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Ed Zlotkowski

Teaching Excellence Colloquium:
Linking Academic and Civic Engagement: A National Imperative

Edward Zlotkowski,
Professor, Bentley College and Senior Associate for Service Learning, American Associatiation of Higher Education
January 11, 2007


Whether one looks at higher education research, the development of instruments like the National Survey of Student Engagement, or the sessions offered at disciplinary conferences, it is clear that over the last decade student engagement, academic and civic, has become a topic of increasing importance. What are the implications of such engagement for curricular design and classroom practice? What resources do faculty need - and most often lack - to help them help their students successfully embrace a more active approach to learning? How can such active learning also pave the way for a more engaged citizenry, a generation ready and able to to address public problems? Questions like these lie at the core of what more and more academic thinkers are calling our new educational model: "the engaged campus."

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Edward Zlotkowski, a professor of English at Bentley College, received his BA in English and his PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. In 1990, he founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center, an institution-wide program that involves all of the college’s undergraduate academic departments. Zlotkowski has consulted to Campus Compact and Massachusetts Commission on Community Service as well as to individual colleges and universities. He serves as general editor of a new monograph series exploring the relationship between service learning and individual academic disciplines. Zlotkowski is a senior associate of the American Association of Higher Education and has received national recognition for his numerous contributions to service-learning pedagogy.

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