#WLinHigherEd Conference: October 23-24, 2015

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Moving from Crisis Management to Innovation:
Reimagining the Role of World Languages in the 21st-Century Academy

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In an era of changing demographics, pragmatism, and ever-tightening budgets, higher education is changing rapidly. If headlines are any indication, world language programs are often the first to be eliminated when cuts must be made.

What if language departments could be part of the solution in a more positive and proactive way? What if world languages played a leadership role in reshaping the 21st-century academy?

This conference offers an opportunity for teams of language educators and college administrators to explore this question in depth. A series of provocative plenary addresses will provide fuel for discussion and innovation. Bring your colleagues or come on your own – either way, you will leave with a new vision and an implementable plan for the role of world languages on your campus.

 

Conference Schedule
PDF version here (updated October 7, 2015)


Friday, October 23, 2015

11:30
Registration opens

Light lunch
Hubbell Hall (2nd Floor Kent Campus Center)

1:00
Welcome

Hubbell Hall (2nd Floor Kent Campus Center)

1:15-1:45
Session 1: Framing the questions
Hubbell Hall (2nd Floor Kent Campus Center)

Speaker: Ben Rifkin, Provost and Vice President for Educational Affairs, Ithaca College

Dr. Rifkin will draw on his extensive experience as a language professor and college administrator at a variety of institutions to set the framework for faculty-administrator collaboration in shaping the role of world language programs in the 21st-Century academy.

View Dr. Rifkin’s presentation in PDF format here and on YouTube here

1:45-2:15
Large-group discussion of the key issues with Dr. Rifkin

Break (snacks available)

2:30-3:30
Session 2: Administrative perspectives on institutional and program innovation
Hubbell Hall (2nd Floor Kent Campus Center)

Convener: Steve Griffith, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, Simpson College
Panelists: Mark Braun, Provost and Dean of the College, Gustavus Adolphus College
Michael Sosulski, Associate Provost and Chair of the Department of German and Media Studies, Kalamazoo College
Elizabeth Tobin, Provost and Dean of the College, Illinois College

This panel of administrators will offer perspectives on institutional innovation and the ways in which individual programs can play a leadership role in the process.

View Dr. Braun’s presentation in PDF format here
View Dr. Sosulski’s presentation in PDF format here

View the entire panel on YouTube here

3:30-3:45
Large group Q&A with panelists

3:45-4:15
Team/table discussion of ways to implement ideas on innovation

Break (snacks available)

4:30-5:00
Session 3: Student pragmatism and curricular vision
Hubbell Hall (2nd Floor Kent Campus Center)

Speaker: Jan Solberg, Professor of Romance Languages, Kalamazoo College

Dr. Solberg brings a wealth of creative experience as an educator and author to bear on questions related to curricular design for the 21st-century student.

View Dr. Solberg’s presentation on YouTube here

5:00-5:30
Large-group discussion of the key issues with Dr. Solberg

5:30-6:15
Team/table discussion of ways to implement ideas on curricular (re)design

Break

6:30
Dinner and table discussions
Great Hall (2nd Floor Pfeiffer Dining Hall)

8:00
Shuttles leave for hotels

 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

7:45 and 8:00
Shuttle pick-up at hotels

8:15-9:00
Breakfast
Black Box (Main Floor Kent Campus Center)

9:00-9:30
Session 4: Value-added curricular innovation
Black Box (Main Floor Kent Campus Center)

Speaker: Lee Forester, Professor of German, Hope College

Dr. Forester offers his innovative vision for curricular change as a springboard for discussion about the ways in which language programs can become central to the educational mission of the academy.

View Dr. Forester’s presentation in PDF format here
View Dr. Forester’s presentation on YouTube here

9:30-10:00
Large-group discussion of the key issues with Dr. Forester

10:00-10:45
Team/table discussion of ways to implement ideas on creating “value-added” language programs

Break (refreshments available)

11:00
Work time and lunch in teams and/or table groups: What will we do, based on what we’ve learned and discussed

Lunch
Black Box (Main Floor Kent Campus Center)

12:30
Reporting on work
Black Box (Main Floor Kent Campus Center)
View feedback from attendees on YouTube here

1:30
End of the conference, shuttles leave for hotels and the airport

 

Lodging:

Doubletree DSM Airport
Special Simpson College Conference rate of $109/night plus taxes for reservations made before September 25. 

Fairfield Inn and Suites DSM Airport
Special Simpson College Conference rate of $99/night plus taxes for reservations made before October 9.
When placing your reservation, call the hotel and ask to be added to the Simpson College block of rooms.
Tel: 515-309-4444 

 

STEP 1:  Register

Complete online form with information for each team member

STEP 2:  Pay
Payment options:

                                        or

  •           Check made out to Simpson College and mailed to:

                                        Patricia Calkins
                                        World Language and Culture Studies
                                        Simpson College
                                        701 North C Street
                                        Indianola, IA 50125
                    *Be sure to include team leader’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address for receipt

Fee schedule:

Through Sunday, October 18, at 11:59 pm:

First team registrant/Single registrant:  $125
Each additional team member:  $100

After Sunday, October 18:
Each registrant:  $135  (payable only online with a 6.5% fee)


For more information, please contact Patricia Calkins by phone at (515) 961-1645
or by email patricia.calkins@simpson.edu