Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

An Abundant Systems Framework in Higher Education

What if the questions we ask in higher education were focused on connection? What beautiful truths might we discover? How might the Abundant Systems framework open up new opportunities for transformational learning?

June 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning as an Act of Love

I believe connection is a central tenet of learning. Learning is not just an act of the mind. It is also an act of the heart and of identity.

January 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Part 5: Experiential Learning and the Future of Higher Education

Over the past two years, I was responsible for implementing our university’s strategic plan. One of the cornerstones of that plan was experiential learning. So, I’ve been thinking and talking … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Part 4: Courage and Leadership in the Future of Higher Ed

In my last post I talked about the importance of helping students in higher education build skills like critical thinking, creativity, and empathy. As technology continues to develop in leaps … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Part 3: Courage and Creativity as the Future of Higher Ed.

Despite frequent calls to consider return on investment, higher education is not just about preparing people for certain jobs. Yes, job readiness and skill and knowledge building are important. But … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

Part 2: Curiosity, Courage and Creativity as the Future of Higher Ed

“Our work is not merely to share information but to share in the intellectual and spiritual growth of our students.” -bell hoooks, Teaching to Transgress Our work is to share in … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Part 1: Using Curiosity, Courage and Caring to Promote Civil Discourse in the Classroom

It seems like everywhere we look these days, there are people yelling at one another, disagreeing vehemently, and sometimes violently, over everything from politics to gun control to health care … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment
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