A Reinvention of the Research University

What does it look like when you reimagine the research university? What happens when you focus on project-based learning in a university that doesn’t have lectures, classrooms, or majors? Christine Ortiz, a professor of materials science and engineering at MIT and former dean for graduate education, has spent the last year finding out. She has taken leave from MIT in order to start a new residential, non-profit research university—one that is a dramatic departure from existing university models.

On May 4th, Northwestern faculty and staff can hear from Christine Ortiz, Distinguished Visiting Academic Innovator, during the final Innovation in Teaching Series event of the academic year. As the forum for showcasing exciting developments and building community throughout Northwestern around teaching innovation, the Series is a launching pad for inspiring critical conversations on the role of technology and design in improving teaching and learning.

We are delighted that Dr. Ortiz will be on campus to share her experiences and insight. The event will be hosted at The Garage, Northwestern’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation, and is offered in partnership with the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup. Lunch will be served.

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Interested in learning more? Check out these articles from USA Today and The Economist describing Christine’s work.