The Undergraduate Experience in the Liberal Arts

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts invites applications. This year we explore the full meaning of the undergraduate experience in the liberal arts with sessions ranging from innovation in the second year, to leadership development, innovative course design, team-based learning, project-based learning, to mention a few.  Scholars from Oxford College, Colgate University, University of Richmond, Stetson University, Georgia College and State University, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, and others will lead sessions.

This year’s keynote address “The Value and Values of the Liberal Arts” will be offered by Dean Doug Hicks.  We measure value in various ways.  This presentation will engage the current debates about the cost and value proposition of higher education and argue that we who teach in the liberal arts can broaden the conversation from value-talk to values-talk.  We educators should articulate for our students both the instrumental and intrinsic values of what a liberal arts education provides. 

Douglas A. Hicks is Dean and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religion at Oxford College of Emory University.  He formerly served on the faculty of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, and as Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Colgate University.  Hicks is author of four books, and editor of five additional volumes, on leadership, religion in politics and the workplace, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues.  In 2012, he received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), the commonwealth’s highest recognition for professors.