From Religious Literacy to Social Action: How I Discuss the Global Refugee Crisis Within Our Classes (Younus Mirza, Allegheny)

Younus Mirza, Asst. Prof. of Islamic Studies, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Allegheny College Question: Can site visits be used to teach interreligious engagement and democratic participation? Every semester I take my students to Erie,PA to visit a mosque in order to help them connect many of the themes… Read More

Service Learning and the Liberal Arts Curriculum

Gina Dow, Associate Professor of Psychology and Alford Coordinator for Service Learning, Denison University Contact at: dow@denison.edu I have been studying child development, in one way or another, for my entire adult life – as a child care worker in high school and college, in my graduate program in Child… Read More

Chemistry Students Tell a Convincing Story: In The Forensic Crime Lab

Rob Thompson, Professor of Chemistry, Oberlin College* Contact at Robert.Q.Thompson@oberlin.edu In 2015, the Association of American College and Universities issued a report (Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success) that listed the skills that employers seek in college graduates. The outcomes most highly valued were critical thinking and analytic reasoning,… Read More

Difficult Discussions, “Hot Moments,” and Contra-Power Harassment

Steven Volk, Director, Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Professor of History Emeritus, Oberlin College* Contact at: svolk@oberlin.edu There is an extensive and rich literature offering suggestions on how to encourage productive discussions in the classroom. In this article, I’ll focus exclusively on those complicated, “hot moment” challenges that spring… Read More