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Rapid Evolutions: Higher Education and the Changing Workplace

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


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Higher education has a critical role to play in educating people of all ages for the workplace of the future. And higher education faces many critical issues at this juncture, in both development of curricula, pedagogy and delivery platforms to match the rapidly changing demands of the workplace; and challenges presented by changing demographics, politics and global competition.

This Future of Work event will feature DePaul University’s new provost, Dr. Salma Ghanem, an international expert in Communications with a deep background in intercultural education. Dr. Ghanem will be in conversation with Village members Roman Dumiak, Adjunct professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University; and David Baker, Executive Director, America’s Urban Campus, Chicago’s consortium of universities and colleges.

About Dr. Salma Ghanem
Salma Ghanem, PhD, was appointed provost of DePaul University on May 7, 2021, after serving as interim provost since July 2019 and acting provost since October 2018. Ghanem joined DePaul in August 2014 as dean of the College of Communication. Prior to joining DePaul, she served as dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University. She also held the position of chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Texas Pan American.

Ghanem embraces diversity both personally and professionally. Her intercultural experiences have helped her transcend cultural and racial boundaries. Born and raised in Egypt, she attended the Sacré Coeur Catholic School in Cairo. She is fluent in Arabic and French and has considerable skill in Spanish. Her passion for cultural awareness and interdisciplinary research stems from the fact she herself is an immigrant and was raised by parents who are Egyptian and Dutch. She taught for 15 years at the University of Texas-Pan American, a Hispanic Serving Institution. She also taught in several study-abroad programs in Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Austria and Germany.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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