Dr. Richard Arum to Speak at TIEL Conference

Trocaire College is holding its first teaching and learning TIEL-logoconference–the Conference on Teaching Innovations and Enhancing Learning (TIEL)–on Saturday, April 9.

The TIEL Conference will have a theme of “Rebooting Critical Thinking,” and Dr. Richard Arum, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology with a joint appointment in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, will deliver the event’s keynote address.

The keynote, titled “Critical Thinking, College Experiences and Transitions to Adulthood: Lessons from ‘Aspiring Adults Adrift,”  documents how critical thinking skills and college experiences are related to students transitioning into well-equipped, industrious, employable adults.

The number one complaint that Fortune 500 businesses have about the college graduates these top-rated companies hire is that college graduates do not know how to think critically. They struggle when asked to solve “real world” problems or devise creative resolutions to difficult situations. Employers expect educators to better prepare the future workforce to meet ever-changing and challenging demands.

Based on longitudinal studies of students throughout their college years and after their graduation, the presentation will focus on answering questions such as:

  • What sort of post-college transitions—economic, social, and civic—can students accomplish as emerging adults who graduate during periods of significant economic difficulties in the United States?
  • How can students come to understand their college and post-college experiences in a larger context of the “real world?”
  • What factors affect student outcomes?
  • How can educators improve student learning outcomes and graduate students primed for success?

In addition to his appointments at New York University, Dr. Arum is also director of the Education Research Program of the Social Science Research Council, where he oversaw the development of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, a research consortium designed to conduct ongoing evaluation of the New York City public schools.

Additionally, he coauthored “Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates” (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” (University of Chicago Press, 2011), and is the author of “Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority in American Schools” (Harvard University Press, 2003).

Arum is the co-editor of a study on expansion, differentiation, and access to higher education in 15 countries, Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007), as well as the cross-national project Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective (Stanford University Press, 2012).

He was a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2013-2015, and he received a master’s of education degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

There is still time to register for the TIEL Conference! Do so here: www.trocaire.edu/donate/tiel-conference-registration.