Faculty Resource Network

An academic partnership devoted to faculty development. Now in our fourth decade, we remain committed to this partnership, and to fostering connection, collaboration, and collegiality among our members.

Network Summer 2021

When: From June 7 to June 11, 2021

*Where: Online

*Due to COVID19 and COVID19 concerns and best practices, Network Summer 2021 will be held virtually.

Additional information about this year’s Network Summer seminars is included below. Applicants should submit the completed application along with their institutional liaison officer’s signature; a statement of intent that indicates how the seminar participant will apply what is learned at the home institution; a current CV; and a letter of support from either the division dean or department head, who is well-acquainted with the applicant’s area of research. Please note that applicants may only apply to either the Network Summer week-long seminar series, or the month-long summer Scholar-in-Residence program.

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Scholar-in-Residence Program

Imagining Identities in Islamic and Christian Spain

Co-sponsored by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University

About the Seminar:

This seminar will focus on the creation of identities in the medieval period, when the Iberian Peninsula (present-day Spain and Portugal) was ruled by a series of Muslim and Christian principalities that found themselves in conflict along various political, economic, religious, and cultural axes. The diversity of interactions between the leaders, the cultural elite, and the general population in states that were neighbors and peers make this time and place a fascinating laboratory for exploring the many ways in which individuals and groups created different kinds of identities — primarily religious and racial, but also gender, and professional — for themselves and for others. We will spend most of the week focused on the medieval period but will also undertake project-based explorations of the ways in which the cultural memory of medieval Spain helps to shape political and cultural discourses in Spain, the Middle East, and the Americas in the modern and contemporary periods.


About the Convener:

S.J. Pearce is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University (NYU), where her teaching and research focus on the intellectual history and literature of Jews, Christians and Muslims in medieval Spain. Her recently-published first book, The Andalusi Literary and Intellectual Tradition: The Role of Arabic in Judah ibn Tibbon’s Ethical Will, examines the ways in which Jewish intellectuals in thirteenth century Spain and France understood Arabic to be a language of cultural prestige; the monograph was awarded the 2019 La Corónica International Book Award. She was a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan and previously held the Louis and Hortense Apfelbaum Fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Paulette Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship at NYU. S.J. earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies, and her B.A. at Yale University.

Mental Health & Wellness Among Faculty and Staff in Higher Education

About the Seminar:

This seminar is for university faculty, administrators, or staff members who have an interest in the mental health and wellbeing of faculty and staff. After over a year of providing instruction, advisement, and services to students within the context of a pandemic, faculty and staff are approaching emotional burnout. Thus, a full discussion of the emotional and psychological needs of faculty and staff in higher education is warranted. Additionally, the presenter will highlight other sources of stress, such as bullying in academia. Using a dynamic, interactive instructional approach, the facilitator will help participants to increase their: (a) knowledge of stress and burnout in academia; (b) awareness of related environmental factors for minoritized faculty and staff; and (c) basic coping skills.


About the Convener:

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji serves as full professor at Xavier University of Louisiana and director of the Center for Traumatic Stress Research. She is also a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). Nationally, Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on culture-centered community collaborations designed to address issues rooted in systemic oppression, such as transgenerational trauma and traumatic stress. She has conducted commissioned research under the auspices of the National Science Foundation; ACA Foundation; Kellogg Foundation; Federal Witness Assistance Program; Spencer Foundation; American Educational Research Association; and African-American Success Foundation. Her publications include two co-authored books, numerous book chapters, and over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to national presentations, Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers in Eastern and Western Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. Additionally, she provided consultation in a PBS initiative to create a children’s television show focusing on diversity through KCET-TV in Los Angeles, CA (“Puzzle Place”). She has also provided consultation to the Center for American Education in Singapore and to the Buraku Liberation Organization in Japan to enhance their early childhood and counseling initiatives. Dr. West-Olatunji currently serves as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD).

Time Warrior: Actionable Tools, Techniques, and Strategies for Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Students

About the Seminar:

The title of this seminar is taken from a book entitled, Time Warrior: How to Defeat Procrastination, People-Pleasing, Self-Doubt, Over-Commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos by Steven Chandler. In this seminar, you will leave with actionable tools and techniques to help strategize and manage your teaching, research, service, and other projects in work and life for you and your students.

We will cover several time warrior systems in detail and two systems that students gravitate towards for writing and/or project-based classes: the pomodoro technique and the bullet journal. We’ll also survey project management tools including, but not limited to, Asana, Basecamp, Kanbanery, Milanote, Moleskine’s Action, Notion, and Trello.

Learning outcomes of this seminar:

  • Mission, Mantra, Manifesto, or Purpose: identifying your core values and priorities in work and life;
  • Calendaring: managing your time and projects based on your values and priorities;
  • Time Management: learning the difference between a manager & maker schedule and how to navigate both;
  • Focus: learning how to carve out time for deep work;
  • Project Management: getting things done;
  • Neil Fiore’s Unschedule: learning how to adjust your schedule and stay true to your values and priorities amidst constant distractions.


About the Convener:

De Angela L. Duff is an associate vice provost at New York University (NYU) and industry professor in Integrated Digital Media at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She also curates music symposia, speaks about music, design, and technology at numerous conferences internationally, leads workshops on time and project management, writes about music, and produces, co-hosts, and edits a Prince & Prince-related podcast. You can view her past and present work at http://polishedsolid.com.

Writing and Research Across the Curriculum in an Age of Disinformation

About the Seminar:

In this seminar, designed for undergraduate instructors teaching in all disciplines, participants will discuss, learn, and practice strategies for integrating writing, critical thinking, and active reading at a variety of levels, and into various disciplinary and interdisciplinary subjects, with particular focus on research in an age of disinformation. The seminar will stress meta-discursive approaches, including writing as thinking and writing to learn, that guide students to become researchers adept with online sources and alternative media.


About the Conveners:

Diana Epelbaum, Ph.D., is assistant professor and director of the Academic Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, bridging writing and rhetoric, early American literature, and the history of science. She is a reading specialist and educator trained in a balanced literacy approach and has spent her career in deep engagement with writing, reading, and thinking pedagogies. A recipient of The New York Times “Teachers Who Make a Difference Award,” Diana now teaches using the Writing about Writing model, and trains faculty in classroom metacognition.

Tahneer Oksman, Ph.D., is associate professor and former director of the Academic Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), where she teaches classes in writing, literature and comics, and journalism (cultural criticism). Prior to MMC, she was co-coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at Brooklyn College, and she has facilitated many writing workshops over the years. Tahneer is the author of “How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs, and the co-editor of The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place Inside Yourself. For more information, see tahneeroksman.com.