Director of academic engagement named

February 22, 2010 | News, UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

Dr. Sam Spann has been named director of academic engagement in the UT Office of Academic Engagement.

He will lead the areas of study abroad, study away, service learning and community engagement. He also will work with the Washington Center Internship program and Camp Adventure.

Spann will advise students who need guidance in exploring these options. He will work closely with the Division of Student Affairs to bridge Academic Affairs and Student Affairs with regard to community outreach, international activities and student engagement.

“An accomplishment I expect this role to achieve is to broaden the students’ academic and social experience at The University of Toledo,” Spann said. “It is essential that students are exposed to as many out-of-the box experiences as possible throughout their college career to prepare them for the world around them.”

“Dr. Spann’s energy and experience will help us grow the UT Learning Collaborative’s academic engagement programs,” said Margaret Traband, UT Learning Collaborative executive director and interim vice provost. “These unique learning opportunities can truly enhance our students’ college experience.”

Spann began his position in January. His office is located in Sullivan Hall. He has worked at UT seven years, previously serving as director of Camp Adventure.

He is an alumnus of the University; he graduated in December with a doctorate in special education.

The Office of Academic Engagement is a member of the UT Learning Collaborative that works to support and enhance the academic journey.

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