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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.

Scholarship to Practice 11/5/20 - Kristen Renn

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

Scholarship to Practice 3/25/21 - Gaye Theresa Johnson

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. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor at University of California, Los Angeles. She discusses community-engaged scholarship, an area of study focusing on the sensitive interface between an institution of higher learning and the real-world, non-academic community that exists just outside the gate – and why proactive leadership is critical in how they engage. Topics include:

  • What community-engaged scholarship is
  • How academic leaders should (and shouldn't) engage with communities
  • Spatial entitlement and representation for BIPOC members of academia
  • The beloved community vs. the culture of incarceration
  • A starting point for proactive leadership in community engagement

Scholarship to Practice 11/18/20 - Sara Goldrick-Rab

Scholarship to Practice 11/18/20

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. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of sociology and medicine at Temple University, president and founder of the nonprofit Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, and originator of the #RealCollege movement. She talks to us about the prevalence of food and housing insecurity among the higher ed population, and how schools can address these realities.

Topics include:

  • What food and housing insecurity look like
  • What the #RealCollege movement is about
  • A roadmap for administrators to address students' basic needs
  • Students are humans first

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