Reinvention Center National Conference - Tradition, Innovation, and Creativity: Undergraduate Learni

Venue: Doubletree Hotel Crystal City

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 12, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 13, 2010
Registration Date: Nov 10, 2010
Early Registration Date: Oct 01, 2010
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Transforming Undergraduate Education in America’s Research Universities

Doubletree Hotel Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22202
telephone: 1(703)416-4100
fax: 1(703)416-4126

About the Reinvention Center and the Conference
The Reinvention Center is a national consortium of research universities established in 2000 and inspired by the Boyer Commission report, Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America’s Universities (1998). This meeting of research university faculty, administrators and professional staff, as well as officials from professional societies and funding agencies, with be the fifth major biannual conference sponsored by the Reinvention Center.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for research universities to take stock of the reforms and advances in undergraduate education, to highlight approaches and practices that have produced significant results, and to build on these experiences to further the “revinventing” process. The overarching goals is continue the process of determining how the research university environment of discovery can creativity can shape and add distinctive value to undergraduate education and to use the knowledge gained to improve curricular and pedagogical practices.

The conference will feature four keynote speakers and accompanying topic sessions that address areas identified as high priorities by Reinvention Center constituents: Science and Technology, Performing Arts, Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom, and Assessment.

Who Should Attend
The conference is directed at university faculty, provosts, deans, chairs, and other administrators and professional staff with responsibility for aspects of undergraduate education. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are also invited to attend, as are colleagues from professional societies, accrediting bodies, businesses, government, and educational and funding organizations. Campuses are encouraged to bring institutional teams with individuals representing an array of units and responsibilities for delivering or assessing undergraduate education. Teams may include faculty from all disciplines and schools; library faculty; administrators; professionals associated with teaching resource centers and with undergraduate research, honors, and other special programs; individuals with pedagogical expertise, individuals with technological expertise; institutional research and planning professionals; graduate students; and others who are critically involved in undergraduate education.



8:30-8:45 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session A

8:45-10:00: PLENARY ADDRESS: Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas

10:00-10:30: Break and Networking

10:30-12:00: Topic Sessions A
A1) Science and Technology I:
Ilesanmi Adesida, Dean of Engineering at University of Illinois
Richard Miller, President of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, to discuss institutional collaboration on reforming engineering education
A2) Science and Technology II:
Matthew Santirocco, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor of Classics, and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies, New York University
Dianne Rekow, Provost, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, to present a new program in Abu Dhabi exploring innovation, entrepreneurship, and how to do business in science and engineering
A3) Performing Arts: “Art is For Everyone: Shaping an Arts Initiative for a Research University”
Jonathan Berger, Denning Family Provostial Professor, Billie Bennett Achilles Professor of Music, William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Co-Director, Arts Initiative, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts
Bryan Wolf, Jeanette and William Hayden Jones Professor in American Art and Culture, Co-Director, Arts Initiative, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts
A4) Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom:
Sanjeev Chatterjee, Vice Dean & Executive Director of the Knight Center for International Media, School of Communication, University of Miami
A5) Assessment: “Writing-to-Learn: A Tool for Strengthening and Assessing Undergraduate Learning and Engagement”
Moderator: Robert Thompson, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
Panelists: Greg Bothun, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oregon;
Christopher Thaiss, Clark Kerr Presidential Chair, Professor, and Director of the University Writing Program, University of California, Davis

12:30-2:00: LUNCH

Session B

2:00-3:15: PLENARY ADDRESS: “Nothing in Education Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution”
David Sloan Wilson, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University

3:15-3:30: Break and Networking

3:30-5:00: Topic Sessions B
B1) Science and Technology I: “Initiatives at the A. James Clark School of Engineering to Engage the Next Generation of Engineers”
Moderator: W.L. Fourney, Associate Dean of Engineering, University of Maryland
Panelists: Kevin Calabro, Keystone Instructor, Clark School of Engineering on “Knowing When to Invest: Getting the Most Out of Your Resources”;
Paige Smith, Director, Women in Engineering on “Increasing the Number of Women Engineering Graduates”
B2) Science and Technology II: Follow Up to Plenary Session on Evolution
David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University
B3) Performing Arts I: The BIG Idea: A Collaborative Model for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland
Susie Farr, Executive Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Daniel MacLean Wagner, Professor and Director, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
B4) Performing Arts II: “Meeting Place of the Disciplines”
Caleen Jennings, Chair, Department of Performing Arts, American University
B5) Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom: “Digital Pedagogy and the Rise of the Fifth Estate”
Virginia Kuhn, Associate Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, USC
B6) Assessment: “Using Writing to Improve and Measure Learning in STEM Courses”
Research Faculty, Session to be led by Faculty in the Biological Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Environmental Sciences


