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New Fall Quarter Class

August 29, 2011

Dollar symbolEssentials of Compensation Management, a five-week online course will examine the strategic use of compensation systems by management to attract, motivate, retain, and reward employee performance. This course will explore the factors of job analysis, job description, and job evaluation as the basis of compensation strategy offering students an opportunity to develop competencies in making equitable compensation decisions. Competences: H3B, FX (you may select only one). Faculty: Tyler Kahdeman


Upcoming SNL Study Abroad Course Offerings

March 29, 2011

Experiencing the U.N.
Register for course Summer 2011, travel in early September 2011

Kenya & Tanzania
Connecting with Africa: Cultural and Social Issues in East Africa
Register for course Fall 2011, travel in December Term 2011

Cathedrals of England
Register for course Winter 2012, travel over spring break 2012

History, Culture, and Spirituality: Studies in Ghana
Register for course Fall 2012, travel December Term 2012

For more information about these trips, please contact

SNL Study Abroad Programs

March 28, 2011

SNL Study Abroad ProgramInterested in studying in Thailand? Britain? Or how about Columbia? It’s been more than 15 years since SNL offered its very first travel course. The number of study abroad courses and international programs has increased dramatically since then. So has the diversity of places student visit and study. The School for New Learning offers both Study Abroad Programs and Domestic Excursion courses. Adults learn deeply by critically and appreciatively reflecting on experience. SNL’s travel courses offer rich experiences that often are intended to take students out of their comfort zones. Courses challenge students to try new things, and, with the support of faculty, learn more about themselves as students, gain greater cultural competence and fluency, and understand the historical, economic, social and/or political connections among societies.

The John P. McGury International Study Scholarship and The Adult Student Association Travel Fund may assist on travel courses. Visit the  Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more information.

New Spring Online Course

January 24, 2011

FA 110 – Essentials of Employee Training and Development

This is a 5-week, 1-competence course on Employee Training and Development. Students will learn the basic processes of employee training and development, including needs assessment, theories of learning and behavior change, training design to support appropriate selection or development of training, delivery of training, issues of transfer, and assessment of results. Students may focus on developing a training or development program for an F-X competence, or on their experience of training for an H-2-X competence. Competences: H2X, FX.  Faculty: Beth Rubin

Open registration begins February 7, 2011.

New Fall Online Courses

September 13, 2010

Workplace Law: Harassment, Discrimination and Civil Rights

This course focuses on laws affecting relationships between employers and employees. Students will study the historical and societal aspects of laws on harassment and discrimination within the workplace, with particular focus on the Civil Rights Act and other legislation regulating workplace treatment. Students will analyze the case law, the legislation and the legal systems that have evolved to combat social injustice in the workplace and will learn “best methods” for preventing and resolving harassing and discriminatory practices in the workplace. This course will be taught by Jana Berger. Competencies: FX, H-4, H-1-D.

HC 173 – Human Rights in Business and Society

Students study the history of human rights as they emerged from religious belief, philosophical visions of natural law, social structures and legal systems. Students will also examine opposition to human rights over the centuries when rights threatened traditional patterns of authority, prejudices, vested interests, customs and claims of national sovereignty. The focus then shifts to recent human rights documents beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The racism convention, and its application in the US, is examined. Students then apply knowledge to human rights work performed by a local NGO, by a local company or by their community. The course concludes with current human rights advances in corporations, governments and NGOs. This course will be taught by Patricia Szczerba. Competencies: H5, H2B, FX.

New Professional Writing Course

June 24, 2010

Interested in writing more effective professional documents at work? Want to test a new digital communication tool to strengthen your professional skill set? Sign yourself up for Professional Writing (DCM 330) online next winter! In addition to a focus on everyday emails, memos, and reports, Professional Writing will also focus on the professional elements of writing blogs, online profiles, and web posts. Through engaging in and reflecting upon a variety of professional writing tasks, students will learn the rhetorical theory and practice necessary for effective written communication in professional contexts. The course will be launched in Winter 2010-2011 as one of many online courses offered for the Degree Completion Major, an inter-disciplinary, collaborative effort between SNL and the College of Communication. However, the course also will be offered to all SNL students for an H-3-X or FX competence.

