QEP Speaker Series on Critical Thinking in the Disciplines
Arts (Talk: March 10thfrom 4:30-6:00)
Rick Davis, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Professor of Theatre
George Mason University
Talk title: “Everyone’s a Critic(al Thinker): Bringing Artistic Practice to the Gen Ed Classroom”
**Dr. Davis previously served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at Mason, where he focused on improving general education at the university, and as Artistic Director for the award-winning Theatre of the First Amendment in Washington, D.C.
Humanities (Talk: March 9thfrom 4:30-6:00)
Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Ph.D.
Dean of the Mandel Honors College
Mandel Professor of Humanities
Cleveland State University
Talk title: “If Everyone Does It, How Do We Do It Differently?: Critical Thinking in the Humanities Classroom”
**Dr. Lehfeldt is also past Vice President of the Teaching division of the American Historical Association.
Math (Talk: March 12thfrom 11-12:30)
Oscar Fernandez, Ph.D.
Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Mathematics
Talk Title: “Is the Earth Flat? Why and How to Teach Critical Thinking in Mathematics and STEM”
**Dr. Fernandez is also the Faculty Director of their teaching center and the Faculty Director of their Andrew W. Mellon Grant for Evidence-Based Teaching Innovations. He has also written Everyday Calculus (Princeton UP), The Calculus of Happiness (Princeton UP), and Calculus Simplified (Princeton UP).
Social Sciences (Talk: March 5thfrom 4:00-5:30)
Stephen Chew, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Talk Title: “What Cognitive Research Says (and Doesn’t Say) about Creating Critical Thinkers”
**Dr. Chew has been honored as both U.S. Professor of the Year and the Alabama Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and he has won both the Robert S. Daniel Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Psychological Association and the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychology Foundation. Finally, he is a Fellow of the Teaching Division of the APA as well.
STEM (CTalk: March 4thfrom 3:00-4:30)
Dr. Kimberly Tanner
Professor of Biology
San Francisco State University
Talk Title: “Assessing How Individuals Organize Disciplinary Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Expertise among Undergraduates”
**Dr. Tanner is a renowned researcher of science education and is one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the country on evidence-based STEM teaching.
August 12th and 13th 2020 via Zoom
More information about the FACT Institute
The FACT Institute is an important part of the University of Mississippi’s ThinkForward Quality Enhancement Plan. This workshop is the second in an annual series of summer workshops dedicated to exploring the role of critical thinking in higher education, our university, and our classrooms. The FACT Institute plays a critical role in strengthening our approaches to teaching for critical thinking.
During the event opportunities for upcoming grants for enhancing critical thinking pedagogy will be introduced. In particular, attendees of the FACT Institute will be eligible to submit a proposal for a FACT grant, which provides $4000 for individuals (more for departmental teams) to redesign a lower-division course or courses they will be teaching in Spring 2021. Redesigns should include, but are not limited to, course outcomes, assignments, and teaching methods, with an eye toward revising these elements to enhance critical thinking. Participants must attend both sessions of the FACT Institute in order to be eligible for this opportunity.
During the 2019-20 academic year, 23 colleagues from 9 different departments across the university received FACT grants, either as individuals or part of departmental teams, to redesign courses to enhance critical thinking.
Wednesday, August 12th
11:00 Overview of the QEP
- Elements of the Program, including Grant Programs
- Assessment Components
- Where We Are Now
11:30 Amanda Baker (Iowa State University) and Kari Taylor (Springfield College), keynote address on “productive discomfort” and the development of critical thinking skills
12:45 Assessing Critical Thinking in Our Courses
Thursday, August 13th
11:00 Panel of Previous FACT Grant Awardees with Q&A
12:00 Panel of Previous CTR Grant Awardees with Q&A
12:45 Brainstorming Session for Proposal Development
Please contact Josh Eyler at email@example.com if you have any questions about the event.
Faculty Approaches to Critical Thinking (FACT) Institute
with Peter Facione and Carol Gittens
Thursday 15 August, Jackson Avenue Center, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Workshop Luncheon – Enhancing Our Students’ Critical Thinking Skills:
What the Research Shows and How to Apply It to Our Classrooms with Josh Eyler
Thursday 5 September, Student Union Ballroom, 11:45 – 1:00
Slides from the event (including a list of references)
Luncheon – QEP Funding Opportunities for Faculty,
Graduate Students, and Staff with Josh Eyler
Wednesday 11 September, Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom, 11:45 – 1:00
Workshop Luncheon – Designing Courses for Critical Thinking,
Part I: Learning Goals and Course Structure with Josh Eyler
Tuesday 8 October, Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom, 11:45 – 1:00