Environment of Excellence

Andrews University continues to provide an environment that nurtures excellence in pedagogy and research in a strong faith environment.

The theme for this year's Institute–Total Engagement: Living the Andrews Story . President Andrea Luxton introduced us to the concept of stories, as a way for each of us to be connected to Andrews University — a place that we call Home! Our collective stories add to and enriches the Andrews story. Our stories matter. We belong! Our hope is that you will gain some new perspectives and ideas over the next day and a half, and that as a result of this shared time together we will be an even stronger academic community.

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Below is a schedule of the sessions

Thursday, August 16
8:15–8:45 a.m.
Newbold Auditorium
Thursday Morning Devotions
Ron Knott
8:45–9:45 a.m. Plenary: “Pause Teaching for Learning: The Gift of Cognitive Science
The professional development and growth of the faculty is key to the success of the students. The faculty brings life to the curriculum and makes the learning experience meaningful. Formative Dialogues on Teaching is another way that we are supporting faculty growth. It encourages faculty-to-faculty observation of, and conversation about, their teaching. Traditionally, peer evaluation has provided opportunities for faculty members to evaluate each other and provide feedback in a somewhat clinical way. Formative Dialogues also provide peer feedback, but in a non-threatening way. In this plenary, Gail Rice will elaborate on the philosophy and research that support this innovation.
  Gail Taylor Rice is a professor in the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University, where she also directs faculty development and the formative dialogues program. She has held professorial positions at three universities in seven schools and has graduate degrees in nursing, public health education, educational psychology and higher education administration and leadership. Gail is on the faculty for the Harvard Macy Institute and presents regularly for the annual USC Keck School of Medicine’s Innovations in Medical Education conference. She presents workshops, seminars and courses for organizations and campuses worldwide and has published books and articles for peer reviewed journals on various topics relating to creative, effective teaching in higher education and health professions education. Her book, "Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning," from Stylus Publications, LLU, will be available November 2017.
10 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Lunch is provided.
2:00 p.m.–4:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. State of the University Address
Friday, August 17
8:15–8:45 a.m.
Newbold Auditorium
The Engaged Heart, Part Two
June Price
8:45–9:45 a.m. Plenary: The Heart of the Andrews Education
The philosophy that undergirds Adventist Education is wholistic, and emphasizes the Head, the Heart and the Hands. It is whole-person education. There might have been a tendency to overemphasize the Head—intellect, cognition, academic rigor, mind and thinking. Sir Ken Robinson wisely quipped that academia is all about the mind, to the extent that we treat our bodies simply as vehicles to transport our brains from meeting to meeting or from classroom to classroom. This is not the Adventist way. In this plenary, Richard Rice will explore with us the Heart of what we do.
Richard Rice is professor of religion at Loma Linda University. Both Gail and Rick graduated with master’s degrees from Andrews University on their third wedding anniversary. Their daughter Alison and her husband, Olivier, teach at the University of Notre Dame. They have two daughters, Rosa (10) and Alexa (7). Their son Jonathan is a physician assistant in Thousand Oaks, California. He and his wife Rebekah have two sons, Taylor (7) and Lachlan (4).
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

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