Faculty Poster Exhibition and Tea
The culminating event for faculty development during 2008-2009 is the Poster Exhibition and Tea in the Bell Center Lobby on April 15, 2009. PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT!

Faculty Poster Exhibition & Tea
1:00 – 4:00
Bell Center Lobby

The Poster Exhibition will showcase faculty scholarship at MidAmerica. Scholarship encompasses both performance and personhood and posters reflecting one or more of following areas will be accepted for display. Extended definitions of the three areas appear below this table.

University Motto

To Learn

To Serve

To Be

Domains of Scholarship

Scholarship of

Scholarship of Integration

Scholarship of Application

Scholarship of



Foundational literature on scholarship

Ernest Boyer’s model of scholarship

Ernest Boyer’s model of scholarship

Parker Palmer’s vision of scholarship

What does
look like at MNU?

Degree completion
Continuing education
Interdisciplinary inquiry
Collaborative projects

Professional practice
Professional consultation
Professional performance
Improved pedagogy
Compiled bibliographies
Course re/design


To Learn (information):

· Scholarship of Discovery: Faculty who conduct investigations and research that uncover new knowledge are involved in the scholarship of discovery. Although research and doctorate-granting institutions are the pacesetters in uncovering new areas of understanding, comprehensive institutions may employ a few faculty members who engage the scholarship of discovery. These individuals, though few in number, make a valuable contribution by helping to set the intellectual climate of the institution.

· Scholarship of Integration: Integrative scholarship requires the professor to engage in serious and deliberative work to bring meaning to various facts or data of a given discipline or to build bridges between disciplines through synthesizing knowledge. This is interpretive work and involves the consideration of how knowledge fits together, how this can best be communicated to students, and how integrative works shed new light on various intellectual problems.

To Serve (vocation):

· Scholarship of Application: Scholars who engage in the dissemination and application of their knowledge to address real life problems are serving an important function in our academic community. This type of work applies discipline knowledge to important societal and institutional problems. It has sometimes been referred to as the scholarship of practice or scholarship of engagement (Braxton, Luckey, & Helland, 2002).

· Scholarship of Teaching: Here we are referring to the dynamic and relevant dissemination of information through effective pedagogical formats that promotes student learning. Scholarly teaching is current and instep with student learning styles, it requires creativity and dedication both to student learning and to professional development.

To Be (incarnation):

· Scholarly Character: Within the Christian tradition, scholarly character reflects and reveals the character of Christ, the One who is the master teacher. Incarnational teachers demonstrate that unless knowledge produces a life of wisdom, it falls short. Scholarly character is seen in the teacher who models a way of learning in which education encompasses personal renewal as well as knowledge acquisition.

· Scholarly Presence: Within the Christian tradition, scholarly presence is felt when the teacher creates hospitable spaces for careful listening and deep connection. Through scholarly presence, students encounter the teacher not only as instructor but also as friend and guide. While scholarly presence may be broadly recognized by many, it can be fully known only within the context of personal relationship. Scholarly presence is practiced through speaking with Christlike grace and truth, through covenantally walking with students on their academic and developmental journeys, and through helping them to identify and celebrate their emerging strengths.

The responsibility for gathering, cataloguing and presenting evidence of faculty scholarship begins with each faculty member, and presenting a poster at the exhibition is a great way to begin this process!

We will give you updates about submitting a poster for the exhibition as the year progresses. Begin to consider a possible topic that will combine both text and graphics to describe your scholarly work.

Posters may be constructed from tri-fold cardboard or as displays created in PowerPoint. Go to the following websites for information about creating professional posters:

Creating Effective Poster Presentations:

To create a poster in PowerPoint, view this Park University demonstration:

For a downloadable PowerPoint poster template, go to

Colorado State University’s Writing Guidelines for Poster Sessions: