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The BCTLE Podcast

The BCTLE Podcast

By Timothy Berkey

The BCTLE Podcast is a biweekly discussion between Timothy Berkey, an instructor of Communication, and BCTLE session guest hosts. Each week, Timothy will follow up on big ideas from guest host sessions, dive deeper, explore resources, and learn more about how Taylor faculty integrate faith and learning in the classroom.

At the BCTLE, we want our faculty to know we see and appreciate how much they pour into their students and hope they come away each episode feeling encouraged and equipped to make Monday just a little bit better.
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Episode 33: Continuous Improvement with Greg Magee & special host Kim Case
Episode 33: Continuous Improvement with Greg Magee & special host Kim Case
On this episode, Kim Case, director for assessment, steps in to chat with Greg Magee while Timothy is on paternity leave.
45:40
November 25, 2022
Episode 32: Paradigm Shifts in Teaching
Episode 32: Paradigm Shifts in Teaching
Listen as 4 faculty discuss some of the biggest shifts in their approaches to teaching over their careers.
34:07
November 11, 2022
Episode 31: Practicing Professor with Steve Bailey
Episode 31: Practicing Professor with Steve Bailey
Timothy catches up with Steve Bailey on how his continuing work in his field improves his teaching in meaningful ways.
34:47
October 28, 2022
Episode 30: Supporting a Grieving Community with Shawnda Freer
Episode 30: Supporting a Grieving Community with Shawnda Freer
On this special episode of the podcast, Timothy has a chat with a member of the Taylor family, Shawnda Freer, to discuss how we might support students experiencing communal grief.
59:52
October 21, 2022
Episode 29: Students as Practitioners with Amber Stanley
Episode 29: Students as Practitioners with Amber Stanley
Timothy sits down with Amber Stanley, assistant director of the Calling and Career Office, to think strategically about preparing our students to see themselves as practitioners.
39:27
October 14, 2022
Episode 28: Strategies to Engage with Carol Sisson, Melissa Jessup, and Shelly Engle
Episode 28: Strategies to Engage with Carol Sisson, Melissa Jessup, and Shelly Engle
In this week’s episode, Timothy sits down with professors Carol Sisson, Melissa Jessup, and Shelly Engle to discuss strategies for creating engaging classroom experiences. For the most part, students and faculty desire the same things in a learning environment. We desire engaging and challenging experiences — no one wants to just “sit and get”. While faculty can’t exactly be expected to perform cartwheels in front of the class, there are other methods of engaging students and allowing them to take ownership of their learning. Mentioned in this episode is John Hattie, whose research pertains to the many influences of effective student learning. For more information, visit: visible-learning.org/hattie-ranking-influences-effect-sizes-learning-achievement/.
44:56
September 30, 2022
Episode 27: Students Define Engaging Classrooms
Episode 27: Students Define Engaging Classrooms
Welcome to season 2! This season will follow the format established last AY, with an episode previewing ideas to be discussed at an upcoming GHS and then an episode following up on the ideas and discussion at that GHS. We release 2 episodes a month and this episode is a great way to introduce someone new to the podcast! Ever wonder what students find engaging in your classrooms? Or why some classes are more likely to read your textbook? Our producer took to the "streets" to talk to your students about what they feel engages them in the classroom, what motivates them to read, and what classroom experiences rank among their top engaging learning memories.
43:59
September 16, 2022
Episode 26: Team-Based Learning with Denise Flanders
Episode 26: Team-Based Learning with Denise Flanders
In episode 26, Timothy talks with Denise Flanders, the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University. Their conversation focuses on team-based learning, how it differentiates from group work, and how it can be integrated with faith in the classroom. This is the final episode of season 1 of The BCTLE Podcast. We will not be releasing content this summer and instead will be planning the next season of the podcast. Look for our new episodes in the new academic year.
37:13
April 29, 2022
Episode 25: Engaging Teaching Today Conference Panel - Live Show
Episode 25: Engaging Teaching Today Conference Panel - Live Show
In our first ever live recording of the BCTLE Podcast, Timothy sits down with 5 newer Taylor faculty (4 years or less at Taylor) to discuss their perspectives on faith integration, as developed and shaped through conversations on campus and through the faculty course on faith integration. Those 5 faculty are Denise Flanders, Melissa Jessup, Peter Staritz, Benjamin Wetzel, and Cheryl Thompson.
