Each year C-TEL designs, coordinates, and sponsor events that address university-wide issues, and are targeted at generating open dialogue among faculty and staff around the issues of teaching and learning. Guest lecturers will include scholars in pedagogy and higher education. Preferably speakers will reflect on one of the central pillars that define C-TEL (High Impact Practices, Diversity, Technology, Assessment, Pedagogy, Co-curricular Learning).
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Tom McGown, Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Rhodes College in Memphis. Dr. McGown is a Fink Visiting Professor and will address the campus about High Impact Practices. As a new professor of Sociology, Dr. McGowen was presented with an opportunity in 1988 to develop an intergenerational, service-learning program that allowed students to deconstruct their internalized assumptions regarding aging through constructive interaction with Memphis elders. The program, known as The Rhodes College Life Histories Project, produced qualitative research data which Dr. McGown uses to study service-learning and the process of ontological change, or developmental change in self-understanding resulting from dialogue and interaction with “the other.” The success of the program set Dr. McGown on a career trajectory that consistently combines applied sociological research with traditional liberal arts education. Dr. McGown's keynote address will be complemented by a C-TEL Workshop focusing on Assessment of HIP and othe campus wide events. This event is co-sponsored with the Leadership Institute, LINC, HICEPs Committee.
Dubbed “the prophet of an education revolution” by the Kansas City Star and “the explainer” by Wired Magazine, Wesch is a recipient of the highly coveted “US Professor of the Year” Award from the Carnegie Foundation. After years of experimenting with social media and praising the learning potential of these tools, Wesch realized that they don’t automatically establish either genuine empathy or meaningful bonds between professors and students. Using social media is but one of the many possible ways to connect, but the message that Wesch’s experimentation brings is that only genuine connections may restore the sense of joy and curiosity that we hope to instill in our students.
If you have a great idea for a speaker or other university-wide event please contact us to see how we may help make it happen. A PDF of the University Wide Forum and Sponsored Events application is available on this web site. For a MSWord version of this form please contact Joan Bayens (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.