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The Last Lecture: College Teaching as Professional Practice, Scholarly Activity, and Transformational Leadership

Event Date: October 3, 2019
Speaker: Dr. Michael Loui
Speaker Affiliation: Former Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Time: 3:30 - 4:15 PM
Location: ARMS B071
Priority: No
School or Program: Engineering Education
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Dr. Loui will describe three ways of thinking about teaching in colleges and universities. "We can think of our teaching as a professional practice: we take professional responsibility for organizing learning activities, and we exercise professional judgment in evaluating students' work. We can think of our teaching as a scholarly activity: our methods can be grounded in the research on pedagogy, our decisions can be based on evidence of student learning, and our teaching quality can be evaluated through peer review. Finally, we can think of our teaching as a kind of transformational leadership: we can inspire our students and encourage them to pursue their dreams." He will illustrate some of these ideas with examples from his teaching experiences.

BIO | Recently retired, Michael C. Loui was the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University from 2014 to 2019. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published articles in computational complexity theory, in professional ethics, and in engineering education research. He currently serves on the Advisory Group for the Online Ethics Center at the National Academy of Engineering. He is a Carnegie Scholar, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. Professor Loui was the editor of the Journal of Engineering Education from 2012 to 2017 and the executive editor of College Teaching from 2006 to 2012. He was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and the B.S. at Yale University in 1975.


PODCAST | Dr. Loui was interviewed by Dr. Ruth Streveler for her podcast, "Engineering Education Research Briefs." Listen in for his advice to researchers!