Expert on Learning Communities visits YSU

Milton Cox will visit Youngstown State University to talk about learning communities.

Milton Cox

Milton D. Cox, director emeritus of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment at Miami University in Ohio, presents “Building a Culture for Assessment: The Impact of Faculty and Professional Learning” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 in the James Gallery of Kilcawley Center.

The presentation, which is open to the public, explores the gaps in higher education that have resisted closure since the 1920s: gaps between department silos, gaps rendering curricula nonintegrative, and gaps between “new” and traditional teaching approaches that assessment evidence shows no longer produces optimum learning for our students. The presentation, sponsored by the YSU Office of the Provost, the offices of Assessment and General Education, and the Faculty development program, will explore how faculty and professional learning communities have generated ways to begin to close these gaps and build programs based on assessment, learning, and community.

Cox founded and continues to direct the annual International Lilly Conference on College Teaching, now in its 32nd year. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and the Learning Communities Journal. He facilitates the Hesburgh Award-winning Teaching Scholars Faculty Learning Community, now in its 34th year. Cox has been project director of state and federal grants establishing faculty learning community programs at other universities, is co-editor of the book, Building Faculty Learning Communities, and has visited more than 75 institutions around the world to consult on various issues in higher education. He is recipient of the C. C. MacDuffee Award for distinguished service to Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary, and a certificate of special achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in recognition and appreciation of notable contributions to the profession of faculty, instructional and organizational development.