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SoTL Showcase 2007

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Showcase

September 25-28, 2007

Loyola Marymount University - Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence at Loyola Marymount University will host a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Showcase Week. The showcase is intended to celebrate LMU’s SoTL accomplishments, highlight connections to LMU’s mission and offer opportunities to explore positive synergies with student outcomes assessment. To date, nine LMU faculty members have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for their contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition, in recognition of its commitment to institutional action in support of SoTL, LMU has been named the coordinating institution for the CASTL (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Affiliates Program. Along with eight other CASTL Affiliates, including Park University, Purdue University and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, LMU is undertaking activities that provide support and recognition for ongoing inquiry into evidence-based improvement of student learning.

Tuesday, September 25

12:15-1:15 PM -- Keynote: Exploring a Vision-driven Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Dr. David Reichard, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Pre-Law, & Peace Studies, in the Division of Humanities and Communication, Cal State Monterey Bay

Dr. Reichard was a 2003-4 Carnegie CASTL scholar. His CASTL project, Cultivating Legal Literacy in a Free Speech Class: How Undergraduate Students Develop Deeper Understandings of the Law, examined how undergraduates learn about law in an upper division free speech class. It sought to understand what “deep understanding” of free speech looked like for students, analyzing how they made meaning of “free speech” in comparison to instructor expectations. Students prepared for and reflected on seminar discussions through public weblogs, or blogs, that chronicled their learning process through the semester, providing important evidence of their learning process.

His research focuses on several areas, including the socio-legal history of 19th and early 20th century territorial New Mexico, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) history in the United States, specifically an emerging research project examining the history of GLBT student activism in California.

3 to 5:00 PM -- Poster Session #1: LMU Faculty SoTL Projects & Celebration of LMU as the Coordinating Institution of the Carnegie Affiliates Program

Wednesday, September 26

12 Noon to 1 PM -- Workshop: SoTL and Assessment – Exploring the Synergies

3 to 4:30 -- Poster Session #2: Student Outcomes Assessment at LMU

Thursday, September 27

12:15-1:15 PM -- Panel Presentation LMU’s 4 Newest Carnegie Scholars describe their SoTL work

Nina Lozano-Reich, Communication Studies

Ed Mosteig, Mathematics

Alicia Partnoy, Modern Languages

Carolyn Viviano, Natural Science

Friday, September 28

Noon to 1 PM – A Learning Community Approach to Curriculum Development at LMU

Follow-up Event

Wednesday, October 3, 2007:

12 Noon to 1 PM -- Beginner’s Guide to SoTL