Trevecca Nazarene University

Faculty Development Retreat features Dr. Brad Strawn

The Trevecca Faculty Development Retreat for the 2004-2005 school year was held at the Scarritt Bennett Retreat Center in Nashville, Tennessee, February 11-12. Guest speaker Brad Strawn of Point Loma Nazarene University delivered a presentation regarding ìFaith Integration: Teaching from a Wesleyan Perspectiveî to a group of fifteen members of the Trevecca faculty. Dr. Strawn, a specialist in the field of psychology. As stated on the Web site for the Center of Instructional Technology, an area of expertise for Dr. Strawn is the integration of psychology and Christian faith. Dr. Strawn has been published in professional journals and frequently presents original research at national conferences. He is a charter member and past president of the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology.

The goal of the retreat was for faculty to share their experiences and collaborate in order for them to discover ways to integrate faith into the teaching-learning experience. Using the information gained during this retreat, the Faculty Development Committee will to work to develop a conceptual framework that identifies the main characteristics of integrating faith into learning from a Wesleyan perspective. The committee intends to share this framework with all faculty at Trevecca.

These annual retreats are opportunities for Trevecca faculty to meet with other faculty from a variety of academic disciplines, to exchange ideas, to discuss way to grow and develop as academicians, and to hear from a special speaker who has expertise in the topic for that year. Ruth Reynard, Treveccaís director of instructional technology and the chair of the Faculty Development Committee, reported that she was very pleased with this yearís retreat. She added, ìOf course, I would like to have more participants so that the potential for discovery is increased.î