New Fall Course: Environmental Ethics Intensive

June 3, 2010

October 7-10, 2010, Madison, Wisconsin

This new class allows students to earn S-4 and/or A-4 competences through a four-day residential class held in Madison, Wisconsin.  Focusing on the work of environmentalist Aldo Leopold, the class uses as its text Leopold’s classic work, A Sand County Almanac.  Class includes tours of: Leopold “shack,” where he wrote the book; Leopold Legacy Center, the world’s “greenest” building; International Crane Foundation; Dane County Farmers Market; and restored prairie environments.  Students will be in residence at Holy Wisdom Retreat Center in Madison.  Due to limitations on space and transportation, only 17 students will be admitted.  In addition to tuition, fee of $475 ($375 if fully paid before June 15) covers accommodations, transportation during class, meals, and special guest lectures.  Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to Madison (shuttles can be arranged from airport).  Apply for admission directly to me, Patricia Monaghan at

More info and course description here.

Advanced Elective Seminar: The Parent Role

May 19, 2010

Harriet Heath

Theories abound about how to parent. Should a parent pick up the crying baby or let her cry? Should you ostracize the acting out adolescent or build a closer relationship with him? What are parents expected to do? What is the parent role?

And how do you communicate with a newborn? Can you? Are there different ways of talking with a two-year-old? Does it matter how you do it? How about adolescents? Are they even reachable?

Advanced Elective Seminar – The Parent Role (IN 307) will address such issues as: What does society expect of parents? Do those expectations change as the child grows? How should parents go about fulfilling their role? Students will think through their answers to these kinds of issues as they read different theorists and clinicians and discuss the issues with their classmates online.

The Parent Role is a course for parents, a course for people who expect someday to be a parent, a course for people who have been parents… and even a course for people who want to reflect on how they were parented. We’ve all had parents. How many of us have examined what society expects of parents and what parents actually have to do?

This course is an opportunity to reflect on parenting as parenting has affected your life and how it may affect your life. It asks the basic question: What do parents need to do to support their children’s development  so that as adults they may become effective members of society?

Course instructor Harriet Heath

This course has grown out of my confusion as a parent. My husband taught his college class in developmental psychology in our living room. While I prepared snacks I heard a lot about child development. What I heard about parents was pretty much what they did that was wrong, i.e. detrimental to the child. It made me very defensive as a parent. And yet I knew my role was important.

This confusion sent me back to graduate school. To my surprise I ended up with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. My interests, however, continued to be the parental role. The research for my dissertation tested Erikson’s theory of generativity, namely, the role of information and support to successful parenting.  I am now a licensed developmental psychologist, a certified school psychologist and mostly a parent educator.

Since graduation I have worked with and for parents. I founded the Parent Center at Bryn Mawr College which provides parent programs at the college and in the community. I continue to provide workshops for parents and counsel parents privately who are having difficulty with a child or their children. I worked with Dr. Dana McDermott to develop the curriculum for parent educators here at DePaul and have taught here for the last five years. I am also working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the Quakers to develop a parenting program sensitive to the values and ideals of that religious group. In between times I lecture, facilitate workshops and train parenting educators and teachers nationally and internationally.

Professional experience

My more than thirty years of professional experience——has taken me around the globe. I with Dr. McDermott worked with parents, counselors and parent educators in Moscow, Russia. I worked with my husband in the near east and in South American. I have worked with parents of children from birth through young adulthood, in public and private schools, social agencies, with religious groups, and with people from many socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. I am a past chair of the National Parenting Education Network and currently on the Advisory Board.

