Reacting to The Past
Friday, February 15, 2013, 12:00pm-2:00pm
This workshop will introduce “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP), an interdisciplinary and engaging method of inquiry created by Mark Carnes, professor of American history at Barnard College. Carnes developed RTTP to excite and engage his students with the past while coming to better appreciate the “contingency in human history and thus the role of individual action and engagement.” Over the last fifteen years, RTTP has developed into a well-organized program with an annual conference on the Barnard campus.
This workshop will be led by Larry Carver from the University of Texas-Austin and Mark Dennis from TCU. Dr. Carver, Director of UT’s Liberal Arts Honors Programs, teaches RTTP classes and has served as the facilitator for the Partition of India game at Barnard’s annual conference. Dr. Dennis teaches in TCU’s Religion Department and has been using the RTTP pedagogy in class for five years.
Stress, Wellness, and Contemplative Practice in Health Care and Higher Education
Sponsored in Collaboration with The TCU Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
and The TCU Department of Religion
Friday, April 12, 2013, 2:30-5:00pm
BLUU/The Chambers, 3rd Floor
Whether in school, hospital, or at work, sick or well, we feel the effects of stress, feeling rushed, lacking centered attention, and obligated to multitask. How can we manage our health and environment better to maximize wellness? What are some leaders in this field doing to help us cultivate physical, mental, and emotional balance today?
We are fortunate to have two such trailblazers join us. Elissa Epel, professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco and Alejandro Chaoul, professor in the Integrative Medicine Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston will share about their work, and then discuss some of the methodological issues, both in humanities and science, that they see their work raising.
Following their presentation, there will be two sessions, beginning at 4pm, for further discussion. One will be led by Suzy Lockwood, professor of Nursing at TCU, on the topic of Integrative Health Sciences: What are the opportunities for programing and studies at TCU?; the other, led by Andrew Fort, professor of Religion at TCU, will be on the current status of and future possibilities for the emerging field of contemplative studies in the Metroplex.
Teacher-Scholar Writing Workshop: Balancing the Roles of the Teacher-Scholar
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:30am-11:30am
Kelly Center, Cox C
The Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence and the TCU Center for Writing are proud to offer a TCU teacher-scholar writing workshop. Balancing the roles of the teacher-scholar is often hard to do, especially during the academic year. Come spend a morning with your colleagues and hear tips, tricks, stories, and strategies for balancing academic scholarship and teaching excellence.
We’ll begin with morning with a short panel conversation, during which time Sarah Robbins (Lorraine Sherley Chair in Literature), Dennis Cheek (Abell-Hanger Professor of Gerontological Nursing), and Lindy Crawford (Ann Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education) will discuss the on-going balancing act of teaching, scholarship, and service. After the panel, Steve Sherwood and Cynthia Shearer of the TCU Center for Writing will administer a short writing self-assessment to help participants develop a greater understanding of their writing process and map writing and research plans for the regular academic semesters.
Sarah Robbins, Lorraine Sherley Chair in Literature, will discuss juggling scholarly publishing pieces at different stages of development and linking them, as much as possible, to teaching and to other kinds of scholarship.
Dennis Cheek, Abell-Hanger Professor of Gerontological Nursing, will share stories and strategies for manuscript development during the academic year.
Lindy Crawford, Ann Jones Endowed Chair in Special Education, will talk about the grant proposal writing process and teaching.