The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute will hold its Third Annual Symposium on Communication and Communication-Intensive Instruction on Friday, 11 October 2002, on the campus of Baruch College. This encounter is a unique opportunity for one hundred leading educators and business professionals from the New York tri-state area and from around the country to interact in an intimate setting over a shared agenda. Faculty traveling to the tri-state area will be given an honorarium of $500 to defray costs associated with attending the meeting.
This year's topic is Teaching Content and Communication. Business professionals and academics often feel they must choose between one or the other. As a result, some view good communication as a ?luxury,? something to be done at an earlier stage or something that should be ?remedied? outside the regular curriculum or normal business activities. The symposium will focus on ways to use oral, written and computer-mediated communication to teach both content and communication. In the morning, attendees will discuss issues relating to their integration in the world of business and academia. In the afternoon, attendees will meet in discipline-based groups in the arts and sciences, business, and the social sciences to consider how the issues raised in the morning can be applied concretely in individual disciplines.
The format is designed to provide a meaningful dialogue among educators and business professionals. Participants will submit short papers at the end of August (750-2,000 words) and indicate their preferences for discussion topics. In September, participants will receive the papers to be presented in concurrent discussion groups in the morning and the afternoon sessions. At the symposium, educators and business professionals will meet in mixed small groups of 5 to 7 to comment on the papers and to respond to a charge developed by a facilitator. Groups will report back on their deliberations to the others in plenary sessions. After the symposium, attendees will have an opportunity to develop their papers in the light of the symposium. The papers will be published in the Proceedings along with the facilitator?s summaries of the group discussions.
Academics, professionals and business people are invited to submit proposals for the morning and afternoon sessions from the list of suggested topics below. (A person may submit proposals for both the morning and afternoon sessions.) The submissions should indicate concrete issues to be addressed.
Suggested topics for the morning sessions
How does teaching both content and communication redefine the roles and expectations of students, academics and business professionals?
How can we build on academic experiences of communication in the professional and business world?
How does one create or develop a communication-intensive program in a business or professional organization, or in four-year or two-year colleges?
What are the desired outcomes for teaching content and communication and what strategies are recommended for arriving at them?
How can we foster dialogues between the academic and business/professional worlds in the classroom?
How can we use communication to transform a working or learning environment (what?s lost, what?s gained, and what remains the same)?
What are the fundamentals of communication for the twenty-first century?
Suggested topics for the afternoon sessions
Can one's discipline contribute to the mission of communication-intensive instruction?
May specific types of courses (i.e. surveys, courses in the major, capstone courses, etc.) or individual courses be redesigned to teach content and communication (i.e. in terms of teaching methods, approach to knowledge and learning, etc.)?
What changes are necessary to make the relationship among faculty and students (in class, outside of class, or on-line) pedagogically effective in terms of learning content and communication?
How may we design courses that better enable students to become practitioners in our disciplines?
Please send or e-mail your abstract to the address below.
Please include a brief biographical statement, along with a postal address and an e-mail address where you can be reached now and over the summer months.
The deadline for submitting proposals is June 15. Please note that the final version of papers will be due by August 31, 2002.
About the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
Founded in 1997, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute infuses oral, written and computer-mediated communication into the curriculum at Baruch College. The Institute emphasizes a philosophy of teaching rather than a quantification of communication-intensive activities with communication defined broadly as a purposeful activity imbedded in a discipline or context. Effective communication varies with the discipline and individual faculty members or with the type of business and individual practitioners in the field. For the past three years, the Institute has been bringing together leading educators and business professionals to discuss fundamental issues of communication shared by all. This dialogue identifies the issues and methods for encouraging students to become lifelong practitioners of good communication.
Paul Arpaia, Ph.D.
The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
Baruch College, Box-J 318
One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 646 312-2062
Fax: (646) 312-2061
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