published September 14, 2012

Midwest Symposium on Sustainability, Quantitative Reasoning, and the Liberal Arts

Announcement and Call for Proposals

Sustainability, Quantitative Reasoning and the Liberal Arts: Enhancing Student Success Through Civic Engagement

  • Saturday, November 10, 2012, Beloit College
  • 8:30 am to 3:45 pm
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: October 12, 2012
  • Deadline for conference registration: October 26, 2012

SENCER's Midwest Center for Innovation and Beloit College are pleased to sponsor the 2012 Midwest Regional SENCER symposium. The conference goals include:

  • Exploring the use of civic engagement to strengthen quantitative reasoning in courses across the curriculum.
  • Learning how to design a SENCER course, using civic engagement to strengthen student learning.
  • Promoting the incorporation of sustainability into the liberal arts curriculum.
  • Sharing examples of pedagogies across the disciplines that enhance civic engagement and student learning.
  • Strengthening our regional network.
  • Being able to tour Beloit College's new LEED Platinum Science Center, and learning how students contributed to its planning.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Cynthia Kaus, Chair of Mathematics Department, Metropolitan State University.

Dr. Kaus has pioneered the use of case studies and civic engagement around issues of environmental sustainability and social justice in Mathematics courses from statistics through calculus. Her course, Introductory Statistics with Community Based Projects was selected as a SENCER model course and is available here.

Call for proposals

We seek proposals for 20-minute presentations on activities, courses or projects that have incorporated civic engagement issues in courses within the liberal arts curriculum. We also seek posters about courses that you have done or are planning to do.

Your presentation should fit one of these themes:

  • Education for sustainability
  • Quantitative Reasoning across the disciplines
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations (within or between courses)
  • Civic engagement and its contribution to liberal learning goals

We will also have a hands-on SENCER course planning session. Proposal submission forms and conference registration forms are available from Doreen Dalman (, Marion Fass (, or Robert Seiser (

Preliminary Schedule

  • 8:30: Continental breakfast
  • 9:00: Welcome by Provost
  • 9:00-9:30: Introduction to SENCER
  • 9:30-10:30: Enhancing Student Learning in Mathematics through Civic Engagement: Strategies for reaching diverse learners
  • 10:30-10:45: Break
  • 10:45-12:00: Concurrent sessions 1
  • 12:00-12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30: Science building tours and poster session
  • 1:30-2:45: Concurrent sessions 2
  • 2:45-3:00: Break
  • 3:00-3:45: Closing session (TBA)

Photograph of Dr. Marion Fass