Faculty Enrichment Seminar

The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors a Faculty Enrichment Seminar where faculty can “take” a mini-course with a PLNU professor. The seminar offers the chance to watch a wonderful professor exercise his or her craft and the opportunity to feast on some new ideas.

In addition, it allows participants to find out some of what our general education students are learning and thus be in a position to make some fresh interdisciplinary connections and to model the integration of knowledge that we want our students to accomplish.

Spring 2009--Literature, Psychology
Mike McKinney of the Department of Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages and Mike Leffel of the Department of Psychology talked about their team taught course, the Human Challenge. The interface of literature and psychology is an interesting area and these professors have turned this into a very exciting course. It engages students in a reflection on some of the challenges of an "examined" and well lived life. It poses three human challenges for interdisciplinary (literal, philosophical, psychological, and Wesleyan theological) perspective dialogue: 1) the challenge of evolving a "philosophical faith" (being wise); 2) the challenge of enlarging ones capacity to love (being loving); and 3) the challenge of broadening ones personal identity and vision of meaningful, creative work (being generative). The students read literary works that embody these developmental themes as well as selective articles from philosophy and psychology.

Fall 2008--Literature
Karl Martin of the Department of Literature, Journalism and Modern Languages dialogued with a group of faculty on American Religious Writings from early Colonial times to the current day.  Many of these writings are works that he covers in a variety of his courses.  Dr. Martin is working on a book on this subject.

Spring 2008--Philosophy
During this semester, Heather Ross of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry led participants in a mini-course in the Philosophy of Education.  The group looked at philosophical theories that influence the way we think about learning, education, liberal arts, the church, personal development and the way we interact.

Fall 2007--History
During this semester, Jae Kim of the History & Political Science Department led participants in a mini-course of 7 one-hour sessions in Asian-American History.

Spring 2007--Math
During this semester, a group of Math professors offered a mini-course in Math 303.  Topics included: Planning and Scheduling, Graphs and Circuits, Voting, Apportionment and Fair Division, Finance, and Resource Management.

Spring 2005--Music
During this semester, Dan Jackson led participants through a sampling of Western music from Renaissance to modern.

Fall 2004--Theology and Christian Ministries
During this semester Herb Prince of the Philosophy and Religion Department, now called the School of Theology and Christian Ministries, offered a ten-session mini-course in Western Philosophy. The group met for lunch and discussion of a sampling of philosophers from Plato to Heidegger.