Public Scholarship & Teaching Reexamined
April 09, 2010
In the world of public health, researchers have discovered that practitioners need to communicate more with their patients if they are to diagnose and treat them effectively.
Similarly in academia, many scholars find, that if they engage the public in the process of research and analysis, the quality and accuracy of their data improves. This integration also leads to stronger outcomes.
Picking up on this theme, Stonehill faculty members will join in the growing national debate about public scholarship and teaching when they gather for Academic Development Day on Wednesday, April 21 in the Martin Institute.
Discussions will center on the following topics:
- What does it mean to be a civically-engaged teacher or scholar, or, indeed, a civically-engaged college or university?
- What impact does public scholarship and teaching have on the community and on the academy?
- How can we gear our work to more popular audiences without sacrificing rigor or professionalism?
- How can institutions improve recognition and rewards for such commitments to public scholarship and teaching?
- A plenary panel followed by breakout discussion sessions will challenge faculty members to reconsider the role of the community in our teaching, research, and writing.
A line-up of scholars will initiate the debate :
Author and community development expert Cathy Burack, Senior Fellow (Brandeis University) will discuss the trajectory and impact of public scholarship and teaching.
Educational Researcher and Imagining America Board Member, Timothy Eatman, (Syracuse University) will look at the current state of institutional rewards and recognition for publically engaged scholars and teachers.
Civil Rights activist and author Bob Zellner (Tulane and Long Island universities) will look back at how his educational instinct towards engagement impacted both his own personal growth as well as his eventual ideas about pedagogy and activism.
Academic Development Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries. The keynote addresses will follow at 9 a.m. and the breakout sessions at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.