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Provost Garnett Stokes is first speaker in FSU's Spring 2012 Faculty Luncheon Series

Garnett S. Stokes
Mark T. Zeigler
Jill Quadagno
Dennis Moore

With the new year and the spring semester now in full swing, Florida State University's Faculty Luncheon Series is returning for another series of insightful lunch-and-learn events.

The topic for this spring's series, "Why We Still Teach," will be discussed by four distinguished and nationally recognized faculty members from Florida State. Amid years of university budget cuts, constant concerns about a faculty "brain drain," and changing ideas about the purpose of higher education, the speakers will talk about why they still love working with students and sharing their knowledge and experiences in the fields they have made their life's work.

The first Faculty Luncheon Series event of the semester will be feature Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Garnett S. Stokes on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Stokes joined Florida State in August. She previously served as dean of the University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and is widely recognized for her work in industrial and organizational psychology.

Stokes' luncheon discussion will take place:




548 W. PARK AVE.


All reservations for the Jan. 17 luncheon must be received by Friday, Jan. 13, at noon. Seating is limited, and early reservations are strongly recommended.

Luncheon reservations may be mailed to the Presbyterian University Center, 548 W. Park Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32301, with a check made out to the Presbyterian University Center and clearly marked "Faculty Luncheon Series." The amount of the check should be $9 for one luncheon or $36 for the luncheon series. Alternatively, reservations may be made by calling the center at (850) 222-6320 or sending an email to Payment may then be made at the door.

The other speakers for the Spring Faculty Luncheon Series are:

  • Mark T. Zeigler, a research associate and instructor in the School of Communication and 2008 recipient of FSU's University Distinguished Teaching Award (Feb. 14);
  • Jill Quadagno, the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar in Social Gerontology and 2011 recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award (March 13); and
  • Dennis Moore, an associate professor in the Department of English and 1999 recipient of the University Distinguished Teacher Award (April 17). Moore was one of the first professors at Florida State to discuss the question of "Why We Teach" and the theory that surrounds it during the first Faculty Luncheon Series five years ago. The concluding luncheon of the spring semester will provide him an opportunity to shed light on this continuing topic in academia.

Each of the speakers will share insights gained from their years of experience in higher education to help attendees understand where they see the profession going from here.

WFSU-TV televises each event after it takes place on cable channel 4.

10 January 2012