2004-2005 Provost Lecture Series

Dennis Jacobs

Learning in and through Community
Thursday, November 4, 2004
10:30am to 12:00pm
Beach Museum

Dennis C. Jacobs
Vice President and Associate Provost
University of Notre Dame

Biographical sketch:
Dennis C. Jacobs, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1988, is Vice President and Associate Provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Selected as the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities, he has garnered a national reputation for innovative pedagogy in the classroom and for significant contributions to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Jacobs earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and two B.S. degrees from the University of California at Irvine. While sustaining a dynamic laboratory research program, he brings the same investigative spirit into the classroom - a place where reflective examination of student learning informs teaching practice.


Abstract:
Learning reaches new heights when students are engaged within the context of a community. Examples will be provided where remote-keypad technology and small group discussions help transform a large introductory science course into a vibrant, interactive learning environment. In a separate course, science students are going out into the local community to collect and analyze soil, dust, and water samples from homes where children have become lead poisoned. Students are discovering how their laboratory skills can be used to help create a healthier home environment for disadvantaged youth.