Faculty Forum examines critical thinking in college students

Mount Mercy Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Chad Loes will examine critical thinking skills in students during a special forum on October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The forum, “The Development of Critical Thinking: Does Residence or Diversity Matter?” is free and open to the public.

Loes will detail his multi-institutional study which investigated critical thinking among college students, particularly how college diversity experiences and on- and off-campus residency affects the development of students’ critical thinking skills during their first year of college.

Loes holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Iowa. He has been a faculty member at Mount Mercy since August 2001, where his primary areas of teaching include research design, as well as diversity and the criminal justice system.  Loes’ research areas are cognitive development and diversity-related issues.  He is currently working on three separate studies exploring the effects of teacher behaviors on cognitive development, racial disparities in the Iowa correctional system, and the effects of incentives on participant attrition in longitudinal research. 

Mount Mercy offers numerous Happenings on the Hill cultural affairs events each year, including plays, lectures, forums, and exhibits, which are free and open to the community. Series such as the Race and Gender Speaker Series and the Barbara Knapp Speaker Series offer resources on business-related topics of interest and perspectives on the global and local issues of race, gender, minorities, and cultural differences.

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