Hanover Grants Representatives on Campus January 22nd & 23rd

ACU has hired Hanover Grants to provide expert grants research, writing, and management services to help identify, pursue, and secure funding from outside sources. Two representatives will be on campus January 22nd and 23rd to present Hanover’s services and procedures to faculty who are interested in learning more about seeking outside funding. Their presentation will be the same both days in order to accommodate as many faculty members as possible.

Rod Reed to be on campus November 16th

In April 2012, Rod Reed, Chaplain at John Brown University, visited the ACU campus as part of a team examining our practices of spiritual formation.  As part of that effort, the team looked at chapel, assessed faith and learning in our curriculum, and interviewed students, staff and faculty regarding their perceptions of campus spiritual formation practices.  Mr. Reed will be on campus Friday, November 16 to present findings from his site visit and to help provide context for what we are doing well and where we might consider making improvements. Join him at a faculty lunch in the Adams Center from 11:30-1:00 pm.

Dr. James Banning to be on campus November 15th

The Adams Center, Intercultural Effectiveness Team, and Office of Multicultural Enrichment would like to invite you to hear from an expert campus ecologist as he shares his assessment of the ACU campus environment and what it communicates to various groups represented within our community. Dr. James Banning will be presenting at an Adams Center lunch session in partnership with Dr. Doug Foster’s CHARIS lectures on Thursday, November 15th.

Dr. Banning is a professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. He teaches qualitative research, campus ecology, and environmental psychology. Dr. Banning is a pioneer and national expert in the field of study known as campus ecology. Campus ecology is the study of the interrelationships between people and the college and university environment. Dr. Banning’s work focuses on what the physical features of this environment (buildings, signs, symbols) communicate to the inhabitants of the environment. Dr. Banning has authored books, book chapters, and numerous journal articles on the environment and its impact on behavior. His most recent book Education by Design: Creating Campus Environments that Work, focuses on college and university environments.

Pearson Representatives to be on Campus October 24th

The Adams Center will be hosting Pearson’s representatives for OpenClass on Wednesday, October 24th, for a special OpenClass Lunch and Learn session. They are ready for your questions, suggestions, observations, and experience about OpenClass.

Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this special session by calling ext. 2455 or emailing your RSVP today!

Knowing Christ Today

This fall, Randy Harris will lead a Faculty Reading Group at the Adams Center, with Dallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today as the subject. Willard will be speaking on campus during ACU’s annual Summit as one of the featured guests. Our world does not often consider the belief in Christ and Christianity a valuable form of knowledge, but Willard explains why Christians must be knowledgeable in their “field” in order to be taken seriously. Come by the front desk in the Adams Center to sign up for the reading group and to reserve your copy of the book.

The Gospel According to Twilight

As one of our Faculty Reading Groups for the fall semester, Dr. Mikee Delony will be leading the discussion on Elaine Heath’s book The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God. Heath is one of our featured guests at this year’s Summit and will be speaking on campus during that time. In her book, Heath calls attention to the good theological aspects of Stephanie Meyer’s mega-popular Twilight series, but she also includes discussions on its negative gender stereotypes and instances of violence against women. Join Dr. Delony as she uses Heath’s book as a guide for approaching Twilight with a critical Christian discernment. Stop by the front desk at the Adams Center today to sign up for the reading group and reserve your copy of the book.

NFO 2012 Schedule

New Faculty Orientation 2012

Adams Center Classroom

Brown Library

 Monday, August 13

9:00-9:30                                              Introductions of new faculty

9:30-10:30                                           Introduction to The Adams Center

Resource Review: Flash Drives

10:30-10:45                                         Break

10:45-11:45                                         Mentoring Program: Phyllis Bolin

11:45-12:00                                         Break

12:00-1:00                                           Lunch

1:00-3:00                                             Exploring the Culture and Heritage of ACU: CHARIS

Doug Foster

3:00-3:15                                             Break

3:15-4:15                                              Learning Studio Tour

4:15-5:00                                             Wrap Up

Tuesday, August 14

9:00-10:00                                          Grants Program: Phyllis Bolin

10:00-10:15                                         Break

10:15-10:50                                         What I Wish I’d Known My First Year: Faculty Panel

11:00-12:00                                         Wellness Center Tour

12:00-1:00                                           Lunch

1:00-2:00                                             Open Class Introduction

2:00-3:00                                             Introduction to Tenure and Promotion at ACU: T&P Committee

3:00-3:15                                              Break

3:15-4:45                                              Break Out Sessions:

Introductory Teaching: Mindi Thompson

Scholarship at ACU: Jennifer Shewmaker

Integrating Faith & Learning: Nancy Shankle

Study Abroad: Stephen Shewmaker

4:45-5:00                                             Wrap Up (Strengths Quest): What Do You Need?

Wednesday, August 15

8:30-9:00                                             Welcome from Dr. Rhodes

9:00-12:00                                           Human Resources and Benefits

12:30-1:30                                           Lunch

1:30-3:30                                             Support from Jennifer Shewmaker and Mindi Thompson, as needed

2012 Faculty Fusion

Join us on August 21, 2012 in the Adams Center for a time of fellowship and preparation for the 2012-13 school year. Faculty Fusion is a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues you haven’t seen over the summer while discussing notable topics for the upcoming semester.


9:00-9:30 am: Continental Breakfast at Adams Center

9:30-10:30 am: Session 1

10:30-11:30 am: Session 2

11:45-1:00 pm: Lunch at Hunter Welcome Center

1:00-2:30 pm: Adams Center Open House

2:30-3:30 pm: Fun Sessions

Online RSVP forms should be available shortly. Contact Penny Ruot, Executive Assistant, or Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, Director of Faculty Enrichment if you have questions.

2012 New Faculty Orientation

On August 13-15, 2012, the Adams Center will host New Faculty Orientation for new ACU faculty members and their assigned mentors. During this time, we would like to welcome new faculty to our campus and provide you with relevant information concerning your new position. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on the 13th and 14th, with a special luncheon on Wednesday, the 14th (spouses are welcome to this luncheon).  Thursday, the 15th will be devoted to an information session with Human Resources, in which you will learn valuable insight into the ACU culture, HR web resources, and benefits. Schedules, RSVP forms, and other information forms will be available shortly.

Please contact Penny Ruot, Executive Assistant at the Adams Center, or Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, Director of Faculty Enrichment, if you have any questions regarding NFO.