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IU Northwest to host Fall 2010 Convocation on Friday, Oct. 8

Ken Bain, Ph.D., author of What the Best College Teachers Do, to deliver keynote address


Top-selling Harvard University Press book What the Best College Teachers Do.

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Top-selling Harvard University Press book What the Best College Teachers Do.

Indiana University Northwest’s fifth annual Fall Convocation will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. Keeping students’ needs central to this traditional autumn gathering, the theme for this year’s event will be “Enhancing Student Success.” The keynote speaker will be Ken Bain, Ph.D., author of the top-selling Harvard University Press book What the Best College Teachers Do.

This year’s Convocation will present an educational program focused on developing strategies for maximizing student success, as well as discussions on best teaching practices and ways to enhance the learning process. The event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the IU Northwest Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching.

IU Northwest faculty, staff and students, as well as the greater Northwest Indiana community, are encouraged to attend this illuminating academic event.

Bain is the Vice Provost for University Learning and Teaching, Director for the Research Academy for University Learning, and Professor of History at Montclair State University, located in New Jersey.

He has been the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University; the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University; the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University; and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair. 

His recently published book What the Best College Teachers Do won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society, and has been one of the top-selling books on higher education. The book has been translated into 10 languages.

Bain has received awards from the Harry S. Truman Library, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the International Studies Association, among others.

He is currently completing his third book on U.S. relations with the Middle East, entitled The Last Journey Home: Franklin Roosevelt and the Middle East.

IU Northwest is pleased to welcome Dr. Bain to campus for the Fall 2010 Convocation. A book signing and reception will follow in the Savannah Center lobby. Copies of Bain’s book are available for purchase in the IU Northwest Bookstore.

The Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium is located in the Savannah Center on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

Diversity and Education Celebration

Another enlightening and educationally focused event will take place at the IU Northwest campus in late October.  The featured event, held Tuesday, Oct. 26, will focus on creating cultural competencies in the classroom.

The IU Northwest School of Education and the Office of Diversity Programming will host Roger Cleveland, Ph.D., as the guest presenter for the event held in the Library Conference Center (Room 105 ABC). The event is entitled, “‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ Creating Culturally Competent Education in the 21st Century.” The lecture and Q&A will focus on the idea of creating environments that are responsive to the needs of diverse learners.

Individuals attending the event will discuss how cultural competency has implications for policy, programming, perspectives, personnel and practices in the field of higher education.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.; breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The lecture will start promptly at 9 a.m. The event is free, but all interested individuals must pre-register. Only the first 100 individuals will be accepted.

Teachers who attend this presentation can gain professional growth points for license renewal.

Cleveland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Prior to joining EKU, he served as an Assistant Professor at Morehead State University. He is credited with enhancing opportunities for pre-service teachers through culturally responsive program initiatives and modeled practices.

He served as Director of the Division of Federal Programs and Instructional Equity in the Kentucky Department of Education. Cleveland has also worked with inner city youth as an academic and social intervention counselor with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative in Cincinnati Public Schools. He held the position of academic advisor for Middle Tennessee State University.

Cleveland’s research interests include the academic performance of African American students, African Americans in rural Appalachian schools, urban Appalachians and teacher expectations

Register for the event by contacting Karen Downing in the IU Northwest School of Education at (219) 980-6689 or downingk@iun.edu.

The Library Conference Center is located on the southeast corner of campus at 35th Avenue and Broadway in Gary.



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Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do, to keynote Fall Convocation on Oct. 8.