“You have to remain critically vigilant.”
Albert Einstein’s supervisor in the Swiss Patent Office
At the same time as the tragic events unfolded in Boston and West, Texas, I finished reading Walter Isaacson’s Albert Einstein book. Isaacson, who also wrote the popular book on Steve Jobs, describes the extraordinary accomplishments, the passions, and the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest intellectuals. Much of Einstein’s philosophy was shaped by the tragic and violent events of his day so his words and thoughts have as much meaning today as they did seventy years ago.
Einstein’s famous use of ‘thought experiments’ led me to recall the work RIT is doing on critical thinking and how important of a skill this is for our students. As the inaugural Eugene Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking, Professor Chip Sheffield has been laying the foundation for making critical thinking a crown jewel of our student learning outcomes. You will find more of what Chip has been working on below along with other news in my April Update.
Jeremy Haefner, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs