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Kenneth StricklandThe Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) February Faculty Spotlight recognizes Kenneth Strickland (Political Science, Downtown). Read more on what Kenneth finds challenging and rewarding in teaching American Government, particularly in an on-line environment!

We’re one month into the semester and the semester is heating up, even if the weather isn’t. As we get busy, it gets harder to stay current with developments. But we need to know not only what’s new in our fields, but also what’s going on in education.

One solution – get a subscription to these education journals. Use an RSS reader or a second, free email from yahoo or gmail to keep your work inbox from being overloaded.

Important developments in education today include:

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education – Not only is enrollment down, so are endowments? Where is funding likely to come from in the future?
  • The Journal: Technological Horizons in Education – What changes in instruction will be driven by tablet advancements and adoption?
  • Academe from the American Association of University Professors takes technology a step further and asks what about the digital dissertation?
  • Inside Higher Ed also discussed the drop in endowments as well as this great article on the role of Twitter in academia.
  • MERLOT – Multimedia Resources for Learning and Online Teaching – issues regular updates on their almost 40,000 Open Educational Resources, over 2,000 Open Textbooks, and over 3,500 Open Courseware resources.

Other important events coming up include:

The February focus from the WITS team is ANGEL Gradebook – It’s Sweeter Than You Think. Learn how to use the Angel Gradebook to get organized and save your and your students time, energy, and stress! Training sessions are held throughout the month on all campuses – see the WITS Calendar for a session near you!


Want to attend a conference? Got an exciting idea for your class but need funds?

The deadline for apply for a CETL grant is February 15th, 2013 by 5:00 pm. CETL grants are financial support for all faculty – full-time and adjuncts – so make that idea a reality and apply today!

Also coming up in February – International Program Workshop Series sponsored by CETL. Learn what it takes to lead an SPC Study Abroad program on Fri, February 15, from 10am – 12pm at EpiTech Room 1-312.

Other CETL training session are scheduled by specific campuses – check the CETL online calendar for campus dates and locations.


It’s Poetry Season at SPC! Enjoy live readings with three award-winning poets in February and March:

Denise Duhamel and Peter Meinke will visit:

  • Thursday, February 7, 12:30 pm at Clearwater Library
  • Thursday, February 7, 5:30 pm at Gibbs Music Center

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will visit:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 pm at Gibbs Campus Music Center
  • Tuesday, March 12, 7:00pm at the Palladium (free for faculty, students, staff, $10.00 admission for public)

Music Lovers! The fifth season of the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival runs from Feb. 19 -23. A diverse lineup of artists will be performing at the swanky NOVA 535 event venue, ARTpool courtyard, the Palladium Theater Side Door and the Music Center at SPC.


For more events in February from African American History Day Celebration to sculputure exhibits, see the SPC Events Calendar.


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