President Earl H. Potter III and Kristian Twombly, associate professor of music, are among the leaders of the Aug. 19-21 Convocation that heralds the new academic year.
Fall semester day and evening classes begin Aug. 24. Commencement is Dec. 18.
Convocation includes workshops, meetings, a teaching and learning fair, social events, orientation of new faculty, and a campus-wide focus on Husky Compact. Husky Compact is the shared commitment to a St. Cloud State education that sets students apart and prepares them to be global citizens in the 21st century.
Potter and Twombley will address the Husky Compact at a gathering of faculty and staff 9 a.m. Aug. 19 in Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall. An ice cream social and reception for new provost Ashish Vaidya will follow.
Among the Convocation highlights is a faculty workshop on Backward Design. A framework for improving classroom results, Backward Design emphasizes the instructor’s role as a designer of student learning. Also known as UbD, Understanding by Design, it clarifies learning goals, devises ongoing assessments of student understanding, and crafts engaging and collaborative instruction.
Among the workshop facilitators are Kate Pound, professor of atmospheric and hydrological sciences; Kirstin Bratt, assistant professor, Academic Learning Center; Nancy Sundheim, assistant professor of environmental and technological studies; Michael Rogers, science educator, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District.
Convocation 2015 is managed by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), St. Cloud State’s engine for inquiry and critical engagement. CETL’s new interim leader is Tracy Ore, former Social Work Department chairperson.