Provost Seminar

An orientation and faculty development series for new faculty.

  • Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Provost's Conference Room, Old Main Second Floor

Curriculum and Instruction

The session will put curriculum development in the context of an “Academic Plan” as defined by Lattuca and Stark in Shaping the College Curriculum: Academic Plans in Context (2009). Broadly speaking, we see an academic plan as including: Purpose, content, sequence, learners, instructional processes, instructional resources, evaluation, and adjustment. Following a brief discussion of each component, we’ll talk about the specifics of the curriculum development and approval process at North Park University.

Instructional Design and Pedagogy

Last week’s topic was Curriculum, the “what” of learning. This week’s topic is Instructional Pedagogy, the “how” of learning. Next week’s topic is Assessment, the “how well” of learning.

This week’s session will focus on effective pedagogy that increases student learning in higher education classes. As our thinking shifts from providing instruction (the teaching paradigm) to producing significant learning (the learning paradigm), this session will provide resources for class instruction and effective instructional strategies. Session attendees will participate in methods that can be easily utilized in their courses.


The purpose of this session is to focus on assessment strategies both at the program and course level with emphasis placed on student learning. An overview of the session will highlight university and national assessment tools used at North Park. Specifically course level assessment includes the use of IDEA: Individual Development and Educational Assessment. This tool gathers feedback and evaluates teaching as it relates to course level objectives and student’s learning. In addition to a review of the IDEA report, basic formative and in class feedback on the quality of student’s learning will be addressed.

Electronic Learning

Electronic teaching and learning environments are now distributed throughout the curriculum and are no longer unique to online courses. Moodle is the electronic teaching and learning platform utilized at North Park University. Professors can utilize Moodle to enhance the student learning experience for purely online courses, hybrid courses, and face-to-face courses. Moodle course rooms at North Park follow a standard organizational framework that incorporates best practices of instructional design in these electronic environments. Participants in this session will discover how the concepts presented in the preceding three sessions – Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design and Pedogogy, and Assessment – are mapped to the standard design in Moodle courses at North Park University.

Christian Higher Education - Integration of faith and Learning

This session will discuss the unique role of Christian Colleges associated with the Council on Christian Colleges and Universities, and NPU’s meaning of being Distinctively Christian. We will also explore teaching from a Christian Worldview as we look at several models for integrating faith and learning.

University-wide Learning Outcomes: Liberal Arts and General Education

During our re-accreditation process, completed in the fall of 2010, much attention was given to outcomes and assessment. Our many stakeholders – The Higher Learning Commission, students, parents, and donors – expect to see evidence that we are accomplishing what we promise. As a university with a liberal arts core curriculum, it is important that all students, parents, and donors share our commitment to the liberal arts. We will review the tenets of liberal arts at NPU and how we measure outcomes as we prepare students to make a difference in the world through lives of significance and service.

University Ministries and Service Learning/Chicago Connections

The seminar will introduce participants to the mission, and vision of University Ministries and how they fit into the broader institutional goals and objectives. Participants will meet University ministries staff. Participating faculty members will discover numerous opportunities to help them engage and contribute to the spiritual life of the campus.

Finally, participants will become knowledgeable of the existing resources for those interested in incorporating service-learning into their courses.

Library Resources and Research

Beyond Google: how do our students conduct research? What sources of information do they trust? Do they start (and end) with Wikipedia? How can the library support your own research? Come to the library (1st floor conference room) for a discussion of how staff, resources, and services at Brandel Library engage the North Park learning community.

Faculty Scholarship and Professional Attainment

This presentation will address faculty scholarship and professional attainment as defined in the North Park University Manual of Academic Personal Policies. Examples of scholarly and professional attainment for specific disciplines will be explored.

At the completion of this presentation the participant will be able to:

  1. Define the NPU’s expectation of faculty in maintaining an active commitment to scholarship
  2. Understand the four types of scholarship as defined in the North Park University Manual of Academic Personal Policies (MAPP).
  3. Identify examples of scholarly and professional attainment for their specific disciple
  4. Begin to develop a plan for personal professional development and scholarship

Intercultural Learning/Chicago Connections

This session will provide an overview of the instructional strategies using the departments, schools and co-curricular departments, to celebrate diversity and build intercultural competencies in students. We will explore opportunities for faculty collaborations in departmental and campus-wide initiatives.

Adult and Graduate Programs

Panel: SAL, Nursing, Business, Education, Music

The session will provide an opportunity to hear briefly about the School of Adult Learning, and graduate programs in the Schools of Music, Nursing, Education, Business/Nonprofit Management, and North Park Theological Seminary. Following the introductions, we will entertain questions and discussion from participants regarding the graduate and adult programs at North Park University. How do the graduate programs fit into the curriculum? What is the connection between the traditional undergraduate programs and the rest of the university’s offerings? What is the vision for the future of graduate education at North Park?

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