The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce the The Tenth Annual Student Affairs Research Symposium on 15 May 2013. The 2013 Student Affairs Research Symposium invites presentations from staff, students, and faculty on topics related to issues of theory to practice in our work with students.
Our Eric Dey Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University. Dr. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college, including the creation of the Black Male Initiative at Philander Smith College that has been a model for similar programs. Dr. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media to engage students in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE Currents, and Arkansas Life. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelorsdegree.com as one of 25 college presidents to follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez).
As we integrate theory and practice, we examine how to apply research to collaborative work educating students, and apply what we learn from these collaborations to research in progress. Questions we'll pursue include:
* How do we provide research and assessment to integrative learning efforts that bridge numerous units' student learning opportunities?
* How can we articulate the combined impact of intentional educational work planned together among many units?
* As the Division of Student Affairs "Reimagines Diversity," and units across campus participate in the "Understanding Race" theme semester, how do we assess the impact and future needs of these efforts?
* What research questions emerge about how students learn leadership skills today, and in the future?
* How can we incorporate shared measures about learning outcomes in numerous, diverse units?
We invite our colleagues across the University, and at institutions across the nation, to share their research and dilemmas, to build a true dialogue around the application of theory to practice and the ways that practice shapes theory.
If you have questions, please contact Malinda Matney, Senior Research Associate, at email@example.com. This promises to be an exciting day of conversations and collaboration with our colleagues, both within the University of Michigan's Division of Student Affairs and from colleagues across and beyond the University.