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July 21, 2011

Cedar Creek artist in residence explores nature with a human touch

LindaButurian1.jpgSenior teaching specialist Linda Buturian, in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, is currently an artist in residence at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her essay, "Secret Knowledge," which is the first of three narratives with images recently published on the Cedar Creek website, captures the essence of Cedar Bog Lake and its relationship to people and the surrounding ecosystem.

Buturian's essay collection, World Gone Beautiful: Life Along the Rum River, was published by Cathedral Hill Press. As a writer and teacher, Buturian develops curriculum and teaches humanities courses for CEHD. To learn more about the interdisciplinary water seminar she designed, and to view her students' digital stories, visit the course website.

July 7, 2011

Hodne receives CCE's Distinguished Educator Award

Barbara HodneBarb Hodne, senior teaching specialist in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the College of Continuing Education's Distinguished Educator Award. This award recognizes outstanding impact on education that honors CCE's mission of extending access and providing excellent educational opportunities across a range of domains including the classroom, workshops, and programming designed to provide professional development for educators.

May 23, 2011

Jehangir shares expertise at national institute on learning communities

Rashne JehangirRashné Jehangir, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has been invited to serve as an expert resource faculty member at the 2011 National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education at Evergreen State College. Teams from around the country apply to earn a spot at this institute, which provides focused time for campus teams of faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators to develop action plans for launching or strengthening learning community programs, for developing a proven strategy for increasing student engagement, for helping academically under-prepared students succeed, and for invigorating undergraduate education.

May 20, 2011

M.A. student earns State Department scholarship to study in Turkey

allison_link2.jpgAlison Link, a student in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning's Multicultural College Teaching and Learning M.A. program, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Turkish in Turkey. She will spend seven to ten weeks in an intensive language institute this summer. The CLS program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences.

May 5, 2011

Buturian and Solheim awarded Global Program and Strategy Alliance grant

The University's Global Program and Strategy Alliance awarded Linda Buturian (Senior Teaching Specialist, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) and colleague Catherine Solheim (Associate Professor, Family Social Science) travel grants to fund their Mekong Initiative. Linda and Cathy will travel to northern Thailand in August and interview villagers and NGOs along the Mekong River to create digital stories about the impact of development of the Mekong on the villagers' culture and daily living. Buturian and Solheim will also develop contacts for and plan a new integrated course and a future Learning Abroad program centered on northern Thailand. They also received CEHD International Engagement grants for the Mekong Initiative.

May 4, 2011

College in the Schools algebra students test wind turbine designs

Susan StaatsHigh school algebra students enrolled in PsTL 1006 Mathematical Modeling and Prediction visited campus recently to test their wind turbine designs. About 100 students participated in this College in the Schools Field Day, organized by faculty coordinator Sue Staats (associate professor, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning), with assistance from Selcen Guzey (Stem Education Center) and Tamara Moore (Curriculum and Instruction). Participating high schools were El Colegio Charter School, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Le Center High School, Community of Peace Academy, and North High School of North St. Paul, whose 8-volt-producing design won them the Titanium Turbine trophy.

April 18, 2011

Jensen's CIS anatomy students show public health expertise

How can teens become advocates for healthy living? Students in a University of Minnesota, Twin Cities College in the Schools (CIS) Anatomy and Physiology course have produced videos and designed multimedia displays that can be used to educate their friends, families, and communities about healthy eating, obesity reduction, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. More than 400 students representing 15 high schools across Minnesota gathered April 18 at the U of M to compete for the most engaging and educational kiosk. The winners will take home the coveted Golden Femur award.

Murray Jensen"Our goal for the kiosks is to put the students' knowledge into action, to show that there is more to anatomy and physiology than learning the names of bones and muscles," says Murray Jensen, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning. "Many of these CIS students will become health care leaders who will be interacting with the public, helping people stay healthy. The kiosks give students an opportunity to be health care advocates."

The kiosk competition is the culmination of the yearlong Smart and Healthy Students, Smart and Healthy Families program, funded by the UCare Fund. Using concepts from Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food, high school students learned about healthy eating and also studied the digestive system, obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

This fall, the students produced videos that feature an interview with an elder (preferably a grandparent) about their diet at age 18, compared with what 18-year-olds eat today. The videos are an integral part of the student kiosks and can spur conversations about healthy diets, the importance of exercise and diseases associated with obesity. The kiosks may be used at school events such as parent-teacher conferences, athletic competitions and even in the school lunchroom.

