Craig T. Vivian, Monmouth, IL, RSC Advocate

Craig T. Vivian, Professor and Department Chair, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois

September 9, 2018 |

Craig Vivian coordinates the Rural Schools Collaborative's partnership with Monmouth College, which includes an office that is staffed by Community Engagement Fellow Amjad Karkout and Community Engagement Intern, Courtney Harmon.

Academic Biography:

"I started on my first career path as a carpenter. Out of high school, I apprenticed with a master carpenter for 4 years, learning all aspects of building a house-from the concrete foundation to the interior trim. Deciding, at the age of 22, that we could do something good for the world, my wife and I joined the Peace Corps. We spent the next 13 years living and traveling in many places around the world. I have lived and worked in Kiribati, the Sudan, Zimbabwe, Switzerland and France. In each place we ended up, I would naturally gravitate toward teaching informally in a local school, usually tutoring children or working with adult learners. When we decided to settle back in the states, it seemed natural for me to pursue teaching formally."

Research Interests:
Student conceptualizations of learning over time

The process of becoming a "student"

The institutionalization of education

Metaphors of learning

The role of distraction in learning

Using boardgames as educational tools

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
I am an Apiarist and Ludophile

Courses Taught:
TEDP351 Adolescent Psychology
TEDP300 Theories of Learning
TEDP215 Multicultural Studies

B.A Cornell University 1989
Ph.D. Cornell University 2000

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 315B Wallace Hall

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