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Developing Future Leaders in Your Discipline: Leadership Through Research and Applied Experiences

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
10:50 AM - 11:40 AM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Do you see untapped leadership potential in some of your students? Have you considered that a spark in the classroom may ultimately lead to a students' deeper engagement in learning from research, internships, or other beyond the classroom experiences? While students often make their own choices regarding their beyond the classroom engagement (e.g., research, internships, study abroad), faculty can provide the necessary connection between these experiences and student's major and professional goals. This is especially true as we encourage students to take advantage of all of the opportunities at a major public research university.

This session will share our experience in supporting students' professional and leadership development through mentorship and engagement in research, professional practice, and study abroad. We also invite participants to share their experiences and discuss how we can support achieving students' goals.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and College of Engineering and Computing.



John Grady
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director
Sport and Entertainment Management

John Grady is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in Sport and Entertainment Management in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. His law degree and PhD are from Florida State University. His research interests focus primarily on the legal aspects of the business of sport, including issues impacting sponsorship of the Olympics. He is past-president of the Sport and Recreation Law Association and a Research Fellow from this same organization. He has been recognized for both his teaching and research through awards including the Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor award (2013), the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award (2014), the Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year Award (2015), and the Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students (2017).


John Weidner
Professor and Department Chair
Chemical Engineering

John Weidner is Department Chair and Campaign for Excellence Professor of Chemical Engineering. Weidner has published over 100 refereed journal articles in the field of electrochemical engineering, particularly in the areas of batteries, fuel cells, and hydrogen production processes. He has been a visiting scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of California-Berkeley, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany. He has been recognized for both his teaching and research through such awards as a USC Golden Key Faculty Award for Excellence in Integrating Undergraduate Teaching & Research, the USC Educational Foundation Award for Research in Science, Mathematics and Engineering (2013), the Energy Summit Education Leader Award from the Charlotte Business Journal (2016) and a USC Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award (2017).



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