Jensen developed the Smart and Healthy Students, Smart and Healthy Families program as faculty coordinator for the U of M course "Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology" offered through CIS.

College in the Schools at the University of Minnesota develops partnerships between the University of Minnesota and high school teachers and administrators. Students get firsthand experience with a faster pace of study and increased academic rigor while earning university credits.

This year students produced exceptional kiosks about disease, lifestyle, exercise, eating right, and the connections among them. Competition was stiff, but when all the votes were cast the 2011 winners were Wabasha-Kellogg, Bronze Ulna; Eagan, Silver Scapula; and St. Clair, the Golden Femur (see St. Clair group photo below).


March 31, 2011

Higbee receives Horace T. Morse Award for undergraduate education

Jeanne HigbeeJeanne Higbee, professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has been awarded the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She will be honored for her exemplary teaching, research, and service as an undergraduate educator at the Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony on campus April 25.

"Dr. H is the Michael Jordan of teaching," said one student in Higbee's nomination materials. She also received enthusiastic support from many others inside and outside the University, including James Banks, director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, and John N. Gardner, executive director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College.

This statement from her nomination letter sums up the respect Higbee has earned: "Jeanne's legacy, evident in her teaching, research, and educational leadership, is to demonstrate to faculty that their obligation extends beyond access to success, to ensuring that the environments students enter enable them to achieve their full potential. She provides leadership and a vision for equity and access in higher education."

Congratulations, Jeanne!

March 4, 2011

Hyland and African American Read-In honored by Timberwolves

Ezra HylandOn February 23 Ezra Hyland, Teaching Specialist in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, and the African American Read-In were honored as a community hero by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The African American Read-In is a literacy initiative addressing the attainment of reading and writing skills in African American students and encouraging reading and writing across the curriculum. Dean Quam and Ezra Hyland were escorted to half court during half time where they were recognized before the packed house.

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February 17, 2011

Faculty present at Focusing on the First Year Conference

Multiple faculty from the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, along with research assistants and colleagues, presented at the Focusing on the First Year conference held on campus Wednesday, February 16. The presentations included "Mapping the Academic and Social Engagement of First-Year Undergraduate Students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities," "Engaging Students in the First Year: A Multidisciplinary Approach," and "Excellence for All: Student Learning and Development." The Focusing on the First Year conference is a bi-annual event that brings faculty, staff, and administrators together to discuss academic and development issues relating to first-year students.

Multicultural instruction for undergrad mathematical thinking courses

Irene DuranczykIrene Duranczyk, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, gave a poster presentation at the CERME7 (Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education) recently held in Rzezow, Poland. Her presentation, "Critical multicultural instruction for undergraduate mathematical thinking courses," gives the theoretical foundation and preliminary results of her research in teaching mathematical thinking through an introductory statistics course. Duranczyk also participated in the workgroup on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, along with Bill Barton, the president of the International Congress for Mathematics Education (ICEM), and Barbara Jaworski, co-director of the University's Centre for Mathematics Education Research (CMER) at the University of Oxford.

February 8, 2011

PsTL instructors present on technology and learning outcomes at first-year experience conference

PeterG_2010.jpgMurray JensenAssociate Professor Murray Jensen and Senior Teaching Specialist Gary Peter, from the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, presented at the 30th Annual First-Year Experience Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Their first session, titled "Evaluating Group Video Projects in Relation to University of Minnesota Student Learning Outcomes," described a group capstone assignment involving the production of a short video on healthy eating and provided evidence on the effectiveness of that assignment in relation to student learning outcomes. Jensen also delivered a second presentation, titled "iPads for All: Innovation and Application in a Learning Community," which provided a preliminary report on the use of iPads and students' responses to them in a learning community featuring a public speaking class and a general biology course.

February 3, 2011

Arendale receives outstanding research/publication award

David ArendaleCongratulations to David Arendale, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, who received the Hunter R. Boylan Outstanding Research/Publication Award for 2011 from the National Association for Developmental Education. The award from NADE was for his recent book, Access at the Crossroads: Learning Assistance in Higher Education, published by Jossey-Bass. The award will be received at the NADE national conference in Washington, DC, later in February.

