Spring Faculty Forum 2016 – Dialogues and Discourse: Liberal Education Today

SFF 2016Keynote Speaker

Bill Spellman, Director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) will be our guest and keynote speaker for the March 3-4, 2016 Spring Faculty Forum. Dr. Spellman is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in early modern English history. He served as Dean of Humanities at UNC Asheville from 2002-2008 and has been a faculty member in history since 1988, serving as chair from 1998-2001. Dr. Spellman has been involved with COPLAC since 2001 and was appointed full-time director in March 2009. He has provided the following abstract for his keynote address, “Liberal Arts & Professional Programs: The COPLAC Consensus”:

Liberal arts colleges are typically associated with specific disciplines/majors in the humanities, natural sciences, and humanistic social sciences. Public liberal arts colleges and universities embrace a more inclusive view of the liberal arts. This 21st century approach to teaching and learning transcends disciplinary affiliations and builds on the classical notion of skills “befitting a free person” in a participatory democracy. Today these skills are embedded in a variety of professional or applied fields, and in opportunities for civic learning and engagement that distinguish our “public” liberal arts sector.

Schedule of events

  • Thursday, March 3
    • Reception at 5:00 p.m. in the PAC Restaurant
    • Fireside Conversation in Brookens Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. featuring an interview with Bill Spellman and Chancellor Susan Koch.
  • Friday, March 4, noon – 4:00 p.m., PAC C/D
    • Lunch & check-in (noon)
    • Keynote – Dr. Bill Spellman (1:00 p.m.)
    • Faculty panel
      • Dr. Robert Blankenberger, Assistant Professor, Public Administration
      • Dr. Meagan Cass, Assistant Professor, English & Modern Languages
      • Dr. Gwen Jordan, Associate Professor, Legal Studies
      • Dr. Nathan Steele, Associate Professor, Management
    • Faculty dialogues

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