New UND Discovery Magazine Focuses On ‘Teaching: The Art And The Science’

Left to right: Mark Guy, Teaching and Learning; Renee Mabey, Physical Therapy; and Tim Young, Physics and Astrophysics.

The new edition of UND Discovery magazine, available campus wide now and online, focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and how University faculty members’ research is improving the art and science of education. This and many more UND-related research stories are available in the spring-summer edition of the magazine, the official pubication of University research creative activity and economic devlopment.

Pedagogy: the holistic science of education. For more than 10 years, at least, UND scholars have made a concerted effort to become pedagogical pros. They’re now at the forefront of a scientific movement to deepen and improve the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) through their research.

No one project exemplifies this movement more than the Bush Teaching Scholars program, which, between 2001 and 2006, trained nearly 40 UND faculty members in SoTL research methods as part of a major Office of Instructional Development grant from the Bush Foundation. Thirty-two of those scholars, representing disparate disciplines, are still at UND today.

Their research and scholarship has resulted in an extensive 13-page bibliography of research publication and presentations. Our cover story features a number of these scholars, such as Renee Mabey (physical therapy), Jeff Carmichael (biology) and Rick Van Eck (teaching and learning). We take time learn about their research, from them, in their own words; and discover why it’s meaningful to the future of teaching and learning – which, by any measure, is the core of the University mission.

Also, in this issue, we’ll also introduce you to Sagini “Jared” Keengwe, a native of Kenya and a prolific researcher in the Department of Teaching and Learning. He’s finding new ways to effectively and appropriately integrate new technology in the classroom and passing on those lessons to UND education students.

Then there’s a story on Dr. Edward Sauter, at the Medical School, whose promising research and technology related to early breast cancer detection has garnered a partnership with a private sector company. We take you on a tour of the new “Fuels of the Future” facilty at the Energy & Environmental Research Center. We’ll also explore how three UND scientists — Wayne Seames, Brian Tande and Elena Kubatova — are greening up an entire industry with a new invention.

So, please, pick up another exceptional issue of UND Discovery or read it online here!