Lineup set for Engaged Scholarship Symposium

Organizers of Penn State's Engaged Scholarship Symposium have assembled an all-star lineup of speakers for the event, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. Registration for this free event will remain open at until March 18. In addition, for faculty, staff and students who cannot attend in person, the symposium will be streamed at online.

Hiram Fitzgerald, distinguished professor and associate provost for University Outreach at Michigan State University; Brent Yarnal, chair of the Faculty Senate, E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller professor and associate head of Geography at Penn State; Patrick Terenzini, distinguished professor of higher education and senior scientist emeritus at Penn State; and Barbara Korner, dean of Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, will share their insights and perspectives on engaged scholarship in a panel discussion moderated by Craig Weidemann, vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education.

Ken O'Donnell, administrator in Academic Affairs at California State University, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. O'Donnell works on statewide curriculum, with a focus on student engagement and success and the state’s shared coursework in general education. In 2008 he was named by the executive vice chancellor as state liaison to the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) national project, Give Students a Compass, which seeks to infuse high-impact educational practice into the lower-division college curriculum. In 2012 he created a new department in the Office of the Chancellor, leading system office work around Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives & Partnerships. The department’s work was recognized in the 2013 AAC&U publication Bringing High Impact Practices to Scale, which he co-wrote with George Kuh.

Other panel discussions will feature Penn State faculty and students, sharing their experiences with engaged scholarship and the impact those experiences have had.

For more information about the symposium, visit the symposium website at or contact Roxanne Shiels at or 814-863-5123.

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Last Updated March 04, 2014