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Pillars Plenary with Edwards

Learning Beyond the Classroom: A Curricular Approach, November 10

The offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs invite faculty and staff educators to join them on Thursday, November 10, at 2:30 p.m. as they host nationally known educator and beyond-the-classroom curriculum expert Dr. Keith Edwards. Dr. Edwards’ presentation will illuminate the purpose and desired effect of the University’s Pillar initiative on the student experience outside the classroom. The event will include time for Q & A afterwards.

The University Pillar initiative strives to significantly enhance the student experience outside the classroom. When operational, this approach will not only complement but directly contribute to students’ holistic educational experience at Southern Miss.  The support services and engagement professionals across the divisions of Student and Academic Affairs are ready for this new approach to their work and excited about the potential to transform their contribution to student success at Southern Miss.  We hope all staff and faculty educators will make plans to join us for this unique learning opportunity. Please register for the event linked below if you plan on attending this session. While the presentation will be delivered virtually, we are offering an in-person viewing option as well as a social for all campus viewers to follow in the Union, room B. 

Thursday, November 10, 2022  |  2:30 pm  |  R.C. Cook Union, room B

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Who is Keith Edwards?

Keith Edwards photoOver the past 20 years Keith has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and written more than 20 articles or book chapters on sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, curricular approaches, and social justice education. Keith has three times chaired and regularly serves as a faculty member for ACPA’s Institute on the Curricular Approach. He has facilitated or co-facilitated workshops with more than 80 different campuses on designing and implementing an intentional student learning focused approach in student affairs. He is the co-author of the book The Curricular Approach in Student Affairs and the article Shifting to Curricular Approaches to Learning Beyond the Classroom. His research, writing, and speaking has received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. Keith also co-edited the book Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education. His TEDx Talk on preventing sexual violence has been viewed around the world. He is co-host of Student Affairs NOW, the premier podcast for student affairs. 

Keith was previously the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN for 8 years. He also taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years as an affiliate faculty member at the University of St. Thomas. 

Optional Readings of Interest: 
Shifting to a Curricular Approach
Are all of Your Educators Educating?
Learning Reconsidered

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