Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is available to support faculty and to influence measurable effectiveness in teaching, advance scholarly activities, and promote innovation in teaching and learning. We offer services in instructional design, instructional technology, small group instructional diagnosis, as well as one-on-one expert assistance. The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning also hosts a number of events, such as book discussion groups, learning communities, instructional technology learning activities, instructional design workshops and other faculty enrichment events.

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Spring Activities

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Spring Newsletter.

Contemplative Teaching Retreat 

Please join us for the Contemplative Teaching Retreat at the beautiful Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Michigan. The Institute offers a "breath of fresh air from the standard meeting place" and is situated on over 600 acres of forests, streams, lakes, and more in southwest Michigan. 

This retreat affords us a spacious opportunity to further develop our contemplative practices and identify ways to integrate them into our teaching and learning. We will use the book Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (2014) as the basis of much of our discussions. This volume by Daniel Barbezat and Mirabai Bush presents both foundational information and practical contemplative pedagogy strategies. Retreat participants will receive a copy of the book in advance of the retreat. 

The retreat begins at 4 pm on Wednesday, June 4th and concludes with lunch on Friday, June 6th. All costs for FSU instructors are paid by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL). 

All instructors -- tenure-track and non-tenure track alike -- are invited to participate in the Contemplative Teaching Retreat. The retreat is limited to 20 participants. 

To register and receive a copy of the book, please contact FCTL at email: fctl@ferris.edu  or call 231.591.3826.


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