Intensive University Seminars

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About the Seminars 

The Intensive University Seminars are weekly lectures provided to the Provost Scholars. The seminars include tutoring in math, reading, writing and SAT test prep; a lecturer or speaker with expertise in law, business, medicine, biology, college preparation and college admissions; and, semi-semesterly field trips to a variety of educational sites.

Speakers have included the Provost Scholars mentors, faculty and staff from Case Western Reserve University, and professionals from throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Please find a sample of our previous speakers:

David Miller

David B. Miller, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. and Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Miller’s current research focus is on the health status of African American males. Specifically, he is currently investigating how African American males participate in the informed decision-making process regarding cancer screening. Dr. Miller chairs the Health Specialization, is the lead instructor for Research, and is Director of the International Education Programs at CWRU. He also serves on the board of directors for The Center for Community Solutions and One South Euclid, an urban redevelopment committee dedicated to revitalizing the City of South Euclid, Ohio.

G. Dean Patterson

For more than forty years G. Dean Patterson, Jr., has worked in the field of higher education helping institutions of higher education better understand the needs of all students regardless of their culture or ethnicity. Currently, he is the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Previously holding a clinical faculty appointment at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, teaching seminars in the CWRU School Medicine, and a clinical instructor for Psychology at John Carroll University and CWRU, G. Dean Patterson, Jr. was a pioneer in the area of "Family-Centered Care." His philosophy is that institutions of higher education have the responsibility to help students go forth with the responsibility of making this world a better place.