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Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation

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Mission and Goals

The Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation facilitates an international conversation on adaptive, lifelong learning for an inclusive knowledge economy and the diverse partnerships and platforms facilitating this type of learning. 60 participants from 30 organizations spanning academia, community, industry, and K-12 are currently developing a forthcoming report and research agenda on these issues.

The report will be published on August 15, 2020, in partnership with Virginia Tech Publishing, the International Academic Forum and the Future Talent Council. The publishing of the report will be followed by the launching of working groups that will turn the report recommendations into action items. Participation in working groups is open through application. If you are interested in participating please contact the Calhoun Center at

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

Thanassis Rikakis

Thanassis Rikakis

Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Performing Arts, Calhoun Center Director
Catherine Amelink
Catherine Amelink

Acting Vice Provost for Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness, Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation

Amy Arnold
Amy Arnold

Research Associate, Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation

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Kim Carlson

Associate Professor of Practice, Pamplin College of Business

Rebecca Clark-StallKam
Rebecca Clark-Stallkamp

Research Associate, Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation

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Matt Holt

Professor and Department Head, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics

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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

Jake Keyel
Jared Keyel

Research Associate, Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation

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Anne Khademian 

Presidential Fellow | Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

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Lisa McNair 

Associate Professor of Engineering Education

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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