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Keynote Speech and worshops on The Importance of Critical Thinking

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS MEETING – Wednesday, August 22, 2012  10:00 to 10:30 am  SETB Lecture Hall

Description: Why does critical thinking matter?  This keynote address will serve as an overview to the significance of building critical thinking skills in college students, focusing on key trends and recent research, including the Assessment of Critical Thinking (CAT).
Susanna Calkins, Ph.D., Associate Director, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern. Calkins is a well sought after speaker on critical thinking, a coauthor of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Reflective Professional and author of many articles on fostering critical thinking. In addition to giving a talk at the Academic Affairs Meeting she will be presenting two workshops.


Workshop I
(this workshop is for general audience):
Title: Enhancing Learning through Critical Thinking Description: “Why aren’t my students thinking as critically as I would like?” 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012  1:00 to 3:00pm, SETB 3rd Floor Conference Room.

In this interactive workshop, faculty will (a) explore aspects of critical thinking, (b) identify challenges to the promotion of critical thinking, and (c) evaluate several methods for enhancing learning through critical thinking.

Food will be provided, please R.S.V.P to Gabriela Cavazos to confirm your attendance.

Workshop II
(this workshop will focus more on specific skills and assessment)
Title: Building and Assessing Critical Thinking Capacity in Our Students Description: “How can I promote critical thinking in my students?”
Thursday, August 23, 2012  9:00am to 11:00am, SETB 3rd Floor Conference Room.
In this hands-on session, faculty will (a) explore a range of strategies designed to promote critical thinking in their students, (b) identify specific strategies to adapt to their own students, and (c) develop methods for assessing critical thinking strategies.

Food will be provided, please R.S.V.P to Gabriela Cavazos to confirm your attendance.

***The workshops will be designed so that faculty can attend either or both of the sessions, with minimal overlap.

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