Published 04/28/14

Research and Engagement Day: A powerful experience

Ken Bain, Ph.D, who wrote the bestselling book “What the Best College Teachers Do” and its sequel, “What the Best College Students Do,” joined the students, faculty, and staff of Bryant University for the fourth annual Research and Engagement Day (REDay).

Bryant annually devotes a day to showcasing the research and creative contributions of students, faculty, and staff. This year REDay, held April 23,  featured more than 85 faculty and 330 students demonstrating the intellectual, creative, and interactive activities they've been engaged in. From case studies to panel discussions to poster presentations, REDay featured a remarkable depth and breadth of information.

REDay "emphasizes the value and importance of research and I think it becomes extremely powerful."

“From what I saw here, there are really a lot of opportunities for students to engage in projects,” said Bain, who met with students and faculty. “Having a day specifically dedicated to research is terrific. It emphasizes the value and importance of research and I think it becomes extremely powerful. I’m very impressed with what they are doing here.”

Bain, a noted historian and educator, breakfasted with students from a Global Foundations of Business class before delivering the keynote address in which he urged students to be unique and active learners during their time at Bryant.

“You have to realize how unique you are and what potential you have,” Bain said. “You can develop perspectives on lots of things that no one else can have.”

Widely recognized for his scholarship in teaching and research in the mechanics of learning, Bain later lunched with faculty in Bryant’s innovative First-Year Gateway program that sets the stage for students to explore the global foundations of character and leadership, and of organizations and business. The founding director of major teaching and learning centers at New York University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, and Montclair State, Bain most recently served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of the District of Columbia.

Huy Nguyen ’16 of Swansea, MA, welcomed the opportunity to listen to and speak with Bain. “It was an eye-opening experience to hear him fortify what I’ve been thinking," she said. "I learned that intelligence is not a fixed trait and that everyone can reach his or her goals by putting in the work needed to do so.”