Programs and Forums

McFarlin LibraryThe Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment hosts forums for educators to share their insights and expertise about how they pursue excellence in their teaching and how they advance their own, as well as their students', scholarly inquiry. By providing resources and creating opportunities for collegial conversations and cross-disciplinary exchanges, the Henneke Center strives to support faculty in their intellectual endeavors and professional aspirations, and to recognize and honor their many accomplished successes.

Upcoming Events

Course Redesign Workshop

May 15, 2014 in the Student Study on the 3rd floor of McFarlin Library.


This interactive keynote and workshop grew out of José Bowen’s award winning book, Teaching Naked. There, Bowen argues that, while technology is changing higher education, the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face-to-face (naked) interaction between faculty and students. In this workshop, he offers strategies for how we can design our classes and our assignments so to make the most of this valuable (and costly) in-class exchange. 

Participants will:

• explore ways they can use technology to increase student preparation for class and engagement between classes;
• examine strategies for using technology to lower the stakes and raise the standards for student learning;
• design in-class learning experiences and other new activities for “Massively Better Classses.” 

By rethinking our assignments, use of technology and course design, we can refocus students on learning and create more class time for those activities and interactions that best nourish the sort of critical thinking we hope to foster in our students.
When:  May 15th Lunch @ 12:30; Workshop runs 1pm to 4pm
Where: President's Suite, Reynolds Center
Bring: a syllabus you may want to redesign, along with your laptop, ipad, smartphone (or just pen and paper)
RSVP:  Please email by May 12th to reserve a seat.
featuring Professor José Bowen,
Bowen is currently Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Professor of Music as Southern Methodist University. In July he will assume the duties of President at Goucher College. His 2012 book, Teaching Naked, How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning, recently won the AAC&U Ness Book Award recognizing “a book that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education”.  Many of the ideas and resources in his book are available at his blog, A twenty minute preview of his workshop is available at
Sponsored by the Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment

Writing Workshop

April 30, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Garrett on the 5th Floor of McFarlin Library
Writing Boot Camp. Turn your best lecture anecdote, your favorite academic story, or your most interesting disciplinary question into a lively two-page essay for the 2nd edition of the A Life of Inquiry collection of TU faculty-written essays.

Suggest an Event

As always, we welcome your suggestions. Please let us know if you’ve a question you’d like to consider, a topic you’d like to explore, or a guest lecturer to recommend.

If you’re interested in forming or joining a faculty working group, contact Denise at Ext 2122 or email  You may also submit your suggestions online.

We also invite you to contact or drop by the center if we can be of help locating or reviewing reference materials about a particular teaching technique, advising strategy or other issue related to your work as an educator and scholar.

Past Events

We list some of our past events below. To listen to these talks or to view related materials, please log into Harvey (you will need your TU username and password), locate the Henneke Center Online Faculty Library in "My Organizations". Once in the Henneke Center Faculty Library, look in the "Archive of Guest Lecturers".

February 26, 2014 Faculty Forum: The Internationalized Classroom
February 7, 2014 First Friday Faculty Forum: How Do We Include and Engage All Our Students in Our Classroom Activities
January 23, 2014 New Faculty Forum: Navigating the Tenure Process
January 9, 2014 2014 All Faculty Meeting: A Summit on the Tulsa Curriculum
December 12, 2013 Webinar: Why Students Cheat and What Can We Do About It?
December 9, 2013 Provost's Wine and Cheese Faculty Reception
November 21, 2013 Faculty Writing Workshop:  Stalled Projects: Reconnect, Reframe or Relinquish?
November 14, 2013 Faculty Writing Workshop:  Going Public: Writing Research Based Op-Eds.
November 1, 2013 First Friday Faculty Forum:  Next Semester I Plan To....  A conversation about how course organization affects student learning, and how HARVEY can be enlisted now to help organize materials for Spring courses.
October 4, 2013 First Friday Faculty Forum:  Taking Stock.  Tips and strategies for mid-semester adjustments.
September 12, 2013 New Faculty Forum: Sources of Support for Research and Scholarship
August 30, 2013 A Conversation Dedicated to the Question: Who are our TU Students?
August 21, 2013 New Faculty Orientation
April 26, 2013 Faculty Writing Workshop: "Writing Space, Time and Energy" presented by Henneke Writing Fellow Joli Jensen
March 8, 2013 Faculty Writing Workshop: "Becoming a Public Scholar" presented by Henneke Writing Fellow Joli Jensen
February 8, 2013 Faculty Writing Workshop: "Myths We Stall By" presented by Henneke Writing Fellow Joli Jensen
January 10, 2013 All Faculty Meeting, featuring Jay Howard on "Why Won't They Talk? Using Discussion to Facilitate Student Engagement and Learning"
August 24, 2012 First Friday Faculty Forum, featuring Logan McCarty and TU Faculty
January 5, 2012 All Faculty Meeting, featuring John Immerwahr on "Mind the Gap: Understanding and Responding to Disconnects in Teaching and Learning"
August 26, 2011 First Friday Faculty Forum, featuring Ken Bain on "Fostering Deep Learning"
January 6, 2011  All Faculty Meeting, featuring Eric Mazur on Memorization vs Understanding: Are We Asking the Right Questions?
August 27, 2010  First Friday Faculty Forum, featuring Therese Huston on "Brilliant and Sometimes Befuddled: Teaching on the Edge of Your Expertise and Inspiring Lifelong Learners"
April 21, 2010 Forum on Teaching First Year Seminars
April 14, 2010 Forum on Teaching First Year Students
January 27, 2010 Teaching and Technology Fair
January 7, 2010 All Faculty Meeting, featuring Jeanette Norden on "Fostering the Intellectual and Personal Development of our Students"