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10/25/2004 Linfield faculty to discuss excellence in education

Three award-winning professors will discuss "Teaching Excellence at Linfield College" during the Edith Green Distinguished Professors Panel on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Panelists include Ron Mills, professor of art and current Edith Green Distinguished Professor. Mills will be joined by two former Edith Green award winners, Linda Olds, professor of psychology and religion, and Mike Roberts, professor of biology. Marvin Henberg, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, will moderate. The award, honoring Edith Green, a former teacher, Oregon congresswoman and Linfield trustee, is made annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching and related faculty roles.

Each of the faculty will discuss individual approaches to teaching and the ways in which students are engaged in a process that will lead to lifelong learning. Topics include mentoring, the role of experiential learning in education and the difference between teaching and professing. Other issues include empowering students in education, educating the whole person and keeping creativity alive for faculty and students. The important link between teaching and professional activity will also be discussed.

"At least in the arts, teaching and practice are inseparable insofar as we hope to leave students with a sense of what is possible in their own lives," said Mills. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California and a master’s of fine art from Claremont Graduate School.

Olds, who joined the Linfield faculty in 1975, was the first recipient of the Edith Green award in 1981. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She has served as a research fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. During a recent sabbatical, Olds completed a manuscript on teaching as a developmental path of individuation and transformation. She is also the author of "Metaphors of Interrelatedness" and "Fully Human."

For Roberts, a Linfield professor since 1981, teaching is not just a classroom activity.

"A lot of the time I’m spending with students in teaching situations is getting them to the realization that they are budding professionals, whether they’re going into research, clinical work or teaching," said Roberts, awarded the Edith Green in 1990. "I see my work with them as an important beginning to their careers as biologists or physicians."

Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, and both a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2499.