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2013 Transformations Conference

Wednesday, March 20

Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: Have we already arrived - or have we yet to begin?
10:00 AM - STEW 302

Mitchell R. Hammer | Principal, IDI, LLC, and Professor Emeritus, American University, Washington DC

Dr. Hammer's presentation will address such questions as how prepared are our universities in helping student's navigate cultural differences domestically within the United States and globally? What is the role of faculty, administra- tion and staff in building intercultural competence across the university experience, and in meeting our institutional responsibilities. What teaching and learning strategies and experiences are successful in developing intercultural competence? In addition, Dr. Hammer will present recent findings on how universi- ties are systematically developing intercultural competence based on insights from their use of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).


Thursday, March 21

Unpacking the Effects of Demographic Diversity in Multidisciplinary Groups
9:00 AM - STEW 218AB

Aparna Joshi | Associate Professor of Management & Organization | Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Aparna Joshi’s work focuses on multilevel issues in workplace diversity, gender issues in science and engineering, collaboration in global and distributed teams, generational issues in the workplace, and international and cross-cultural management. Her work in the area of gender dynamics in engineering work groups was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Joshi’s research appears in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science. Professor Joshi is a recipient of the Academy of Management’s Saroj Parasuraman Award.

Rethinking Diversity and Inclusion: Transforming Undergraduate Courses
10:30 AM - STEW 218C

Thomas F. Nelson Laird | Associate Professor of Education Leadership & Policy Studies | Indiana University

Dr. Nelson Laird teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program of the Indiana University School of Education. His research focuses on effective teaching practices, student experiences with diversity, and deep approaches to learning. Dr. Nelson Laird’s recent publications appear in the top journals in his field, including the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development, as well as publications that reach wider audiences of administrators (e.g. Liberal Education) and teaching faculty (e.g. the Journal of General Education). His research has been recognized by higher education associations, such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and the Teagle Foundation funded a project of his examining the relationships between deep approaches to learning and critical and reflective thinking outcomes.