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Center for Teaching Excellence

The QEP: Where We Are and Why it Matters

The QEP Committee just lobbed a big piece of the QEP back to the department chairs, and ultimately back to you, so I thought you might like an update on where we are and a reminder of why this matters. As you no doubt remember, we selected the general topic “Integrated Learning” with the grand outcome of enabling our students to “demonstrate an understanding of the integration of Christian faith and vocation through the practice of ethical action, redemptive service, and responsible citizenship in the church, community, and the world.” Our general plan is to accomplish this by introducing the three core values in the new year-long first-year sequence, to help students apply academic knowledge to the core values throughout their majors, and to offer them the culminating experience of demonstrating their understanding of the integration of Christian faith and vocation in their capstone courses.

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Finding a Foundation

I heard a podcast this morning from The New Yorker about a book on higher education.  They were discussing William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, a book that argues elite colleges, specifically the Ivy League schools, have changed the purpose of college from one that focuses on educating students for life to teaching them to have careers.  This is not a new argument, of course, and this book will definitely not end the discussion.

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My Calling “Counts”

The Loaves-and-Fishes Miracle Would Not Have Seemed Miraculous Without Math

AS A MATH PROFESSOR, intersections appeal to me. On graph paper, two curves meet, and an equilibrium point appears. Thus, resonating within me is Frederick Buechner’s description of calling: “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

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Embedded Librarians

In conjunction with the CTE session at which librarians presented on Friday, August 15th Carolyn asked me to create a blog entry regarding embedded librarianship.  Each time I discuss this topic, I am usually asked the same questions so I thought I would post this blog in a FAQ format.  Here are some questions I am most frequently asked.

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Storytelling, Our Students, and Us

I do an exercise with my students in my 400-level Contemporary Literature course, usually on the first Friday of the fall semester. I ask them to tell me the story of how one gets a “ring by spring.” They tell me that the two people meet during their first year at Lee, often in Gateway or at registration or in chapel, perhaps in another class. The proposal usually takes place on campus, often in the gazebo, and the wedding is scheduled for the chapel on campus, if possible. Looking into the future, they talk about the children from that marriage coming to Lee one day maybe twenty years from now. You probably could have written this story yourself.

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