Faculty Learning Communities

Please RSVP to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826 for all events.

Faculty Learning Communities  

Book Discussion Group: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning
By Barbezat and Bush

Facilitator:  George Nagel

Thursdays:  January 23, February 6 and 13, March 20, April 3 and 17
3-4:30 PM; FLITE 405

Join us for a lively and engaging discussion of the recently published book, Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (Barbezat and Bush, 2013).  We will meet 6 times throughout the Spring 2014 semester from 3 to 4:30 PM in FLITE 405.  

The dates are: January 23, February 6 and 13, March 20, and April 3 and 17.  Each participant will receive a copy of the book.

About the book (from: http://bit.ly/contemplativePracticesBook):  Contemplative pedagogy is more than a trendy new teaching technique. It is a way for instructors to: 

  • Empower students to integrate their own experience into the theoretical material they are being taught in order to deepen their understanding;
  • Help students to develop sophisticated problem-solving skills;
  • Support students’ sense of connection to and
    compassion for others; and
  • Engender inquiries into students’ most profound questions.


This book presents background information and ideas for the practical application of contemplative practices across the academic curriculum from the physical sciences to the humanities and arts.  

Please RSVP by calling 591-3826 or e-mailing us at fctl@ferris.edu. 

Book Discussion Group: Mind, Brain and Education
By David Sousa

Facilitator: Brooke Moore

Fridays:  January 24 and 31, February 7, 14, and 21
3-4:15 PM; FLITE 405

Understanding how the brain learns helps teachers do their jobs more effectively. In this book, primary researchers share the latest findings on the learning process and address their implications for educational theory and practice. Explore applications, examples, and suggestions for further thought and research, strategies for all subject areas, and new ways of thinking about intelligence and academic ability.

We will meet 5 times throughout the Spring 2014 semester from 3 to 4:15 PM in FLITE 405.  The dates are: January 24 and 31, February 7,  14, and 21.  Each participant will receive a copy of the book.

Please RSVP by calling 591-3826 or e-mailing us at fctl@ferris.edu. 

Book Discussion Group:  Jewish Women Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life
By Aviva Cantor 

Facilitators:  Barry Mehler (Humanities), Tracy Busch (Humanities), and Caryn Mehler

Friday, January 31, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
12—1:30 PM; FLITE 408

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in a discussion of Aviva Cantor’s book, Jewish Women Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life.  We will also have a unique opportunity to meet Ms. Cantor during her visit to FSU in April 2014.

The discussion group will be led by a group of Ferris professors and students including Barry and Caryn Mehler and Tracy Busch.

About the book and Ms. Cantor:  Author Aviva Cantor shows how every aspect of Jewish life has been affected by patriarchy and offers a liberating vision of a society transformed by humane feminist values. 

Faculty and staff who wish to participate in the discussion group can pick up their copy of the book from Josie VanAvery in FLITE 410A.  

This is funded in part by a Faculty/Staff Diversity Mini-Grant to Dr. Barry Mehler from the Diversity and Inclusion Office at Ferris State University. 

Naked Presenter

Facilitator:  Brooke Moore (Humanities and FCTL)

February 28, 2-5 PM 
March 21, 2-5 PM
March 28, 2-4 PM (Presentations) April 14-16 for feedback by

appointment (30 minutes each)

Please join us for a workshop based on Garr Reynolds' book titled, The Naked Presenter. You may remember Reynolds as the author of Presentation Zen.

While Presentation Zen focused on the visuals aspects of presentation, The Naked Presenter  focuses on the other dimension of presentation – the public speaking dimension. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to reexamine their public speaking skills through the use of the principles in The Naked Presenter: Preparation, Purpose, Power, Punch, Presence, Projection, Passion, Proximity, Play, Pace, Participation, and Persistence.

The focus will not only be for the classroom but beyond, such as keynote addresses, and conferences or meeting presentations.

During the final session, participants will present a 5-7 minute speech, which will be recorded. One-on-one meetings will then be scheduled to review the recording and give feedback. A $250 Professional Development Incentive will be awarded upon attendance and completion of indicated sessions.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to take a "naked" look at your presentation skills. Space will be limited to the first 15 participants. 

To register, please contact us by e-mail at fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826. 

Quality Matters™ at FSU—Online

Facilitator: Julie Rowan

Monday, March 24 through Friday, May 2, 2014

This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is aimed at helping faculty members design high quality online or blended courses.  The learning experience is based on the Quality Matters™ Rubric (http://www.qualitymatters.org/rubric).  Participants will learn how the Rubric can be used to design courses that are easy to navigate, have clear learning objectives that are tied to engaging learning activities and relevant assessments, provide for interactive learning experiences, and enable students to access supportive academic and student services.  Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours each week on FLC activities.