David Arendale


Grade(s): College


Greetings! At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities I serve as an Associate Professor in History & Higher Education and Co-Director of the Thomas P. Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education. My home academic department is Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. I teach an undergraduate world history course and a graduate education course for teachers to embed best practices of student engagement, enrichment and academic support within their college courses. My work with the Jandris Center is to identify, validate, and disseminate promising and best practices in higher education related to teaching and learning, leadership, and civic engagement.

I investigate the history of postsecondary college access, developmental education, and academic interventions supporting improved student achievement and persistence. I also work with other institutions to share practices that improve academic achievement for their students. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, I served as Senior Research Fellow for the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, National Project Director of Supplemental Instruction, and Interim Director for the Center for Academic Development. In the mid 1990s I led the National Association for Development Education as president. In 2000, the American Council of Developmental Education Associations selected me for induction as a Founding Fellow of the profession.

I enjoy making a difference by improving the academic achievement and success of students. My personal mission statement is "equipping others for service." A primary task for me is preparing students for a lifetime of service to community and country. Another dimension of my mission is sharing best practices with others. We do not need to "reinvent the wheel" regarding best educational practices. Instead, we must effectively communicate what already exists to others. Use of the Internet, publications, presentations, and workshops communicates them to others.

Favorite Subjects

Study Skills, History, Religion, Learning Strategies, Education




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