Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-10-23

Kristi L. Arndt has been named director of problem-based learning (PBL) at Samford University.

She will establish and coordinate a center for national peer reviews of PBL course portfolios, and will facilitate the further spread of PBL and other instructional improvement at Samford.

Dr. Arndt previously worked in veterinary medical education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was most recently coordinator of instructional Faculty Development at Mississippi State University's college of Veterinary Medicine.

She holds a doctor of veterinary medicine, master of education and doctor of philosophy degree in educational organization and leadership from UIUC.

During the past two years, Samford received grants totaling $1,750,000 from The Pew Charitable Trusts for the purpose of developing and enhancing its PBL initiative. In PBL, students dig out information which helps them find the best solution to given problems. PBL courses shift the emphasis from "teaching" to "learning."


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.