Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Expression
Oxford community recognizes the scholarly and creative works of faculty and staff
The Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Expression (CSCE) library exhibit is an annual opportunity for the Oxford community to share and celebrate the scientific, technological, educational, and artistic achievements of Oxford College faculty and staff.
The multi-media exhibit kicked off April 12 with an opening celebration reception hosted by Oxford College Dean Doug Hicks, Dean of Academic Affairs Ken Anderson, and Dean of the Library Kitty McNeill.
This year’s CSCE (formerly known as Inspired Performance) highlights the creative and professional works of 44 Oxford faculty, emeriti, and staff. The exhibit remained in the first-floor library academic commons until the week of April 29 as students began final exams.
“We want to celebrate the faculty and staff for their work, but also want our students to have the opportunity to see the scholarly endeavors of their professors,” says Kitty McNeill, Dean of the Library. “Students are always very impressed and excited to see what their professors have accomplished.”
The showcase includes published books, journal articles, art, and presentations highlighting language, literature, math, social history, religion, and other research. It also features podcasts, theatrical costumes, botanical drawings, cognition studies, and video in interactive formats.
This year’s showcase was the most multi modal/multi-media exhibit the library has hosted. “For some of the faculty who have been especially busy, we used Padlet [an online tool that produces interactive bulletin boards] to present multiple items on one screen, making it easier to see several months’ worth of work in one place,” says Ellen Neufeld, deputy director of the library.
After celebrating 14 years under the name Inspired Performance, the library decided to make a change. The event started in 2005 as a way to feature what faculty and staff had worked on throughout the year–particularly their published books or articles, conference papers, poster presentations or art projects.
“We learned that new faculty didn't quite know what the event was all about, so we wanted to come up with a new title that was a bit more self-explanatory,” McNeill explains. “The old title, Inspired Performance, initially worked very well, but as the faculty has grown and that phrase has been used elsewhere, we felt the time was right for a change.”
Mounting this exhibit is truly a team effort with all library staff helping in some capacity, Neufeld says. “We start organizing and planning in January, with the goal of creating a dynamic and comprehensive exhibit that looks seamless and effortless, even though it takes months of planning.”