49:07
April 22, 2022
Episode 24: Calling as Teachers Archives with Ashley Chu
Episode 24: Calling as Teachers Archives with Ashley Chu
The script is flipped for this episode of the podcast as Timothy answers questions about a recent trip to the archives with the BCTLE to explore what teaching excellence has looked like at Taylor over the years. Dr. Chris Kellner is this week's New Faculty Voice and the last new faculty voice of the semester.
47:29
April 15, 2022
Episode 23: The Academic Needs of International Students with Dr. Jan Dormer and Dr. David McGinness
Episode 23: The Academic Needs of International Students with Dr. Jan Dormer and Dr. David McGinness
On this week's episode, Timothy sits down with Dr. Jan Dormer and Dr. David McGinness to unpack their recent GHS on Meeting the Needs of International Students. They explore the motivation behind their work and introduce some important tools and skills that faculty could implement immediately to start meeting some of the needs their international students face in the classroom.
42:46
March 25, 2022
Episode 22: Learning in a Different Culture with Sarah, Kharis, and Juyoung
Episode 22: Learning in a Different Culture with Sarah, Kharis, and Juyoung
In episode 22, Timothy talks with three Taylor international students about what it is like to learn in a different culture. Students discuss their perspective and their experience, as well as offer advice for faculty so that they can best serve international students in the future.   The New Faculty Voice in this episode is Shannon Brooks, the Director of the Zondervan Library. Shannon provides insight into what the integration of faith and learning looks like in the library, and shares how students can carry what they learn from the library into the their future. 
01:01:46
March 11, 2022
Episode 21: The Personal Evolution of Faith and Learning with David Dunham, Jeff Groeling, and Jewerl Maxwell
Episode 21: The Personal Evolution of Faith and Learning with David Dunham, Jeff Groeling, and Jewerl Maxwell
In this week's episode, Timothy sits down with David Dunham, Academic Engagement Librarian, and Dr. Jeff Groeling, Professor of Communication, for a conversation about the evolution of a personal perspective of faith-learning integration. We know that we are constantly growing and as our understanding of faith and our discipline grows, our understanding of the integration of the two ought to grow as well. Also in this episode is Timothy's conversation with Dr. Jewerl Maxwell, Provost. Timothy and Jewerl explore the provost's perspective on faith-pedagogy integration and where the University has opportunities ahead for the development of strategy, integrity, and trust. The segment New Faculty Voices returns this episode with an introduction to Dr. Margaret Chasara, Assistant Professor of Economics.
01:05:09
February 25, 2022
Episode 20: Faith and Learning with Hannah Richardson, Amber Stanley, Scott Fenstermacher, Evidence Matangi, and Mackenzie Derico
Episode 20: Faith and Learning with Hannah Richardson, Amber Stanley, Scott Fenstermacher, Evidence Matangi, and Mackenzie Derico
Episode 20 features a collection of segments from our current series, New Faculty Voices. These discussions revolve around the integration of faith, teaching, calling, and profession and feature Hannah Richardson, Amber Stanley, Scott Fenstermacher, and Evidence Matangi. The episode concludes with a conversation between Timothy and our new assistant producer, Mackenzie Derico. 
23:14
February 11, 2022
Episode 19: Collaborative Annotation with Dr. Barb Bird
Episode 19: Collaborative Annotation with Dr. Barb Bird
Following her recent BCTLE Guest Host Session, Dr. Barb Bird returns to the podcast to talk with Timothy about a collaborative annotation tool and how it is changing the way her students engage with readings and with each other. Dr. Bird has appeared on episode 12 of the podcast and is the director of the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Taylor. Koert Verhagen is our New Faculty Voice this episode. Koert teaches philosophy and religion. He is no stranger to Taylor as a Taylor grad and former assistant director of the Irish Studies Program. 
44:59
November 12, 2021
Episode 18: Fostering Student Community with Dr. Tricia Stan
Episode 18: Fostering Student Community with Dr. Tricia Stan
In this episode, Timothy chats with Dr. Tricia Stan, Associate Professor of Chemistry, to learn more about how Tricia mentors her Women of Chemistry group on campus in a way that not only creates opportunities for scholarship, career development, and personal growth, but discipleship as well. Laura Gerig is the New Faculty Voice in episode 18. Laura is a Taylor grad and teaches in the Psychology department. Her contribution to Taylor is a lot like coming home for her and we are so fortunate to have her in the Taylor family. Her perspective is critical to our students' success and her heart for relationships and the Lord create amazing opportunities for whole person education.