December 17, 2010

Jeanne Higbee presents on instructional design

Jeanne HigbeeJeanne Higbee, professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, presented a workshop on "Promoting Inclusion and Retention through Integrated Multicultural Instructional Design (PIRIMID)" at the annual conference of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) in Salt Lake City in November. On December 10 Higbee was also interviewed by Nancy Shapiro of the Maryland Legislative Task Force on Universal Design for Learning. The task force was appointed by the governor and is making recommendations for teacher preparation related to Universal Design.

December 16, 2010

CEHD freshmen showcase First Year Inquiry capstone projects

capstone-4-web.jpgCEHD first-year students gathered in the Great Hall of Coffman Union Dec. 15 to showcase PsTL 1525: First Year Inquiry, Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing Capstone Projects. The FYI course is a writing intensive, team-taught course that addresses the common question: How can one person make a difference? All 450 CEHD freshmen take PsTL 1525 and participate in the showcase event presenting a wide range of projects including digital stories, performances, posters, videos, and dance.

November 19, 2010

Miksch presents at the Association for the Study of Higher Education

Karen MikschKaren Miksch, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, gave two presentations at the Association for the Study of Higher Education's annual meeting. On November 17, Karen was part of a symposium on "How should law and policy align to promote shared governance in a time of budget cuts?" which was the opening event for the Public Policy Forum. She discussed the definition of financial exigency, the American Association of University Professor's Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure, as well as the role of faculty.

On November 18, she presented a paper, "Affirmative Action and the Media: A Mixed Method Analysis of News Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Cases." Presenting with Mark Pedelty, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, she discussed The Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage of Michigan affirmative action cases. They found that the news stories continued to cover affirmative action as a highly contentious debate, even after the court decision. Coupled with earlier research that shows many administrators in higher education rely on The Chronicle for legal information, this may explain, says Miksch, why after the Michigan cases were decided, many race-conscious programs were closed out of fear of negative publicity or a legal challenge.

November 18, 2010

Jensen presents Golden Femur Award

Murray JensenMurray Jensen, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, hosted the 2nd annual Golden Femur competition. The Golden Femur Awards were held November 17 at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium as part of Jensen's College in the Schools Human Anatomy and Physiology Program. Prizes were awarded for the best group video productions.

This year's theme was "talking to your grandparents about food," which is related to the notion that people were generally healthier in the 1940s and 1950s than they are today. This year's winners were Eagan High School - Golden Femur, Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts - Silver Scapula, and Richfield High School - Bronze Ulna. To view the top student videos from 2009 and the three winners from 2010 go to

Jehangir publishes book on first-generation students in college

Rashne JehangirRashne Jehangir, assistant professor in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has had her book Higher Education and First-Generation Students: Cultivating Community, Voice, and Place for the New Majority published by Palgrave Macmillan Press. The book offers a rich understanding of the experience of students who are first in their family to attend college. It contends that first-generation students are isolated and marginalized on many large college campuses and considers learning communities and critical multicultural pedagogies as vehicles to cultivate community, voice, and place for this new majority of students.

The book is a theoretically informed study of the lived experience of first generation students and draws on their voices to demonstrate how their insights interface with what educators think they know about them. What can they learn from these students? How might students' insights inform and shape the learning spaces educators create for them?

Marina Nemat discusses her memoir, Prisoner of Tehran

On November 10th PsTL and CEHD Reads hosted the third annual Common Book author event. All First Year CEHD students gathered in Northrup Auditorium for a special session of the First Year Inquiry course (PsTL 1525W) to hear Marina Nemat discuss her memoir, her childhood in Iran, her time in Evin Prison and her road of recovery. In an evening event, Nemat told the story of her childhood, her imprisonment and recovery to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public. Nemat encouraged an engaging and moving discussion that provided participants with multiple perspectives on Iran and the power of words.

October 20, 2010

FYI students make 2,000 sandwiches to feed the hungry

Jill TritesKristin CoryStudents in Jill Trites and Kris Cory's section of PsTL 1525W: First Year Inquiry (FYI) class made 2,000 sandwiches to feed the hungry on Oct. 20. In FYI, students focus on the question "How can one person make a difference?" The 2,000 sandwiches were donated to 363, a grass roots organization created by Allan Law, with the mission of feeding 2,000 homeless people in Minneapolis every day.

