JBU Receives Grant for Faculty Workshop

Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 18, 2005) — John Brown University has received a $10,000 grant from the Chatlos Foundation of Longwood, Florida to conduct faculty workshops.

Twenty-five faculty from multiple disciplines completed a week-long institute comprised of readings, small group discussions, lectures and experiential exercises. The variety of teaching methods underlined how faculty can use those same methods effectively in their own classrooms.

The theme for this year’s Institute is how one’s faith impacts scholarship and teaching. Topics included biblical interpretation, church history, Christian higher education, and exploring other faith traditions.

Cheryl L. Kester, JBU’s director of grants and foundation relations, explained why such a topic was chosen for faculty development at JBU. “Since JBU is committed to preparing students academically and spiritually, we wanted to provide a professional development opportunity that reached that side of faculty members’ professional lives.”

“Spiritually-vibrant faculty members contribute to the development of spiritually-sound students,” she said, adding that mentoring students is central to JBU’s mission.

This is JBU’s second grant from the Chatlos Foundation. A 2003 grant funded a workshop for newly hired faculty that focused on teaching skills.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.