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 methods—all in the context of educational citizenship in the community.
Recent Events, Symposia, and Activities
Central Plains Co-Directors
Dr. Joseph Kirsch
Dr. Donald Braid
Dr. Margaret Brabant