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Civic Skill Development in the Classroom and Beyond
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 8:30am to Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 10:00am

Carnegie Conversation Event

Civic Skill Development in the Classroom and Beyond

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

8:30 - 10:00 AM

Smith Memorial Student Union Center

Room 236

Please RSVP to or 503.725.5642

A light breakfast will be served 

Faculty, staff, students & the public are invited to attend.

Are you interested in learning some new teaching techniques that help students build the skills to work effectively in groups?

Would you like to help your students practice public engagement within the walls or your class?

Join the Center for Academic Excellence in a curriculum workshop with Mary Kirlin, Public Administration faculty member at CSU-Sacramento. Dr. Kirlin utilizes innovative teaching strategies to engage students in classroom activities that help them effectively work in public arenas. She will provide a theoretical framework and several examples that can be applied to a course you are teaching right now.

Mary Kirlin spent 15 years working for California elected officials in state and local government before entering the academy. She worked on policy issues ranging from transportation to housing finance and education. Kirlin served in a variety of roles including chief of staff to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1998 she opted for a career change and joined the faculty of Indiana Purdue University - Indianapolis. She returned to California in 2002. During her academic career she has nurtured her long-standing interest in issues pertaining to civic engagement with a special interest in civic skill development.

Kirlin is active in many California State University system-wide efforts to encourage civic engagement, and in the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a national K-12 civic engagement movement. She teaches introductory and advanced public management and budgeting and finance courses in Sacramento State's Masters in Public Policy and Administration program. She is the campus coordinator for the American Democracy Project, a project director for the campus service learning office and has spent the past year working with the Sacramento State accreditation team on campus engagement activities.