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Faculty Council Delicious Dialogues Continue to be a Success!

The newly created Faculty Council’s “Delicious Dialogs” Monthly Faculty Research Talk & Brown Bag Lunch continues to be a great success at the Broken Arrow campus!  Delicious Dialogue is a faculty led venue where each month, a speaker is highlighted to talk about their research, or some initiative that they have undertaken.

The Faculty Council began this new monthly event in November 2014 to broaden the social space just for faculty, “Delicious Dialogs Brown Bag Lunch & Talk”. Each lunch features a faculty speaker discoursing for the first 15-20 minutes on her/his current research and/or endeavors, followed by a short Q&A session. The remainder of the hour is reserved for talking with  colleagues. Dr. Cheryl Van Den Handel, Faculty Council President notes, “the intent behind this monthly event is for faculty to share our research, and to get to know each other better.  Oftentimes, we are so busy, we don’t have the opportunity to visit with our colleagues in other departments or colleges.”

So far, in Broken Arrow, we have heard from Dr. Erik Terdal on his study abroad and summer academy opportunities at NSU, Dr. Allyson Watson who spoke about outreach engagement in the local community, and the most recent – Dr. John Mercer who spoke about the Summer Intersession class where students visit Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  See below for a photo of the event.

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Be sure to join us if you can for the next Delicious Dialogue on February 11 in the Visitor Center Gallery from noon to 1:00 p.m. where Dr. Martha Parrott, faculty of the College of Science and Health Professions will discuss service learning models for creating programs.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Welcome Our Newest Librarian!

IMG_0613The NSU Libraries, Broken Arrow Campus, is pleased to welcome their newest faculty member, Tamara Kharabora.  Tamara is filling the position of Information Services Librarian/Resource Coordinator to the College of Business and Technology.

Tamara has been a member of the NSU Broken Arrow library staff in multiple capacities — as a student, as a capstone intern, as a staff Technician III, and now as a faculty member.  Tamara completed and received her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa just last December. Tamara has lived in Washington, Missouri and Tennessee prior to moving to Oklahoma; she attended State Fair Community College (Sedalia, MO), Cleveland State Community College (Cleveland, TN) where she received her Associate of Arts degree, and NSU where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in English with a minor in Business.

Tamara speaks Russian/Ukrainian and has her ESL certificate (English as a Second Language).

Welcome aboard Tamara!

Posted by Tom R.

Welcome Karl Siewert!

IMG_0425[1]The NSU Libraries, Broken Arrow Campus, is pleased to welcome their newest faculty member, Karl Siewert.  Karl is filling the position of Instruction Librarian/Resource Coordinator to the College of Education.

Karl comes to NSU from the Tulsa City-County Library, where he has been a reference librarian for 11 years. Since 2007 he has worked with teens, but prior to that, he was focused on business reference. Karl received his MLIS from Dominican University, taking his courses through the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He grew up in Kansas and attended Fort Hays State University for his BS in English Education.

Karl’s reading interests include horror, fantasy, teen fiction, comics (DC more than Marvel), history and art. He considers himself a “maker,” building new things from old materials. His greatest accomplishment in that arena is a ukulele he made from an old candy tin, which he’s teaching himself to play. He also worked during library school as a professional yo-yo performer.

Welcome aboard Karl!

Posted by Tom R.

“For what are you grateful today?”

Many labels have been applied to the current generation of college students, many of them disparaging: lazy, distracted, aimless, needy, greedy, and self-absorbed. Some of the emerging adults who populate college classrooms earn these labels with their classroom behaviors and mediocre performance. However, within most men and women who are 18-22 years old, there is a capacity for greater things.

What is your story of skillful teaching? Is it of teaching as an activity full of unexpected events, unlooked-for surprises, and unanticipated twists and turns that take place in a system that is often considered controllable and predictable? If so, you may wish to read on.

In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder identify eight intellectual traits as essential to the development of the human mind. These traits are set against their opposites—those traits which impair the mind, eclipsing its potential for growth and discovery: intellectual humility vs. intellectual arrogance, intellectual courage vs. intellectual cowardice, empathy vs. close-mindedness, and so forth. According to Deborah Miller Fox, teacher of creative writing, composition, and literature at Anderson University, those first three are matters of both the mind and the heart. All are premised by the assumption that we are not in the world solely for our own benefit.

She teaches at a private Christian liberal arts university, so she enjoys a freedom to integrate her faith with her teaching, a freedom that many of her colleagues at secular institutions do not enjoy, no matter what religious faith they may practice. This freedom prompted her to address an attitude that she sees as an impediment for anyone who wishes to learn, whether that person is 18 or 80: entitlement. Many of her students, though certainly not all, come into college from a life of relative comfort and prosperity. Very few of them have even witnessed, let alone experienced, the kind of demeaning, debilitating poverty that starves the life and kills the spirit of millions of people around the world.

