Speakers announced for Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference

NIU faculty, staff and students excel at taking learning out of the classroom and into the northern Illinois region. To highlight and celebrate these high-impact practices, the university will host its first Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference on Tuesday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for this first-ever conference is now open.

The focus of the day will be NIU faculty and staff learning from one another. There will be three 45-minute breakout sessions and a poster display session. Participants were selected by a faculty panel.

Amy Pratt, Ph.D.

Plenary speaker Amy Pratt, Ph.D., will discuss Broader Impacts during a plenary session. Pratt is the associate director for the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University and also a founding member of the National Association of Broader Impacts (NABI). She will describe the genesis of the Broader Impacts movement and how Northwestern University uses its principles to establish meaningful partnerships for engaged learning, teaching and scholarship.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Pratt to campus,” said Rena Cotsones, associate vice president for the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development. “There is a lot of interest on campus in tying Broader Impacts into a wider range of engagement activities. It will be great to hear how Northwestern has used this framework to enhance their engagement with regional partners.”

Attendees can learn more about the engaged learning initiatives happening at NIU by attending one presentation during each of the three break-out sessions below:

Session 1:

  • Community College Engagement: Creating strategic partnerships to enhance student opportunities
    Rebecca Shortridge, Brad Cripe and Angela Grimaldi, Department of Accountancy
  • Partnerships for engaged teacher professional development in STEAM
    Kristin Brynteson, Center for P-20 Engagement
  • Contemplating contemplative practices in higher education: An example of engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship
    Leslie Sassone and students, Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism for all: Language lessons in after-school programs
    Karen Lichtman, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Session 2:

  • Universidad para Padres: Developing “Parents of Change” through community building
    Susana Das Neves, Parent University, Center for P-20 Engagement
  • Project SLIDE (Science Literacy in Diversity Education)
    Gary Swick, Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations;
    Dianne Zalesky, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • The Common Reading Experience: An engaged learning practice
    Kelly Smith and Shelley Mass, First- and Second-Year Experience;
    Michael Day and Ellen Franklin, First-Year Composition
  • Engaged Learning in South Africa: The TEEEP Partnership
    Joanne Dempsey, Econ-Illinois;Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Center for P-20 Engagement

Session 3:

  • NIU’s College of Law’s Clinical Program: Working with community partners to make a difference
    Colleen Boraca, College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic;
    Anita Maddali, College of Law;
    Stella Fitzgerald, Aunt Martha’s Health and Outreach Center;
    Jennifer Beebe, College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Kindergarten Readiness in DeKalb County: A study by the DeKalb County Community Foundation and NIU
    Amy Jo Clemens, Center for P-20 Engagement;
    Shannon Sohl, Center for Governmental Studies;
    Anita Zurbrugg, DeKalb County Community Foundation
  • Cross-disciplinary student team development of implementation recommendations for a college student/older adult Housing Partnership Program – challenges, opportunities and strategies for a successful outcome
    Jamie Mayer, School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders;
    Shail Godambe, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems;
    Chase Nelson, Student;
    Joan Petros, College of Business Experiential Learning Center
  • The Open Doors Program:  Reciprocal engagement in high-minority public schools
    Natalie Young, Department of Special and Early Education;
    Veronica Riva, NIU Alum

The day’s events will conclude with brief discussions about the future of engaged learning at NIU. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and peers to identify potential partnerships for future collaboration.

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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