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Liberal Arts Faculty, Administrators To Consider Teacher-Scholar Model in Washington and Lee Symposium

Faculty and administrations from 29 liberal arts colleges from around the country along with representatives of three national educational organizations will gather at Washington and Lee University this month for a two-day conference on the role of faculty at liberal arts colleges.

The Washington and Lee Teacher-Scholar Symposium, funded with support of the Mellon Foundation, will bring together teams of three to five faculty and senior academic administrators from the participating institutions to examine questions about the distinctive nature of the liberal arts colleges.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by William Sullivan, senior scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Sullivan works on the Preparation for the Professions Program at the Carnegie Foundation and directs the Cross Professions Seminar, which compares education across professions. He is the author of Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America and co-author of Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Professional of Law and Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life. Prior to his work at Carnegie, Sullivan was professor of philosophy at La Salle University. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University.

In addition, Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, will address the group at a luncheon. Jaschik is one of three founders of Inside Higher Ed, an internet-based journal that focuses on higher education. Previously editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jaschik is a Cornell University graduate whose articles on colleges have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post , and Salon.

For information about the Washington and Lee Teacher-Scholar Symposium, contact Valerie Cushman, executive assistant to the president, at 540-458-8702.

Symposium schedule:

Sunday September 20

4 p.m. – Welcome, Kenneth P. Ruscio,, President Washington and Lee University

4:15 p.m. – Panel I: “Student Learning and Faculty Research: Connecting Teaching
and Scholarship”
Moderator: Steven Wheatley, Vice President, American Council of Learned Societies
Panel Members: Tom Kazee, Provost and Executive Vice President, Furman University; June Aprille, Provost, Washington and Lee University

6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Keynote Address by William Sullivan, Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Monday September 21

8:30 am. Panel II: Links Between Student and Faculty Research
Moderator: Tyler Lorig, Ruth Parmly Professor of Neuroscience, Washington and Lee University
Panel Members: Verna Miller Case, Professor of Biology, Davidson College; Stephanie Fabritius, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Centre College; Art Goldsmith, Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics, Washington & Lee University

9:45 a.m. – Panel III: Disciplinary Differences for Teacher-Scholars
Moderator: Suzanne Keen, Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English, Washington and Lee University
Panel Members: Kevin Crotty, Professor of Classics, Washington and Lee University; Marcia France, Professor of Chemistry, Washington and Lee University; Michael Harvey, Assoc. Professor of Business Management, Washington College

11:00 a.m.: Breakout sessions

Noon: Lunch & Speaker: Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed

1:45 p.m. – Panel IV: Career Stage Differences for Teacher-Scholars
Moderator: Bob Glidden, President Emeritus Ohio University 1994-2004
Panel Members: Johnnella E. Butler, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spelman College; Carol Geary Schneider, President American Association of Colleges & Universities; Elizabeth Knapp, Associate Dean of the College, Washington and Lee University

2:45 p.m. – Closing, Kenneth P. Ruscio, President Washington and Lee University