Regional Symposium Explores Educating For Global Citizenship

Posted: May 21, 2013

Among the three goals affirmed in Gannon University’s 2013-17 Strategic Plan is the development of a worldview. In recognition of the importance of globalization to Gannon and to the educational community at-large, “Educating For Global Citizenship” is the theme of the University’s seventh annual Regional Symposium on May 22.

During the Symposium’s two sessions, participants will explore the frameworks, components and kinds of thinking and acting that comprise global learning. The Symposium will also provide a forum to discuss models and habits that can be used to engage students and faculty in the ways of becoming a global citizen and help participants to develop a conceptual framework for global learning and outcomes that can be applied in individual courses or programs.

The Symposium’s keynote speaker is Indira Nair, Ph.D., vice provost for education emeritus at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and the chair of the Global Learning Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges & Universities.

Dr. Nair’s awards and accomplishments include being voted a Woman of Distinction by the National Association of Women in Higher Education and receiving the George Morgan Award for Creativity and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Education by Brown University. She is the co-author of Journey of Women in Science and Engineering. No Universal Constants, (Temple University Press, 1997).

Participants in the Symposium are encouraged to bring examples of their own work in courses, and will discuss the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges presented by this new frontier in education. Gannon University’s Seventh Annual Regional Symposium will be held in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Interested persons may register online at www.gannon.edu/Regional_Symposium.

Gannon’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) was created through a U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant to encourage effective delivery of interactive and technology-based learning strategies in the curriculum while developing faculty competence in instructional technology. At the conclusion of the grant, the University continued to fund CETL and expand its focus to include all aspects of teaching excellence through professional development opportunities and innovation in teaching and technology.

For more information about CETL, visit www.gannon.edu/Academic-Offerings/Personal-and-Professional-Development/Centeror- Excellence-in-Teaching-and-Learning.