Gustavus Joins Faculty Resource Network

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 (Around 9 years ago)

In November, the Faculty Resource Network based at New York University invited Gustavus to become an associate member of their nationally-recognized faculty development initiative. The FRN offers a number of opportunities for Gustavus faculty, most notably Network Summer, a set of ten week-long seminars held at NYU on a variety of topics. Though this coming summer’s programs are not yet up on their Web site, there are ten seminars to be held June 12-16, 2006 on the following topics:

BIO 2010: Integrative Approaches to Teaching Science II Conditions for Democracy: From Ancient Mesoptamia to Modern Iraq Critical Thinking From Punk to Postmoderism: Teaching Contemporary Culture through Archives and Theory Post Apartheid South Africa Issues in Nursing Education Management in the Information Age Performance and Politics in the Americas Reacting to the Past New York City in Literature

Faculty accepted into these seminars have registration, travel to New York, lodging at NYU, and most meals provided free of charge. Though the process is competetive, we have been told there will be places at the table for Gustavus faculty. We’ll send out more information about the seminars and the application process as soon as it’s on their Website. From all reports, these seminars are very well received by faculty who have attended.

Other programs available to us are the Network Winter Program and the National Symposium. The most recent symposium, held a few weeks ago, focused on Spirituality in Higher Education; the previous one was on the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.

The truly exciting part of our membership in this network will be its diverse nature. The FRN has deliberately reached out to historically black institutions, Latino-serving institutions, and is working on adding tribal colleges. Barbara Fister was able to attend the symposium in November and found it very enriching - both in content and for the conversations and connections that happened outside the formal sessions. Our membership will also add some diversity to the mix: we are the first Midwestern institution to be invited to join the organization.

For more information, see the FRN’s Website: - or contact Barbara Fister.

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