Engaged Learning Exemplar: Andrea Radasanu

Andrea Radasanu

Associate Professor Andrea Radasanu, a specialist of political philosophy, knows student engagement leads to productive citizenship. That’s why her colleagues from the Department of Political Science nominated her to be recognized as an engaged learning exemplar for her outstanding commitment to engaged learning, teaching and scholarship.

A recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Radasanu says, “Learning has to happen in and out of the classroom to make an impact on the lives of students. And even academic work has to take place beyond the class for students to understand and achieve their full potential.”

The Tocqueville Forum, an initiative Radasanu co-founded and now runs exclusively, has provided students with funding to do major independent research, attend a special seminar, listen to speakers from top universities, travel for research and networking, and publish research.

“Through the Tocqueville Forum,” explains Radasanu, “students develop their interest in American politics and history and become better qualified to achieve high academic goals. Two of our participants have been Lincoln Laureates, and many others have also achieved very highly.”

Join Radasanu, along with other faculty, staff and students for the first Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference. This new event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, and uncovers and recognizes the faculty perspective of collaborations with students and community partners. Several faculty and staff will present on best practices in engaged learning, teaching and scholarship in the Holmes Student Center. All are welcome to attend; registration is open online.

Co-sponsors of the Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference are the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning; the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development; the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center; the College of Business Experiential Learning Center; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, call 815-753-8154 or email rkersh@niu.edu.

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