Law, a retired Minneapolis school teacher, spoke to the class about the level of poverty and homelessness faced in Minneapolis and his lifelong commitment to helping those in need. His message is: Treat people well, don't worry about what you can't control, and there are no excuses for not getting your work done.

September 13, 2010

Staats receives the Cynthia Peterson Article of the Year award

Susan StaatsDr. Susan Staats, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, is the recipient of the Cynthia Peterson Article of the Year award presented by the "Journal of College Reading and Learning". Staats received the award for her article "Context in an interdisciplinary algebra writing assignment" published in fall 2009. The article was co-authored by Chris Batteen, a graduate student in linguistics.

Staats and Batten analyzed responses to an interdisciplinary writing assignment to investigate the relationship between students' written portrayal of the context of a mathematics application and their mathematical argumentation. Writing about details of the application context--international funding for malaria reduction--was associated with the use of multiple data sources and with the mathematical support of an argument.

The citation for the article is:
S. Staats & C. Batteen. (2009). Context in an interdisciplinary algebra writing assignment. Journal of College Reading and Learning 40(1), 35-50.

September 7, 2010

Madyun is guest editor for special issue of Urban Education

Naim MadyunNa'im Madyun, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learing (PsTL), was a guest editor for a special issue of Urban Education, "Bringing the Neighborhood into the Classroom". Included in the issue is an article by Rashné Jehangir, assistant professor in PsTL, on the lived experiences of first generation college students and a free podcast with three of the authors (Brian Barrett, SUNY Cortland, Sheneka Williams, University of Georgia and Rashné Jehangir) discussing the role of cultural capital in American public schools.

September 3, 2010

Miksch speaks at University's New Student Convocation

Karen MikschKaren Miksch, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, was the faculty speaker at the University's New Student Convocation on September 2. Miksch spoke to the University's incoming freshman class, including the 450 new CEHD undergraduates.

Miksch's research focuses on access to higher education and legal gatekeepers impeding college access and success. During her convocation speech, she talked to the students about the transformative power of a university education, stating, "I firmly believe the most important civil rights work takes place in a classroom." Miksch also noted that CEHD's First Year Inquiry question (How can one person make a difference?) resonates with her because she believes education should be an empowering experience in which all participants "discover new solutions to inequity and injustice."

August 31, 2010

Duranczyk receives Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowship

Irene DuranczykIrene Duranczyk, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, is a recipient of the University's Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. The title of Duranczyk's project is "SocioCultural Mathematics Literacy through Statistics: The story behind the numbers, the numbers behind the story."

The Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowships aim to support a wide range of multicultural teaching and learning projects -- from those in incubation stages (thinking, researching, talking, reflecting) to those with ideas, materials, and analyses nearly ready to be shared with a range of academic and community groups.

This project will explore ways to increase mathematical literacy through statistics by using student reflections, class assignments, group projects, and focus groups for statistical power. The purpose of this classroom-based research work will be to expand understanding and practice of teaching and learning in a multicultural context. Students will not have to leave prior knowledge or their cultural identity at the classroom door but will build on their experience and knowledge.

April 26, 2010

Entry to the University facilitated by new program

Barbara HodneBarbara Hodne, Ph.D., Senior Teaching Specialist is actively involved with Entry Point Project, a new initiative of College in the Schools, a national program in which the University of Minnesota participates. This program allows high school students to receive high school and university credit concurrently for the classes they take.

For seven years, Hodne, whose background is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and American Literature, has coached high school instructors as they teach a college-level writing class through the College in the Schools program. Recently, she has been involved in the initiative Entry Point Project, launched in fall 2009 to expand College in the Schools' offerings to high school students in the academic middle, or in the 50%-80% range of their classes.

The idea for Entry Point began with Susan Henderson, director of the College in the Schools program at the University. She and Hodne had both noted the gap in college preparation classes provided to high school English language learners and other prospective first generation university students in the schools. The Entry Point Project courses now include Writing Studio, Speech, Physics by Inquiry, and Mathematical Modeling and Prediction.

April 19, 2010

Undergraduate programs foster leadership

Connect cover Through the First Year Experience, all incoming College of Education and Human Development freshmen work to identify their individual strengths. This two-semester program focuses on helping students succeed academically and socially at the University and to identify the majors and careers where they can have the most impact. The college is also academic home to the University-wide leadership minor, which provides knowledge about leadership in the context of social action and change.

