Samford University



 "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to chosen ignorance."


Inquiry, Discussion, Faith, Reason.  You, Samford's Core Texts Faculty, keep the venerable tradition of the humanitas and the bonae litterae alive in a time when higher education is defined by professional specialization, identity politics, and budget cuts. You provide the conversation educated persons must have to reflect on human nature, the natural world, religion, and political community.  Whether you realize it or not, you often hold a place of authority in our student's lives comparable to their families and their faith communities.  The Core Texts Program values your training and your commitment.  Your disciplinary focus and intellectual curiosity make interdisciplinary connections possible.  As you plan your academic year please browse our faculty development opportunities and think about where you want to join in.  Note in particular that each spring we will put together a cohort to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Core Texts and Courses.  Also, take a look at our database of teaching resources that might be of help as you build your syllabi.  Finally, keep in mind we will have our fall faculty meeting in September, and our spring faculty meeting in February.                  

Faculty Development Opportunities

Faculty Great Ideas Summer Institute (Co-hosted with University Fellows): Every June.

Summer Reading: Each summer Core Texts will supply interested faculty with a work of secondary scholarship on themes and ideas related to the program.  In September, Core Texts will host a private dinner at an off-campus restaurant for an in-depth discussion of the work.

ACTC National Conference:  Each spring Core Texts will sponsor faculty presenting at the annual conference for the Association of Core Texts and Curriculum.


Student Teaching Assistants

The Core Texts Program is devising a system of student mentoring that utilizes talented upper division students in Humanities majors to assist faculty and first-year students as tutors and discussion leaders.  These assistants will represent the best of their majors, and they will help our freshman adjust to the "great conversation" of the Core Texts Program
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