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SUNY Potsdam Returns to Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series With an Online Format

August 26, 2020

School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Gretchen Galbraith to Kick Off Seminar Series With a Look at Games For Stronger History Teaching

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Gretchen Galbraith at the 2019 installation of the Bridging Cultures Mural in the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning.

The theme of games as an engine of academic inquiry and student success will open the 2020-21 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series at SUNY Potsdam.

School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Gretchen Galbraith will launch the series at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9, via Zoom, with a presentation titled “Serious Play: Gamification as a Path to Deepened Engagement with Historical Thinking.” Galbraith will examine ways that games can augment traditional teaching modes to transform the instruction of history and deepen student connections to historical themes.

Sponsored by SUNY Potsdam's School of Education and Professional Studies, the annual series is celebrating 13 years and 130 presentations, with an online format made necessary by COVID-19 safety measures. All seminars are on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

The remaining sessions for the Fall 2020 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series are as follows:

  • Sept. 23: Anthony Betrus, “Digital Media for Learning: Theories, Processes, and Solutions”
  • Oct. 14: Savita Hanspal, “Publishing a Textbook in India: The Story of Customer Relations and Consumer Affairs”
  • Oct. 28: Karen E. Caldwell, “Example-Based Learning for Information and Problem Solving”
  • Nov. 11: Sarah A. Solley and Sharlee Thomas, “Student-Led Discussions to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs: Why the edTPA Needs to be Thoughtfully Embedded Into Instruction”

For more information on the schedule of Disciplined Inquiry in Education events, please visit Community members who are interested in attending seminars in the fall should send an email to Billijean Elliott at, to receive a Zoom link prior to the presentation.

The School of Education and Professional Studies at SUNY Potsdam has been preparing educators for more than 200 years. Today, that legacy of educational excellence also stretches to undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, public health and human performance, to help students prepare for professions in the global economy. To learn more, visit


About SUNY Potsdam:
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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