Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2010 Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week

2010 Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week
Creativity, ingenuity, collaboration, tradition, a sense of community and a wish to share knowledge is what you will find at the upcoming Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week, to be held February 15-19, 2010.
Preparations are under way for the exhibit which will recognize and celebrate scholarly works by faculty and staff. “Over time, the focus of the faculty works in the exhibit has broadened and expanded, reflecting the faculty’s desire to excel and to share their knowledge with others,” said reference librarian Alessia Zanin-Yost, who coordinates the display. “What better place than the library to celebrate everyone’s achievements.”
The exhibit will feature books and articles, music scores, art works, CDs, Power Point presentations, and other samples of accomplishments over the past year. The exhibit will provide a focal point to engage faculty, staff and students to talk about what it means to be scholarly. “It’s fun to wander over to the library and see what other people are doing,” said James McLachan, professor of philosophy and religion. “I’ve discovered books and articles by people I’ve known and others I’ve never met but who are working on topics that are interesting to me and sometimes even related to my own work. Looking at what my colleagues have done and are doing makes me happy to be working at Western.”
Seeing the accomplishments of the entire faculty brought together for display in one place is an inspiring experience, said David Shapiro, WCU’s Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Seeing and talking to colleagues about their scholarly endeavors renews our passion, Shapiro said, and experiencing “the creative intellectual and aesthetic talents of others indeed is a celebration of all that we enjoy in this valley of the lilies and the most positive side of human potential. It gives us pause to wander in awe and to celebrate the remarkable people, our colleagues and friends, with whom we are a community. It is always the right time to celebrate that which unites us.”
Works that will be featured in the displays are those that have been subject to a professional, refereed peer review with expectation of dissemination and cover a broad range of inquiries, investigations, and personal work making original, intellectual, or creative contributions to their discipline. All works that fit this scholarly definition and were produced in 2009 will be accepted. All works need to be submitted using this form. Deadline for submission of works is January 22, 2010. For more information, e-mail Zanin-Yost at azaniny@wcu.edu or call 227-3398.
The Faculty Scholarship Celebration Week is sponsored by the Honors College, Office for Undergraduate Studies, Graduate School and Research, Coulter Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, and Hunter Library.