Fall 2015 Events

Faculty Research Colloquium

  • Wednesday, October 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Postupak Room, McGowan
  • Presenters: James Ambury and J. C. Blewitt

James Ambury will discuss his project examining the 5th and 6th century reception of the philosophy of Plato. It explores the types of virtue or excellence present in Platonic philosophy in relation to a specific pedagogical program designed to engender these virtues. It is my hope that the project is not of solely academic interest but an occasion for reflection on the transformative power of education.

J. C. Blewitt will speak on “A Time of Crisis is a Time of Opportunity: A Strategic Examination of Managerial Response and Stakeholder Perception.” This research helps to bridge the gap between the literatures in crisis management and strategic management. What has gone mainly unexamined is the role of the stakeholder in the dawn of an organizational crisis. According to numerous studies in marketing and psychology, researchers repeatedly find that reality is not reality; rather, perception is reality. Thus, while an organization may make a completely appropriate response to a crisis in terms of policy and communication, if that response is not accepted and evaluated positively by stakeholders, the response is as good as a poor response or even no response at all. In bridging the gap in these conversations in crisis management and stakeholder theory, this article provides a holistic framework for understanding the implications of an organizational response to crisis.

Get Yourself Out There: Building a Web Presence at King’s

  • Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Room, SFCC
  • Presenters: Pete Phillips and Bonnie Scutch, Academic and Instructional Technology

Have you attempted to build a personal site in the past only to drown in coding and dull layout options? We recently started hosting a version of WordPress at King’s that would allow you to build a web presence of your own without getting into those types of problems. Building a blog presence can help you represent King’s, share your work with the world, and let prospective students know who you are and what your students are up to.

Faculty Research Colloquium

  • Thursday, November 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Postupak Room, McGowan
  • Maria Jump and Bernard Prusak

Maria Jump will speak about “Large Projects in Early Classes.” In today’s world, virtually every industry depends on computer software for the development, production, distribution, and after-sales support of product and services. As the demands for software have increased, so has its size and complexity. This dramatic growth in complexity poses a challenge to academia to strike a balance between teaching the theoretical underpinnings of computing and teaching the practical skills required for software development. In this talk, Maria presents how Computer Science at King’s seeks to strike this balance.

Bernard Prusak will talk about his forthcoming book from Paulist Press, Catholic Moral Philosophy in Practice and Theory: An Introduction. Specifically, he will discuss his book’s intended audience, rationale, and structure; indicate the lines of some of its arguments; and present the “Questions for further discussion/paper questions” that figure at the end of each chapter.

Implementing Writing to Learn Strategies

  • Tuesday, November 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Molewski Room, SFCC
  • Presenters: Joel Shuman, Sunny Minelli Weiland, and Robin Field

Following up on Dr. Chris Anson’s presentation on Writing to Learn at the 2015 Faculty Development Day, these presenters will discuss three different strategies they implemented in their classes. The successes and challenges of these methods will be explored, and many practical tips will be offered.

Focused Assessment Using Moodle Rubrics

  • Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. in the Walsh Room, SFCC
  • Presenters: Pete Phillips and Bonnie Scutch, Academic and Instructional Technology

We’ve demonstrated rubrics to faculty in the past and had great success with many individuals using them. Now we’re ready to take it a step further. Learn how your students and programs can benefit from shared rubrics that can be used across a program. These exercises can help us more easily fuel our assessment numbers and lead to better cohesion among student goals and outcomes. Not to mention, it makes grading really fast and provides students with more feedback!