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Provost Lecture Series discusses students' critical thinking skills in writing


The effects of an intended audience on students’ critical thinking skills in writing assignments will be the topic of the next Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Gray Kane, faculty development analyst in APSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning, will present “Intended Audience and Critical Thinking Skills” at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303.

All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Kane said an intended audience can offer students an imagined vantage point for students to interrogate their own preconceptions.

“However, writing instructors should bear in mind that an improvement in critical thinking can worsen a student’s craft,” he said. “Competing thoughts can surface and compete for space in the student’s writing.”

Other errors can reveal tensions in the student’s thought processes that offer the writing instructor an opportunity, Kane said.

“The instructor can direct the student to a path out of intellectual conflict by assigning a carefully crafted intended audience who can lead the way,” he said.

Kane has a Ph.D. in composition theory from the University of Mississippi. In addition to serving as faculty development analyst, he teaches Composition I for the department of languages and literature.

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303 and include the following:

Oct. 4: Dr. Becky Starnes

Oct. 11: Naomi Rendina, Alexandra Wills, Lisa Kurtz

Oct. 18: Kathy Heuston

Oct. 25: Jordy Rocheleau

Nov. 1: Kevin Tanner

Nov. 8: Lindsay Szramek

Nov. 15: Dr. Antonio Thompson

Nov. 29: Leong Lee

Jan. 10: Taj Hashmi

Jan. 17: Foloshade Agusto

Jan. 24: Mercy Cannon

Jan. 31: C.M. Gienger

Feb. 7: Tatsushi Hirono

Feb. 12: Christopher Burawa

Feb. 14: Alex King

Feb. 21: Andriy Kovalskyy

Feb. 28: Suta Lee

March 7: Sergei Markov

March 21: Kristofer Ray

March 28: Ayman Alzaatreh

April 4: Stephen Truhon

April 11: Jason Verber

April 18: Paul Collins

April 19: Carol Baskauf

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931-221-7992 or email him at - Dr. Melony Shemberger