Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery:
Undergraduate Research In and Across the Disciplines
Thursday, November 11, 2010, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Separate registration and fee required
Workshop 1: Scaffolding Undergraduate Research into the Arts and Humanities
Although the senior thesis or capstone project is often a staple in the arts and humanities, many faculty have difficulty envisioning other models of integrating undergraduate research throughout their programs. Workshop participants will learn about three innovative models for introducing and incorporating research skills into the arts and humanities, from entry-level to senior coursework.
Jenny O. Shanahan, Director of Undergraduate Research, Bridgewater State University; Naomi Yavneh, Associate Dean, Honors and Director, Undergraduate Research, University of South Florida; and Gregory Young, Associate Provost, Montana State University
Workshop 2: Fostering Research Methodologies across the Undergraduate Experience
Sponsored by Council of Undergraduate Research
Learn how to engage students in undergraduate research and developmentally integrate research throughout the community college and four-year undergraduate curriculum and co-curriculum. Participants will adapt approaches to their own institutional contexts.
Carol Bender, Director, Undergraduate Research Programs and Related Programs, University of Arizona; Nancy Hensel, Executive Director, Council on Undergraduate Research; and James Hewlett, Professor of Biology and Director of Biotechnology, Finger Lakes Community College
Workshop 3: Undergraduate Research Outcomes in the Sciences
This workshop will engage participants in what is known about student outcomes from participating in mentored, hands-on research in the sciences. Participants will consider the impact of UR on increasing the retention of underserved students and how specific program elements contribute to these students' success. Research findings will guide discussion of how to work effectively with students in ways that authentically support the development of novice researchers.
Anne-Barrie Hunter and Sandra Laursen, Co-directors, Ethnography and Evaluation Research, University of Colorado at Boulder
Workshop 4: Developing and Assessing Interdisciplinary Research
Sponsored by the Association of Integrative Studies
Within a larger context of interdisciplinary learning, facilitators will discuss how to develop and assess interdisciplinary research opportunities for students. Participants will first examine the outcomes and the specific needs of interdisciplinary general education programs, majors, and courses. They will then turn to developing and assessing interdisciplinary research programs and receive numerous resources.
Karen R. Moranski, President, Association for Integrative Studies and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, University of Illinois at Springfield; Allen Repko, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, University of Texas at Arlington; and Rick Szostak, Professor of Economics; University of Alberta
Workshop 5: Faculty Roles in Undergraduate Research
Sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope
Workshop participants will explore strategies for moving engaged learning to the center of faculty work. Using undergraduate research as a case study, facilitators and participants will examine expanding mainstream pedagogies to include engaged learning; re-conceptualizing the faculty role as engaged teacher-scholar; and redefining faculty workloads to include a full array of high-impact experiences.
Susan Elrod, Director, Project Kaleidoscope; Jeffrey M. Osborn, Dean, School of Science, The College of New Jersey; and Elizabeth L. Paul, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stetson University
Workshop 6: Creating a Research-Rich Campus: The Role of Academic Leadership
Sponsored by American Conference of Academic Deans
Participants will address if and why undergraduate research matters; how a “research-rich” campus can enhance student learning; and how to create incentives and support for faculty engaged in collaborative or guided research. Facilitators will help participants build their own multi-year plans.
David L. Cleeton, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Joseph W. Luter, III School of Business, Christopher Newport University; Karen Erickson, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Southern New Hampshire University; Stephanie L. Fabritius, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College and Professor of Biology, Centre College; and
Laura Behling, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Interdisciplinary Programs & Professor of English at Butler University