An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012
Free to attend. RSVP requested by Monday, March 31, 2014.
Only 27% of college students end up in careers reflecting their disciplinary degree1. For the environment side of natural science, it’s 48%2. The average person changes careers 2–3 times3.
Is a laser focus on disciplinary knowledge and associated skill sets a wise academic choice; one that gives students all of the tools they’ll need to be successful?
What about the career, professional, and life skills – the essentials that everyone needs, and no course teaches? Effective communication, team-based experience, organizing, leadership, listening, connecting and networking, visioning, creating a clear idea, selling it. The list is long.
Join us for a discussion of how — and why — blending essential skills into coursework can make a difference to student learning.
- Emer Dooley, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Foster School of Business
- Francesca Lo, Director, Husky Leadership Initiative
- Sean McDonald, Lecturer/Capstone Instructor, Program on the Environment; Research Scientist, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
- Jennifer Turns, Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
MGT is an evening series offering graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, interactive, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.
Each MGT focuses on a single “30,000 foot” issue: What is interdisciplinary? The role of facts versus values. Can personalized teaching be objective teaching? Saving STEM.
Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, attendees have a chance to mix and mingle before settling down to a 30-minute “fast panel” of 3–5 faculty, each delivering thought — and conversation — provoking answers. With time for both structured and social interaction, MGT presents an opportunity for everyone to have a say, make a contact, find a shared direction, and learn something new.
Wanting more follow-up? We’ll wrap up the session with time for more one-on-one interaction, giving everyone time to grab a speaker for a final comment.