Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Making a Difference

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues

Thursday, April 3, 2014
5:00-6:30 PM
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.

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