Academic Affairs 2010
An Academic Affairs weekly newsletter, co-sponsored by
MU-ADVANCE, featuring updates on program events,
projects, and faculty achievements.
W E E K L Y U P D A T E
News: Critical Thinking Courses Friday, February 12, 2010
The General Education Council has solicited and approved a variety of courses for the new Uni-
versity-wide Core Curriculum. Beginning in Fall 2010, all new students will be required to partici-
pate in a First Year Seminar that focuses on critical thinking. More...
Meet the Faculty: Mr. Julio Alves
Mr. Julio Alves is an Assistant Professor of Music. As both a
teacher and performer of guitar, Mr. Alves believes in the impor-
tance of applying the understanding of theoretical subjects of
music to the development of performance skills. He uses both
audio and video recording devices during student lessons to
document their progress as musicians. He currently teaches
Advanced Music II, Advanced Aural Skills II, Guitar Techniques,
Guitar Ensemble, and three sections of Guitar. More...
Faculty Publications and Presentations: The Lost State of Franklin
Dr. Kevin Barksdale, Assistant Professor of
History, is the author of the book “The Lost State
of Franklin.” Following the Revolutionary War, the
Tennessee Valley seceded from North Carolina
with the goal of developing the fourteenth state of
Franklin. This book examines the four years in
which the “Franklinites” developed an independent
government and identity.
Resource: CT-Course Faculty Development Workshop
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will offer a Faculty Development Workshop to
full-time faculty, adjuncts, and TAs who will be teaching Critical Thinking (CT) courses for
the first time. This one-and-a-half day workshop will be offered six times per year: twice
every Fall, Spring, and Summer. All CT-course instructors must complete the workshop
before they begin teaching the course. In addition, the Center will offer an online version for
instructors teaching online CT courses, for adjuncts who work full-time elsewhere, and for
instructors and TAs who are scheduled at the last minute to teach a CT course. More...
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