Make the Connection! General Education, the Humanities and the “Real” World (Dr. Melissa Fitch)

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GE-Dialogue – Make the Connection! General Education, the Humanities and the “Real” World

18 Oct 2011 (Tuesday)
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
(light lunch from 12:30-12:45pm)

Venue: ACC 209



As educators in General Education programs, we are often asked to defend the value of what we do. What critics often overlook is that the very skills learned in GE courses are those most prized by employers. This workshop will share the findings from the 2007 American Association of Colleges and Universities LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) report “College Learning for a New Global Century.”  After the workshop, faculty members will be able to:


  • Explain the relationship between the skills learned in GE classroom and those most requested by employers in the “real” world.
  • Identify specific examples of success stories from former students in GE courses.
  • Develop a roadmap to build and sustain ties to graduates, integrating their success stories directly into GE courses to provide models and inspiration to future students.


Speakers Biography



Dr. Melissa A. Fitch
Fulbright Scholar
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Associate Professor

Spanish and Portuguese
University of Arizona in Tucson


Dr. Melissa A. Fitch (Ph.D. 1995 ASU), received the UA General Education Teaching Award in 2004. In 2008, she received the University of Arizona’s Five Star Teaching Award, the institution’s highest teaching honor. Since 2002 she has been editor-in-chief of the academic journal Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (University of Texas Press). Professor Fitch is past president of the Arizona Languages Association and the statewide Languages Articulation Task Force. She directed the UA Study Abroad program in Fortaleza, Brazil in 2001 and the UA programs in Alcala de Henares, Spain in 2004 and in Segovia, Spain in 2007. She has traveled to 27 countries. These include Peru, where she studied Quechua in Cuzco in 1998; Turkey, where she studied Turkish in Istanbul in 2004 and 2005, China, where she studied Mandarin in Shanghai in 2007 and 2008 and Paris, France, where she studied French while on sabbatical in 2010. In 2011 she was named a Fulbright scholar to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 2011-12.