Integrating Critical Thinking and Communication

Integrating Critical Thinking and Communication across the College Curriculum

Latest economic research shows that most job openings through 2020 will require at least some college if not a bachelor’s degree. Employers across sectors seek graduates who are critical thinkers and strong communicators. These trends seem to align with skills long cultivated in higher education, yet, misunderstandings (and underestimations) of the value of teaching critical thinking, problem solving, and communication persist. In this panel, we discuss innovative models for enhancing and better articulating for students the connections between critical thinking and communication competencies. Efforts include curricular enhancements that integrate critical thinking and communication throughout a degree program, faculty development on teaching critical thinking with writing and speaking, and student support services that provide further opportunities for application and learning. Our goal is to engage participants in productive conversation about ways to cultivate, enhance, and sustain a culture of critical thinking and communication across the college curriculum.

Location: Room 905


Heather Bastian, Associate Director, Communication Across the Curriculum, UNC Charlotte. 
Heather Bastian is the Associate Director of the Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) program at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Her research interests include genre studies, composition pedagogy, and writing program administration. Her work has appeared in the WPA Journal, Composition Studies, Composition Forum, Across the Disciplines, and Reader.


Kim Cuny, Director, The University Speaking Center, Co-Director, The Multiliteracy Centers, Senior Academic Professional, Communication Studies, UNC Greensboro,/
Kimberly M. Cuny has served as the director of The University Speaking Center, with a faculty appointment in Communication Studies, since 2003 at UNC Greensboro.  Kim is also Co-Director of UNCG’s Multiliteracy Centers program and Chair of the General Education Speaking Intensive Committee. Kim earned the National Communication Association’s VonTill Newcomer and Hobgood Distinguished Service Awards, the National Association of Communication Centers’ Ferguson Research Award, and Teaching Excellence. Kim has published over 30 peer-reviewed pedagogical innovations, book chapters, and journal articles.

Stephanie Norander, Executive Director, Communication Across the Curriculum, UNC Charlotte.  
Stephanie Norander is Executive Director, Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) (University College), and Associate Professor (Department of Communication Studies). She consults with faculty to create, implement, and assess innovative curricular changes that are integrated within the broader goals unique to each discipline. Her research centers around organizational communication and communication pedagogies and she has published in the
Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Studies


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