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A Legacy of Continuous Improvement

David Warnock was retiring after a 35-year teaching career. His teaching skills were legendary. Knowing he would be hard to replace, his department chair asked David to mentor some of the junior faculty who would take over his courses. The junior faculty members...

Just Imagine…Biases Impeding Innovation

Today we look up to Marie Curie as one of the pioneers in the study of radioactivity. She is one of only two scientists to win a Nobel Prize in two different fields (chemistry and physics). She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. But for all of her...

The Power of Ambiguity

Billy McIntyre began her class by asking students for help. “The university is drafting a policy dealing with a number of uncomfortable situations. Some of these involve actions by people that the university has honored in the past. I’ll give you a brief...

Just Imagine…Beautiful Ideas

Hedwig Kiesler was born in Vienna, Austria. She and her father often took long walks where they would talk about the inner workings of different technologies. She also learned an appreciation of the arts from her mother who was a concert pianist. Eventually, the...

Questions–and Critical Thinking in Discussions

George Winston taught an upper-level economics course on current issues. The course had a major discussion component and today’s class was the first session with students in their small-group discussion teams. George started class by saying: “Today I want you to...

Just Imagine … Breaking Barriers of Exclusion

Hertha Ayrton was the third child of eight born to a watchmaker and seamstress. Her father died when she was seven and she took on responsibilities for helping to raise her younger siblings. At the age of nine, she went to live with an aunt who ran a school in...

Making Creative Connections

Dr. Jeffrey Swank was fed up with his class. He taught a Problems in Social Science class in which students were asked to explore current issues confronting society. The in-class discussions were not going well. Mostly the students were simply regurgitating talking...

Just Imagine…Overcoming Rejection

Katalin Karikó grew up in Hungary. Her passion for service led to her earning a PhD from the University of Szeged. When her research funding in Hungary disappeared, she and her family came to America. Karikó was able to get a research appointment at Temple...

Metaphorically Speaking

Caroline Janosik began her class by saying, “I need your help. I’ve developed a new course to prepare students for the soft skills that employers are looking for in college graduates. The course is not required in any program and may not count for credit in some....