59:17
October 15, 2021
Episode 17: Growth Mindset about Students with Dr. Angela Pacheco
Episode 17: Growth Mindset about Students with Dr. Angela Pacheco
In the first episode of the fall term, Timothy chats with Dr. Angela Pacheco, assistant professor of Spanish, on the topic of her recent BCTLE guest host session. Much has been said about the importance of students developing a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. Angela encourages faculty to consider the importance of having a growth mindset about our students.  This episode introduces a new segment on the podcast called New Faculty Voices, where you can hear from one of our new faculty to get to know them a bit more. This week's new faculty voice is Shelly Engle. Shelly is a new assistant professor of Education with over a decade of K-12 education experience. Her passion for developing relationships and trust with her students exemplifies what it looks like to have a growth mindset about our students, no matter where they are at.
49:31
October 01, 2021
Episode 16: Mission Statement, Part 3 - to a World in Need with Reverend Greg Dyson, Maribel Magallanes, and Nate Chu
Episode 16: Mission Statement, Part 3 - to a World in Need with Reverend Greg Dyson, Maribel Magallanes, and Nate Chu
In the final installment of the BCTLE mini-series on the mission statement of Taylor, Timothy sits down with Greg Dyson, Maribel Magallanes, and Nate Chu to hear a perspective on what world and what needs we can be thinking about when we think about a globally minded institution.  This is also the final installment of the summer series of the BCTLE podcast. Timothy is going to be taking a short break and will be back to a bi-weekly schedule this coming semester.
44:47
August 20, 2021
Episode 15: Mission Statement, Part 2 - Ministering Christ's Redemptive Love and Truth with Dr. Kevin Diller
Episode 15: Mission Statement, Part 2 - Ministering Christ's Redemptive Love and Truth with Dr. Kevin Diller
In the second part of this mini-series, we continue to explore our mission statement, looking at what it is we say our newly developed servant leaders are going to do: minister Christ's redemptive love and truth. Timothy sits down with Kevin Diller, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, to discuss how we ought to think about the posture we take toward others and toward God.
59:01
August 13, 2021
Episode 14: Mission Statement, Part 1 - Developing Servant Leaders with Steve Austin
Episode 14: Mission Statement, Part 1 - Developing Servant Leaders with Steve Austin
In the first of a three part series on Taylor's mission statement, Timothy sits down with Steve Austin, associate dean and director of student programs at Taylor, to gain a better understanding of what we say we do at Taylor when we say we develop servant leaders.
01:05:53
August 06, 2021
Episode 13: Breath of Fresh Wind with Mylie Brennan
Episode 13: Breath of Fresh Wind with Mylie Brennan
In episode 13, this week's special guest is Mylie Brennan of the class of 2016. Mylie is a Fulbright Scholar working toward her PhD at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, a journey which began at Taylor University in 2012. Mylie credits the exciting work she is doing now to her time at Taylor and we hope her conversation with Timothy is a breath of fresh wind in your sails as you gear up for the Fall term.
34:59
July 30, 2021
Episode 12: The Baby and the Bathwater with Dr. Barb Bird
Episode 12: The Baby and the Bathwater with Dr. Barb Bird
In this episode, the director the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning, Barb Bird, joins Timothy to discuss how we might reflect on pandemic teaching to discern what we should keep and what we can gladly discard as we begin to move back to business as usual in the classroom. You don't want to miss this conversation on how we can best prepare for this upcoming semester.
01:00:15
July 23, 2021
Episode 11: Mental Health First Aid with Dr. Scott Barrett and Kathy Chamberlain
Episode 11: Mental Health First Aid with Dr. Scott Barrett and Kathy Chamberlain
In this installment of the podcast, Timothy sits down with Scott Barrett, coordinator of academic support, and Kathy Chamberlain, director of counseling center, to discuss student mental health and the idea of mental health first aid. 
01:01:35
July 16, 2021
Episode 10: Spiritual Health with Jon Cavanagh
Episode 10: Spiritual Health with Jon Cavanagh
Timothy sits down with campus pastor Jon Cavanagh to chat about our community's spiritual health and the role of chapel in facilitating community conversations. 
39:36
July 09, 2021
Episode 9: Learning in the Archives with Ashley Chu
Episode 9: Learning in the Archives with Ashley Chu
What comes to your minds when you hear the world archives? Timothy sits down with Archivist Ashley Chu to discuss how the Archives can be a partner in the learning process. 
