Amy J. Hauenstein
Amy J. Hauenstein is the Director of Curriculum and Non-Degree Programs for the MSC program and Adjunct Faculty for the program. She is an experienced academic program administrator and manager, with expertise in formal and informal curriculum development, andragogy, and executive education. Her research investigates how the cumulative nature of an educational experience affects identity development with a focus on underserved, underrepresented students; the dynamics of developing and implementing interdisciplinary thematic curriculum; and the design and testing of mediated communities of practice. Hauenstein holds a B.A. in Integrated Social Sciences from The Ohio State University, a M.A. in Education from Ursuline College, and will earn her Ed.D in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University in 2017.
CoursesWorkplace Learning and Communities of Practice
This course emphasizes learning and development for adult and organizational change in many different settings – educational institutions, business and non-profit or government institutions, and community settings. It is grounded in research focusing on learning at work, through work and for work. To meet the complex global challenges found in the workplace, it is necessary to develop new kinds of professional expertise and knowledge, new types of work identities, new forms of collaboration, and, foremost, new ways of learning. Students will analyze and synthesize forms of learning that enable people to engage in transformative and innovative rather than in rote and reproductive learning, and in networked and social learning rather than isolated and individual learning, as well as, in ethical and (organizational) value-conscious rather than ‘value-free and objective’ learning. Students in this course will also gain perspectives on teaching as a complex intellectual activity through an in-depth study of pedagogy within an integrated and interdisciplinary model. All of these components require deep, research-based study and participation in simulations and (re)creations designed to uncover of how learning takes place and how it can be generated and enhanced in workplaces.