From Staff Reports

“Building Academic Centers of Excellence” is the title of a March 22 talk by Dr. David Drew of Claremont Graduate University. The talk is part of the Clemmer College of Education’s Dean’s Research Series at East Tennessee State University.

“An academic program, school or university must deliver both outstanding teaching and significant research,” Drew writes. “But these two goals require different skill sets, which sometimes creates frustration for individual professors and internal conflict for programs and schools.”

Drawing upon his own research and that of others, Drew will describe strategies that have been successful in creating centers of excellence that have transformed the academic landscape. Among the questions he will address is:  How can an institution grow and become more productive while respecting its history and retaining its identity?

Drew holds the Joseph B. Platt Chair in the Management of Technology at Claremont. His teaching focuses on quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, and model building. For 10 years, he served as Dean of Claremont’s School of Educational Studies. In the past few years, he has been a consultant or advisor to the senior leadership of the College Board, the Los Angeles Police Department, the international clothing company Patagonia, and the Nevada Higher Education System. His book “STEM the Tide:  Reforming Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in America” is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Drew received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Drew’s talk is open to ETSU faculty, staff and administrators. It will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Forum of the D.P. Culp University Center.  A reception will immediately follow.

For more information, email potterp@etsu.edu.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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