Learn how these programs tap students' natural potential in the Winter/Spring issue of Connect.

February 17, 2010

Faculty, staff featured at Denver first-year experience event

Postsecondary teaching and learning instructors and Student Services staff were presenters at the 29th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in Denver Feb. 13-14. Associate professors Amy Lee and Irene Duranczyk, and Rhiannon Williams, graduate research project assistant, presented on "Excellence for All: Integrating Student Learning and Development." Associate Professor Murray Jensen, Assistant Professor Michael Stebleton, and Senior Teaching Specialist Gary Peter discussed "Food for Thought and Action: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the First-Year Inquiry." Associate Professor Catherine Wambach, Senior Teaching Specialist Jill Trites, and Students Services staff Ann Mraz, Anthony Albecker, and Carole Ann Broad addressed "Making the Connection: Improving Collaboration between Academic and Student Affairs."

January 22, 2010

Remembering David Ghere

Ghere.jpgDavid L. Ghere, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, died suddenly Sunday, January 17th, at the age of 59. He taught history at the University of Minnesota for the past 19 years, originally in the former General College.

According to his obituary, Ghere loved teaching and was passionate about helping students learn. He was attracted to the college because of its focus on developmental education. His historical research focused on American Indians during the colonial period.

Ghere is survived by his loving wife, Gail; his devoted children, Erin (Aaron), Christopher and his fiancé Alessandra and Shannon; his adoring grandson, Aidan; sisters, Dee McCollum (Jerry) of River Falls, WI and Dianne Cherry (Steve) of Arcola, IL; and a large, loving extended family.

Dave was a gentle, kind man of integrity who loved being with family. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army. He was born and raised in Arcola, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the University of Minnesota TRiO Program. In memoriam checks made to University of Minnesota Foundation. Specify in memo line: TRIO Program Fund. Send to University of Minnesota Foundation, C-M 3854, P.O. Box 70870, St. Paul, MN, 55170-3854. Bradshaw 2800 Curve Crest Boulevard, Stillwater 651-439-5511

December 3, 2009

Bush Foundation commits $4.5M for TERI

The Bush Foundation has committed up to $4.5 million to support the University of Minnesota as it restructures teacher preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Development. The Bush Foundation today announced a total of seven partnerships, which include 14 higher-education institutions, focused on transforming teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Through ongoing collaboration with K-12 schools, the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the children of Minnesota, new teachers and programs within the college. Improved partnerships with K-12 districts are designed to benefit the university, district and prospective teachers.

Teachers prepared through TERI will strongly focus on student learning and have the ability to adapt to the needs of all learners. The university will diversify its teaching candidate pool and provide pathways into its teacher preparation programs for both exceptionally qualified undergraduate students and for career changers.

The first group of prospective teachers will enter the redesigned program during summer 2011.

Read the press release

November 20, 2009

Murray Jensen presents Golden Femur

On Nov. 18, about 350 students from 10 high schools across Minnesota converged on the University of Minnesota for the culmination of their College in the Schools (CIS) class. The students competed for the Golden Femur, awarded to the team that created the most imaginative, best-produced video explaining a specific concept in anatomy and physiology. And the winners are ...

First Place, Golden Femur: Hopkins High School
Blood cells

Second Place, Silver Scapula: Eastview High School, Apple Valley

Third Place, Bronze Ulna: St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
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Students developed a script and a storyboard, selected or designed an appropriate setting, and demonstrated creative shooting and editing.

Murray Jensen, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, developed the video competition as the faculty coordinator for the University course, offered through CIS.

College in the Schools at the University of Minnesota develops partnerships between the University of Minnesota and high school teachers and administrators. Students get firsthand experience with a faster pace of study and increased academic rigor while earning university credits.

November 24, 2008

Article on Rusesabagina event

MinnPost just published an article by staff member Diane Cormany on the recent Paul Rusesabagina event.

Paul Rusesabagina kept hundreds of people from death during the Rwanda genocide
MinnPost (Minn.) Nov. 24, 2008

November 4, 2008

Rusesabagina and FYI featured in Daily

Last night's event with Paul Rusesabagina, as well as the First Year Inquiry program in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, were featured in a recent Minnesota Daily article.

