Saint Martin’s hosts symposium on innovative teaching

September 17, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will host educators from local colleges and universities for a conversation about the ways that higher education can better engage 21st-century students. The symposium will take place on Friday, October 8 in Harned Hall, Rooms 109 and 110, at Saint Martin’s Lacey campus. “We want educators to share their ideas about innovative teaching methods that produce meaningful content and transformative experiences in the classroom,” says Irina Gendelman, assistant professor and instructional designer at Saint Martin’s. Presenters will be asked to represent their work and to be on-hand to discuss their work with others.

The half-day symposium will include individual presentations from noon-1 p.m. and then again between 4-5 p.m. Between 2- 4 p.m., a keynote panel and discussion will include Marilyn Frasca, artist and professor of art and writing at The Evergreen State College; Crispin Thurlow, associate professor of Communication at the University of Washington; and Leticia Nieto, a professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin’s University. The day will close with a poster forum and reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

Abstract submissions for the symposium must be received by September 29. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by September 30. For more information, or to submit abstracts for this symposium, please contact Irina Gendelman at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Vice president, marketing and communications
Saint Martin's University
5300 Pacific Avenue SE Lacey, WA 98503