She has come to believe that prosperity is its own kind of impairment. In an effort to address the sense of entitlement that prosperity and comfort breed, she decided to call her students into a posture of humility. Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book, 1000 Gifts, Ms. Fox started a list on the first day of the semester and invited all of the students in all of her classes to contribute expressions of gratitude to this list every time they meet. She arrived early enough to open the Word file and project it on the screen in the classroom, and then she started class sessions with this question, “For what are you grateful today?”

Ms. Fox explain, “on some days in some of those classes, I was met with silence. These students were not muted by hostility or belligerence; they simply had nothing to say. In other classes, and on other days, I had to cut them off after five minutes of listing their thanks so we could get to the business of the day. My purpose for this habit was to call my students into a posture of humility so that they could be teachable”. We cannot learn when we are crippled by arrogance.

The certainty that there is nothing for us to gain from our attention to someone else’s agenda debilitates the educational process. Scott Russell Sanders’ reminds us that to educate means “to lead out.” In The Force of Spirit, he identifies ten fundamental powers of story, insisting that “what stories at their best can do is lead our desires in new directions—away from greed, toward generosity, away from suspicion, toward sympathy . . . .” Fox further explains that “one purpose in putting this list of blessings in front of my students every week and inviting them to name the things for which they are grateful is to lead them away from arrogance and entitlement toward humility and gratitude. Though this posture is consistent with the tenets of my Christian faith, it is also consistent with the tenets of civil discourse and scholarly inquiry”. Saying “Thank you” requires a person to acknowledge his or her indebtedness. Your students may not be indebted to you, but they certainly are indebted to someone if they are sitting in a college classroom.

As students and teachers, we are part of a community that stretches far behind us and will stretch far beyond us into the future. In this context, indebtedness is a gift, not a burden.

So, as you prepare for your next class session, you may wish to consider incorporating this technique of understanding and responding to the emotions of learning.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Paul, R. and Elder, L. (2010). The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools. Dillon Beach: Foundation for Critical Thinking Press.

Sanders, S. R. (2000). The Force of Spirit. Boston: Beacon Press.

Voskamp, Ann. (2010). One Thousand Gifts. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Professors’ Use of Social Media!

Last week I posted an infographic on mobile technology use by students. So, why not follow it up this week with an infographic (Courtesy of BestCollegesOnline.com) on professors’ use of social media?

Professors & Social Media

One Week Remaining!

NSU Faculty Art Show will be on display in the VCG (Visitors’ Center Gallery), Administration Building, March 25th – April 22nd.  Featured Artists are: Hunter, Lovelace, Cotton, Brown, Nitti, Hatley and Jones.  There will be a closing reception on April 22, at 5:00 p.m. in the VCG. For more information: (918)-444-2704 or hunterla@nsuok.edu.  Stop by anytime to enjoy the works of the fabulous faculty artists and we hope to see  you at the closing reception!

Posted by Tom R.

Exellence Abounds!

Here is the official announcement from Provost Tadlock regarding this year’s “Circle of Excellence Award” nominees.  Included in the list is one of the library’s own Fulbright Scholars: Dr. Pamela Louderback (for research).  Way to go Pamela!  Congratulations on your nomination!

The following faculty have been nominated for Circle of Excellence recognition this year.  As you know, NSU’s Circle of Excellence program recognizes faculty who are nominated by their colleagues as exemplary contributors to the areas of teaching, research, and service.  Please join us in congratulating them on their nomination.

A faculty committee will review portfolios for each nominee and select finalists who will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony this spring.

The following faculty from the College of Liberal Arts have been nominated by their peers to become a member of the NSU Faculty Circle of Excellence.
Les Hannah -Service, Teaching and Research
Kristopher Copeland – Service
Cassie Wier Freise – Service
Cari Keller – Service and Teaching
Tracy Hunsaker – Service
David Linebarger – Service
Robyn Magee Pursley -Teaching
Carolyn Cox – Teaching
Kendra Zoellner – Teaching
Amy Aldridge-Sanford – Teaching

The following faculty from the Library has been nominated by her peers to become a member of the NSU Faculty Circle of Excellence.
Pamela Louderback – Research

The following faculty from the College of Education have been nominated by their peers to become a member of the NSU Faculty Circle of Excellence.

Stephan Sargent – Service
Rick Williams – Service
Allyson Watson – Service
Sarah Deal – Teaching
Dan Glascow -Service

The following faculty from the College of Science & Health Professions have been nominated by their peers to become a member of the NSU Faculty Circle of Excellence.

Monica Macklin – Teaching
Mark Paulissen – Service
Jessica Martin – Research

The following faculty from the College of Business & Technology have been nominated by their peers to become a member of the NSU Faculty Circle of Excellence.

Julia Kwok – Research
Isaac DiIanni – Teaching
Deborah Lee – Teaching
Joan Williams – Teaching
Ken Jones – Teaching
Mike Landry – Teaching

Congratulations one and all!

Posted by Tom R.