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2018-2020 Capstone Experiences research seminar participants announced

The Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) accepted 24 participants for its 2018 - 2020 research seminar on Capstone Experiences.

The Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) accepted 24 participants for its 2018 - 2020 research seminar on Capstone Experiences.

Participants attend their first one-week summer meeting at Elon this June. The multi-institutional research seminar is led by Caroline Ketcham (Elon University), Jillian Kinzie (Indiana University) and Tony Weaver (Elon University). Of the accepted participants, Ketevan Kupatadze and Olivia Choplin represent Elon University.

Other participants include:

  • Olivia Anderson, University of Michigan
  • Janet Bean, University of Akron
  • Christina Beaudoin, Grand Valley State University 
  • Caroline Boswell, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Sarita Cargas, University of New Mexico
  • Olivia Choplin, Elon University
  • Cory Cooper, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Sarah Dyer, University of Exeter
  • Morgan Gresham, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • Jennifer Hill, University of the West of England
  • Trina Jorre de St Jorre, Deakin University
  • Russell Kirkscey, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ketevan Kupatadze, Elon University
  • Matt Laye, The College of Idaho
  • Dave Lewis, University of Leeds
  • Moriah McSharry McGrath, Portland State University
  • Andrew Pearl, University of North Georgia
  • Joanna Rankin, University of Calgary
  • Dawn Salgado, Pacific University
  • Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Julie Vale, University of Guelph
  • Carol Van Zile-Tamsen, University at Buffalo
  • Tania Von der Heidt, Southern Cross University
  • James Weiss, Boston College

Participants will collaborate on two-year, multi-institutional research projects with three summer meetings on campus. These multi-institutional collaborations, which use a mixed-methods approach to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, enable larger scale studies and explorations of the impact of different institutional contexts.

The Center for Engaged Learning has held research seminars that support multi-institutional research focusing on engaged learning topics and high-impact practices since 2009 when the Center hosted the Teaching Democratic Thinking research seminar. This summer, the Center also hosts the second meeting of the CEL Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice and the final meeting of the CEL Research Seminar on Faculty Change Towards High-Impact Pedagogies.

Research seminar participants produce concrete research and teaching outcomes. Past Center for Engaged Learning research seminars have generated edited volumes, journal articles and book chapters, white papers, and conference presentations – as well as local initiatives on participants’ home campuses.

Continue to watch for new updates from the Center for Engaged Learning seminar on Capstone Experiences moving forward, as well as news on other seminars. For questions about the Center for Engaged Learning or CEL seminars, visit centerforengagedlearning.org or contact Jessie L Moore.


Chris Sulva,
2/1/2018 4:55 PM