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Faculty Update

May 2019

Kudos and Opportunitiess

Congratulations, Honors Graduates!

Pick up your copy of The Sunflower graduation edition, and look for a list of all Honors graduates and this year’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity grant winners.

Seeking Cohen Honors Faculty Fellows - First-Year Experience

Interested Honors faculty are invited to serve as Cohen Honors Faculty Fellows with a particular emphasis on the Honors first-year experience.  Fellows and Honors teaching applications from individuals and departments are welcome in other areas of interest throughout the year.

Opportunity to Develop new First-Year Seminars

For those interested in learning more about how to develop a university first-year seminar course, an FYS Information Session will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 29, in 203 RSC.

Fall 2019 Recruitment Faculty Fellows

The Office of Admissions has openings for Recruitment Faculty Fellows for fall 2019, faculty who desire to be more engaged in the recruitment process. Honors would like to have at least one recruitment fellow this year. Please considering applying!

Attend the Teaching in Honors Panel Aug. 15

Instructional Design and Access is hosting an Academic Resources Conference for established instructors on August 15.  Please join Honors teaching faculty and interested faculty for a panel on Teaching in Honors during Session 2 10:40-11:30.

In Other News

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Congratulations, Honors Graduates!

Pick up a copy of The Sunflower graduation edition, and look for a list of all Honors graduates and this year’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity grant winners. Thanks to the URCA committee, Heidi Bell, and Jessi Raburn for their work this year.

  • Remember to RSVP for the May 17 end-of-year celebration brunch by this Friday.
  • The Honors Baccalaureate degree will be awarded this year to Lauren Rust who seeks to build up community through education. Read more of her story.
Seeking Cohen Honors Faculty Fellows - First-Year Experience

Interested faculty are invited to serve as 2019-2020 Cohen Honors Faculty Fellows with a particular emphasis on the Honors first-year experience. Work with begin in summer 2019. The dean is considering how the new first-year seminar requirement creates opportunity in Honors and seeks faculty research and recommendations. Fellows will be expected to meet up four times in June and July as a group with the dean; to read, research and share findings about Honors first-year experience models and courses; to participate in planning and drafting a position document with supporting course proposals, as needed; to meet with the faculty council in fall to discuss findings and recommendations. Fellows will receive a stipend of $1500.

APPLICATION Please include the following:  1. Letter of interest which documents experience in and understanding of Honors education and retention strategies – or a substantial interest in learning more; ideas about how faculty fellows can foster growth in Honors, and  2. Letter(s) of support from the Dean or Chair of your academic unit that addresses how your participation is consistent with your professional development and/or college and department goals.

WHO MAY APPLY:  Tenure and non-tenure track professors, instructors and unclassified professionals teaching part or full-time from all WSU colleges.

DEADLINE Submit all application materials listed above by creating a PDF of all application materials and email to Kimberly Engber Kimberly.engber@wichita.edu by the end of the day Friday, May 31, 2019.  Fellows and Honors Teaching applications from individuals and departments are welcome in other areas of interest throughout the year.

Opportunity to Develop new First Year Seminars

After piloting First Year Seminars (FYS) for three years, the faculty have approved requiring an FYS course for all first-time-in-college students as part of their general education experience starting in fall 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to add another best practice to our other student success strategies on campus. Summer presents a good time for new course development. 

For those interested in learning more about how to develop a first-year seminar course, an FYS Information Session will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 29, in 203 RSC. Additional sessions will be scheduled in the summer and fall. Information is also available at www.wichita.edu/FYS, or you can contact Carolyn.Shaw@wichita.edu or Kim.Sandlin@wichita.edu with questions.

Fall 2019 Recruitment Faculty Fellows

The Office of Admissions has openings for Recruitment Faculty Fellows for fall 2019, faculty who desire to be more engaged in the recruitment process. The fellows will work in partnership with the Office of Admissions to recruit undergraduate domestic students during the 2019-20 academic year, for students to enroll at Wichita State. See position description.

Nine awards are available at $2,500 apiece. Honors would like to have at least one recruitment fellow this year. Please considering applying! The application deadline is Friday, May 17, and the notification date is Friday, May 31. Questions about applying should be directed to Aaron Hamilton at 978-3631 or aaron.hamilton@wichita.edu.

WHO MAY APPLY:  Tenure and non-tenure track professors, instructors and unclassified professionals teaching part or full-time from all WSU colleges. Submit applications to Carolyn Shaw at carolyn.shaw@wichita.edu

Attend the Teaching in Honors Panel Aug. 15

Instructional Design and Access is hosting an Academic Resources Conference for established instructors on August 15.  Please join Honors teaching faculty and interested faculty for a panel on Teaching in Honors during sessions 2 10:40-11:30. All faculty teaching in Honors in 2019-20 are expected to attend the Honors session and encouraged to attend the Resources conference.

This day-long training event is free and open to any level of instructor from adjunct and GTA’s with experience through full-time faculty.  The event will be held at the Metroplex. Sign-up will be announced in WSU Today and available in the “My Training” schedule on the MyWSU portal.

Faculty panel to discuss 'Venezuela in Crisis' May 9

Panelists Dinorah Azpuru and Neal Allen of political science, and Rocio Del Aguila Carreno of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, will discuss “Venezuela in Crisis,” from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in 142 RSC. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

First-Year Research (FYRE) program presentations May 13

Come see the pilot First-Year Research student poster presentations on Monday, May 13th 5-6pm in McKinley Hall first floor lobby. The FYRE program will continue in 2019-20 under the direction of Dr. Moriah Beck and with support from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.

Data Analytics Training May 14

See how your peers at Airbus are using Tableau, how to get started with the software, and how your daily work can be improved through better seeing and understanding data on Tuesday, May 14. Airbus is opening their employee training to the WSU community and other local companies. Registration available here. The agenda includes three tracks of training on Tableau software –Tableau is free for all students and instructors.

Honors Faculty Council 2018-19 - New Curriculum and More

Faculty and student participation in the University and College governance is vital to the proper functioning of the University. Faculty interest in direction and development of the Honors College not only reflects their formal right to contribute to University decision making but indicates their responsibility to do so as professional scholars and researchers. Honors faculty and the faculty council have been busy this year!

Particular thanks to council chair, Doug Parham, Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Visit the Faculty Council page to learn about new Honors curriculum opportunities and other council business, including:

  • Honors Science Track Minor Proposal
  • Science Track Minor Tracking Sheet
  • Curriculum Changes Proposed - University Honors Minor, INterdisciplinary Track & Transfer Policy
  • HNRS 306G Alternative Spring Break Leadership - Repeatable for Credit
  • Curriculum Changes Proposed - Leadership Track
Our Front Door Expected to Open July 28

Thanks to Eduardo Castillo for his article on the new homecoming for Honors set for fall 2019.