David Arendale

Associate Professor


Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
225 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr S E
T: (612) 625-2928

Office Hours:

Fall, 2014 my normal office hours will be Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 am and 3:30 to 4:30 pm. For other appointment times, make a request by sending me an email, arendale@umn.edu


B.S., History and Philosophy, Emporia State University (KS), 1979
M.A., History, Emporia State University (KS), 1985
Certificate, Developmental Education, Kellogg Institute, Appalachian State University (NC), 1989
Ph.D., History and Higher Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000
Curriculum Vitae

Greetings. My formal academic preparation is with history and higher education administration. That background serves me well as I investigate the history of academic access programs for postsecondary education and practices that increase college student graduation rates. I teach an undergraduate course in recent world history and graduate courses preparing college faculty members to increase access and effectivenesss of their college students. I have enjoyed my work in postsecondary education for more than three decades at community colleges and four-year institutions with roles in academic and student affairs.

What motivates me in my work?

Making connections between the past and today is important to me. I want to learn the lessons from history and apply them today with solving problems. Each of us is responsible for making a difference by doing the things we were placed on this planet to do and act in a responsible and respectful way with everyone around us.

What can students expect from me?

I work hard to create a learning environment in the classroom that is respectful of the topics we explore, the cultures we encounter, and the different opinions we share while exploring history. I work with my students to create an engaging learning experience.

Research - Teaching - Community Engagement and Service

The rest of this profile goes into more detail about my work.

  • Research:This is the foundation for what I teach in the classroom and write about.
  • Teaching:; My role as a teacher is to construct a learning environment that is conducive for my students to explore, learn, and develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Community Engagement and Service: I deeply embrace public engagement as part of my responsibility as a University faculty member to collaborate with the community in creating and disseminating new scholarship.

Research: My research projects is focused on Increasing success of underrepresented college student populations through: (a) identification of evidence-based strategies guided by Universal Design for Learning principles that increase student engagement and academic success, and (b) improve efficacy of postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs to increase academic, personal, and professional outcomes for participants and the small group facilitators. [Click for more information.]

Teaching: My role as a teacher is working with my students to collaboratively construct a learning environment conducive to explore, learn, and develop new knowledge and skills. I teach several undergraduate and graduate courses. My primary assignment is PsTL 1251, Global History and Culture.[Click for more information.]

Community Engagement and Service: I am active in professional associations in the field, including serving as national president of the National Association for Developmental Education. I have served on the editorial board for several publications in the field and was recognized as an Academic Fellow by the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations in 2000. My current focus is with managing a center for best education practices in TRIO programs. [Click for more information.]

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Selected Publications

  1. Arendale, D. (2014). Postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs: Increased diversity, sophistication, and effectiveness. In J. L. Higbee (Ed). Continuing Contributions to the Field: Essays by the Fellows of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations in memory of Dr. Martha Maxwell (pp. 137-160). Boone, NC: National Center for Developmental Education, Appalachian State University.

  2. Arendale, D. R. (2014). Understanding the Peer Assistance Learning model: Student study groups in challenging college courses. International Journal of Higher Education, 3(2), 1-12.  doi:10.5430/ijhe.v3n2p1  Retrieved from http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php/ijhe/article/view/4151/2498

  3. Arendale, D. R. (2010). Access at the crossroads: Learning assistance in higher education. ASHE Higher Education Report 35 (6). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  4. Arendale, D. (2012). Podcasting: Learning on-the-go. In A. H. Duin, E. Nater, & F. Anchesaria (Eds.) Cultivating change in the academy: 50+ stories from the digital frontier. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota. Retrieved from http://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/125273/5/CC50_UMN_ebook.pdf

  5. Arendale, D. R. (Ed.). (2009). Glossary of essential terms for learning assistance and developmental education. In S. Clark-Thayer & L. P. Cole (Eds.), NADE self-evaluation guides: Best practice in academic support programs (2nd ed., pp. 151-171). Clearwater, FL: H&H Publishing. (Majority of glossary entries reprinted from Arendale, D. R., & Others. (2007). A glossary of developmental education and learning assistance terms. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 38(1), 10-34).

  6. Arendale, D. R. (2009). Course-based Learning Assistance (CLA) program guide. In S. Clark-Thayer & L. P. Cole (Eds.), NADE self-evaluation guides: Best practice in academic support programs (2nd ed., pp. 105-138). Clearwater, FL: H&H Publishing.

  7. Arendale, D. R., Barrow, H., Carpenter, K., Hodges, R., McGrath, J. Newell, P., & Norton, J. (2009). Position paper: Creating a new professional association. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 40(1), 77-90.

  8. Arendale, D. R., & Ghere, D. (2008). Teaching history using Universal Instructional Design. In J. L. Higbee & E. Goff (Eds.), Pedagogy and student services for institutional transformation: Implementing Universal Design in higher education (pp. 113-130). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED503835). Retrieved from http://cehd.umn.edu/passit/.

  9. Arendale, D. R., & Others. (2007). A glossary of developmental education and learning assistance terms. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 38(1), 10-34.

  10. Higbee, J. L., Lundell, D. B., & Arendale, D. R. (Eds.). (2005). The General College vision: Integrating intellectual growth, multicultural perspectives, and student development. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, General College, Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy. Retrieved from http://purl.umn.edu/5357

Selected Presentations

  1. Arendale, D. R. (July 2014). Integrating support services, instruction, and technology. Kellogg Institute for Developmental Education Leadership Academy. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

  2. Arendale, D. R.  (June 2014).  Employing Universal Learning Design to Increase Success for Students.  Workshop delivered for the Maricopa Community College District.  Phoenix, AZ

  3. Arendale, D. R. (November 2012). Impact of the MAEOPP Promising and Best Education Practices nationally. Plenary address delivered at the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Conference. Kansas City, MO.

  4. Arendale, D. R. (November 2011). Identifying, validating, and disseminating best practices through an online center. Plenary address delivered by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Conference. Fontana, WI.

  5. Arendale, D. R. (November 2009). Identifying and disseminating best practices to improve college student achievement and persistence. Keynote address delivered for the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Conference. St. Charles, IL. 

  6. Arendale, D. R. (July 2009). Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) programs: Choosing the most effective model to increase student retention and academic achievement. Paper presented at the Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention. San Antonio, TX.  

  7. Arendale, D. R. (October 2008). The challenging road ahead: Learning assistance in the 21stcentury. Keynote address delivered for the College Reading and Learning Association Annual Conference. Cleveland, OH.  [ Link to narrated PowerPoint presentation. ]

  8. Arendale, D. R. (March 2007). Promising practices in developmental education. Keynote address delivered for the Developmental Education: Innovative Teaching Strategies Teleconference (Starlink Satellite Network of 160 colleges nationwide). Dallas, TX. 

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