32:16
July 06, 2021
Episode 8: Caring for Student Athletes with Kyle Gould
Episode 8: Caring for Student Athletes with Kyle Gould
In this episode of the podcast, Timothy talks with athletic director and baseball coach, Kyle Gould, to learn more about how faculty can create meaningful moments and care more deeply for those students in our community who also compete at the collegiate level. 
33:58
June 25, 2021
Episode 7: Designing for Learning with Dr. Carie King
Episode 7: Designing for Learning with Dr. Carie King
At the BCTLE, we talk often about designing for learning. In this episode, Timothy dives into what we mean when we say design with learning in mind, with his guest host, Dr. Carie King. No matter where you are at right now in your rhythm, whether you're still winding down from the spring, deep in summer rest, or gearing up for the fall, this episode will spark some ideas behind how you think about your courses.
51:17
June 18, 2021
Episode 6: Learning in the Library with Lana Wilson
Episode 6: Learning in the Library with Lana Wilson
Have you ever wondered how our students use the library? Lana Wilson, Interim Director of the Library, joins Timothy this week to chat about the programs and services that the library offers to the community. Audio Note: Lana's microphone wasn't working and Timothy didn't catch it during the recording so the audio is all from Timothy's microphone. Sorry for the dip in audio quality this week!
30:06
June 11, 2021
Episode 5: Caring Beyond Commencement with Brad Yordy
Episode 5: Caring Beyond Commencement with Brad Yordy
We just said goodbye to students and Brad Yordy's team just said hello to new alumni. Or is that really the right way to think about it? Brad Yordy is the Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Relations and in this episode, Timothy gets the chance to learn more about what this transition period looks like for our students, how Brad's team connects with alumni, and how faculty can partner with Brad to maintain these precious relationships.
44:23
June 04, 2021
Bonus Episode: End of the Spring Semester
Bonus Episode: End of the Spring Semester
We're taking a break to get our summer BCTLE Podcast programming up and running. Be looking on social media and your favorite podcasting app for our next episode. In this short episode, Timothy previews where the conversation is going this summer. 
11:02
May 07, 2021
Episode 4: Transposing Pedagogy with Dr. Leon Harshenin
Episode 4: Transposing Pedagogy with Dr. Leon Harshenin
In episode 4, Timothy talks with Dr. Leon Harshenin, professor of music at Taylor, about his discipline's signature pedagogy and his most recent BCTLE guest host session on the things he wishes his music teachers had taught him. No matter your discipline, the insights Leon shares hold opportunities for us all to reflect on why and how we reach our students. 
45:07
April 23, 2021
Episode 3: Regular Rhythms with Dr. John Moore
Episode 3: Regular Rhythms with Dr. John Moore
In episode 3, Timothy has a conversation with Dr. John Moore, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Taylor, about his recent BCTLE guest host session on our calling as teachers. We go deep, discussing the faculty who have made a difference in our lives, what it means to show grace to students, and how we cultivate a community of collaborators.  We learn what the rhythm of passion, improvement, and engagement looks like, how we can develop it, and where this rhythm comes from.
35:20
April 09, 2021
Episode 2: Total Participation with Dr. Melissa Jessup
Episode 2: Total Participation with Dr. Melissa Jessup
In episode 2, Timothy sits down with Dr. Melissa Jessup, assistant professor of education at Taylor, to discuss her recent presentation at the BCTLE on strategies for inviting total participation from our students. We also get the chance to hear from Melissa on the way she sees her faith integrated with this important element of the learning process. Show Notes: Himmele, P., & Himmele, W. (2017). Total participation techniques: Making every student an active learner. ASCD. Total Participation Strategies Handout
30:48
March 26, 2021
Episode 1: Meet your host, Timothy Berkey
Episode 1: Meet your host, Timothy Berkey
In episode 1, get to know your host, Timothy Berkey as he shares a bit about his journey toward teaching and learning excellence. Don't miss upcoming BCTLE programing! On March 17 and 18, be sure to catch Dr. Melissa Jessup's guest host presentation at the BCTLE. And on March 25, join us for the second in our panel series on removing barriers, as we learn from our students.  Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcasting app to catch the latest episode every other Friday. The next episode will air on March 26.
29:13
March 12, 2021
Introduction to the Podcast
Introduction to the Podcast
Introducing the brand new BCTLE podcast. Our first official episode of the BCTLE podcast will be released on March 12. Be sure to listen to my conversation with John Moore following his guest host sessions on March 1 at noon and March 4 at 4PM. You can find more information on the BCTLE events by finding us on Blackboard or following us on Facebook and Instagram.
04:35
February 25, 2021