Professor Mark Allen Presents "Engaging Students ? Innovation in Teaching and Learning"


Professor Mark Allen Presents "Engaging Students ? Innovation in Teaching and Learning"
Professor Mark Allen reviews digital maps with his students to help piece together and preserve the history of the Red Mountain region as part of a service-learning course.
As part of Allen's course, Anthropology student Chris Duran and alumnus Bill Gillean measure stone locations in the Native American hunting blinds.

Mark Allen, associate professor in Geography & Anthropology, will present “Engaging Students  Innovation in Teaching and Learning” on Thursday, April 13, noon to 1 p.m., in the Bronco Student Center's Orion Suite. The event is sponsored by the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) Learning and Teaching Committee, the Faculty Center for Professional Development and the Center for Community Service-Learning.

Allen, recipient of the 2005 CLASS Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, will discuss how he successfully integrates service-learning into his teaching. In addition, students from his class will share their experiences about how working in the community enhanced their learning.

Allen currently teaches ANT 397 Cultural Resource Management. Each year, he and a band of students trek out to Red Mountain, a landmark visible 60 miles distant in the Mojave Desert. With the support of an annual $5,000 grant from the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees this archaeological district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the group helps to piece together and preserve the history of the region for future visitors to enjoy.

The campus community is invited to attend Allen's discussion on service-learning. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jonnie Owens, CLASS community outreach coordinator, at (909) 869-4689 or by e-mail at jjowens@cpp.edu.