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Preparing and Evaluating 21st Century Faculty: Aligning Expectations, Competencies and Rewards

Westminster College
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Boyer Award photoWestminster College will host the 18th Annual New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) Summer Institute from June 20-22, 2012. The Summer Institute brings together faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities across the nation to discuss issues facing their schools and also provides a venue for professional development and networking.

This year's NAC&U Summer Institute builds on the theme explored through the NAC&U Teagle Foundation Planning Grant. Through the grant project, teams are exploring what it means to be a NAC&U professor in the 21st century. In this year's Summer Institute, participants will delve into what it means to be a 21st century NAC&U institution.

With issues such as cost-quality; expanding and demanding faculty roles; new approaches to learning inside and outside the classroom; innovative uses of technology in higher education; nonstandard learning environments; facing the expectations and addressing the needs of this next generation's students; and measuring, recognizing, and rewarding efforts toward student learning, all member institutions can share and explore possibilities for best practices.

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NAC&U Feature Story:
Undergraduate Research and Faculty Mentoring Open Doors to the Future


When Megan King started her undergraduate research, she had expectations - and a solid hypothesis - of what her research would yield. Her hypothesis was not correct, which was a tough lesson for the North Central College senior, but one that gave her real-world skills. King reflected, "It was difficult for me to learn that it is okay - it's just your hypothesis was proved wrong, and you move forward with what you did find."


King began her research after asking numerous professors at North Central about their ideas relating to accounting and Spanish, which she has studied as an undergraduate. When Professor Sarah Lureau's idea piqued her curiosity, King wrote a Richter Research Grant to secure funding from North Central and then traveled to Spain to research how International Financial Reporting Standards are taught in Spanish undergraduate universities for her paper, "A Study on Pedagogical Changes in Spanish Undergraduate Accounting Education."





NAC&U Feature Story:
Final Words
Over the next month, as they stand at podiums on our campuses, looking out at a sea of caps and gowns, commencement speakers will advise and inspire graduates as they move forward with the next chapter of their lives.
At the University of Evansville, a new tradition is beginning. Instead of selecting an outside speaker, a graduating student will deliver the commencement keynote. Alan Kaiser, associate professor of archaeology and chair of the Senior Keynote selection committee, said that the student keynote was implemented because the Ceremonies Committee believed that "no one can better reflect on the UE experience than a member of the graduating class." Following a competitive process, which included submitting a written speech, the selection committee at UE picked eight finalists to perform their speeches before the final selection was made. Emily Mella, an archaeology, art history, and international studies major and history minor will be UE's inaugural student keynote.  

The path to the podium is not just arduous for aspiring student speakers -- securing a prominent speaker can require much persistence. This year Wagner College students will have the pleasure of listening to Dr. Elie Wiesel, an author, professor and Nobel Peace Prize winner.  According to Wagner's chief of staff, Joe Romano, "We have been trying to arrange for him to speak at Wagner for some time, and this is the first opportunity where everything has worked out to make it a reality." Romano said that the values Wiesel has taught over the course of his own career, including those of understanding and tolerance, dovetail well with Wagner's curriculum of community engagement.


Wagner president Richard Guarasci added, "Elie Wiesel is one of this world's moral beacons. He has been a steadfast moral witness against genocide. I have been in his presence three times, and I can tell you that it is an experience I will never forget."


To see commencement speakers at other NAC&U campuses, click here.

Hamline Appoints Dr. Eric R. Jensen as Provost

Hamline University has named Dr. Eric R. Jensen as its provost. He will begin his new duties as provost on July 1, 2012. Jensen comes to Hamline from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has spent the past eight years serving as director of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy.


"Dr. Jensen's extensive background in higher education as a professor of economics, as an innovative leader of a nationally-recognized public policy program, and as a gifted administrator will advance our vision as a diverse and learning centered university," Hamline President Linda Hanson said.


Read more about Dr. Jensen. 

More Students Honored as Newman Civic Fellows; Others Named as Udall, Y&R Advertising Scholars

Students from Hamline University and Stetson University join the growing list of 2012 Newman Civic Fellows at NAC&U campuses. The award recognizes college students for being leaders who have worked to find solutions to challenges facing their communities. Congratulations to all of them!


The 2012 Newman Civic Fellows are:

Hamline University: Margaret Crenshaw

Stetson University: Gladys Valle
Wagner College: Kevin Ferreira
Westminster College: Carolina Silva
Ithaca College:  Elizabeth Stoltz


Meanwhile, Samford University junior Alex Gerrish is the school's first recipient of a highly-competitive Udall Foundation scholarship. Read more.


And two students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) at Hampton University have been awarded scholarships from Y&R Advertising, and named the first 'Y&R Scholars.' Read about them.

Arcadia University Announces New Study Abroad Program, Faculty Development in Cuba

Arcadia University has established the Arcadia in Cuba study abroad program,as well as the first Global Faculty Development Workshop in academic collaboration with the prestigious University of Havana. This new relationship has enabled The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and Arcadia's Office of International Affairs to launch new study abroad, faculty development and applied research programs in Cuba. 

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Redlands Professor Featured on BBC for his Research on Salton Sea

Wagner Professor's Article Tapped for Decade's Top 10   

University of Evansville's Rob Griffith a Finalist in Society of Midland Authors Awards
Applying Theory to Practice with Hands-on Projects

University of Evansville Students Apply Theory to Practice in Capstone, Archaeology and Engineering Projects


Student Awards and Honors

Westminster Student Turns Asthma Struggle into Award-Winning Medical Device  

Samford Entrepreneurs Compete for Regions Funding

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The University of Scranton Named Among Nation's Top 25 Healthiest Universities