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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

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A Physicist In Honors, Len Zane Oct 2000

A Physicist In Honors, Len Zane

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I have been asked to provide a retrospective connecting my recent decision to resign as dean of the Honors College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with my involvement in NCHC as a proponent for the inclusion of more and better mathematics and science in honors education. My career in honors began in 1985 when I was appointed the first director of UNL V's Honors Program and formally ended this past summer with my return to the Physics Department at UNL V. During the period between the Pittsburgh conference in 1995 and the San Francisco conference in ...


The Curiosity Shop (Or, How I Stopped Worrying About Delta Shapes And Started Teaching), Susan Tomlinson Oct 2000

The Curiosity Shop (Or, How I Stopped Worrying About Delta Shapes And Started Teaching), Susan Tomlinson

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There is a program on the Food Network called "Cooking Live." I happen to be a regular watcher of this very informative show, which is hosted by a personable and knowledgeable chef named Sara Moulton. What sets this particular cooking show apart from the others is that it is less about entertainment than it is about actually teaching the viewer how to make proper pancakes, or how to chop an onion, or how long chicken can marinate safely at room temperature. (I think I remember Sara saying one half-hour, tops, though the FDA says never.) It is a wonderful mix ...


Creative Approaches To Teaching Science In An Honors Setting, Ursula Shepherd Oct 2000

Creative Approaches To Teaching Science In An Honors Setting, Ursula Shepherd

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There are many reasons to teach science literacy in a University Honors Program. As our program director, Dr. Rosalie Otero, stated when asked why she has made such a strong commitment to incorporating the teaching of science into our program at the University of New Mexico:

It is difficult to envision how one will be able to live effectively in the twenty-first century without having achieved scientific literacy. While every educated person will certainly not be a scientist, every educated person must possess sufficient knowledge of the scientific method and of fundamental concepts of the natural sciences to make informed ...


A Biochemist In Honors, Dail Mullins Oct 2000

A Biochemist In Honors, Dail Mullins

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In 1984-quite unlike the depressed protagonist of George Orwell's novel-I found myself happily ensconced as a senior research associate in the department of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I had received my Ph.D. in biochemistry from the same institution nine years earlier; had left for two years to do a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of cancer biology at Georgetown University and the National Institutes of Health; but had returned to U AB at the invitation of my doctoral mentor, Jim Lacey, to work on a project grant he had been ...


An Nsf -Funded Opportunity For Pre-Service Science Teachers, Lillian Mayberry, Jack Bristol Oct 2000

An Nsf -Funded Opportunity For Pre-Service Science Teachers, Lillian Mayberry, Jack Bristol

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During the fall semester of 1995, a unique partnership opportunity was presented to the Colleges of Science and Education at the University of Texas at EI Paso (UTEP). A National Science Foundation Request for Proposals was received from the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). It required Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education to form collaboratives involving the improvement in the preparation of K -12 science and mathematics teachers: A Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (CETP). Although unknown at the time, this would result in Honors education opportunities for students seeking teacher certification.


Grant Support From The National Science Foundation To Improve Undergraduate Education For All Students In Science And Mathematics, Engineering And Technology, Herbert Levitan Oct 2000

Grant Support From The National Science Foundation To Improve Undergraduate Education For All Students In Science And Mathematics, Engineering And Technology, Herbert Levitan

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

The articles in this special issue of the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council focus on honors courses and programs that include science, mathematics and/or technology education in an innovative way. My objective is to describe a program offered by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education that supports the development of such courses and programs. In addition, I will indicate several reasons why faculty associated with honors programs may be particularly well positioned to submit competitive proposals to this program, as well as particular challenges that proposals from honors programs may face.


A Humanist In Honors: Another Look At Catherine Cater, Paul Homan Oct 2000

A Humanist In Honors: Another Look At Catherine Cater, Paul Homan

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In 2000 Catherine Cater marks her 55th year of teaching, a career which began in 1945 upon completion of her Ph.D. in English at the University of Michigan. Since 1962 she has taught at North Dakota State University, and although she officially retired from the faculty in 1982, she has continued to teach philosophy, direct humanities tutorials, and advise students on a volunteer basis. When the faculty at NDSU recognized her with the university's most prestigious teaching award, they made note of her role as the embodiment of the teacher-scholar "who has kept alive the tradition of liberal ...


Editorial Matter For Volume 1, Number 2, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton Oct 2000

Editorial Matter For Volume 1, Number 2, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton

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Editorial Policy
Contents
Call for Papers
Submission Guidelines
Dedication
Editor’s Introduction, Dail Mullins
About the Authors


An Nih- And Nsf -Funded Program In Biological Research For Community College Students, Thomas P. Arnold, Frances A. Frierson, Neil Sebacher Jr. Apr 2000

An Nih- And Nsf -Funded Program In Biological Research For Community College Students, Thomas P. Arnold, Frances A. Frierson, Neil Sebacher Jr.