Session C

8:30-9:45: PLENARY ADDRESS: “In Search of Creative Solutions: What, in an age of diminishing resources, does it mean for a university to be mission-centered and market-smart?”
Robert Zemsky, Chair, The Learning Alliance for Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania

9:45-11:15: Topic Sessions C
C1) Science and Technology I: “Skynet: Opening the Heavens to Everyone Everywhere”
Daniel Reichart, Director of the Skynet Robotic Telescope, Director of PROMPT and Morehead Observatory, Associate Professor of Physics at UNC Chapel Hill
C2) Science and Technology II: “Educating Science Entrepreneurs”
Cyrus Taylor, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics, Case Western Reserve University
C3) Performing Arts:
Madeline Puzo, Dean, School of Theatre, University of Southern California, to discuss the development of a new major called Visual and Performing Arts Studies
C4) Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom I: “Sustainability and Student Learning: Education for the Future”
Geoffrey Chase, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, San Diego State University
C5) Assessment: “Assessing General Education: Contributing, Collaborating, and Creating a Rich On-line Resource,”
Moderator: Matthew Serra, Director of Assessment, Trinity College, Duke University
Panelists: Kara Penfield, Director of Academic Assessment, Office of Accreditation and Assessment, University of Miami;
Christopher Thaiss, Clark Kerr Presidential Chair, Professor, and Director of the University Writing Program, University of California-Davis

LUNCH 11:30-1:00pm

Session D

1:00-2:15: PLENARY ADDRESS: Steven Tepper, Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy, Vanderbilt University, on Science & Technology, Performing Arts, and Experiential Learning

2:15-3:45: Topic Sessions D
D1) Science and Technology:
John O’Brien, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, USC, Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life
D2) Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom: “New Models for Learning In and Out of the Classroom,”
Lynne O’Brien, Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services, Perkins Library, Duke University
D3) Assessment: "ePortfolios, Rubrics, and Tools: Contributing, Collaborating, and Creating a Rich On-line Resource,"
Judith Ouimet, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Indiana University on ePortfolios, Rubrics, and Tools
Panelists: Julie Reynolds, Mellon Lecturer in Writing & Biology;
Gail Ring, Director, ePortfolio Program, Clemson University
D4) Performing Arts: “New Technologies, New Pedagogies”
John McGowan, Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Director, Institute for the Arts & Humanities, University of North Carolina


Additional Information

Registration Fees: Received before October 1 Member Institutions Faculty and administrators $250 Graduate and undergraduate students $130 Nonmember Institutions Faculty and administrators $450 Graduate and undergraduate students $200 Received after October 1 Member Institutions Faculty and administrators $290 Graduate and undergraduate students $170 Nonmember Institutions Faculty and administrators $490 Graduate and undergraduate students $240 November 11 - Full-Day Pre-Conference UVP Meeting There is no fee for participants from member institutions to attend this meeting. The registration fee for participants from nonmember institutions is $125. Accommodations We have reserved a block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City. To make reservations for the group rate, please call 1(703)416-4100 or 1(800)222-TREE and refer to the Reinvention Center Conference. Conference Meals Your conference registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13. If you have made special dietary requests, please inform the server at the time you are seated for the plated meals, or stop by the conference center information desk to inform the staff. Cancellation Policy The Reinvention Center will refund the registration fee, less a $50 processing fee, if cancellations are received in writing on or before October 1, 2010. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after October 1. Registration fees are transferable within an institution. All cancellations and requests to transfer registrations must be made in writing. To Register for the Conference: For additional information and concerns please contact: The Reinvention Center University of Miami 240 Ashe Building 1252 Memorial Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146 telephone: 1(305)284-3998 fax: 1(305)284-6917