Paul Rusesabagina speaks at U about making a difference
Minnesota Daily (Minn.) Nov. 4, 2008

October 13, 2008

PsTL mentioned in Strib editorial

The Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning was mentioned in a recent editorial on student preparation for college-level mathematics.

Editorial counterpoint: Colleges must teach the students they have
Star Tribune (Minn.) Oct. 9, 2008

First Year Inquiry students get a new look at food

What does it mean to buy "ocal"? How does a food product become "organic"? What is the difference between an "heirloom" tomato and a "commercial" tomato? These were just a few of the questions first-year CEHD students were encouraged to ask local growers at a recent visit to one of several farmers’ markets in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Read the full story on the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning's Web site.

September 10, 2008

In memoriam: LeRoy Gardner, Jr.

GardnerL-2007[1].jpgAs many of you know, senior teaching specialist LeRoy Gardner, Jr. (Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) passed away on Saturday, September 6, after a long battle with lung cancer. LeRoy's funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, September 11, at the Estes Funeral Chapel (2210 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis).

Following the funeral there will be a time for family and friends to gather at the Urban League (2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis), which is across the street from the Estes Funeral Chapel.

A recent Star Tribune article details LeRoy's many accomplishments and passion for teaching. He will be greatly missed by his department, the college, and the larger University community.

August 7, 2008

New book from Buturian

ButurianL-2005.jpgLinda Buturian, senior teaching specialist in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, recently published a book. Linda will be giving a reading from the book, entitled World Gone Beautiful: Life Along the Rum River, at Common Good Books this Sunday, August 10, at 3:00 p.m. and at Magers & Quinn on Friday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations Linda!

April 29, 2008

Miksch presents at AERA

MikschAssistant Professor Karen Miksch (Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) recently presented her paper "Academic Freedom and the Diversity Rational" at the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New York. She was also named the Program Chair for the AERA Law and Education SIG for the 2009 annual conference and Legal Counsel for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). She will begin her duties at the summer board meeting in June.

Higbee presents at disability conference

HigbeeJeanne Higbee, professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, presented on the topic of "Assessing the Implementation of Universal Instructional Design: Multiple Approaches" at the Pacific Rim Conference on Disability in Hawai'i this month.

April 28, 2008

Duranczyk keynotes at math and science consortium

DuranczykAssistant Professor Irene Duranczyk (Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) was an invited, keynote speaker for a conference sponsored by the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science (funded by the Pew Foundation) held in Colorado Springs at Colorado College from April 18 to 20. The focus of the three-day workshop was “Sharing best practices for serving students and faculty at Science and Math Teaching and Learning Centers." Irene’s keynote address and workshop was “Implementing Universal Instructional Design (UID) in Math and Science Teaching and Learning Centers."

Staats presents in South Africa

StaatsAssistant Professor Sue Staats (Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) was recently an invited presenter at a symposium on "Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Multilingual Classrooms" in Johannesburg, South Africa. She led teaching workshops for high school and undergraduate teachers and consulted with graduate students on their discourse research in mathematics classrooms in South Africa, Swaziland, and Malawi.

March 12, 2008

Hsu receives Morse Award

HsuL-2005[1].jpgAssociate Professor Leon Hsu (Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) has received a Morse Alumni Award from the University. The award honors outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This year's awards will be presented on Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Congratulations Leon!

February 12, 2008

African American Read-In receives $10K

During half-time of Sunday's game versus Toronto, the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to the College in support of the African American Read-In. The Read-In is an annual event in which thousands of young readers from around the world come together in groups to read works from African American authors, with the mission of promoting literacy and closing the gap between African American students and other students. The Foundation's grant will be used to purchase books and other curriculum materials to support African American Read-Ins around the state.


December 19, 2007

CEHD faculty help revise U tenure policy

Professor Bill Doherty (Family Social Science) and Assistant Professor Karen Miksch (Postsecondary Teaching and Learning) served on the University's 2006-2007 Academic Freedom and Tenure committee, a group charged with revising the University's tenure policy. The new "Procedures for Reviewing Candidates for Tenure and/or Promotion: Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty" went into effect in October.

