Great Conversations is a collection of professionally produced, faculty-curated conversations with intellectuals, scholars, and researchers. The goal of this collection is to inspire faculty to use their daily practice to transform ideas into action and forge the path ahead.
The Great Conversations describe obstacles to higher education's attainment of its overarching goals and elaborate on pathways to solutions.
Access, Equity, and New Frontiers
Thomas Ehrlich is a Visiting Professor at the Stanford University School of Education. He has previously served as president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of Stanford Law School. In this conversation he examines the new frontiers opening up in academia as part of the efforts to ensure fair access to higher education throughout society.
Liberal Education, Equity and Democracy
Susan Albertine is a senior scholar in the Office of Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at AAC&U and a career-long literacy educator and advocate for educational reform. In this conversation, she addresses the role of democracy in education and the challenges of being an educator in the 21st century.
Transparency in Learning and Teaching
Mary-Ann Winkelmes is Director of Instructional Development and Research and an Associate Graduate Faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and founder of TILT Higher Ed. In this conversation, she focuses on some of the great challenges facing contemporary higher education including equity and creating collaborations for new kinds of post-secondary degrees.
College Costs and the New Economy
A well-known scholar and speaker on the topic of outcomes assessment, Trudy Banta has presented at conferences in 25 other countries and has developed and coordinated 30 national assessment conferences in the U.S. and 15 international conferences in other countries. In this conversation, she discusses the dynamics of the 21st century American economy and the challenge to the Academy to preserve the liberal arts and humanities in an age of specialization and vocationalism.
The Power of Community-engaged Learning
Dr. Julie A. Hatcher is Executive Director of the Center for Service and Learning and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. In this conversation, she talks about the power of community-based learning on the growth and development of students as citizens and servant leaders.
Listen. Reflect. Let your voice be heard.
For supplemental information on the Great Conversations interviews, check out Great Conversations in Canvas. There you will find biographical information on each speaker, additional videos, a LibGuide featuring each speaker's professional publications, and a discussion to engage with other faculty interested in the topic.