Dr. John Westlie, professor of French, will deliver the Carl F. Willard Distinguished Teacher Lecture at 7 p.m. November 8 in Yates-Gill College Union on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The lecture is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.
Dr. Westlie’s topic is “Teaching for Transformation,” and he will explore such issues as “Can our teaching help transform individuals and help them reach their highest potential? How do we use course design and classroom activities to help students bring forward those abilities, already inherent in them, that will not only help them learn but make them better individuals?” Dr. Westlie received his B.A. from New College, his M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
The Willard Lecture is named for the late Carl Willard, a trustee at William Jewell from 1967-1991. To honor Willard’s memory and perpetuate his ideals, friends established the Carl F. Willard Distinguished Teacher Award at William Jewell as a continuing investment in tomorrow’s leaders. The Faculty Development Committee recommends honorees to the provost and president of the College, who make the final selection for the annual award.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.