Grace and Justice in Teaching

Many thanks to everyone who took time to participate in the Faculty Commons “Grace and Justice in Teaching” lunch event last week. It was wonderful to hear different Christian perspectives on dealing with issues like cheating, plagiarism, and late assignments, and how to help students struggling academically. And – after almost a three year absence – to enjoy some face to face connection together. We look forward to future events.

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11/3/22 Lunch: Grace & Justice in Teaching

Save the date for a special Faculty Commons lunch event. 

  • When: Thursday, Nov 3rd from 11:10am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Bldg 10,  Rm 100
  • What: Pizza lunch, panelists, and round-table discussion
  • Topic: Balancing grace and justice in our teaching

As Christians we serve a just God who is also full of graces. What does it look like to emulate this balance of justice and grace in our teaching? How should we respond to cheating or plagiarism? Late assignments or struggling students?

Come hear some practical ideas from a panel of fellow Christian faculty and then discuss your ideas too.

Please RSVP on the calendar invite by the night before to help order the right amount of food. But please come even if you did not RSVP.  

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Welcoming New Faculty

On behalf of Faculty Commons, we’d like to welcome each new faculty member to Cal Poly. We hope your experience here is successful and enjoyable. Please let us know if we can serve as a resource, either professionally or personally.

It’s our hope to drop off a small welcome gift before the end of the quarter. Please let us know if for some reason you haven’t received one yet — we’ll be sure and get one to you. 

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Fall 2022 G3 small groups: invitation to join

G3 groups are groups of 4-5 faculty members meeting for 50 minutes every other week for for community, growth, and prayer. The groups are committed to:

• building community: a chance to share with a few others about life – challenges and opportunities, both on and off campus.

• growing faith: taking time to discuss a passage of Scripture or short article together, and pray for each other.

• living out our faith: why has God called each of us to a public university? What does it mean to live out our faith on campus with our colleagues and students, to to love and serve those around us?

G3’s are open to faculty wherever they are at in their spiritual journey: whether interested in exploring Christianity or growing in their faith.

The groups are are scheduled around faculty member’s availability, and the small group format makes it easier to find a time when a group can meet. If you’d like to be in a group, you can let us know your availability here.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, we’ll have groups meeting both in person on campus, and virtually. 

Please contact us if you’d like to be in a group, or have any questions. 

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Fall Welcome Back Picnic – Sunday Sept 11, 3:30-6pm

As the new school year approaches, we look forward to connecting as a Christian faculty community at an outdoor pizza picnic! We hope our kick off gathering can help catalyze friendships so we can support one another this year.

We’ll provide pizzas, salad, and dessert, as well as some cold beverages. You bring chairs and blankets for picnicking on the lawn, and hats and sunglasses. We welcome families, but we will not be providing childcare.

Faculty Commons Welcome Back Picnic 
Sunday afternoon Sept 11th
3:30pm-6:00pm

We’ll be back at O’Briens Los Osos (please contact us for the location).

We’d love to have you join us!

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6/10/22 Faculty Commons lunch event – hope you can join us

Please help us celebrate the end of the Spring Quarter and join other Faculty Commons colleagues for a complementary lunch at Mustang Station in the UU, Friday June 10th 12pm-1pm.

Hope you can join us.

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“What is Success?” A Conversation with Dr. Charles Lee, PhD (Professor of Accounting, Stanford University)

We’re excited about this opportunity open to faculty, students, and invited guests:

“What is Success?” A Conversation with Dr. Charles Lee, PhD, Professor of Accounting, Emeritus, Stanford University. UCLA Computer Science Professor, George Varghese will conduct the interview.  Come and hear how Dr. Lee defines success both for academics and professionals, and ask him hard questions.

Tuesday, February 15th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Pacific Time via the Zoom platform

The event is free, but advance registration is required:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zsA7VFbnTfu37cQq2wdaJw

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Charles M. C. Lee is the Hanson Professor of Accounting at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington.  He is also the Moghadam Family Professor, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Business (GSB), Stanford University, 2009-2021.  From 2004 to 2008, he was Managing Director at Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock) where he co-managed over $300 billion in active equity assets.  He has made fundamental contributions to behavioral economics, in particular studying the effect of human cognitive constraints on participants that impact market prices.  He has won many honors for his research, including the Presidential Scholar of the AAA in 2015.  He has won every major teaching award at the Stanford Business School, and is featured as one of 7 professors in the 2021 book “Seven Essentials for Business Success: Lessons from Legendary Professors.”