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In a program supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, selected students in biology courses at Valencia Community College actively pursue the scientific method in a series of laboratory exercises. Results are then published as reports written in the format of a scientific paper. Faculty from the disciplines of biology and English composition evaluate students' work. Students are required to collaborate and present findings as if they are researchers. Students interested in science careers can subsequently enroll in a research training course, upon completion of which they are eligible for a summer internship ...


Empathy And The Questioning Spirit In Liberal Education: Reports From The Field, Sara Varhus Apr 2000

Empathy And The Questioning Spirit In Liberal Education: Reports From The Field, Sara Varhus

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Current justifications of liberal education usually take one of two tacks: itemizing the applicable skills that students derive from a liberal education, or asserting that it is liberal education that society must look to for the capacity for community or citizenship. The former is an argument probably worth making because it appeals to the preoccupations of students, parents, and employers, but it is the second that reveals the relevance, for our time, of liberal education. Bruce Kimball argues that this latter focus on the virtues instilled by education de-emphasizes rational inquiry and the individual pursuit of truth in what he ...


Serious Play, Paul Strong Apr 2000

Serious Play, Paul Strong

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Among the arts, perhaps only music shares the power to console; moreover, the times we wish for such succor are usually not nearly as dramatic as an untimely death. A simple example: when, by the luck of the draw, I have a collection of students who refuse to meet me halfway and engage in the work most classes do willingly and with pleasure, my thoughts turn to the matador Pedro Romero in The Sun Also Rises who gets a bull which does not see well. Such a bull makes it impossible to do one's best work, for such a ...


Labors Of Love, Samuel Schuman Apr 2000

Labors Of Love, Samuel Schuman

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I want to speculate a bit about some of the connections between liberal learning and work. This might, at first, seem what those of us in early English literature would call a metaphysical conceit-the yoking together by violence of two seemingly unconnected concepts; an odd connection, in other words. I've been thinking about "work" a lot these days-as I get closer to retirement-because it is a notion which seems to link together a number of things happening in higher education generally, in my college in particular, and in my personal responses to both.


Catherine's Plenty, Samuel Schuman Apr 2000

Catherine's Plenty, Samuel Schuman

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This volume grows out of a session at the Fall, 1999 annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) in Orlando, Florida. There, surrounded by the delightful distractions of theme parks and tropical autumn weather, a group of academics with strong ties to the Honors movement in American higher education offered a diverse and stimulating range of perspectives on liberal learning as we move into a new century, a new millennium. The presenters included Honors faculty and directors, college presidents and deans, an important official of the national Endowment for the Humanities and the past editor of the NCHC ...


Introduction To Section Two: Styles Of Learning, Anne Ponder Apr 2000

Introduction To Section Two: Styles Of Learning, Anne Ponder

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The National Collegiate Honors Council has redesigned its national conference periodically, and one of those metamorphoses in the 1980s introduced sessions with "master teachers". The session I remember now, years later, was led by Catherine Cater. This "master teacher" modeled most of what the rest of us have spent our careers emulating. And so, it is fitting that this central section of this volume takes up key topics in teaching and learning. Gabelnick, Braid, and Levy were not available to attend the October, 1999 panel in Orlando; their work appears here for the fi rst ti me.


Introduction To Section Three: Work And Play, Anne Ponder Apr 2000

Introduction To Section Three: Work And Play, Anne Ponder

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Throughout our work on this volume, our own sense of unfolding possibility was buoyed by what we have learned from Catherine Cater. Her keen insights are always-always-offered with a sense of wonder and delight at what we may come to know.
Sam Schuman has captured just such a moment in his peroration, but not before explicating the idea of work, especially work in an academic setting. The balance in the rigorous work we undertake ourselves and the work we require of and inspire in others is found in his title, Labors of Love.
Paul Strong's eloquent essay begins and ...


Introduction To Section One: Collegiate Instruction, Anne Ponder Apr 2000

Introduction To Section One: Collegiate Instruction, Anne Ponder

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Just as Catherine Cater's intellect has never been bounded by a single discipline, field, or approach, these three of her colleagues move well beyond Honors in their contributions to this volume. Wherever Honors flourishes within a college or university, the whole institution is improved by its presence.


Leading A College As A Liberal Arts Practice, Leon Malan, Judith Muyskens, Anne Ponder, Ann Page Stecker Apr 2000

Leading A College As A Liberal Arts Practice, Leon Malan, Judith Muyskens, Anne Ponder, Ann Page Stecker

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A common and rather prevalent model for leading and planning in higher education is a contest of wills optimizing local, current matters. In contrast, at Colby-Sawyer College, we are explicit, careful, and collaborative about working together respectfully on qualitative and institutional and long-term matters. We hope that the model for leadership that we have provided below, one that demonstrates how we make our decisions and conduct our business in a style that differs from academic political business as usual, will serve as a model for other institutions.


The Shock Of The Strange, The Shock Of The Familiar: Learning From Study Abroad, Diane Levy Apr 2000

The Shock Of The Strange, The Shock Of The Familiar: Learning From Study Abroad, Diane Levy

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I began writing this as I sat in a borrowed office in the outskirts of London on a strange computer with an unfamiliar keyboard. I blundered my way from my guest house after riding two buses and walking several blocks, London A to Z in hand. Cup of white tea and biscuits by,my side, I find that this is not a bad setting for writing about the adjustments of study abroad.


