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April 17, 2006

Center For Teaching Faculty Fellow To Take Part In Civic Roundtable

University of Iowa associate professor and Center for Teaching Faculty Fellow Ken Brown will join a group of leading scholars and practitioners from around the country at an April 27 meeting to discuss how student development research can help schools develop better civic engagement initiatives.   

"This roundtable is going to include some impressive leaders in the field," said Associate Provost Tom Rocklin. "It's exciting that we have the opportunity to participate, and a mark of how well respected Ken is that he was invited to represent the university."

The meeting, entitled "How do Civic Engagement Efforts Impact Students? Creating a Nexus between Research Scholars and Practitioners," will be held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Its sponsors are the Spencer Foundation, which focuses on improving education through research, and the Upper Midwest Campus Compact Consortium, a coalition of the Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin members of Campus Compact. Campus Compact is a national organization committed to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service learning in higher education. 

The goals of the meeting are to identify research that might help colleges and universities improve their civic engagement initiatives; identify ways that service learning might provide useful opportunities for new research into student development; and forge new alliances between researchers and practitioners.

Brown, an associate professor of management and organizations and Huneke Faculty Research Fellow in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, participated in last year's Service Learning Faculty Institute, a week long effort to encourage, coordinate and provide support for service-learning endeavors that was sponsored by the UI's Center for Teaching.

Like other UI faculty members who participated in the institute, Brown developed courses using service-learning methodologies. In addition to the course work, Brown also developed assessment techniques to determine the impact service learning had on both faculty and students. The Center for Teaching named Brown as a Faculty Fellow to help support his service learning activities.

"We are delighted that Ken will be joining our efforts to assess the impact of service learning and other approaches to teaching and learning at Iowa," Norbert Pienta, director for the Center of Teaching and an associate professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry, said. "Ken brings expertise and enthusiasm that not only will further the center's ongoing support of teaching excellence but also will benefit the entire university as it begins a new accreditation cycle."

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