Northwestern University

Thu 6:00 PM

Continuing and Professional Education in Service of Democracy

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Peter Paul Kaye  

Group: One Book One Northwestern 2017-2018

Category: Lectures & Meetings



Event Details

Continuing education has long served the needs of democracy, from early 20th century efforts to produce an educated and skilled citizenry to current online innovations that push the boundaries of learning methodology and accessibility. This panel presentation features faculty who will discuss the history and future directions of continuing education, as well as students who will address how such education has transformed their own lives.

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Presented by:

Thomas F. Gibbons
Dean of the School of Professional Studies

Thomas F. Gibbons is the dean of Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies, which offers adult learners a broad array of graduate, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and professional development certificate programs. Gibbons launched Northwestern's first fully online master's degree in 1995 and has since developed many other award-winning distance education academic offerings, including an assortment of online professional certificate programs, attended by students throughout the United States and from more than 40 nations. He has also played a part in the development of nearly 20 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) at Northwestern in partnership with Coursera. Gibbons, who is an attorney and holds a senior lecturer appointment at Northwestern's School of Law, teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in conflict resolution, negotiations and mediation, and has won three Distinguishing Teaching Awards at the University.


Peter Kaye
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Programs

Peter Kaye has been an educator for virtually all of his adult life, though his career has included different paths. For the last 15 years, he has been an administrator and teacher at the School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Northwestern University, which has been providing education for working adults since 1933. Peter is responsible for the SPS undergraduate degree-completion programs, which include 12 majors, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Those credit programs are designed for people who are preparing for professional or graduate school or desiring to advance professionally by adding to their knowledge and skill sets. Peter earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, with a specialization in English and Humanities. He has been teaching here since 1988, originally combining adjunct teaching with his previous work in educational publishing.

Leslie Fischer
Lecturer, The Cook Family Writing Program and the School of Professional Studies

Leslie Fischer has taught English, Communication, and Literature at the School of Professional Studies since 1989, so she has seen many changes in the continuing education landscape. She recently earned an MS in Information Design and Strategy at SPS. She also serves as the SPS Program Adviser for the Organization Behavior major and Business Leadership cohort program. Leslie has been on the faculty of Northwestern's Cook Family Writing Program since 1998 and teaches Design Thinking and Communication, a program for first-year students at the McCormick School of Engineering.

Sponsored by the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

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