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George Varghese is Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science at UCLA.  He was inducted into the US National Academy of Engineering in 2017, and into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2022.

This event continues the Science and Faith series sponsored by the Faculty Christian Fellowship at UCLA and Faculty Bridges, who previously hosted speakers such as Stanford neuroscientist Bill Newsome and MIT computer scientist Roz Picard.

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“Is Faith Reasonable?” virtual Veritas Forum with John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford, will be tackling the question “Is Faith Reasonable?” and explore the discussion of belief in God, reason and faith, and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ still resonates truth in a postmodern world.

Update: this virtual Veritas Forum at the University of Pennsylvania was recorded and is available for viewing (or listening) here.

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January 22, 2022 virtual “A Common Call” Christian faculty conference

The January 22, 2022 virtual “A Common Call” conference is an opportunity for Christian faculty to hear from and discuss with other Christian faculty their common call to both Christ and the academy.

This is an online conference for Christian academics in New England, New York, and faculty in other institutions who would like attend.

Hosted by Faculty Commons (the faculty ministry of Cru) Saturday, January 22 9:00am – 12:30pm EST.

Faculty from Cal Poly and other West Coast campuses are welcome to attend. Please note the three hour time difference: the conference will be 6:00am-9:30am Pacific Time.

From the conference website:

Have you ever said to yourself

  • “If only I had the time, I would like to do more as a Christ-follower in the academy.”
  • “If only I had the inner strength, I would like to do more as a Christ-follower in the academy.”
  • “If only I had the resources, I would like to do more as a Christ-follower in the academy.”

Time, Strength, and Resources – This conference is designed to give you hope in these three areas.

You will hear outstanding Christian professors address their struggles and successes in these three areas, with ample breakout times for discussing your own challenges and breakthroughs with others.

Speakers:

Dr. Rosalind W. Picard is Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. She is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group and co-founder of two successful businesses. She is actively involved with the Christian faculty group at MIT and a frequent speaker for The Veritas Forum and other events sponsored by Christian ministries. She’s been happily married since 1988 to her husband, Len, and she is the mother of three sons. Dr. Picard’s topic will be “Keeping Your Priorities as a Christian Professor.”

Dr. Adegbola (Gbola) Tolulope Adesogan is Professor of Animal Nutrition at the University of Florida. He is also director of the UF Food Systems Institute and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Nigerian- born, Dr. Adesogan went through a period of extreme alcohol consumption and destructive behavior before fully surrendering his life to Christ in college. Now he is known for his gentleness and his faith. He has been a leader of the large Faculty Commons movement at the University of Florida for many years and provides national leadership as a Faculty Commons Fellow. His topic is “The Christian Professor and the Spirit-filled Life.”

Dr. Heather Holleman is Associate Teaching Professor at Penn State University and Schreyer Honors College. She is the author and co-author of several books including “Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison” (Moody), “A Grander Story: An Invitation to Christian Professors.” Dr Holleman is on associate staff with Cru; her husband, Ashley, is the director of Cru’s Grad Student Ministry. They have two daughters. Dr Holleman’s topic is “Sent: Living a Life that Invites Others to Jesus,” which is also the title of her most recent book (Moody).

Registration cost – $20 (registration fee can be waived upon request) Registered attendees will receive a free copy of Dr. Holleman’s book, “Sent: Living a Life That Invites Others to Jesus”

Registration and more information can be found here.

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Welcome to Cal Poly

Welcome to Cal Poly. Despite the many challenges of starting virtually last year, or in person this year, it’s our hope that your experience here is both enjoyable and successful. 

It’s our desire to welcome each new faculty member this Fall with a welcome gift bag (please let us know if you haven’t received one yet).

Wishing you all the best – Faculty Commons SLO

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