Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Conference on the Language of our Biotechnological Future

Dr. James Herrick, Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication at Hope College, and Dr. Michael Hyde, Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, have co-edited The Language of Our Biotechnological Future:  Rhetoric, Science, Religion, and Ethics to be published by Baylor University Press in April 2013. Publication will coincide  with a conference, After the Genome: A Conference on the Language of our Biotechnological Future, to be held at Wake Forest (see for conference details). Support for Dr. Herrick’s work was provided by the Great Lakes Colleges Association as part of its New Directions Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Presidential Search Announcement - Hope College

The Board of Trustees of Hope College announces the search for the College's twelfth president. 


The search is being conducted by CarterBaldwin Executive Search.  For additional information click here.

2012 Students of Color Leadership Conference


The 2012 Students of Color Leadership Conference, entitled ''Driving Our Journey to Excellence: 
Understanding Power and Privilege to Shape a Socially Just World."

Kalamazoo College will host the GLCA Students of Color Leadership Conference (SOCLC), November 9-10, 2012.

This year's conference focuses on issues of privilege, power, and social justice. It is intended to equip students with tools for understanding these systems and then engaging with questions of equity and justice on our individual campuses and in the world. As our young leaders contemplate the many concepts and philosophies of serving mankind, it is our intent through keynote speakers and concurrent workshops to provide a foundation for understanding the essential elements of power, privilege, and social justice work.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. professed that "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

Therefore, it is necessary for student leaders at our respective campuses to understand that this kind of transformative work requires sacrifice, energy, dedication, and self-care.  In addition to focusing on power, privilege, and social justice activism, the conference is designed to provide student participants with the necessary tools that will assist them in understanding themselves from a holistic perspective, while enhancing their leadership development skills.

Click for a copy of the Workshop Proposal and Submission Information. Proposal deadline is Friday, September 21. 

Click for a copy of the TENTATIVE Schedule - subject to change

Click for a copy of the Hotel Information

To Register:  Email Charla White with the name of the students (for name tags), school and any dietary/phsyical needs.  Registration cut-off Friday, October 19th. 

Conference questions email Karen Joshua-Wathel.

GLCA Teagle Pedagogy Fellows

GLCA Names Twenty Faculty Members as Teagle Pedagogy Fellows

The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of twenty faculty members from across its member colleges as GLCA Teagle Pedagogy Fellows. The Fellows were chosen through a selective process of nomination and application. They are distinguished not just by their knowledge of research on human learning and pedagogical technique, but also by their strong interest in working with faculty colleagues within and across GLCA member colleges to enhance liberal arts teaching and learning.

Teagle Pedagogy Fellows will have key roles in the development of a new consortial program, called the GLCA Lattice for Pedagogical Research and Practice, created with funding from the Teagle Foundation. These Fellows will engage with interested faculty members on their own campuses and at other GLCA colleges, helping to generate heightened interest and momentum in exploring different modes of pedagogy to enhance student learning and achievement.

The GLCA Lattice project will connect interested faculty on a given campus to a larger consortial community of interest centered on liberal arts teaching and learning. The Teagle Pedagogy Fellows will help achieve this result in part through a series of campus, regional, and consortial colloquies on pedagogical research and practice. These events will draw together faculty members from different colleges to compare challenges and consider approaches that hold promise in improving learning in the liberal arts, within and across academic disciplines.

In face-to-face as well as follow-up digital exchanges, Fellows will serve as resources and sounding boards to help other faculty members consider potential approaches to enhance teaching, and in some cases to support formal projects that apply principles from research on learning to the design and implementation of alternative pedagogies. The dialogue among Fellows and their GLCA colleagues will provide a mutual benefit as faculty members of several campuses work to enrich the state of thinking and exploration in liberal arts pedagogy.

GLCA’s President, Richard Detweiler, notes that “Our vision for this pilot program is to establish the foundation for a sustaining GLCA center for pedagogical research and practice. We are confident that the skills and knowledge our Teagle Pedagogy Fellows bring to this collaborative initiative will help us achieve that goal.”

The founding cohort of GLCA Teagle Pedagogy Fellows are:

Andrew French, Chemistry, Albion College

Jocelyn McWhirter, Religious Studies, Albion College

Aimee Knupsky, Psychology, Allegheny College

Frank Hassebrock, Psychology, Denison University

Kerry Pannell, Economics, DePauw University

Amy Mulnix, Biology, Earlham College

Jay Roberts, Education and Environmental Studies, Earlham College

Thomas Ludwig, Psychology, Hope College

Joanne Stewart, Chemistry, Hope College

Scott VanderStoep, Psychology, Hope College

Kiran Cunningham, Anthropology, Kalamazoo College

Theodore Mason, English, Kenyon College

Patricia deWinstanley, Psychology, Oberlin College

Laurie McMillan, Rhetoric, Oberlin College

Steven Volk, History, Oberlin College

Sarah Bunnell, Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University

Warren Rosenberg, English, Wabash College

Richard Warner, History, Wabash College

Shelley Judge, Geology, The College of Wooster

Claudia Thompson, Psychology, The College of Wooster

For more information on the GLCA Lattice for Pedagogical Research and Practice, contact Gregory Wegner, Director of Program Development, GLCA.

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Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
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