Forum: Flagship U!

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MONDAYS, 5-6:15 p.m., SPRING 2020

The deadline to apply to our spring 2020 Honors College Forums (via this application form) is 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2019.

Are you ready to be an executive?

Flagship U! is aimed at students interested in leadership – whether in academe, a Fortune 500 company, public service or another endeavor. Flagship U! will offer an unparalleled opportunity for 14 undergraduate honors students to learn about leadership from Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in academic leadership. To stimulate and focus discussion, each of the students will be randomly assigned a role of an executive committee member for the duration of the class. The class will meet in Fowler House, Chancellor Steinmetz' home.

Once a week these honors students will convene around Chancellor Steinmetz' dining room table to discuss the most critical topics facing flagship campuses today. Each session of this one-hour course will be divided into two parts: "Academia in Review" and "Academic Expert." The first half involves discussion of current issues and news from flagship campuses; the second half spotlights discussion with administrative and faculty experts on key issues, such as:

  • State Funding/Serving the State
  • Access and Affordability
  • Faculty vs. Administrators
  • Student Activism
  • Enrollment Planning/Honors Colleges and Programs
  • Academic Freedom/Freedom of Speech
  • Athletics, Academics, and the Flagship U
  • Title IX and the American Campus
  • Guns on Campus
  • Alcohol Use/Substance Abuse
  • Glass Ceiling/Diversity and Inclusion
  • Flagship U vs. Ivies, Small Liberal Arts and Faith-Based Colleges
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Disciplinarity vs. Interdisciplinarity
  • Future of the Land-Grant University
  • Or, Other Timely Topics that Emerge 

What's in it for you:

  • Deeply informed, "birds-eye" view of the state flagship campus
  • Opportunity to connect with and learn from campus leaders
  • One hour of honors course credit

What's required from you:

  • Interview of a campus administrator
  • Coverage of the news at one flagship university
  • Research and presentation on one of the topics noted above
  • Newspaper-style editorials on key issues in higher education
  • Weekly attendance; sustained and thoughtful contribution to weekly discussion
  • Participation in open community events

About Joe Steinmetz:

man in red tie standing before columnsJoe E. Steinmetz became the sixth chancellor of the University of Arkansas on January 1, 2016.  Prior to this appointment, he was Ohio State’s chief academic officer. As executive vice president and provost, he oversaw the administration, coordination, and development of all academic functions of the university.

Dr. Steinmetz joined Ohio State in 2009 to serve as vice provost for arts and sciences and executive dean of the then-new College of Arts and Sciences. With his leadership, the former five independent colleges of arts and sciences were unified into the largest arts and sciences college in the country.

Before Ohio State, Dr. Steinmetz was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, where he was also a university distinguished professor.  Before Kansas, Dr. Steinmetz spent 19 years at Indiana University, Bloomington where he served as Chair of the Department of Psychology, Executive Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and a Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Science.

A nationally respected behavioral neuroscientist, Dr. Steinmetz was recognized in 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the fields of experimental psychology and neuroscience. In 2012 he was named an AAAS Fellow. His research interests include neuroanatomical and neurophysiological substrates of learning and memory; the effects of alcohol on neural and behavioral function; neurobiological and behavioral models of fetal alcohol syndrome; and the neurobiology of simple human learning, memory, and cognitive function.