Kevin Gannon Serves as Expert Panelist

February 25, 2021

Kevin Gannon, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View, was recently an expert panelist for Georgetown University's project called “Higher Education’s Big Rethink." Gannon was a participant in the study’s publication, called “Openings.” 

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the idea of “opening” has loomed large and led to many challenges and questions. The crisis also has generated a set of transformational openings:

  • The pivot to remote instruction opened higher education’s eyes to the inequitable circumstances surrounding students and technology.
  • The violent deaths of Black men and women, and subsequent protests, opened an unprecedented conversation about systemic racism and racial justice at colleges and universities everywhere.
  • The consequential emerging demands for educational adaptation, as well as the call for racial justice on campuses, gives higher education new openings for creating and sustaining meaningful change.

Harvested and edited from a series of interviews with higher education leaders, Openings lays out the landscape of challenges arising from the events of 2020, and offers the foundations for a transformative agenda emerging from the COVID-19 crisis and events related to racial justice.