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    URC Scholarship

    Cal U faculty are invited to participate in a daylong series of activities titled “Engaging Every Discipline in Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship.”

    Featured speaker is Dr. Jenny Shanahan, director of undergraduate research at Bridgewater State University, in Massachusetts.

    The Nov. 12 event is sponsored by the Cal U Center for Undergraduate Research.

    Featured activities

    Workshop: “Models of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship for All Disciplines”

    Predominant definitions of “undergraduate research” inadvertently leave out many scholarly practices in a variety of disciplines. This workshop aims to share practical examples and draft goals for expanding undergraduate research and creative scholarship in all disciplines at Cal U. 

    Faculty may register to attend any or all of these modules: 

    • Module 1 (11 a.m- noon):  Infusing research in the curriculum, from introductory to capstone courses.
    • Module 2 (noon-1 p.m.):  Mentoring independent student research and creative work, such as for theses, directed studies and summer projects.
    • Module 3 (1-2 p.m.):  Collaborating with students on one’s own scholarly projects, even in disciplines in which single authorship is standard practice.

    Plenary lecture: “Scaffolding, Flipping and Inquiry Based Learning: It’s Not Your Dad’s College Curriculum”

    This presentation lays out ways of reorganizing courses and programs to make incorporating scholarly projects more feasible. Scaffolding curricula builds students’ competencies intentionally and creates coherent programs of study. “Flipped classrooms" address gaps in students’ levels of preparation, engage diverse learners and create space for collaboration and active learning during class time.

    Such engagement in class is a hallmark of Inquiry-Based Learning, which uses authentic questions and disciplinary methods to push students to think more deeply, arrive at new understanding and even translate their knowledge from one context to another.

    Participants are invited to have in mind a course for which they’d like to create more inquiry-based work, so we can share ideas for scaffolding and/or flipping the assignments in order to produce “higher impacts" for our students.

    Register now

    Registration is required for the workshop modules by contacting Dr. Gregg Gould by e-mail or phone Ext. 5451.

    Registration is requested, but not required, for the plenary lecture. All faculty are welcome to attend this lecture from 3-4 p.m. in Eberly Hall, Room 120. 

    About the Speaker

    Dr. Jenny Olin Shanahan

    Dr. Jenny Olin Shanahan is director of undergraduate research at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, where she oversees a multidisciplinary summer research program, funded student conference travel, two annual campus symposia of several hundred students’ scholarship, undergraduate research abroad, and publication of The Undergraduate Review: A Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Work.

    From 200-2010 Shanahan was an associate professor of English and director of the honors program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has presented more than 30 faculty workshops and published several articles on the mentoring of student research across the disciplines, integrating undergraduate research in the curriculum, scaffolding research skills from lower- to upper-division courses, and managing an undergraduate research program.

    Shanahan serves on the executive board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and on the CUR Council in the Undergraduate Research Program Directors (URPD) division. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Marquette University, with a focus on multi-ethnic literatures of the United States. 

    Dr. Shanahan

    Event Details

    Undergraduate Research and
    Creative Scholarship
    Nov. 12, 2014

    Workshops: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; registration required

    Plenary lecture: 3-4 p.m.,
    Eberly Hall, Room 120


    Portrait of Dr. Shanahan.
    Dr. Jenny Olin Shanahan, director of undergraduate research at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.