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Alice Thomas

How Do We Prepare to Teach Transformational Learning? A Beginning Conversation
Thursday June 2, 2011

Alice Thomas is an associate professor of law at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. A practicing attorney for a number of years, she has been active in the classroom where she teaches courses in contracts, commercial law and taxation. She is a Carnegie Scholar (2001), Carnegie Senior Mentor (2002) and longtime scholar mentor of the CASTL Institute (starting in 2005). She devotes her scholarly attention to the scholarly inquiry of teaching and learning in law schools, focusing on issues of student cognition and meta-cognitive processes, and faculty development. She is passionate about transformational learning. She has been the recipient of several awards for excellent teaching at affiliated law schools, most recently, at Howard, where she was named the Student Bar Association Faculty of the Year 2010.

Dennis Jacobs

Uniting the Heart and Mind
Friday, June 3, 2011

Dennis Jacobs has been an innovative leader in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He was a Carnegie Scholar in 1999-2000, with a project that investigated the benefits of cooperative learning activities for at-risk students. In 2002, CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him the U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities. In his role as Vice President and Associate Provost, Dennis Jacobs oversees undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. This includes developing initiatives that foster, recognize, and reward effective teaching; enhance Notre Dame's liberal arts curriculum; and expanding student participation in undergraduate research, global education, and service learning.

Edward Taylor

Teaching for Change: The Challenges of Fostering Transformative Learning
Saturday, June 4, 2011

Edward Taylor is a Professor of Adult Education at Penn State University-Harrisburg. Research interests include transformative learning theory, non-formal education, and medical education. He is presently involved in a collaborative research study in south eastern Africa with the Danish Institute of International Studies and the Swedish University of Agriculture exploring Farmer Field Schools (participatory education extension programs for adults) from a transformative perspective. An active scholar, he recently published an edited book Teaching For Change: Fostering Transformative Learning in the Classroom and co-edited a book with Jack Mezirow titled Transformative Learning in Practice. He has been a co-editor of the Adult Education Quarterly since 2006 and active member of the planning committee for several International Transformative Learning Conferences.

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