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UTPA hosts inaugural Research, Teaching and Learning Conference Feb. 15-16
By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Specialist
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Posted: 02/09/2007
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The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas-Pan American will host its first Research, Teaching and Learning in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Conference Feb. 15-16.

Throughout both days of the conference, faculty and graduate students from the UTPA Departments of Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology and Anthropology, and Sociology will be presenting descriptions of their research findings and teaching techniques through scheduled presentations, panel discussions and poster displays. All events will take place in Room 125, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building while posters by graduate and undergraduate students will be on display in the south foyer adjacent to Room 125.

“The conference will offer a unique variety of interdisciplinary topics that will be of interest to faculty and students alike,” said Dr. Frederick A. Ernst, UTPA professor of psychology and assistant dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Ernst said the conference will be highlighted by a keynote address Friday, Feb. 16 at 10:45 a.m.-noon from Dr. Matt Borreto, assistant professor of political science at the University of Washington, Seattle. Borreto, a member of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, will present “¡Si Se Puede! Latino Candidates and the Mobilization of Latino Voters.” Borreto’s research has focused on the political participation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States with specialization in Latino and immigrant voting behavior.

“Dr. Borreto is considered one of the leading scholars in the field of Latino politics and we (conference organizers) are very fortunate that he was available for this inaugural teaching and research conference,” Ernst said.

A post-conference teaching workshop will also be held Thursday, Feb. 22, noon-2 p.m. in Room 207, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building. Focusing on cooperative learning in the learner-centered research university, the workshop will feature Dr. Edythe Johnson Holubec, who has been associated with the work of David and Roger Johnson, leaders in research on student-to-student interaction and learning for the last 30 years.

Holubec has co-authored numerous books and articles on cooperative learning techniques and has used cooperative learning in teaching at many grade levels including The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Ph.D. from UT Austin and currently teaches seminars in cooperative learning worldwide.

Ernst said the post-conference workshop is appropriate for faculty from across the University, teaching assistants and students planning to enter the teaching profession. Attendance certificates will be provided to all attendees. Registration for the post-conference workshop is required by Monday, Feb. 19.

Contact Ernst to register for the post-conference workshop or for a detailed schedule of the conference at 956/381-2967 or via e-mail at fernst@utpa.edu.