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Michael Klein

Assistant Professor
Office
OEC 468
Phone
(651) 962-5378
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5378
Mail
Mail # 4059
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1096

Mike Klein, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He teaches undergraduate courses on Leadership for Social Justice, Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies, and seminars on: vocational discernment, art and social change, history and social movements, and coffee as lens for interdisciplinary analysis. He also teaches graduate courses on critical education in social movements and the pedagogy of Paulo Freire. His research and publishing focus on: leadership, peace education, critical pedagogy, popular culture in peace studies, and service-learning.

Klein received a 2007 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship for doctoral research on ritualizing leadership for democratic decision-making and action. He completed the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute in 2011, and consults with the Neighborhood Leadership Program at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

From 2002-2007, he served as the Social Justice Vocation Instructor and Leadership Coordinator in Justice and Peace Studies, funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation. Previously, he worked in Campus Ministry to direct VISION immersion trips throughout the US, Central America, and the Caribbean, and local VIA volunteer teams. Klein’s undergraduate degrees are in studio arts and theology and his Masters work is in education with an emphasis on service-learning.

A muralist focused on community-based projects, Klein has worked with participants in boxing and African dance programs, a youth farm project, a multi-cultural immigrant community, an alternative high school for juvenile offenders, a crisis nursery, and a food program for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to journal articles and book chapters, he is the author or editor of five books including, "Democratizing Leadership: Counter-hegemonic Democracy in Organizations, Institutions, and Communities" released in 2016 by Information Age Publishing <http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Democratizing-Leadership>

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 03 HONORS Just Coffee - - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MHC 211
CRN: 43419 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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JPST 250 - PL2 Intro to Justice & Peace - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 308
CRN: 41235 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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JPST 365 - D01 Leadership for Social Justice - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 206
CRN: 41234 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein Leadership for Social Justice examines the arc of leadership through the process of creating, sustaining, then institutionalizing positive social change. The course examines models and case studies of authoritative, positional, influential and situational leadership in diverse settings such as community organizing, social movements, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. The course also explores approaches to ethical leadership and provides opportunities for students to develop the skills and vision needed to become ethical leaders for social justice. Students will analyze the role of leadership in the tensions between preserving order and promoting transformation. They will develop a critical approach to the dynamics of power in order to effect systemic change.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
EDLD 856 - 01 Paulo Freire: His Life & Pedag See Details * *
CRN: 10230 Instructor: Michael C. Klein This course will explore the development of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy in the three major periods of his life: his early work in Brazil of the 1950's and early 1960's; his work in exile throughout Latin America and Africa in the 1960's and 1970's; and his later work back in Brazil in the 1980's and 1990's. A central aspect of the course will be to analyze Freire's writings and pedagogy in the specific socio- political economic contexts within which he worked throughout his life. The course will focus on his most important works from all three periods as well as ways people have tried to apply his work to settings relevant to the participants in the course.

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MOH 3461700-210005 Jan '18
MOH 3460900-160006 Jan '18
MOH 3461700-210012 Jan '18
MOH 3460900-160013 Jan '18
MOH 3461700-210026 Jan '18
MOH 3460900-160027 Jan '18

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 03 HONORS Community Leadership - - W - - - - 1515 - 1655 JRC 222
CRN: 22262 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Damon D. Shoholm, Michael C. Klein These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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JPST 250 - L02 Intro to Justice & Peace - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 305
CRN: 21087 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Michael C. Klein Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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JPST 298 - W01 Topics:Qualitative Methods - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 305
CRN: 21644 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy C. Finnegan, Michael C. Klein This course introduces students to qualitative research theories, methods, and techniques focused on representing voices of women, people of color, people in poverty and others that are marginalized or excluded from dominant culture. Specifically, students will gain familiarity with the qualitative social science methods of interviews, ethnography, documentary research, and focus groups. Throughout the course, students will be guided through the process of designing and conducting their own unique research projects meanwhile learning from ongoing research with their instructors and partner organizations. In addition to training in data collection techniques, analysis, and varied epistemologies, the course thoroughly explores the ethics of research with marginalized communities and the ways in which research can and does relate to social change. Together, participants in this course will co-create a teaching/learning community wherein we all critically analyze and respectfully value each person’s individual and particular contributions as well as our diverse understandings of social reality and how we position ourselves in the multiple worlds in which we live and work.

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