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Scholarship To Practice Live Event Series

Scholarship to Practice

Scholarship To Practice is an event series that happens live on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It also becomes a podcast episode. We interview higher education scholars, researchers, and academics that distill how a practitioner or administrator could apply learning in real-time to improve student success. At the UIA we know that we need to bridge that gap between scholarship and practice if we’re going to stand a chance to improve student success. We all need to be working together leveraging research in the field and identifying where we need more research to support greater innovation in higher ed. This show is designed to help bridge that gap by elevating relevant research we all could be using in our daily lives in a short and conversational format.

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Director of UIA's Fellows Program and Network Engagement, speak with Dr. TJ Stewart, Assistant Professor of Student Affairs & Higher Education at Iowa State University. As a researcher who explores college students with stigmatized identities, identity-based student activism, and critical qualitative methodologies, Dr. Stewart discusses unrecognized student populations in need of equitable treatment, the myths and realities of critical race theory, and faculty and staff activism in the interest of social justice. Topics include:

  • How and why some groups of students are overlooked in conversations about equity
  • Sizeism and fatphobia on campus
  • Accepting the reality of sex work as a student labor choice
  • Perceptions of pathology and stigma as roadblocks to social justice
  • Critical race theory as a tool for understanding institutionalized inequity
  • Individual choices as a pathway to changes in policy

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Director of UIA's Fellows Program and Network Engagement, speak with Dr. Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Executive Director of the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue University. She enlightened us about her research on student-centered learning, what it really is versus what it's commonly perceived to be, and how it can be used to include marginalized or minoritized student populations in the learning outcomes they deserve. Topics include:

  • Self-determination theory and its motivational building blocks
  • The role of autonomy in student-centered learning
  • Why changing instructional practice begins with a shift of instructor mindset
  • The differences between student-centered learning and active learning
  • How focusing on human motivation is an investment in people

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Derrick Tillman-Kelly, Director of UIA's Fellows Program and Network Engagement, speak with Dr. Kristen Renn, Professor and Associate Dean at Michigan State University's Department of Educational Administration. As a specialist in college student learning, development, and identities, Professor Renn studies how students with minoritized identities – LGBTQ, students of color, low-income, or first-gen students – experience higher education and how that impacts their success. She shares her thoughts on how these students are weathering remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include:

  • Navigating the climate of the virtual campus
  • How students' personal data can hinder their expression of identity
  • How administrators and faculty can view the student experience through students' eyes
  • The power of micro and macro affirmations
  • Decoding the "alphabet soup" of minoritized identity groups

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