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The lectures sometimes give insight into work faculty members are doing outside of their field, too. “Elizabeth Sharp in kinesiology gave a really interesting one about teaching in Kenya,” Werman said.


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Colorful colloquia: Colloquium series showcases faculty work

Five times a semester, Steve Werman, PhD, sends an email to Colorado Mesa University faculty and staff alerting them to the latest lecture in the Faculty Colloquium Series. The assistant vice president of academic affairs sees the series, which was established more than a decade ago, as a way to maintain ties within the university community.

“It’s a way for faculty and staff to get to know what other people are doing on campus,” Werman said. “Sometimes we get isolated. We get into our buildings and we know what’s going on within our departments, but we don’t know what other faculty are doing or where they’re going. This is the way to get all that information out.”

He solicits lectures from the faculty the semester before they’ll present. The presentations focus on a variety of topics, highlighting research, fieldwork and even recent trips. Werman mixes up the series’ order to avoid several lectures in a row from one discipline.

“I’ll be honest, I like them all,” said Werman. “Because the faculty are experts in what they’re talking about, they can really give you good insight as to what’s going on in that particular field. Rex Cole gave one on gas and oil drilling — how it’s done, where it’s done — and I learned a ton of stuff from that. Even the chemistry ones are interesting. Dave Weinberg gave one on chemistry once and it was fascinating. You learn and you gain an appreciation for what other people are doing.”

The lectures sometimes give insight into work faculty members are doing outside of their field, too. “Elizabeth Sharp in kinesiology gave a really interesting one about teaching in Kenya,” Werman said. “Talk about eye-opening. That’s the reason we give these. I wouldn’t have known that Elizabeth had done this, because she’s in kinesiology and this is not really related. It gives you a new dynamic on faculty members.”

Werman encouraged faculty and staff to keep the series on their radar. “It’s a way to support the faculty, because they put effort into these and they are work. It’s nice for them to see that they’re supported by faculty and staff outside their department.”

The Faculty Colloquium Series takes place at noon in room 222 of the University Center. Tim Casey, PhD, will speak on his research on the human connection to public lands. “Bring your lunch,” Werman said. “You don’t have to share.”

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