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Kirk S. Kidwell, Ph.D


Kirk S. Kidwell has substantial experience in undergraduate general education, both as Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (CIS-AH)—the arts and humanities component of MSU's general education curriculum—and as an instructor of first-year writing and humanities courses. Dr. Kidwell was previously the Assistant Director of CIS-AH from 2005-2010. Dr. Kidwell has served on a number of initiatives, working groups, and committees focused on promoting teaching excellence, fostering quality student learning, and enhancing the student experience at MSU, and he is the CIS-AH representative to the University Committee on Liberal Learning. Dr. Kidwell is also a member of the MSU team chosen to participate in the "General Education for a Global Century" project sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In addition, he has helped to found and lead faculty learning communities focused on blended and online teaching and learning, the first-year experience, and integrative teaching and learning. Dr. Kidwell's academic interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, general education, interdisciplinary studies, integrative learning, and faculty development. His scholarly interests focus on Michel Foucault and governmentality studies, American political culture, and 9/11 and the War on Terror.