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The Ethics of Student Development and Evaluation

Posted 02/14/2017
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, February 16, from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall as Professor Karen Duhamel leads us in a discussion about the Ethics of student development and evaluation. Issues discussed may include the balance between upholding professional/instructional standards and optimizing student success; the pros and cons of evaluation according to rubrics; comparing the effectiveness of a competitive classroom environment with that of a cooperative one in promoting student excellence; and the question of maintaining a professional distance vs. caring for and even loving the student.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen V. Duhamel teaches Advanced Nursing Theory, Theory of Nursing Education, and Curriculum Development. She has extensive experience in behavioral health nursing, case management, and project management. Duhamel is the program coordinator for the master's program in nursing with a focus in education.  She is a committed lifelong learner and is passionate about teaching.

Duhamel strives to foster creativity in graduate-level nursing education through innovative pedagogy. She uses forum theater as a creative teaching modality in graduate-level nursing education. Her use of evidence-based practice using Cognitive Behavioral & Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapies empowers homeless populations. Duhamel's research interests include participatory action research with service learning, social justice & advocacy projects and the historical overview of technological advancements in nursing practice.

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club meets every Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters - with the exception of the first Thursday of each semester - from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford. The Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you! Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish.

For more information, contact Brian Skelly at or 413-642-0334.