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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