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John P. Ellbogen Summer Institute 2014

Designing Your First-Year Seminar


Do you have a passion for unlocking inquisitive minds? Do you love challenging, inspiring, and interacting with first-year students through active learning? If so, the 2014 John P. Ellbogen Summer Institute is for you.  

These workshops will provide an introduction to the philosophy, research, and best practices that support the significance of the First-Year Seminar. You will receive assistance and concentrated time to design your new course. Additionally, we will guide you through the course approval process. Successful applicants will be awarded a $1000 summer stipend to be paid in June 2014. 

For a list of resources from the Summer Institute, click here

Invited Facilitator - Brad Garner

    Brad Garner 

Brad Garner serves as director of Faculty Enrichment in the Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). Brad has been actively involved for several years in directing and teaching the first-year seminar on his campus.  Currently, he leads faculty enrichment efforts across the entire university.  Prior to moving into higher education, his career was focused on program and faculty development in K-12 public school settings where he worked as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, and administrator. Garner is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops and has authored and coauthor several publications, including Teaching in the First-Year Seminar (2011) and A Brief Guide to Millennial Learners (2007). His book Getting Employed, Staying Employed was recognized and honored as a Book of the Year by the President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. Most recently, Garner has been working with groups of teachers in Bosnia and China as part of an Educational Leadership Institute designed to empower teachers to be change agents in their own communities and schools. He also works with men in a faith and character-based initiative at Indiana's largest correctional facility and completed a three-month assignment in Zambia with a group of students from IWU.                 

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Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

1000 E. University, Dept. 3334

Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-4847


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