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Educating Character Across Differences: Cultivating Communities of Character in the University

Jesmyn Ward—author, professor, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient—will kick off a major conference hosted by the Educating Character Initiative (ECI) on behalf of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University. The conference, Educating Character Across Differences: Cultivating Communities of Character in the Universitywill be held December 5-7, 2024, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.


Educating Character Initiative Webinar Series: Character Program Spotlight

Join us for a series of workshops shining a spotlight on excellent programs in educating character, co-sponsored by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues:

Civic Humanism Centre for Character and Professional Ethics (University of Navarra)

Session Leaders: Emma Cohen de Lara, Director of the “Leadership as Service Program. Developing Purpose and Character”, University of Navarra & José M. Torralba, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Navarra

Date/Time: July 2, 2024 at 11 a.m.

Notes: Part of the Flourishing Student International Webinar Series, in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues


Course Design Workshop

Character Across the Curriculum: Equipping Faculty to Design Courses for Educating Character

The Character Across the Curriculum workshop aims to equip faculty to: 

The workshop will be led collaboratively by members of the Program for Leadership and Character with expertise in character theory and development, course design, and character assessment and measurement among undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Date/Time: July 8-10, 2024 at Wake Forest University


Previous Webinars

Session 1: How to Build the Institutional Capacity to Educate Character: Lessons Learned at Wake Forest University

Session Leaders: Michael Lamb, Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character, and Kenneth Townsend, Executive Director of Leadership and Character in the Professional Schools, Wake Forest University

Description: In this session Michael Lamb and Kenneth Townsend shared their experiences building institutional capacity for educating character by sharing insights from their work at Wake Forest University. They reflected on lessons learned while establishing the Program for Leadership and Character as they looked back on their efforts to engage diverse stakeholders, build faculty and staff partnerships, and support the character development of students. Watch their presentation here, or below:

Listen to the entire webinar presentation and a question-and-answer session below:


Session 2: Seven Strategies for Cultivating Virtue in the University

Session Leader: Michael Lamb, Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character, Wake Forest University

Description: In this session Michael Lamb will provide a theoretical framework and practical examples for seven strategies of character development: (1) habituation through practice, (2) reflection on personal experience, (3) engagement with virtuous exemplars, (4) dialogue that increases virtue literacy, (5) awareness of situational variables, (6) moral reminders, and (7) friendships of mutual accountability. Based on work at Wake Forest and with the Oxford Character Project, these seven strategies offer potential guidance for educators who aspire to develop character education programs in their institutions.

Listen to the entire webinar presentation and a question-and-answer session below:


Session 3: Teaching for Intellectual Virtues: Integrating Character Education with Academic Teaching and Learning

Session Leader: Jason Baehr, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

Description: For educators interested in forming the character of their students, it can be difficult to know how to integrate this concern with the everyday business of teaching academic content and skills. A focus on intellectual virtues – understood as the character attributes of good thinkers and learners – offers a promising way of addressing this challenge. In this session Jason Baehr, an expert on intellectual virtues and their cultivation, will provide an overview of intellectual virtues and identify some practical steps teachers can take to support their students’ growth in these qualities.


Session 4: Cultivating College Students’ Civic Character in the University Setting

Session Leaders: Diane Ryan, Associate Dean for Programs and Administration and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Studies and Human Development at the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and Sunah Hyun, Senior Researcher at Tisch College.

Description: During this session, Diane Ryan and Sunah Hyun will share a brief overview of the Tisch College of Civic Life to provide examples of their programs and best practices designed to foster students’ character development. The programs aim to equip students with the values, knowledge, and skills to address social issues and create meaningful change. Tisch College fosters a supportive community to enhance engagement at Tufts University and beyond. The session will also include an explanation of the evaluation framework and the development of objectives specific to different programs.

You can find the slides from this presentation here.


Session 5: Panel: Educating Character Across Differences

Panelists:
Robyn Ilten-Gee (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University) considers ways educators can facilitate moral decision-making and reasoning through social justice education and digital media production. She understands character to be a dynamic set of systems that grow and interact with our ever-changing contexts.
Chrystal Johnson (Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, Purdue University) works in the fields of character education, citizenship development, and the social studies. Her current research interests focus on race, culturally consonant pedagogy, character development, civic education, and schools of choice.
Ashley Floyd Kuntz, (Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Florida International University) emphasizes the connection between conceptions of the good life and character education on college campuses. As faculty at the nation’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institution, Dr. Kuntz participates in a multicultural, multinational, multilingual community with numerous opportunities to cultivate intellectual curiosity and humility.


Oxford Character Project (University of Oxford)

Session Leaders: Dr. Edward Brooks, Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project & Anjali Sarker, Programme Manager Oxford Character Project

Date/Time: February 29, 2024

Notes: Part of the Flourishing Student International Webinar Series, in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues


Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership (Ivey Business School)

Session Leaders: Dusya Vera, Executive Director, Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership, Professor, Strategy & General Management; & Gerard Seijts, Professor, Organizational Behaviour; former/founding Executive Director and Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership

Date/Time: May 15, 2024 at 10 a.m.

Notes: Part of the Flourishing Student International Webinar Series, in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues