Center for Faculty Innovation

Creating Wicked Students: Designing Papers and Projects that Improve Student Agency (Workshop)

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location: Student Success Center room 4043; lunch will be provided.

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If you plan to attend, and would like to join us for lunch, please register before noon on Tue. Oct 8.


This workshop explores the “wicked problems” our students will face upon graduation—and what it takes to create wicked students capable of tackling these challenges. Participants will explore a variety of paper, project, and presentation designs that help all of our students develop this kind of thoughtful agency. Participants should come prepared to “mess up” some of the tidy projects they already assign students, building in more ambiguity, more complexity, and more challenge. 

Facilitator Paul Hanstedt, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Center for Academic Resources and Pedagogical Excellence at Washington & Lee University. He is experienced in leading general education and pedagogical reform in both the U.S. and Asia, and is the recipient of several teaching awards, including a 2013 State Council for Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2014 CASE-Carnegie Virginia Professor of the Year Award. He has authored several books, including GENERAL EDUCATION ESSENTIALS and CREATING WICKED STUDENTS. He received his B.A. from Luther College, his M.A. from Iowa State, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. You can find him on Twitter @curriculargeek. 

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying assignment designs that help students develop thoughtful agency to tackle a messy world; and
  • Complicating their own assignments for “wicked” students.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices;
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning); and
  • Integrating knowledge of student development models in teaching philosophies and practice. 

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please reach out to us at cfi@jmu.edu or (568-4846) with any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, dietary, etc.) you want us to know about.

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