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Lucas Center Authors Series


The Lucas Center Authors Series brings noted writers of teaching and learning in higher education to campus for faculty conversations, workshops, and professional development.

For more information about future events contact the Lucas Center.

Fall 2018

Andrew SolomonDr. Andrew Solomon
September 24th, 2018 
Andrew Solomon is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, NPR, and The New York Times Magazine. A lecturer and activist, he is the award winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.
Dr. Solomon hosted a student only conversation on inclusion and belonging as well as an open community talk titled Radical Compassion: How Inclusion Benefits Us All.

Spring 2018

Dr. Stephen Brookfield
January 24th, 2018 
Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, Australia and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings. He has written, co-written or edited eighteen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory. After 10 years as a Professor of Higher and Adult Education at Columbia University in New York, he now holds the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Brookfield was the keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for the second annual Lucas Symposium: Creative Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking.

Fall 2016

linda nilson keynoteDr. Linda Nilson
September 22nd, 2016
Linda B. Nilson is founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University. Her career as a full-time faculty development director spans 25 years. She has published many articles and book chapters and has given well over 400 keynotes, webinars, and live workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Nilson was the keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for the first annual Lucas Symposium: Showcasing Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning.



Spring 2016

linda shadiowDr. Linda Shadiow
March 18th, 2016
When Linda Shadiow began her English professorship and later educational foundations professorship at Montana State University and then Northern Arizona University in the 1980s, her loves of literature and theory propelled her. Between 2004 and 2013 she was director of the Faculty Professional Development Program at NAU.
In her 2013 book, What Our Stories Teach Us: A Guide to Critical Reflection for College Faculty (Jossey-Bass), she maps out avenues leading to deeper understandings of one’s teaching. She is a Northern Arizona University Professor Emerita.




Fall 2015

mark a mcdaniel

Dr. Mark McDaniel 
December 3rd, 2015
Mark A. McDaniel is the co-director of Washington University’s Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), established in 2011 to evaluate and implement new teaching methods using lessons drawn from the latest evidence-based research in the cognitive, learning and education sciences.
His 2014 book, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning with co-author Henry L. Roediger III, offers students of all ages a clear and compelling primer on the best and worst ways to store and retrieve new knowledge.
Sponsored by the Whitaker Center for STEM Education.

Spring 2015

peter feltonDr. Peter Felten
April 10th, 2015 
Dr. Felten will share his work on transformative undergraduate student experiences which result in high levels of student accomplishment we all desire. Dr. Felten is Assistant Provost for teaching and learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor of history at Elon University.
Dr. Felton is the author/co-author of multiple books on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including most recently the co-authored books Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching.