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NMSU's Teaching Academy hosts grand opening on campus

New Mexico State University will officially open its Teaching Academy at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, with a keynote presentation by Charles E. Glassick, a senior associate emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


k's keynote address, "The Four Scholarships: Discovery, Integration, Application, and Teaching," will be followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house in Milton Hall, including different courses of food and live music in each room hosted by the Office of the Provost. About 6,000 square feet of Milton Hall was renovated to house the Teaching Academy and the Office of Distance Education.

The ceremony is open to the public, but reservations are required by noon Monday, Aug. 25. Those who make a reservation will be sent an e-mail reminder, which will include the location of the keynote address.

Glassick previously served the Carnegie Foundation, a policy center devoted to strengthening America's schools and colleges, as interim president, vice chairman of the board of trustees and as a senior fellow. While a senior fellow, Glassick assisted in the preparation of major Carnegie reports including "Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate." Recently he co-authored "Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate." Glassick also served as president of Gettysburg College for 12 years, during which he was named in a national survey as one of the 100 "most effective college presidents."

The Teaching Academy was established in January by then-President Jay Gogue and Provost William Flores, who is now interim president. It was established by expanding the university's Center for Educational Development.

Tara Gray, a criminal justice professor who has lead faculty development training in more than 20 states, was selected to direct the academy. The goals of the Teaching Academy are to enhance teaching, support teachers and build a community among NMSU educators. Workshops, short courses, teaching conferences and library and online newsletters make up the four main initiatives.

In the first seven months of operation, 420 NMSU educators attended 3,400 hours of training and 14 events were hosted and attended by more than 1,000 participants.

Glassick also will lead workshops on Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Otero Room of Corbett Center. To register for the workshops or make a reservation for the grand opening go to www.teaching.nmsu.edu or call (505) 646-2299.