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CTL E-Newsletter

FEATURED IN ISSUE #3 – NOVEMBER 2013

A Note from the Director
We are so pleased to send you the third edition of our newsletter. The work of the Center for Teaching and Learning continues to be robust and diverse, and we wanted to share some of those highlights with you.

We value all of our collaborations across the institution, from student enrichment and support, to faculty development and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. If you have questions about any of our programs, or suggestions for new collaborations, please feel free to contact us at the CTL.

News and Information
Susan Hess co-authors article in College Composition and Communication
Reaching out to FSEMs
2nd Annual Writing Prize
Spotlight on CTL’s Lending Library
Faculty Learning Community: Re-Discovering the Liberal Arts
Open Classroom Week

Teaching for Critical Thinking: An Ongoing Practice
by Ingrid Keenan

“Critical thinking is a practice.” It’s something that Assistant Professor of Economics Christina Houseworth came to understand during last spring’s Faculty Learning Community on Teaching Critical Thinking, and it’s a practice that several faculty members are continuing to incorporate into their courses this fall.

Reflections on Student Quantitative Skills and CTL's new Q Fellows Program
by Darrin Magee

In the James Bond movies, Q is the guy with the gadgets and gimmicks, always ready with just the thing 007 needs to outwit the next evil genius.

While Sean Connery is unlikely to show up at CTL anytime soon (though Sean Conrey from Writing and Rhetoric just may), we do have our very own Q this semester – two, in fact: Q Fellows Jeff Rizza and Ali Ware. Q here stands for quantitative, as in Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 4). I am no James Bond, but I have benefited from Jeff’s behind-the-scenes work to help students in my ENV 110: Energy class improve their quantitative reasoning skills.

A Perfect Match: Integrating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning into an academic career. A conversation with Jamie Bodenlos and Beth Belanger
How do we learn how to become better teachers? How do we assess student learning? How do we find time for yet another field of study in an already busy academic career? And how is teaching “like an onion”? 

Building Community: Sketch Night at Houghton House
by Ingrid Keenan

It was the night before Halloween, and Architectural Studies students were still hard at work at Houghton House. Many students stayed late for an information session about registration, and as they left the room, the smell of Cam’s Pizza wafted up the stairs, and drew them down to the library where the Architectural Studies Teaching Fellows had planned a special workshop on sketching techniques.