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October 9, 1998

Forum to look at scholarship in teaching

The second Faculty Forum and dinner of the semester will be held Monday, Oct. 12, in the Memorial Union Cardinal Room. Howard Shapiro, vice provost for undergraduate programs and professor of mechanical engineering, will introduce this month's topic, "What is scholarship in teaching?"

Shapiro said he plans to include in his introduction ideas from several reports published by the Carnegie Foundation: Scholarship Reconsidered (1990), Scholarship Assessed (1994), and Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America's Research Universities (1998). He said the reports have helped fuel a national conversation about the definition of scholarship in the practice of teaching. The forum discussion will focus on defining scholarship in teaching for Iowa State.

All faculty and their guests are invited. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the discussion at 6:45 p.m. The cost for dinner is $10; for dinner reservations, contact Jane Henning, 4-2906, by noon today (Oct. 9).

The Center for Teaching Excellence, which sponsors the Faculty Forum series, has set up an e-mail listserv, ISUTEACH, as a second forum for discussion about teaching and learning. Faculty who aren't able to attend the Faculty Forum may join the online discussion. Faculty, staff and administrators can join ISUTEACH by contacting Karla Embleton, embleton, or from the center's Web site at

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