April 2016

April 01, 2016

A few months ago, I shared some of my thoughts on the ways that student learning and faculty research are intertwined at a research university like the UA. I argued for the importance of an immersive learning environment, particularly in classroom and curriculum design, and tried to show why the collegiality of the university environment and faculty members' technical expertise in research methods are important contributors to student learning.

In this post, I would like to continue that discussion by examining the links between faculty research and what we have called student engagement at the UA. My aim is to show why the professional expertise that faculty develop in particular content areas, coming from their training and research endeavors, is critical for student learning. If immersive learning in the classroom prepares students to...