April 04, 2014
Debra Rudder Lohe

Reinert Center Names New Faculty Fellows for 2014-2015

Lauren Arend, Ph.D., and Kenneth Parker, Ph.D., will work with staff at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning to complete projects to benefit the University.

The Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning has named its new faculty fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year: Lauren Arend, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational studies in the College of Education and Kenneth Parker, Ph.D., associate professor of theological studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Reinert Center Fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process. During the fellowship year, fellows complete a project of their own designing, which can benefit faculty from a range of disciplines and can supplement or enhance existing Reinert Center faculty development programs.

Arend's project, titled "Social Justice in Statistics? Developing Community-based Inquiry Assignments to Promote Equity in Any Course," will focus on identifying strategies and frameworks that faculty from a range of disciplines may use to develop community-based inquiry course assignments that promote social justice. The project will result in a white paper and a teaching workshop for other Saint Louis University faculty.

Parker's project will investigate the effectiveness of a new model for directing dissertations. Titled "The 'Workshop Apprentice' Model of Ph.D. Dissertation Direction," the project will undertake a systematic analysis to understand the effectiveness of the model he has been using with his own graduate students since 2007. During the fall of 2014, he will collect a variety of data on students' experiences and outcomes of his approach. In spring 2015, he will prepare a report and a workshop for other SLU faculty who may wish to employ or adapt the model for other disciplines.

Arend and Parker will join Elena Bray Speth, assistant professor of biology, who will continue serving as the Mary L. Stephen Faculty Fellow for Scholarly Teaching for another year, enhancing the Center's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) programming and launching the center's first annual SoTL Symposium.

The purpose of these fellowships is to create mutually-beneficial partnerships between center staff and SLU faculty, to foster collaboration among SLU faculty on topics related to teaching and learning, and to enhance and supplement existing center programs and resources.

For more information about these fellowships or about the center's services and programs, visit the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning website.

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