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Faculty come together in pursuit of excellence
IPLA conference aims to increase teaching skills in the liberal arts
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The third annual Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts (IPLA), sponsored by Oxford College’s Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) and Emory University’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE), concluded today on the Oxford College campus.  Participants included faculty from Oxford College, Emory College, Georgia Gwinnett College and Newton High School.


“We consider IPLA 2009 an unqualified success,” said Dr. Jeffery Galle, CAE Director.  “The collegiality of the group, the sharing of ideas and the superb leadership from our instructors created an innovative and stimulating experience for every participant.  All institutions represented will benefit.”


Designed as a four-day seminar consisting of two two-day sessions, the institute offers participants the opportunity to work with experts and scholars in examining a variety of pedagogical subjects.  This year, topics included using technology in the classroom; debate, argument and advocacy for engaged learning; problem-based learning; writing across disciplines; and pedagogies of engagement. 


The six faculty members  from Newton High School—Kristina Collins, Lisa Oswald, George Miles, Paige Meakins, Diana Brown, and Jamie Summerour—will be involved in the Academy of the Liberal Arts of Newton High School (ALANHS), a rigorous educational program that will be inaugurated this fall.  Their participation in the institute is one of the ways in which Oxford will lend support to the program.


“Having Oxford College of Emory University as a partner in the development and implementation of the Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School creates more meaningful pedagogical opportunities for our teachers as well as educationally for the participating students,” said Dr. Roderick Sams, principal of Newton High School. “ We are thrilled to have Newton High School closely aligned with an institution of higher learning as prestigious and accomplished as Oxford College of Emory University. We look forward to building a long lasting partnership that will benefit the entire community.”A