Dean Presents 'Global Thinking in a Great Commandment School'
November 30, 2009 - At the monthly meeting of the Union University faculty (approximately 200 faculty members) on November 30, Dr. Tom Rosebrough, Dean of the College of Education and Human Studies, presented his thoughts on the topic, "Global Thinking in a Great Commandment School." His presentation consisted of two parts, a response to President Dockery's Chapter Nine, "Thinking Globally about the Future," in his book, Renewing Minds, and a set of suggested action steps for Union faculty to consider.
As Dr. Rosebrough asked in the context of the Good Samaritan parable, "How can we in higher education 'go and do likewise'?" Or, more specifically, in light of the changing global and cultural landscape for education, how can Union with its distinctive mission respond? The dean discussed a number of topics, including future-thinking while connecting to the past, candlelit classrooms for intellectual illumination, authentic teaching, whole teachers for whole learners, focusing not just on what but who we teach, and service-learning. He also highlighted the Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) program for urban teachers as one way Union's School of Education seeks to fulfill the Great Commandment.