Henscheid Receives Recognition as "Founder of Movement"

Friday, February 11 2011

The University of Idaho’s Core Curriculum director Jean M. Henscheid is one of five individuals recognized as a central figure in the international movement to improve entering college students’ experiences. Henscheid’s recognition came at the 30th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience. Others acknowledged with Henscheid include John N. Gardner and Betsy Barefoot of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellent in Undergraduate Education, Mary Stuart Hunter, associate vice president University 101 Programs and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina and Richard Mullendore, professor of College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia.

Henscheid is author and co-author of four books, several book chapters and many scholarly articles on issues related to first-year students and other students in transition, interdisciplinary education, senior capstone courses, teaching methods and research and assessment of the college student experience. She is also nationally recognized as an expert in learning communities involving general education and academic major courses, is editor of the Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and executive editor of the Jossey-Bass publication About Campus. At the University of Idaho, she has been instrumental in helping launch the University’s common reading program, has played a key role in infusing service-learning and co-curricular involvement into first-year courses, and in creating a shared academic experience for incoming students.

“I am honored by the recognition,” Henscheid said. “To be in company with the others receiving this acknowledgment is also very humbling.”