Besides working directly with parents I do some research and writing. The research continues to focus on parenting as a stage of development, further identifying the determinants of parental behaviors and analyzing the parenting process. More specifically I’ve asked parents how they go about doing what they do and how does being a parent affect their own development. Among other sources of data collection, I’ve drawn from my husband’s longitudinal study of men and women who graduated from college in the late fifties exploring the effects of being a parent on the participants’ maturation and how those effects have changed over time. All this research has been based on a theory of parenting which identifies the parenting process.


My approach to working with parents grew out of my research, my experience of being a parent and working with parents. Most parents, I’ve found, want to do well for their children but lack adequate information and skills. This fact let me to write a manual for parents, Planning: A Key to Mastering the Challenge of Parenting. The manual gives parents a system for deciding how they want to nurture and guide their children. The discussion series, Parenting Creatively, which uses the manual, leads parents through this system as they discuss their issues and concerns. Currently, I am writing a book, possibly titled The Nitty-Gritty of Parenting, that will include a conglomeration of information and skills that parents can use as they implement their plans. Other writing includes a Facilitator’s Handbook for leading parent groups and a book for parents, Using Your Values to Raise Your Child to be an Adult You Admire. I also assisted Dr. McDermott in editing the Child Welfare League of America’s Journal’s special issue on parenting education, wrote the lead article and co-authored the summary.

My work in parenting led me to investigate how people learn to care. My experiences teaching caring in schools and other settings gave me the background for writing for the state of Alaska the curriculum, Learning How to Care: Education for Parenting. The curriculum teaches elementary and middle school students how to care by their learning what is involved in being a parent.

Motherhood: Greatest Joy and Test

My greatest joy and test of what it means to be a parent is by being a mother. My three are now grown but I am trying to keep in touch with the issues related to parenting by being actively involved with my eight grandchildren… and it gives me a good excuse to visit my grandchildren in western Massachusetts and Down East Maine three or four times a year. The phone allows me to discuss regularly child rearing issues with my daughters. What I am learning is that parents want to do well by their children, their early life experiences and education do not prepare them to be parents and that they face issues vastly different from those with which I had to deal.  Where my confusion has ended is in the firm believe that given adequate information and relevant skills, parents can figure out what is best for their children and their families … and it isn’t always what the current “pro” is recommending. I have found that the parental role is complex, fascinating, challenging and forever changing as the children grow and develop.

Advanced Elective Seminar – The Parent Role (IN 307) is an online course that will be offered in the Fall 2010 Quarter by Professor Harriet Heath. Please visit SNL Online: Registration and Syllabi for more information.

2011 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

May 3, 2010

Looking for a unique externship opportunity for next Spring? Join Professor Michael Skelley on his popular Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at Starved Rock State Park. Space is limited to just 20 students, and requests to pre-register for the Spring 2011 section will be accepted after June 15th, 2010.

Course Description

Mindfulness meditation is a gentle way of exercising your mind, body, heart and spirit. Mindfulness is the immense potential that each of us has to be fully aware of, freely engage in, and creatively respond to our daily experiences. We easily lose touch with this potential and so we constantly need to rediscover and nurture our capacity to live mindfully. Mindfulness meditation practices are simple yet powerful ways of investigating and training our minds so that we can unleash and integrate our potential for mindfulness. These practices have many benefits, such as improving health and well-being, enhancing performance in work, school and leisure activities, healing relationships, and deepening our sense of spirituality.

The approaches to mindfulness meditation that we will practice in this course are rooted in Buddhist philosophies, but also draw from Christian spiritual traditions and from contemporary, nonreligious approaches to meditation (e.g., the use of meditation for stress-reduction, health and wellbeing). The mindfulness meditation practices that we will focus on do not require any religious interpretations or commitments. If you do happen to have a particular religious commitment, these practices have great potential to complement that commitment. But mindfulness meditation can also be practiced as a very powerful path to becoming a creative, healthy, relaxed and effective adult. No prior experience with meditation is necessary for this course.

