Olivia DrakeApril 25, 20162min
Through grants, workshops, seminars, publications, and formal and informal discussions, the Center for Faculty Career Development (CFCD) aims to cultivate dialogue among Wesleyan's faculty and encourage association with faculty members at other academic institutions. On April 12, about 25 faculty members attended a CFCD workshop titled "Becoming More Visible: Enhance Your Online Profile" in Usdan University Center. The workshop taught faculty ways to become more visible to colleagues, students and non-campus organizations by optimizing their work and presence online through search engine optimization as well as social media. The workshop was taught by editor Naedine Joy Hazell MALS '14 and Scott Johnson. Hazell has…

Olivia DrakeFebruary 1, 20161min
Peter Gottschalk was named the Director of the Center for Faculty Career Development for a three-year term starting July 1. Gottschalk is currently Professor of Religion and has been at Wesleyan since 2002. He earned his BA at the College of the Holy Cross, his MA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his PhD at the University of Chicago. Gottschalk has co-edited one volume, co-authored another with a Wesleyan student, and authored three monographs, including the recent Religion, Science, and Empire: Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India. His work has also been published in The Los Angeles Times and the OnFaith website formerly of The…

Olivia DrakeFebruary 20, 20151min
About 20 faculty, staff and graduate students participated in a contemplative pedagogy workshop and discussion Feb. 19 in the Allbritton Center. The workshop, titled "Practically impractical: Contemplative practices in the classroom – A Faculty and Graduate Student Teaching Workshop" was taught by Michelle Francl, professor of chemistry on the Clowes Fund for Science and Public Safety at Bryn Mawr College. Read more about the workshop here. Photos of the workshops are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake and Aviva Hirsch '16) (more…)

Olivia DrakeFebruary 12, 20152min
How do faculty help students, and themselves, thread a path through an ever-growing body of information? What practices can faculty and students find that enable them to bring a clear and sustained focus to their work in the classroom and the laboratory? Through two workshops and discussions, held Feb. 19, participants can consider how one might approach teaching from a contemplative perspective, in both the long and short term. Faculty and students will experiment with the adaptation of several traditional contemplative practices to classroom situations including “stilling” (breath and body awareness), contemplative writing, “beholding,” and explore how these might be instantiated in a classroom, laboratory or personal…