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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series discusses students’ critical thinking skills in writing

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – 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 3:00pm, Thursday, September 27th 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 3:00pm-4:30pm in the MUC, Room 303 and include the following:

Provost Lecture Series for 2012-13
October 4th Dr. Becky Starnes
October 11th Naomi Rendina, Alexandra Wills, Lisa Kurtz
October 18th Kathy Heuston
October 25th Jordy Rocheleau
November 1st Kevin Tanner
November 8th Lindsay Szramek
November 15th Dr. Antonio Thompson
November 29th Leong Lee
January 10th Taj Hashmi
January 17th Foloshade Agusto
January 24th Mercy Cannon
January 31st C.M. Gienger
February 7th Tatsushi Hirono
February 12th Christopher Burawa
February 14th Alex King
February 21st Andriy Kovalskyy
February 28th Suta Lee
March 7th Sergei Markov
March 21st Kristofer Ray
March 28th Ayman Alzaatreh
April 4th Stephen Truhon
April 11th Jason Verber
April 18th Paul Collins
April 19th 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 johnsonb@apsu.edu.


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