Learning And Research With Students: The Example Of The Tilton/Beecher Scandal, Carol Kolmerten Apr 2000

Learning And Research With Students: The Example Of The Tilton/Beecher Scandal, Carol Kolmerten

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To read any number of Jeremiads on lithe death of literature" or on "literature lost" lately might make most anyone believe that liberal learning is dead in English departments across the country. The twin evils of feminist scholarship (whose practitioners insist upon social readings of texts) and deconstruction (whose practitioners debunk "timeless truths") have, according to such authors as Alvin Kernan or John Ellis, cheated students out of having a meaningful liberal arts education with old fashioned teachers who love their subject and impart it to their students.


On Discourse, Jim Herbert Apr 2000

On Discourse, Jim Herbert

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Exactly twenty years ago I bored this conference to desperation with an interminable disquisition on "Smaller Teaching." While I hope that essay helped open the way to larger learning, I must admit now that it was not only too long, but that it fell short of an important truth about the honors classroom. In the intervening two decades, experience in the peer review panels of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the academic advisory committees of the College Board has helped me understand more deeply this central site of honors education-and, I dare say, liberal learning. I hope to ...


Leading And Learning In Community, Faith Gabelnick Apr 2000

Leading And Learning In Community, Faith Gabelnick

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Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we recreate ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we reperceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life.
. .. Senge, The Fifth Disciple

When faculty and administrators confront challenges of student persistence rates, cross-disciplinary learning, faculty roles and rewards, student needs for professional and civic education, they often look for "solutions" through curricular innovation. Learning communities, although no longer ...


Books, Books, Books, Ted Estess Apr 2000

Books, Books, Books, Ted Estess

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

Just after 9 p.m., I climbed abroad a Continental Trailways bus and stared through green glass as my parents watched the second of their two sons head off to college. Leaving the station, the bus moved into the bayous of south Louisiana along old Highway 90, then over the swamps and across rice and sugar cane fields and on through a night of small towns, finally climbing the Sabine River bridge into Texas, where a mileage marker announced New Mexico 878 miles. That should give any young man enough room.


Editorial Matter For Volume 1, Number 1, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton, Jerrald Boswell Apr 2000

Editorial Matter For Volume 1, Number 1, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton, Jerrald Boswell

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

Editorial Policy
Contents
Call for Papers
Submission Guidelines
Dedication
Editor’s Introduction
About the Authors


Liberal Education And The Challenge Of Intergrative Learning, Bernice Braid Apr 2000

Liberal Education And The Challenge Of Intergrative Learning, Bernice Braid

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The 1990 publication of Ernest Boyer's Scholarship Reconsidered was a benchmark occasion. Almost immediately the academy endorsed his document's usefulness as a framework within which to examine, maybe rethink, practices of both institutions and individuals which appeared to reflect a riven enterprise. Boyer's perception that exclusive emphasis on "scholarship" for status and rewards in American colleges was, as the term remained narrowly defined, incompatible with the demands of proliferation and access, and it struck a chord.


Journal Of The National Collegiate Honors Council -- Volume 1, No. 1 -- Complete Issue Apr 2000

Journal Of The National Collegiate Honors Council -- Volume 1, No. 1 -- Complete Issue

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

Contents

Call for Papers
Submission Guidelines
Editor's Note
Catherine's Plenty, Samuel Schuman

Introduction to Section One: Collegiate Instruction, Anne Ponder
Books, Books, Books, Ted L. Estess
Leading a College as a Liberal Arts Practice, Leon C. Malan, Judith Muyskens, Anne Ponder, and Ann Page Stecker
Empathy and the Questioning Spirit in Liberal Education: Reports from the Field, Sara Varhus

Introduction to Section Two: Styles of Learning, Anne Ponder
Leading and Learning in Community, Faith Gabelnick
Liberal Education and the Challenge of Intergrative Learning, Bernice Braid .
Learning and Research with Students: The Example of the Tilton/Beecher Scandal, Carol ...


Journal Of The National Collegiate Honors Council -- Volume 1, No. 2 -- Complete Issue Jan 2000

Journal Of The National Collegiate Honors Council -- Volume 1, No. 2 -- Complete Issue

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

CONTENTS

Call for Papers
Submission Guidelines
Dedication
Editor's Note, Dail Mullins

SCIENTISTS IN HONORS
A Physicist in Honors, Len Zane
A Biochemist in Honors, Dail Mullins

TEACHING SCIENCE IN HONORS
The Curiosity Shop (Or, How I Stopped Worrying About Delta Shapes and Started Teaching), Susan Tomlinson
Creative Approaches to Teaching Science in an Honors Setting, Ursula L. Shepherd
FUNDING FOR SCIENCE IN HONORS
Grant Supportfrom the National Science Foundation to Improve Undergraduate Education for All Students in Science and Mathematics, Engineering and Technology, Herbert Levitan
An NIH- and NSF-Funded Program in Biological Research for Community College Students, Thomas P ...