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Faculty Leaders Meet at Fall Oases

October 22, 2018

This fall, FAR convened its third Oases of Excellence faculty conference at Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL). These faculty conferences allow professors who recently have started running campus centers to learn from current directors with decades of experience. Attendees discussed strategies for promoting debate, engaging undergraduates in extracurricular programming, and creating a student community.

The seminar speakers included SCETL director Paul Carrese; Joshua Dunn, director of the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual at the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs; Colleen Sheehan, director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University; and Candace Vogler, senior faculty advisor for the Hyde Park Institute at the University of Chicago.

One professor who is in the process of starting a new program praised the conference, “I really appreciated this opportunity to hear about what others are doing at other institutions, very inspiring, and has me thinking more creatively about what I want to do on my campus. Excellent event with a great group of teacher-scholars!”


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