Teaching and Learning
Faculty members at Emmaus Bible College actively engage in ongoing professional development. Faculty development at Emmaus begins with the Faculty Orientation program for new faculty members the week prior to Kick-Off in August. Ongoing professional development activities include (1) undertaking advanced study or specialized training, (2) attendance at professional conferences, and (3) maintaining currency in one’s academic field. In addition, all faculty members are expected to develop and hone their skills in teaching and learning.
New Faculty Orientation
The Faculty Orientation course integrates new faculty members into the Emmaus Bible College academic community. Those who bring prior teaching experience and those who are new to the profession receive training in becoming a reflective practitioner, creating effective course syllabi, establishing a positive classroom atmosphere, and using interactive teaching strategies. Sessions will also include practical introduction to campus life, including technology training, and a campus tour. Mandatory training for Title IX, FERPA, and Copyright and Fair Use laws is also provided.
Professional Development Day
The Faculty Development Committee is responsible for developing an annual Professional Development Day program. The mission and purpose of Professional Development Day is to promote excellence in teaching, both content and delivery, by fostering an atmosphere and culture of diligence, best practice, and application of effective instruction and Godly examples with our students both inside and outside the classroom. This environment is deliberately created through mutual faculty support in establishing and maintaining the best possible practices and approaches in our work with students. Recent Professional Development Day topics include:
- 2014 Identifying the Ideal Student - discussed outcome goals for what we perceive as the ideal product of an Emmaus education and what the core elements of learning, character, and spiritual development are for that growth to occur. Addressed the need to better integrate learning and engagement of content across disciplines.
- 2015 A Menu of Teaching Strategies - provided a variety of techniques and strategies for engaging learners, such as Socratic Questioning, Philosophical Chairs, Dueling Documents, and Discrepant Event, with additional training on “setting a purpose for learning” and “brain-based learning;” also highlighted current faculty research projects and publications.
- 2016 Mind the Gap: Defining the Gap in Student Learning - This PD Day we will be exploring where our students are in their learning and their thinking about learning. This spring is part one of two defining our students’ styles and methods of learning and our attempts as teachers to influence and instruct these students. We will seek to identify each of these areas and the gap that exists between them with exploration of key terms for syllabi and group practice and discussion on learning outcomes.
- 2017 Teaching Students to Think - The goal of this day is to examine what meaningful learning and thinking is and looks like by using a cooperative forum to establish a consensus definition for student thinking.
Faculty can elect to participate in a peer observation project, which provides a two-fold opportunity for learning: 1) receive peer feedback for improvement in teaching, and 2) gain new strategies and methods by observing others. Observations are voluntary and independent from administrative oversight, providing an opportunity for learning and growth between peers. Participation in the project involves the following:
- Meet before in a group of three to schedule times for each to teach under observation.
- Meet during to observe for learning and feedback with two sessions of observation and one session of teaching.
- Meet after to review the feedback, suggestions, and answer questions from peers.
Observations are documented using a rubric developed by the Faculty Development Committee.
Professional Conferences or Seminars
Emmaus faculty members continue to develop expertise in their academic fields, in the scholarship of teaching and learning, or in specialized areas such as assessment or distance education, through attendance at professional conferences and seminars with financial support from the college. Conferences attended recently include:
- Advancing Ethical Research Conference
- American Association of Christian Counselors
- Association for Biblical Higher Education Annual Meeting
- Association for Biblical Higher Education Faculty Life Conference
- Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education Annual Conference
- Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education
- Christian Association of Psychological Studies Annual Conference
- Distance Teaching and Learning Conference UW-Madison
- Evangelical Theological Society Annual Conference
- Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting
- Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conferences
- Iowa Choral Directors Association State Conference
- Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Math Conference
- Iowa Music Teachers Association Conference
- Midwestern Conference of Christianity and Literature
- Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference
Memberships in Professional Associations
Emmaus Bible College provides faculty members with funding for membership in professional associations. Memberships include:
- American Association of Christian Counselors
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- American Choral Directors Association
- American Counseling Association
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
- Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
- Association of Christian Librarians
- Association of Christian Schools International
- Association of Youth Ministry Educators
- Christian Association of Psychological Studies
- College Composition and Communication
- Conference on Faith and History
- Creation Research Society
- Evangelical Philosophical Society
- Evangelical Theological Society
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- Mathematical Association of America
- Music Teachers National Association
- National Board for Certified Counselors
- National Council for the Social Studies
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Organization of American Historians
- Society of Biblical Literature
If a subscription to a professional journal is not included with membership in a professional association, then the College provides funding for a subscription to a professional journal in the faculty member’s discipline.
The college provides funding to support faculty members’ pursuit of advanced or terminal degrees in their fields. In the past five years, Emmaus faculty members have completed Ph.D. and other graduate programs in:
- Ph.D. Counselor Education, Walden University
- Ph.D. Educational Policy and Leadership Studies/Higher Education, University of Iowa
- Ph.D. Historical Theology, University of Wales
- M.A. Ministry Leadership, Columbia International University
- Th.M. Systematic Theology, Western Seminary