EMU professor one of two from Michigan to be named 2005 Carnegie Scholar
YPSILANTI - Jeffrey Bernstein, associate professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University, has been selected as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar by The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).
Bernstein is one of only two faculty in Michigan named and one of 21 scholars selected from more than 300 U.S. and international applicants.
“I am delighted and not the least surprised that Dr. Bernstein applied for and received this prestigious appointment as a Carnegie Scholar. The program comes out of the belief that teaching is not just an activity by faculty, but a relationship between faculty and students engaged in learning together,” said Linda Pritchard, dean of EMU’s College of Arts and Sciences.
“His commitment to EMU students epitomizes the integrated relationship of teaching and learning. He will bring back a rich experience to the campus from committed teacher-scholars around the country,” she said.
“Jeff is one of our most outstanding teachers in political science. He loves to teach and he’s great at it. Students appreciate his skill and enthusiasm, and he’s always interested in finding new approaches! Jeff’s award is indicative of his interest in great teaching, and the University’s response is indicative of our priorities to support great teaching,” said Raymond Rosenfeld, head of EMU’s Department of Political Science.
Each scholar designs a project to increase understanding and improve practices related to an important teaching and learning issue.
Bernstein will improve his simulation of the American legislative process to help students link what they do in a simulation to tasks they may one day perform as citizens in a democracy.
The objective is to strengthen students’ civic participation, including their sense of political engagement. He also will examine new techniques for evaluating student learning.
“I am very excited by the opportunity this award provides me. I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to use scholarly methods to assess how students learn about government in their classes. I am looking forward to having the time to think about these issues while having the supportive collaboration of my fellow Carnegie Scholars,” said Bernstein, a resident of Ann Arbor.
Bernstein will travel to The Carnegie Foundation at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., for 1-2 week periods in June 2005, January 2006 and June 2006. The scholars will present their work at professional conferences, attend workshops and institutes, and work with previous scholars.
Foundation founder Andrew Carnegie believed that knowledge liberates and enhances the lives of human beings. He also believed that teachers—those who disseminate, create and aid in the discovery of knowledge—had a special role in the world.
The Carnegie Scholars Program, started in 1998, supports the work of distinguished faculty who are contributing to an emerging scholarship of teaching and learning, said Lee Shulman, president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Foundation’s work is essential because teaching tends to be a private act that is rarely evaluated by professional peers.
Joanne Stewart, chemistry professor at Hope College, Holland, Mich., was the second Michigan Carnegie Scholar.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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