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English Summary

Friday, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
“STEM vs. STEAM: What’s at Stake for Us and Our Students?”
Cengage LearningDr. Cheryl Glenn, Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Friday, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
“Using OER to Build Course Materials: Best Practices and Considerations”
Cengage LearningCheryl Costantini, Vice President of Content Strategy, Cengage Learning

Saturday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
“Critical Thinking and Learning Outcomes: How to Approach Students with New Types of Thinking”
William (Bill) Sizemore, English, Humanities, and Fine Arts Instructor, Lamar Institute of Technology


Friday, February 24th, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

“STEM vs. STEAM: What’s at Stake for Us and Our Students?”

The twenty-first century emphasis on success—on professional status, income, and security—has shifted our attention from the kinds of courses that will make us better critical thinkers, more humane human beings, and actively engaged citizens to courses that will secure our financial future. Hence, we are now experiencing an emphasis on increasing the number of STEM graduates, those majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math. What does this emphasis mean for us in the Liberal Arts? for our student majors? for the future of the Humanities?

Dr. Cheryl Glenn, Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Dr. Cheryl Glenn, The Pennsylvania State UniversityCheryl Glenn is widely known for her scholarship, leadership, and teaching. Besides authoring The New Harbrace Guide: Genres for Composing and co-authoring The Harbrace Handbooks, she is author of the prize-winning Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance; Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence; Rhetorical Education in America; Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and Feminism; Rhetoric and Writing in the New Century; and several other titles. Dr. Glenn’s rhetorical scholarship has earned her many awards, including three National Endowment for the Humanities awards, the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Richard Braddock Award, Rhetoric Review’s Outstanding Essay Award, Best Book/Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and Rhetorician of the Year. She has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Composition, President of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition; President of the Global Society of Women in Discourse and Rhetoric, Chair of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition; and a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly and the CCCC and NCTE Executive Committees. Dr. Glenn’s teaching and scholarship have earned her six university teaching and mentoring awards as well as the 2007 Rhetorician of the Year Award.


Friday, February 24th, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m..

“Using OER to Build Course Materials: Best Practices and Considerations”

This session will discuss Cengage’s approach to addressing the affordability of course materials. We will share what we’ve learned about Open Educational Resources (OER) from our use and integration of OER into new solutions. Best practices will be explored including search and discovery, sustainability, learning design, and assessment considerations. The role of the library, how to use content across multiple departments, and why Cengage is getting involved will be examined.

Cheryl Costantini, Vice President of Content Strategy, Cengage Learning

Cheryl Costantini, Cengage LearningCheryl Costantini currently leads content initiatives for content re-use and product creation, as well as designs content-driven strategies, product, and business models. Throughout her career, Cheryl has been passionate about helping educators create effective and engaging courses. She enjoys keeping up with the evolving needs of learners and instructors in Higher Education and how new tools can improve issues of access and outcomes for students. Cheryl received a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and earned an M.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University. Cheryl currently resides in Exeter, New Hampshire with her husband, son, and daughter. She enjoys hiking, running, and reading.


Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

“Critical Thinking and Learning Outcomes: How to Approach Students with New Types of Thinking”

Critical thinking is the “new” norm in academia, where our learning objectives and outcomes must speak to these standards and how best to achieve them. This presents both challenge and opportunity for student and faculty member alike. In order to attain these higher levels of student thinking, we must present them with new approaches to complex issues and problem solving. Adopting new and/or different ways of thinking can be challenging, especially those coming from a secondary system so focused on “teaching to the test,” rather than a heuristic approach to learning. In colleges with open enrollment, we frequently receive students unprepared for the types of thinking that are required in an academic as well as a workplace setting. This presentation will discuss some of the recent scholarship into pedagogical best practices and methods for introducing higher levels of critical thinking to students (and faculty), as well as offer a roundtable discussion with audience members regarding ways in which they currently implement these ideas in their own courses.

William (Bill) Sizemore, English, Humanities, and Fine Arts Instructor, Lamar Institute of Technology

William "Bill" Sizemore, Lamar Institute of TechnologyThe majority of Bill’s life has been west of the Rockies, mostly in Washington State as both a soldier and a police officer. He moved to Texas in 2004, and began his teaching career in 2007. He has an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in visual design and illustration, and a master’s degree in English. He currently teaches English, Humanities, and Fine Arts for Lamar Institute of Technology. He is an avid artist and writer and engages in creative endeavors at every opportunity time affords away from his wife and three children.

 

 

English Section Co-Chairs:
Mary Messer Sizemore, Lamar Institute of Technology
and
Jeff Tix, Wharton County Junior College