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Faculty Summer Seminar 2012: “What is Critical Thinking?”
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p p question markThe Center for Catholic Studies and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership present the 2012 Faculty Summer Seminar, entitled “What is Critical Thinking?”. The seminar will take place Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be held in the Bishop Dougherty University Center’s Chancellor’s Suite. The seminar will be facilitated by Richard Grallo, Ph.D. The registration deadline is April 25, 2012. Apply by indicating your interest to Francia Peterson at or call (973) 313-6042.

About the Seminar
Among the Core Proficiencies fostered by Seton Hall University is “critical thinking.” While it is a key proficiency in and of itself, it is also crucial to an understanding of the other proficiencies as well: oral communication, reading/writing, numeracy, information fluency. The seminar will treat:

  • The components of critical thinking: actions, events, operations
  • How these coalesce into a process
  • How these relate to teaching
  • The role of critical thinking in personal development
  • Judgment and decision making
  • The role of belief
  • Critical thinking in an era of assessment.

Since 1998, the Faculty Summer Seminar has provided the opportunity for faculty to reflect in depth on topics central to the purpose of learning and teaching at Seton Hall University. Participants will receive a stipend of $300 for the seminar. Participating faculty will be expected to discuss certain texts and to write a short paper about the topic from their own perspective and discipline. These articles will be collected and published online. Articles will be expected four weeks from the end of the seminar. Twenty faculty will be accepted. The seminar is open to all faculty, and priority will be given to those who have not attended in the past.

About the Facilitator
Richard Grallo is currently professor of applied psychology in the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education at Metropolitan College of New York. He is also Special Advisor to the President for Academic Outcomes Assessment. Dr. Grallo began teaching at the College in 1983 and currently teaches courses in applied psychology and statistics. He has also taught counseling and research methodology. He is a Fellow at the Albert Ellis Institute, President of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research, a member of Phi Delta Kappa and numerous other professional organizations. His current research interests include problem solving, decision-making, self-regulation of learning and the application of mathematical models and multivariate methods to social science problems.

About the Center for Catholic Studies
Seton Hall University’s Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. To that end, it sponsors an undergraduate degree program for students, focusing on interdisciplinary studies, with opportunities for community, service, scholarship and foreign study. The Center is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, and the Micah Institute for Business and Economics, and their publications. The Center offers study and research, as well as an ongoing program on faith and culture, social justice, business and the economy, for audiences world-wide. For more information »

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For more information please contact:
Francia Peterson
(973) 313-6042


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