The Challenge of Engagement: Evidence of Progress in the Transformation to a Learning Centered Institution
This workshop will focus on the challenges of transforming a large state university into a learning-centered organization. Key among those is finding ways to engage the many campus constituencies in meaningful and ongoing discussion. Such discussion will embrace various configurations of students, staff, faculty, and administrators across departments, colleges, divisions, and student organizations. This workshop will help participants identify the challenges and barriers to developing a learning-centered campus and will guide participants in demonstrations of how our ‘methods of engagement’ may be used in their organizations.
This workshop will be beneficial to both faculty and administrators who are interested in how a University is transformed to be learning-centered. The challenges specific to both groups will be explored and compared. Activities will explore questions and provide working solutions that may be brought back to home campuses.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
1. Identify the process of faculty-driven transformation to learning-centeredness in a case study of one university.
2. Analyze the challenge of defining learning-centeredness across university divisions.
3. Debate the types of drivers and restrainers inherent in transforming a university to one that is learning-centered.
4. Identify successes and challenges of learning-centeredness at their own institutions.
5. Develop a roadmap of the "next step" for both the case study and their own institutions.
Dr. Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Southern Methodist University, Dallas-TX in 1991 and 1995. He joined the ECE Department at Cal Poly Pomona as an Associate Professor in 2001. His research interests are in the general area of Signal Processing, Communications and Microcontrollers. He is a member of the Faculty Learning Community on "What is a Learning-Centered University?" at Cal Poly Pomona since January 2005.
Dr. Jeanne Almaraz earned her Ph.D. in Management at the University of California, Irvine. She joined the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona in 1999, as a member of the Management and Human Resources Department. Her research interests include the Leadership of Change and the Scholarship of Teaching. She has been a member of the Faculty Learning Community since its inception in 2003.
Dr. Gil Brum, Professor of Biology, Faculty Facilitator for the Faculty Learning Community on "What is a learning-centered University?" and Chair of the University Learning-Centered Task Force. I have been a Biology Professor for 30 years, Department Chair and Associate Dean. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Dr. Kara Caldwell-Freeman is a Professor of Human Nutrition and Food Science in the College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona.
Michael Cholbi is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Cal Poly Pomona and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He works principally in moral, political, and legal philosophy. He has also recently completed a manuscript on intentional learning.
Deborah Meadows, faculty member of Liberal Studies, has contributed to the development of an interdisciplinary general education program on the Cal Poly Pomona campus as well as her current service on the Learning-Centered Institutions community. Her publications are both in the area of contemporary poetry (forthcoming essay on Rosmarie Waldrop's poetry in LIT-Verlag, Germany) and her own books of poetry.
Don St. Hilaire has been a faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona since 1991 and a member of the Learning Community team since 2003. Mr. St.Hilaire is particularly interested in learning more about how to effectively describe, analyze, and create the learning process.
Zuoyue Wang is a historian of science and technology at Cal Poly Pomona. Originally trained in physics in China, he received his PhD in the history of science from UC Santa Barbara in 1994. He lectured at UCSB and UC Berkeley before coming to CPP in 1999. His interests in learning and teaching include learning-centered approaches in the classroom and student intentional learning through research.
Photo of the Learning Community:
(L-R): Jeanne Almaraz, Don St. Hilaire, Deborah Meadows, Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu, Zuoyue Wang, Gil Brum, Kara Caldwell-Freeman, and Michael Cholbi