President's Teaching Scholars Program



Fall 2000 Retreat Report

"The Engaged Learner"
October 7 and 8, 2000


President's Teaching Scholars Attending: Gene Abrams, Brian Argrow, Bob Averbach, Marty Bickman, Bill Briggs, Jim Burkhart, Robert Camley, J.J. Cohen, Fred Coolidge, Anne Costain, Mike Cummings, Jim Curry, John Falconer, Laura Goodwin, Mike Grant, Tom Huber, Don Kleier, David Kroll, Clayton Lewis, John Mays, Ron Melicher, Dale Meyer, Hiroshi Motomura, Jim Palmer, Bob Pois, Harvey Segur, Nort Steuben, J. Michael Shull, Jim Symons, John Taylor, Don Warrick, and Denny Webster.

Also, Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoffman, CU President; Dr. Brian Binger; Mary Ann Shea, director of the President's Teaching Scholars Program; Mary McArthur, director of Publications and Creative Services; and Susan Barney-Jones, editor of theSilver and Gold Record.

Mary Ann Shea opened the retreat by saying that these retreats are always special occasions where we share a covenant among those who care deeply about teaching and learning and among those who are active both nationally and internationally in discovery and inquiry, research and scholarship. These retreats are also a time for building community, debate and discussion, and making plans for the future. These discussion are a time when we retreat into the snow and cold and talk about teaching and the synergy between teaching and research.

The President's Teaching Scholars have become known for assisting the campuses in developing a language about teaching and learning, for making public stories about teaching and learning, and for discussing and debating the broader intellectual issues of education and higher education, such as teaching, rich learning environments, our students, working with graduate students, curriculum and the discipline and how they are distinct from one another and how they are similar, and interdisciplinary work in both scholarship and teaching. The President's Teaching Scholars have assisted CU in building a culture of teaching and learning embodied in scholarship.

On these occasions, Mary Ann noted that we have always wanted our President to be with us. Because of the fall football schedule, we have often not had the company of our president. This marked a very special occasion because our new president, Betsy Hoffman, and Dr. Brian Binger, Betsy's spouse, were with us for this retreat.

Mike Shull, as a longtime friend and colleague of Betsy, was asked to introduce her. She has two Ph.D.s, one in history from Penn and one in economics from Cal Tech. She has been on the faculty at eight places: Florida, Northwestern, Purdue, Arizona, Wyoming, the dean of arts and sciences at Iowa State, provost at University of Illinois, Chicago, and now the president of CU. Her expertise includes history, microeconomics, applied microeconomics, economic history, natural law, natural resources, lots of experience with medical schools, and also with astrophysics while she was on on the board of the Space Telescope Science Institute. She has also been director of honors programs at two universities and may also become involved in ours. In summary Mike said that we are fortunate to have for the first time in twenty years a real scholar, a renaissance scholar as our president. She is an expert in many areas and active in research in many areas. She can provide leadership and inspiration for all of us.

Mary Ann Shea introduced the new President's Teaching Scholars:

From CU-Boulder, Brian Argrow, Aerospace Engineering, John Falconer, Chemical Engineering, and Jim Symons, Theatre and Dance, and from the CU-Health Sciences Center, David Kroll, Pharmacy.

Note: This report is not intended to be an exact or complete transcript of the conversations. These notes are provided to promote further reflection on the topics addressed.