Central Plains

Butler University Campus

Butler University Campus

Butler University is the host institution for the SENCER Center for Innovation Midwest (Central Plains Region). Our leadership team includes Dr. Margaret Brabant, Dr. Donald Braid, and Dr. Joseph Kirsch. Dr. Kirsch currently serves as director.

As a SENCER Center for Innovation, Butler University brings the SENCER Ideals to our faculty, staff, and students, and to other interested institutions in the central plains region. The SCI assists Butler in achieving its educational mission with regard to civic education and engagement, general education (core), and STEM majors courses. The SCI also provides Butler and regional institutions with leadership for the following activities: developing or enhancing civic education and civic engagement at the local level, in the Midwest, and nationally; faculty development, course development, curricular development, and faculty/undergraduate research support; unique, out-of-classroom learning opportunities; and strategies to connect K-16 science education with civic education.

We explore SENCER Ideals with colleagues at regional conferences, explore innovations in education and the development of new programs through civic partnerships, continue to expand Butler’s leadership role in civic engagement in the community, and develop new teaching methodsall in the context of educational citizenship in the community.

Recent Events, Symposia, and Activities

SENCERizing the Mathematics Curriculum: Developing Models for Teaching and Learning using Civic Issues
April 1, 2016
Butler University
Special Presentations by Stephen Carroll
February 12, 2016
Butler University

Central Plains Co-Directors

Dr. Joseph Kirsch, SCI-Central Plains Co-Director

Dr. Joseph Kirsch
Professor of Chemistry, Butler University

Dr. Donald Braid
Butler University

Leadership Council

Dr. Margaret Brabant
Butler University