Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation

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Mission and Goals

The Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation aims to facilitate a national conversation on adaptive, transdisciplinary life-long learning and the diverse partnerships and platforms that can facilitate this type of learning for the twenty-first century.  The Calhoun Center is connecting this conversation to the iterative planning of the Discovery program.

The Center is partnering with a number of other Virginia Tech entities and external institutions to host its first workshop on “adaptive life-long learning for an inclusive innovation economy” on October 27 and 28, 2019.

The center is also supporting the external assessment of the Calhoun Discovery Program. The primary goals of the external assessment is to assist the Discovery Program team to continuously improve the quality of the students’ learning experience as well as support the transdisciplinary teaching and scholarship of the Discovery Program faculty and the effectiveness of the external partnerships.   The Calhoun Center is also facilitating the external partnerships of the Discovery Program with industry, non-profit, and professional organizations and K-12 institutions.

The center aims to compile lessons learned from its research into a set of blueprints that can be applied by forward-looking educators inside and outside of Virginia Tech.

Calhoun Center Research Associates

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Kim Carlson

Assistant Professor of Practice, Pamplin College of Business

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Anne Khademian 

Presidential Fellow | Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

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Sylvester Johnson

Professor of Religion and Culture | Director of the Virginia Tech Center for the Humanities |  Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities Program

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Matt Holt

Professor and Department Head, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics

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Lisa McNair 

Associate Professor of Engineering Education

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Todd Nicewonger 

Project Director for Destination Areas

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Dale Pike

Executive Director and Associate Provost, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies

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Karen Eley Sanders

Associate Vice Provost for College Access, College Access Collaborative

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David Tegarden 

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science, Pamplin College of Business

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John Tracy

Retired Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of The Boeing Company