March 12 2014

Teaching and Learning Through the Use of Controversies

Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

11:30 - 1:30

1200 MPS

Lunch Provided


Why would anyone want to introduce controversies into their classroom? This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to see how structured controversies are developed, implemented, and managed at various scales in the classroom to facilitate active and cooperative learning environments as well as to meet various teaching and learning objectives. As an outcome of the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to develop a structured controversy that they can use in their own classroom to meet desired teaching and learning objectives. Participants are encouraged to think about a controversial topic in their own discipline that they would be willing to share with the group. Materials to develop structured controversies as well as supportive readings will be distributed at the program.

About Rique Campa

Henry (Rique) Campa, III is an Associate Dean in the Graduate School and a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU). In his roles as an Associate Dean, he develops, implements, and evaluates career and professional development programs associated with MSU’s PREP (Planning, Resilience, Engagement, and Professionalism) program. In addition, he also directs activities at MSU associated with the NSF-funded CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) Network. Rique’s research interests are in the areas of wildlife-habitat relationships, ecosystem management, effects of disturbances on wildlife, and the professional development of graduate education. He has conducted ecological research throughout the U.S. and in Kenya and Nepal. Before coming to MSU, Rique worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a Wildlife Research Biologist. Rique has served in leadership positions for The Wildlife Society (TWS) at the national, regional, and state levels and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with TWS. Rique teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and has taught study abroad courses in Kenya and the Bahamas. At MSU, he has been awarded a Lilly Teaching Fellowship and the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award. In 2004, Rique was selected as an “exemplary teaching professor” to participate in the National Case Study of Learner-Centered Approaches in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. In 2011, Rique received The Wildlife Society’s Excellence in Wildlife Education Award. He received a B.S. in wildlife management from the University of Missouri-Columbia and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife ecology from MSU.

Video of the Session

Henry (Rique) Campa, III, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, The Graduate School