March 26, 2012

By Caitlin Schudalla The NormanTranscript

NORMAN — A graduate student organization of the University of Oklahoma
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education is hosting a public panel discussion
titled “The Future of the Professoriate” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday in
the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.

The discussion, hosted by the Norman chapter of the Oklahoma Educational
Studies Association (OESA-Norman), will be in the Union’s Regents Room.

The panel will include OU Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Nancy Mergler,
Director of Teacher Education and Oklahoma State Regent Dr. Lisa Holder,
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Dr. Penny
Pasque and Professor of Advanced Professional and Special Services at the
University of Central Oklahoma Dr. Terry Spigner.

Panelists will be invited to contribute their expertise and insight into the
professoriate from such perspectives as administration, policy, research and
practice. They also will field questions from attending education students and
teachers and answer any questions the public may have.

“It is our sincere hope that this panel discussion will enable those who are
considering future careers as professors and provide a chance to learn more
about the potential opportunities and challenges that might affect their role
in higher education,” OESA-Norman president Goldie Thompson said.

Thompson said the organization’s primary goals in coordinating the panel
include providing graduate students with a concrete idea of the administrative
and policy issues that will affect their careers and shedding light on
evaluation assessments and responsibilities that may have been previously
unknown to them.

“This forum will be a great opportunity for graduate scholars to inquire
about current legislative concerns that could potentially affect them as
professors,” Thompson said.

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