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EKU held its inaugural Faculty Scholars Institute May 15-16.

The event brought together nine participants with 17 facilitators in an effort to provide faculty members – with a focus on the associate professor level – with the skills to produce engaging, high-quality scholarly projects, especially manuscripts such as journal articles, book chapters or books. “Publishing is always a challenge, with ups and downs, and the Faculty Scholars Institute offered perspectives from productive scholars and authors that transfer across disciplines,” said Dr. Russell Carpenter, executive director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, which hosted the institute.

Expected outcomes include:

  • strengthened skills applicable in the production of scholarship.
  • increased knowledge of cultural competency approaches applicable across a wide range of scholarly endeavors.
  • enhanced knowledge of approaches to producing, managing, submitting and enhancing scholarly projects.
  • improved skills for those pursuing scholarship and preparing for the promotion and tenure process.
  • enhanced ability to identify meaningful scholarly projects as well as their potential structures.
  • development of writing skills necessary for producing high-quality scholarship.

“We plan to offer the Faculty Scholars Institute – with these goals in mind – each year in the days leading up to the Pedagogicon, our annual teaching and learning conference here on campus,” Carpenter said. This year’s Pedagogicon, with the theme “Student-Centered Teaching and Learning,” will be held Friday, May 18, in the Noel Studio.

Participants in this year’s institute were Michael Chen, psychology; David Stumbo, safety, security and emergency management; Geela Spira, occupational science; Gaby Bedetti, English and theatre; Todd McCardle, curriculum and instruction; Michael McClellan, psychology; Eileen Shanahan, curriculum and instruction; Clint Pinion, environmental health science; and Luv’Tesha Robertson, student success.

Joining Carpenter as facilitators were Shirley O’Brien, Charlie Sweet, Hal Blythe, Jennifer Fairchild, Cynthia Resor, Randi Polk, Beth Polin, Ryan Baggett, Jason Marion, Kevin Minor, Ken Tunnell, Steve Fardo, Gus Benson, Eric Meiners, Jonathan Gore and Tim Forde.