History of Invested Faculty
In realizing that 2/3rds of our teaching faculty at Kansas State University are 50 and older, and noticing that many events for faculty are focused on new or younger faculty, the decision was made to design a program devoted to helping older faculty remain vital and energized throughout their teaching careers.
Originally the name was “Faculty-Over-Fifty,” which did designate the intended group. However, upon review by the university attorney, a concern was raised as to potential discrimination of certain faculty members. The concern that certain rights of some at the university were being abused and other faculty members were excluded was voiced. After discussing these legal concerns, the decision by the Teaching & Learning Center leadership was made to rename the group “Invested Faculty,” with the caveat that “all are welcome” to the events.
The inaugural event was held April 11, 2013 in the Kansas State University Alumni Center with over 90 faculty members attending. Coach Bill Snyder, a member of the group’s demographics, give the keynote address, which included sharing of his teaching career beginning in Missouri where he taught Spanish among other obligations and drove the school bus as part of his job. This delightful speech was followed by a “Four Corners” Discussion Group design where attendees were assigned to groups in the four-corners of the ballroom of the Alumni Center. Faculty members Bronwyn Fees, Alfred Cochran, Laurie Curtis, Jane Fishback and Jana Fallin led the discussion with scribes assigned to each group. The resulting information, titled Bright Ideas and Words of Wisdom is collected on this website.
The participants enjoyed a wonderful ice cream sundae bar with all the toppings and flavors one could imagine. The ending talk was provided by C. Clyde Jones, the first dean of the College of Business Administration at K-State, who was 91 at the time of the Invested Faculty event.
The Center celebrated a great invested faculty event with Dr. Frank Tracz sharing his thoughts in a talk entitled "The World's a mess and its up to us to change it" Also, Dr. Rebecca Gould shared some great teaching and tech tips with the group.
The Center celebrated a recent invested faculty event with Ward Morgan, CEO Civic Plus sharing his valuable thoughts in a talk entitled "Manhattan Downtown Development".
We also celebrated Dr Jana Fallin's birthday, making the event more memorable.