.

​Wednesday, November ​9, 2:00 - ​3:00pm
Learning Commons, Viewing and Taping A, (First floor, just past the cafe)
Refreshments will be served
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Arts & Humanities and the University Library


Join this discussion with Amy Shachter and Elsa Chen to learn more. How does phased retirement work?  What factors should you consider as you think about timing? What are the first steps? How flexible are phased retirement plans? What about salary, teaching load, benefits, office space? Bring your questions about phased retirement, and join us to learn more.

Can’t make it but you’d like to learn a little more? Check out our Resource Page on faculty retirement. Or contact Tracey Kahan, Faculty Associate with the Faculty Development Program. Tracey helps support faculty as they reflect on timing and transition to this next chapter of their careers. Or are you just thinking about thinking about retirement? Whether you were just hired (congratulations!) or you’ve been here for decades  (congratulations!) getting informed about retirement will help you personally, professionally and financially (right now and in the future): Click here to see the schedule of HR programs--including Retirement Readiness and Conscious Aging. 

Thursday Nov 10, 12:15-1:15
Benson 29 (lower level)
RSVP (includes lunch)


Scholar Commons Soiree

Join us for a wine and cheese party to celebrate faculty contributions to ScholarCommons, Santa Clara's institutional repository. Enjoy great conversation and delicious refreshments, and hear about Santa Clara's new scholarly communication services and features, and how they support faculty work. Learn more about Scholar Commons, Copyright, and Open Access book initiatives. Also-- did you catch that wine and cheese part? 

(Cosponsored by Faculty Development and the Library)

Thursday Nov 10,  5-7
Archives and Special Collections Reading Room
Learning Commons, 3rd Floor
More info and RSVP

Strengthening Community-Based Learning through Research

How often do faculty have students research a community before they begin their service activity? What is important for students to know before they begin their service? What other research opportunities can faculty link to CBL and ELSJ courses? Faculty and librarian colleagues will discuss the pedagogy of service learning and information literacy and share case studies and strategies for incorporating research. Join Jennifer Nutefall (Library) Chris Bacon (Environmental Studies & Sciences) Nicole Branch (Library), Laura Nichols (Sociology) and Alex Hodges (American University) for this discussion of research-based approaches to Community-Based Learning

Thursday Nov 17, 12:15-1:15
Viewing and Taping A 
Learning Commons, 1st Floor
RSVP (includes lunch)

VITAL: Faculty Assumptions, Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat

Tuesday, November 29th, 12:15-1:15pm
Lucas 126
RSVP (includes lunch)