We are excited to announce the third annual Humanities Educators in STEM Environments conference. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, May 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, IN. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. However, if you plan to attend, please click here to register.
This year’s theme is “Surviving and Thriving in STEM Cultures.” Survival in STEM environments can mean many things: recruiting students into programs, retaining students in programs, obtaining resources (such as budgets, funding sources, faculty lines, additional services, support for new initiatives…the list goes on), or figuring out how to offer quality instruction while maintaining a reasonable workload. Beyond survival, however, we want our programs to thrive: to engage students in required courses, promote connections among our programs and other disciplines, create meaningful relationships with STEM faculty, and balance our identities as humanities educators with other identities we hold dear.
In the spirit of honoring the myriad meanings of “surviving and thriving,” this year’s conference provides a variety of ways to share your research, knowledge, experience, concerns, ponderings, reflections, or questions. In addition to the traditional panels and individual presentations, we welcome proposals for discussion and round table sessions as well as poster presentations.
Please see the following call for BIG or small Ideas to learn about the different ways to participate! Submission deadline is no later than 5pm, Friday, April 12, 2019 to email@example.com. All ideas will be screened by the HESE conference host planning committee. Applicants will be notified of idea acceptance via email on or before April 19, 2019.
For questions please contact Cortney Robbins, Associate Professor of English, at CRRobbins@IndianaTech.edu
Parking is available in Lot #1. Please click here to view the campus map.
|Time||Event and Location|
|10-10:30 a.m.||Registration and Introductions-Talwar Leadership Center|
|10:30-11:15 a.m.||Session 1A-Snyder Academic Center 246|
(Dis)Comfort Zones: Engaging STEM Students with Global Literature’s Real-World Contexts
Corey Taylor and Jody Jensen, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Humanities educators at many STEM institutions teach mainly or exclusively non-majors. As English professors, we strive to have our students—usually motivated, but sometimes incurious—engage meaningfully with literary texts and topics. Often, though, we require them to grapple with literature’s real-world contexts, which adds a layer of complexity to an already challenging task. The types of literature the presenters teach—Indian, South African, African American, and Irish—express lived experiences and portray historical events outside the scope of our students’ awareness, which requires us to contextualize readings in ways that sometimes cause students (and their instructors) discomfort. Our discussion will cover some of the challenges we have encountered, and the methods we have employed, to help students understand why literature matters beyond the classroom. We hope attendees share techniques for doing the same in their courses.
Session 1B-Snyder Academic Center 257
|11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.||Session 2A- Snyder Academic Center 246|
Graphic Novels and Mixed Media within STEM Environments
Tiffanie Goff and Joe Van Kerkhove, Tiffin University
In this session, Goff and Van Kerkhove will share individual ideas and experiences teaching literature and art to undergraduate students who are mostly non-majors pursuing degrees in STEM, business, or criminal justice fields. Goff’s presentation will focus on using graphic novels to teach an introduction to literature course, and participants will come away with information related to the use of five different graphic novels. Van Kerkhove will discuss how the students use mixed media approaches to create thoughtful works of art through improvisation, experimentation, editing and analysis. Van Kerkhove’s students organize their images to address how cultural behavior, beliefs, perceptions and values influence perspective. Finally, this presentation will describe an interdisciplinary project created to connect the professors’ visual arts and literary courses. This collaboration allowed students to explore the recent opioid epidemic in Ohio and resulted in a community awareness event on campus.
Session 2B- Snyder Academic Center 257
Josh Holden, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
|12:30-1:15 p.m.||Lunch-Talwar Leadership Center|
|1:30-2:15 p.m.||Session 3A– Snyder Academic Center 246|
In Defense of the Humanities
Cortney Robbins, Indiana Tech
Sometimes even professors of humanities subjects can lose sight of the unique learning experiences students may have in our disciplines. In a time where vocational majors are stressed (often to the detriment of humanities fields), it is important to remind ourselves of what our courses do that other courses do not. Drawing upon both primary and secondary research, the presenter will share classical and current, formal and informal defenses of humanities education in the hopes of reinvigorating the audience members’ purpose and passion for our subjects. The humanities within higher education should be seen as more than a service to the occupational majors, and this presentation will provide meaningful evidence of the impact humanistic learning can have upon students.
Teaching to Non-Majors
Session 3B- Snyder Academic Center 257
|2:30-3:15 p.m.||HESE 2019: Our Big Ideas to Survive and Thrive-Talwar Leadership Center|