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Journal dedicates issue to Nolan, seeks submissions

August  10, 2012

The winter 2012 issue of Chalk: Teaching & Faculty Development will be dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Michael Nolan '77, Augustana teacher and administrator.   

In 2005, Dr. Nolan served as principal investigator for a grant from the Teagle Foundation to test the claim that the participating colleges and small universities made a demonstrable and statistically significant impact on the intellectual and ethical development of their students.

The grant, "Measuring Intellectual Development and Civic Engagement through Value-Added Assessment," brought together faculty, administrators, and academic staff from six member campuses for four years to assess and discuss key findings.

In 2009, Provost Ken Bladh of Wittenberg University was awarded a second grant from the Teagle Foundation to continue some of the research begun in the first Teagle grant. This second project, "Structuring Faculty Work Explicitly Around Student Learning" focused the discussion on high-impact teaching practices and how institutions can sustain and encourage their use.

The winter 2012 issue of Chalk will provide a forum for program participants from the institutions involved to share with a wider audience what they have learned on their own campuses from one another in the process of completing this grant-funded research. Send proposals or articles (1,000-3,000 words) as electronic attachments, with "Chalk submission" in the subject line, to: tbuckman@wittenberg.edu. Submissions received by Nov. 1, 2012 will be guaranteed consideration.

Chalk's primary audience is liberal arts college and university faculty.