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Postsecondary Teaching and Learning Senior Fellow Robert Poch, Ph.D., and McNair Scholar Jade Beauclair have been selected to present at the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership Conference on February 13, 2014. Their presentation, "Lessons, lessons applied: How history informs best practices for the contemporary recruitment, retention, and preparation of teachers of color," focuses on how pedagogical practices during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement continue to inform contemporary teaching strategies for the success of all students.

Learn more about the conference here.

Murray JensenMurray Jensen, associate professor in the department of Postsecondary Teaching & Learning, his College in the Schools teachers, and two mechanical engineering students are working together on an on-going project to develop a workable and inexpensive arm model for use in anatomy and physiology laboratories. The model will assist students in figuring out the physics of a Class 3 lever - which is how your knee and elbow joints operate. The key to this project is constructing a durable model at a reasonable price. Similar models are available for $500 which is too much for most high schools. This model is anticipated to cost under $50.


The Daily Circuit program on Minnesota Public Radio News addressed first-generation college students and the difficulties that may lie ahead for those being the first in their families to attend a four-year institution. Lack of familial support, money, and guidance are examples of the hurdles these students need to overcome.

Associate Professor of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, Rashne Jehangir was a guest on the program December 5th, and discussed her book, "Higher Education and First Generation Students: Cultivating Community, Voice and Place for the New Majority." Jehangir's research is primarily focused on retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation students and the transformation of teaching and learning to address intellectual, social, emotional, and student development.

Several University of Minnesota alumni called in to reflect on their experiences, as did current first-year CEHD TRIO student Cheniqua Johnson. You can listen to the broadcast here.

Murray JensenAs part of his National Science Foundation POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) project, Murray Jensen, associate professor in Postsecondary Teaching & Learning, has been invited to Melbourne, Victoria to present next week at the Australian Physiological Society International conference on the topic of the "flipped classroom," a pedagogical model where the lecture and homework portions of a course are reversed.

While there, Jensen will lead workshops and discuss examples of POGIL activities in physiology and share his expertise in the area of teaching entry-level university science projects at Deakin, LaTrobe, Monash, Flinders, and Adelaide Universities.

Jensen is currently working on how to teach anatomy and physiology in an active learning classroom. He has 51 publications in the area of teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on biology education and the first-year college transition. Learn more about Murray's work at his website:

Tabitha Grier-ReedTabitha Grier-Reed, associate professor in PsTL, hosted the 2013 Minnesota Psychological Association's President's Pre-conference on Culture, Individual Differences, and the Multiple Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy on November 9th and 11th. The workshop featured University of Minnesota School of Social Work alum Martha Aby, MBA, MSW, LICSW. Harvard psychologist Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., was the conference's keynote speaker.

Tania MitchellTania Mitchell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning presented two sessions at the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement in Omaha, NE on November 7 and 8.

The first session was titled, "Building Civic Identity: Understanding the Impact of Multi-Term Civic Engagement Programs", and was presented with Richard M. Battistoni of Providence College. The second session was titled, "Democratic and Community Engagement: A General Discussion of the Neoliberal Problem" and was presented with Sarah Brackmann of Southwestern University, Corey Dolgon of Stonehill College, and Eric Hartman of Providence College.

The theme for this year's conference focused on research informing practice in service learning and community engagement, and featured presentations on the topics of community outcomes and impact, program evaluation and assessment and synthesizing and advancing research.

For the past three years, Associate Professor David Arendale has served as project manager of the Best Education Practices Center, whose mission is the dissemination of best education practices concerning TRiO and other educational opportunity programs. The center, cosponsored by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) and the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (PsTL), has recently approved 11 promising practices after rigorous evaluation by an external expert panel, which included Associate Professor Rashne Jehangir of PsTL.

The 11 practices that were developed spanned the range of TRiO programs: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement.

To view the MAEOPP Center and learn more about the approved best practices, visit the website at

Michael StebletonAssistant Professor Mike Stebleton of the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning will be leading a presentation at the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA) conference in Rochester, MN, entitled "In Search of Belonging: Exploring Immigrant College Students' Experiences at Large 4-Year Universities." Mike will discuss highlights of his on-going qualitative study of the experiences of immigrant college students. Features include implications and strategies for student affairs practitioners and other educators who support immigrant college students.

As part of the College of Education and Human Development's CEHD Reads Common Book initiative, students and guests will attend a lecture on October 29 given by Kao Kalia Yang on her book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. The event brings together both the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (PSTL) and the College to build a years' worth of education and events around the shared question: Can one person make a difference?

To learn more about the event and CEHD Reads Common Book, please visit



Assistant Professors Mike Stebleton and Rashne Jehangir both of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning were invited to co-lead a workshop for the Academic Advising Network on October 1, 2013. Their session focused on helping academic advisers explore opportunities for scholarly publication, including exploring journal venues and steps towards publication.

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