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Higher Education Exchange 2007

The Higher Education Exchange is an annual journal from the Kettering Foundation that serves as a forum for new ideas and dialogue between scholars and the larger public. Essays explore ways that students, administrators, and faculty can initiate and sustain an ongoing conversation about the public life they share.

The 2007 edition focuses on “growing public scholars.”  Below is an excerpt from the introduction…

When I begin work on an issue of the Higher Education Exchange, I often don’t know where the issue will end up. I hope that doesn’t come as a shock to any of you. I believe in a kind of serendipity, or even divine intervention, when it comes to identifying a theme for each issue. Maybe it’s a little bit like growing a garden. When you start with the right ingredients of good soil and plenty of water, you can’t help but end up with healthy plants. That doesn’t mean that you can just plant and cross your fingers, a little bit of care, thought, and expertise goes along with it too.

I admit, some years it’s easier than others. David Brown, co-editor of this journal, will ask me, “So, how are the articles shaping up? I’m always interested in seeing how you’ll make them come together in your foreword.” This year’s theme emerged fairly easily; the articles came together around the idea of “growing” public scholars.

The authors in this issue are open to experiments, honest about their struggles with teaching and doing research, but they are not shy about sharing the fruits of their work. Each article, whether written by a faculty member or administrator, has a student component to it. They are embracing the idea and practice of public scholarship, not only for themselves, but also with their students. And, as you will see in these essays and articles, the students are responding enthusiastically. I know it’s an old saw, but the faculty really do learn as much from the students as the students learn from their teachers.

– Deborah Witte, Editor of the Higher Education Exchange

…along with the contents of the journal…

Contents of the 2007 Edition

Deborah Witte

Public Scholarship, Graduate Education, and the Research University
John Gastil

Educating for Citizenship: An Interview
Mary Ann Murphy

Civic Deliberation in a College Writing Classroom
James S. Davis

An Artist’s Approach to Civic Engagement
Barbara Nesin

The Making of a Book: Exploring the Linkages Between Higher Education and Democracy
David W. Brown

Deliberation and Shared Leadership: An Interview
Dennis C. Roberts

Does American Democracy Still Work? By Alan Wolfe
Kenneth A. Brown, Reviewer

David Mathews

This edition of the journal is currently available as both a free download and in print (also free with shipping) from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link: http://kettering.org/periodicals/hex-2007/

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