Faculty development at Westminster College is an ongoing process to keep the faculty at their best in their teaching, scholarship, and the necessary intersection of those two activities. Faculty development activities include:
Dr. Thomas Oberst, Associate professor of Physics, has been awarded the 2016-2017 Henderson Lectureship for his research in astrophysics. Tom has discovered more than a dozen exoplanets, the nature of which are detailed in several, peer-reviewed publications. The Henderson Lecture was founded by Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the community.
WATTO AWARDS: The Watto awards were endowed by Ruth and George Watto, to encourage continued faculty scholarship and research. This year’s recipients are
Angela Lahr, Assistant professor of History; US religious history and history of the cold war
Kristenne Robison, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice; innovations in prisons
Daniel Perttu, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition; music composition
Michael Aleprete, Associate Professor of Political Science; third party interventions in war, the political geography of border areas, U.S. and Russian foreign policy, nationalism and peacekeeping.
McCANDLESS AWARD: The McCandless award was endowed by the estate of J. Bardarah McCandless, Professor of Religion, 1961-1994, to support faculty scholarship. This year’s recipient was Dr. Sararose Lynch, Assistant Professor of Education. Her research interests focus on classroom mathematical discourse, pre-service mathematics teacher preparation, and mathematics instruction for students with disabilities.
HOON AWARDS: The Hoon awards were endowed by the estate of Dr. William Legrand Hoon, who graduated from Westminster College in 1937 with a degree in chemistry. The award is intended to encourage scholarly activity. This year’s recipients were Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, Professor of Education: preservice teachers in diverse school settings and building bridges of understanding between teachers and families; Dr. Kristen Park, Professor of Sociology: Scholarship of teaching and learning; and Dr. Karen Resendes, Associate Professor of Biology: nuclear transport and cancer biology.
Carolyn K. Cuff
Faculty Development Officer
Office of Faculty Development
326 Patterson Hall
Monday 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The FDO can visit your classroom and give you confidential feedback on your teaching and/or video your class. Classroom visits are for your information only. The FDO will not discuss what they observe with anyone except yourself. If you’d like a classroom visit, please contact Katherine Robertson, FDO: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like help with your writing (e.g. of a paper, book chapter, grant etc.) you may submit a sample of your writing to the Faculty Writing Center for an anonymous peer-review. Submit your sample to Katherine Robertson, FDO: email@example.com who will select an appropriate reviewer from a pool of volunteer faculty experts. You may also make particular requests regarding your writing; e.g. you may want someone to check the scope, grammar or style, or you may simply want the sample proof-read.