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FAL 2016

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2 6 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U military, nobody told me about vocational rehabilitation. I want to be that direct con- nection so students know they have that option. I don't want them to find out 10 or 12 years too late, like I did." from the barracks to the blackboards Meanwhile, thousands of other young men and women across the United States are being introduced to military and university life at the same time through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), a college-based officer train- ing program in place on 275 campuses and more than 1,100 other affiliated institutions of higher education. ROTC students attend regular college classes as well as military training programs taught on or near campus. As it hap- pens, all cadets nationwide in the Army ROTC receive instruction from cadre and faculty who have trained at Fort Knox — an Army base just 40 miles south of UofL and home of the U.S. Army Cadet Command. A couple years ago, the commanding general of Cadet Command reached out to UofL's College of Education and Human Development in search of a rigorous program that would help ROTC faculty become more effective educators and better engage today's college students. CEHD professor and chair Jeffrey Sun, who spearheaded the project, explained that the Army knows "in order to win wars and battles, they're going to have to rely much more on the cognitive dominance — the brain power — more so in the future than just physical fighting." "In order for us to do that," Sun continued, "we have to upscale what the cadre and faculty can do, because they're teaching the future officers, the cadets. So we've created a program that looks at multiple areas, including innovative problem solving, critical thinking skills, ethical decision making, technological infusion, strong pedagogical learning styles and leadership." In 2015, the CEHD kicked off a pilot version of the Cadre and Faculty Development Course with 82 Army educators learning from 60 nationally recognized faculty and staff — including 22 from UofL — over the course of 10 weeks of 40–45 classroom hours each. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response, the U.S. Department of the Army awarded UofL's CEHD an $848,000 grant to expand the program to accommodate 366 educators in 2016 and 300 in 2017. At present, UofL is the only university the Army has asked to host this program, and while that alone is a high honor, Sun sees an even broader impact: "While we're teaching faculty members or cadre in potentially a thousand different campuses, the effect that we're going to have on our military is huge. Because they're training thousands more cadets who are going to be future officers of our Army." In addition to the intense summer session at UofL's Fort Knox campus, cadre and faculty return to their respective campuses in the fall to put the principles they've learned in action, meeting with their faculty mentor over videoconferencing services like Skype. ROTC instructors collaborate on instructional strategies that will help them eff ectively teach a patrolling exercise to their students.(L to R: CPT Martin Johnson, LTC David Zinnante, CPT Kenneth Demars)

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