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Jantz to explore use of Appreciative Inquiry in education

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Allen Jantz, associate professor of education and director of the secondary education program at Bethel College, will give the next Faculty Seminar series lecture on an organizational process or philosophy called Appreciative Inquiry (AI).

Jantz will present “Appreciative Inquiry” Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

“AI is the search for the maximum potential that individuals, organizations and societies innately have, and how to elicit this potential,” Jantz said. “It involves the art of asking questions in such a way as to explore and evoke our highest potential, assuming that every individual and social organization has untapped potential that can be brought out.

“This presentation explores the fundamentals of the AI approach and how AI is being incorporated into educational pedagogy.”

Jantz’s presentation on Appreciative Inquiry is part of the doctoral dissertation work he is currently conducting.

The final Faculty Seminar presenter for 2007-08 will be Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, on “The affective science of music” (part of his 2007 sabbatical work), Monday, March 24. All presentations are at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel, with no admission charge.

Faculty Seminar provides a forum for presenting the achievements of the Bethel College faculty to the larger campus community. Recent dissertations, books, papers and fine arts productions usually form the core of the presented material. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes and include critical and wide-ranging discussion following each presentation. Students and interested members of the community are welcome at all sessions.

The Bethel College Faculty Seminar series is supported in part by the Earl and Meta Leisy Eymann Endowment. For more information, contact Faculty Seminar co-directors Nathan Bartel at (316) 284-5240 or Sharon Eicher at (316) 284-5319.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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