Kent State professor to hold workshops on higher education reform

Contact: Deanne Puca
Photo of Dr. Paul L. Gaston III.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.−An international speaker on higher education reform, public policy and the humanities will be at Western Michigan University Thursday, March 19, for a daylong series of conversations and a keynote address on the reform movement in higher education.

Dr. Paul L. Gaston III currently serves as Kent State University’s sole Trustees Professor. A former provost at Kent State University, he is an expert on humanities and higher education reform, as well as public policy and assessment. His experience in innovation extends from campuswide overhauls to the nuts and bolts of effective teaching.

Workshops and keynote

Gaston will hold three drop-in workshops during the day in 105-107 Bernhard Center.

  • 9 to 10 a.m., "50 Potholes to Gen Ed Reform: The Politics and Promise of Campus Change."
  • 1 to 2 p.m., "Scaffolding a New Curriculum: Current Best Practices."
  • 2 to 3 p.m., "The Classroom Paradigm Shift: From Content Delivery to Facilitating Learning."

A keynote address will be "One Word Behind Student-Centered Curricula (It's Not 'Plastics')" at 4 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium.

Paul L. Gaston III

Gaston has been a principal speaker in venues around the world. In 2007-09, he offered major addresses on health care legislation, the Italian novel, computer dominated futures trading, the future of the book, the Bologna Process, and U.S. higher education legislation.

He is the author of three books and of more than 40 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from interart analogies, the poetry of George Herbert and the fiction of Walker Percy, to academic strategic planning, the Higher Education Act and the assessment of educational outcomes.

For more information, contact James Dunnigan, graduate assistant for the Ad Hoc Committee on General Education, at

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