Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Joe Brockington of Kalamazoo College Passes Away

The GLCA was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Joseph Brockington, Associate Provost for International Programs at Kalamazoo College. Joe was an important and highly regarded leader in the international education community. His experience and insight contributed greatly to the richness of thinking within the GLCA’s International and Off-Campus Education Committee (IOCEC). Joe was a kind and generous-minded member of that group; he gave patient and considered answers to questions from colleagues of other GLCA institutions and contributed substantially to their learning curves. In his interactions with colleagues he combined a well-honed sense of humor with a seriousness of purpose.  He was always helpful to us as program officers and never failed to answer our questions.

Many will recall Joe’s story of being transformed by his own study abroad as an undergraduate – a formative experience that solidified a career that included several years as a faculty member in German, followed by his legendary leadership of Kalamazoo College’s International Education program. He fully embraced the ideal of providing students with a significant learning experience in another culture as part of their liberal arts education. He understood how complex and often challenging it could become to run programs that allow students to have such learning experiences, and he dedicated his professional life to overcoming the obstacles that could cloud that vision.

Joe Brockington was one of a kind in terms of the contributions he made to the consortium at large. We will all miss him.

-- Joyce Budai and Greg Wegner, GLCA program officers

For additional information on Joe's wonderful contributions to Kalamazoo, click here.

Preparing Boxes for New Writers

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It's that time of year again.

"Getting ready to send all of the submissions for the 2016 New Writers Award contest to our GLCA judges"

Staffing Changes at GLCA

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GLCA bids Joyce Budai, Senior Program Officer, goodbye after almost 14 years of service.  Joyce has worked with many groups during her time at GLCA and seen many projects grow as a result of her hard work. Joyce heads off to Santa Fe with her son, Zachary. 

 

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GLCA is excited to welcome Simon Gray, Wooster, to the staff and are looking forward to working with him again.  Gray will join the GLCA staff full-time assuming the position recently vacated by Joyce Budai. 

 

 

 

GLCA Center for Teaching and Learning Receives Teagle Grant

 

The Great Lakes Colleges Association has received a grant of $300,000 from the Teagle Foundation to establish a GLCA Consortial Center for Teaching and Learning. This consortial center will exist not as a physical place but as a community of faculty members with demonstrated commitment to improving teaching and learning across all of GLCA's colleges.  This Center will stimulate thinking and foster new approaches to teaching undergraduates by providing access to resources in support of effective pedagogy beyond what any single college can offer. It will also encourage a more substantial focus on effective liberal arts education by providing opportunities for faculty members of a given college to present and engage with colleagues of other institutions in consortial events hosted in both digital and face-to-face venues.  This GLCA Center for Teaching and Learning will contribute substantially to the professional development of faculty members, creating a community of practice focused on effective teaching and learning across multiple colleges and academic disciplines.

The Great Lakes Colleges Association has received a grant of $300,000 from the Teagle Foundation to establish a GLCA Consortial Center for Teaching and Learning. This consortial center will exist not as a physical place but as a community of faculty members with demonstrated commitment to improving teaching and learning across all of GLCA’s colleges.  This Center will stimulate thinking and foster new approaches to teaching undergraduates by providing access to resources in support of effective pedagogy beyond what any single college can offer. It will also encourage a more substantial focus on effective liberal arts education by providing opportunities for faculty members of a given college to present and engage with colleagues of other institutions in consortial events hosted in both digital and face-to-face venues.  This GLCA Center for Teaching and Learning will contribute substantially to the professional development of faculty members, creating a community of practice focused on effective teaching and learning across multiple colleges and academic disciplines.

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Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

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