Higher Ed

Higher Education

MEA is proud to represent faculty and staff working at Michigan community colleges and universities, addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by employees in higher education.  The Michigan Association for Higher Education is MEA’s constituency group helping to ensure the voices of higher education members are heard in the organization as the union advocates for quality public education at all levels.

Higher Education News

SVSU profs: AI can boost creativity

J. Blake Johnson (left) and Phillip Hanson, art professors at Saginaw Valley State University, say AI holds great potential for good. Faculty at SVSU are seeking a National Science Foundation grant to advance AI integration and study its impact on student learning outcomes. Phillip Hanson had “a bit of an existential crisis” when a new AI image generator emerged 18…

CMU prof on AI: ‘We can do this. We have to.’

In her work with aspiring educators at CMU, Gabrielle Likavec explores teaching practices that remove easy opportunities for cheating with AI. Gabrielle Likavec keeps up with research to guide her instruction as a teaching and learning consultant working with aspiring educators at Central Michigan University. The MEA member notes a few key points from early data emerging on AI. >…

Supporting MEA’s Strategic Direction

MEA staff and members are advancing racial and social justice in education as part of the MEA Strategic Plan. For future events, watch your email inbox for the Center for Leadership & Learning’s new monthly newsletter: AT THE CENTER. GOAL: HELP RECRUIT, ENGAGE, AND RETAIN A DIVERSE POPULATION OF EDUCATORS THAT ARE REFLECTIVE OF THE STUDENTS WE SERVE. Educators Rising…

Saginaw Valley prof talks design and preparing students for careers

MEA member J. Blake Johnson received MEA’s Distinguished Servant of Public Education Award for the Cardinal Solutions program he founded at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in 2013, which allows students to do design and other work for local nonprofits and businesses before graduation. ____________________________________________________________________ J. Blake Johnson What art and design work did you do before becoming a professor?…

Kellogg professor dedicates 50 years to Battle Creek students

MEA member Ronald Smith could have been a science professor at a big, prestigious four-year university, but he chose to spend his 50-year career teaching students at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek – and that has made all the difference, he says. Ronald Smith, photo by Simon A. Thalmann/Kellogg Community College Smith retired from his post teaching physical sciences…

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Higher Education Chair Meets with MAHE Board

State Rep. Carol Glanville On March 31, state Rep. Carol Glanville (D-Walker) met with the board of MEA’s  Michigan Association of Higher Education (MAHE) to discuss issues affecting colleges across the state. As the Chair of the House Higher Education Committee, Glanville has spent 30 years in the field of education as both a teacher and administrator, working with students…

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