"Tenure policy revised in historic effort"
UMN Brief (Minn.) Dec. 19, 2007

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November 19, 2007

Miksch presents at ASHE

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Karen Miksch, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, presented two papers at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in Louisville, Kentucky (November 7 to 10, 2007). She presented her case-study research on how attorneys and expert witnesses can work together more effectively in equity and access cases in a symposium titled “Crossing the Bar: Higher Education Research in Legal Cases." The panel included Professors Walter Allen, Clif Conrad, Donald Heller, and Ed St. John who all spoke about their work as experts on desegregation and access cases.

Karen also presented a paper on the legal and ethical ramifications of the student loan scandal at a Presidential Invited Panel. The other panelists were Diana Auer Jones, U. S. Department of Education Undersecretary for Postsecondary Education, and Barmak Nassarain, Director of the American Association of Registrars and Admission Officers. Karen also conducted a roundtable session at the Public Policy Forum for graduate students and others interested in how to conduct legal research to inform higher education policy.

October 23, 2007

Grier, students to present at NASP convention in spring

Assistant Professor Tabitha Grier (postsecondary teaching and learning) and educational psychology doctoral students Nicole Skaar and Julia Conkel will present a paper at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) convention in February. The paper will cover their work at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and an alternative school in Iowa.

October 9, 2007

Grier uses grant funds for career education

Tabitha Grier, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, received a Grant in Aid of Research, Scholarship, and Artistry from the University this year. Tabitha is currently using the grant funds to pilot career education in north MInneapolis at Patrick Henry High School.

August 2, 2007

Miksch: Recent publication

Karen Miksch.jpgKaren Miksch, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, recently had a chapter published.

The chapter appears in Charting the Future of College Affirmative Action: Legal Victories, Continuing
Attacks, and New Research,
a book published in July by the Civil Rights Project (currently at UCLA, formerly at Harvard University). Miksch's chapter, "Stand Your Ground: Legal and Policy Justifications for Race-Conscious
Programming," documents challenges to race-conscious outreach, summer bridge, and retention programs.

July 23, 2007

PsTL wins Outstanding Unit Award

The Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (PsTL) has been selected to receive the Outstanding Unit Award for Professional and Academic (P&A) employees for the 2006-07 academic year. Reviewers of the award nomination commented that “I thought this was an excellent nomination—-I wish I worked there!" and “I was inspired by how they have pulled together through their transition and been so deliberate about their reconstruction."

The department will receive a $1,000 professional development stipend for its P&A staff members and a plaque in recognition of the initiatives and activities that support the P&A employees within PsTL.

June 11, 2007

WPLC announces 2007 awards

Several members of the College community received awards from the Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC) this year:

  • Faculty/Staff award: Michelle Everson, Educational Psychology
  • Graduate student awards: Eva Lynn Boehm, Curriculum and Instruction; Julia Conkel, Educational Psychology; Kaoru Kinoshita, Educational Policy and Administration; and Kyoung-Ah Nam, Educational Policy and Administration.
  • Rising Star awards: Kristen McMaster, Educational Psychology; and Karen Miksch, Post Secondary Teaching and Learning.

The WPLC promotes networking, leadership, and involvement among women, through philanthropic efforts which result in the financial support of students, staff, and faculty in their scholarly pursuits.

SPS advisers prominent part of NACADA conference

Advisers from the Office of Student and Professsional Services recently attended the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Regional Conference in Duluth, making several presentations and winning an award:

  • Carole Anne Broad and Anthony Albecker presented a workshop about choices of successful students using Skip Downing’s On Course tools.
  • Amy Kampsen and Robin Murie, director of the Commanding English program, presented a session on career advising challenges with ESL/immigrant students, and helping them explore and choose appropriate majors and career paths that align with their unique needs and educational goals.
  • John Mabey presented a session with Jennifer Endres in the College of Liberal Arts and Danielle Tisinger in the College of Continuing Education on matching the expectations of students with the realities of her/his situations. The presentation was awarded as the Best of the Region, and they were asked to present the session again at the NACADA National Conference in Baltimore, MD, in October.

May 23, 2007

Moore named professor of the year by Carnegie

Randy Moore, professor of postsecondary teaching and learning, was a recipient of the 2006 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Minnesota Professor of the Year Award. The award recognizes professors for their influence on teaching and their outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduate students.

Journal post for Madyun

Na’im Madyun, assistant professor of postsecondary teaching and learning, was invited to serve in a two-year position on the editorial board of Education and Urban Society, a journal for communicating new knowledge on educational processes, controversies, research, and policy.