All the class meetings for this course will take place during a retreat at the beautiful Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center in Utica, IL (1.5 hours drive from Chicago). Starved Rock Lodge sits high atop a wooded bluff overlooking the Illinois River and is surrounded by the 2,630 acres of thick forests, 18 lush canyons and sparkling waterfalls of Starved Rock State Park, the largest state park in Illinois and one of the “Seven Wonders” of Illinois. This awesome place will provide an inspiring and restful setting for our retreat.

New Fall Class On-Site in Wisconsin

April 8, 2010

When I first moved to Chicago from Alaska, what I missed most was the mountains.  I grew up under the high peaks of the Chugach Range, and the flatlands of the Midwest seemed strange to me.  Years later, I found that, even if there aren’t mountain peaks near Chicago, there is a hilly landscape in Wisconsin that is unlike anything else in the Midwest.

Called the “Driftless Area,” it was never covered by glaciers. So, instead of being flat as an ironing board, the land has steep hills and valleys that have been slowly eroding away for a half-million years.  It’s the land where the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born.  And it was one of the most important places for the field of environmental ethics as well.

In the middle of the 20th century, Aldo Leopold and his family bought a degraded farm in the “sand counties” of central Wisconsin that had only a chicken coop on it.  In the process of restoring the land with his family, Leopold wrote a book about what he observed around him.  A Sand County Almanac is now considered a classic, and the old chicken coop still stands amidst a majestic pine forest, each tree planted individually by one of the Leopolds.

That “shack” and the nearby Legacy Center, the greenest building in the world, will be the site of a new four-day intensive class in Environmental Ethics that I  have designed to share this beautiful piece of American landscape and history with SNL students.  The course, which covers the required competences of A-4 and S-4, meets October 7-10.

Students will reside at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison from Thursday noon through Sunday, where they will have the opportunity to explore the restored prairie and the energy-efficient buildings on the site. Two all-day field trips will take students to the Leopold Center, the International Crane Foundations (from which cranes are guided by ultralight each fall to winter grounds in Florida), and the Dane County Farmers Market (listed by the New York Times as the nation’s best such market).   A $375 fee for the course covers food, lodging and transportation during the course; this is additional to tuition, which is based on number of competences taken (one or two).  For further details on the class, please contact  me at at

Questions about human impact on the environment have been much in the news in the last ten years.  Fifty years ago, a Midwestern scientist took the first steps in creating a national discussion of such questions.  Aldo Leopold, one of the most important figures in American environmental thinking, spent most of his life in Wisconsin, where he restored a degraded farm in the “sand counties” near Madison and where he wrote his books and essays that articulated a “land ethic” that still forms the basis of most writings on environmental ethics.

This experiential class focuses on readings from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, including his important essay, “Thinking Like a Mountain” as well as readings from John Muir, who grew up in nearby Portage, Wisconsin.  Students will visit the Leopold Center, the world’s greenest building, as well as the famous “shack” where Leopold lived and wrote.  They will also tour the Crane Foundation, which works with endangered waterbirds around the world.  A visit to one of America’s largest farmers’ markets, followed by a sustainable lunch at a Wisconsin restaurant, will provide ideas on how Leopold’s philosophy can be brought into daily life.  During the class, students will reside at Holy Wisdom, a retreat center with a restored prairie in Madison.

The area to be visited is unique in the Midwest.  Most of the prairie land in the region was formed when vast glaciers crushed the land flat during various Ice Ages in the past.  But a small area of southwestern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, and eastern Minnesota were never glaciated.  There, the hill-and-stream erosion of more than 400,000 years has led to a quite different environment than the surrounding area.  Called the “Driftless Area” (because there was no glacial “drift” or dust), the region is famously scenic and was home to the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose designs reflect the landscape of the region. As the course will be held in autumn, we may anticipate beautiful colors in the deciduous forests.

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