CTL Faculty E-Newsletter


A busy fall at the CTL

4190? 836? 394? We saw some huge numbers this fall at the Center for Teaching and Learning, with 4190 visits made by 836 unique students (337 HO and 499 WS) across all of our programs. The Writing Fellows were particularly busy, with 375 visits (a 57% increase over Fall 2012); 117 of these visits were to the pilot Drop-In program, which turned out to be really popular, especially among Hobart students (while Hobart students only make 1 in 5 appointments, they represent a third of drop-ins).

The classes of 2017 found their way to CTL early and often: 279 unique first-years came to Teaching Fellow hours; 77 visited the Writing Fellows, 47 met with Study Mentors, and 27 joined a Study Table.  Meanwhile, 111 students took 394 exams proctored by the CTL this fall, while 20 students received notes in 39 classes.

Faculty Learning Community Updates

This semester, ten faculty are participating in a Faculty Learning Community on Transgender Identities and Pedagogies. Meanwhile last fall’s FLC on Rediscovering the Liberal Arts is moving ahead with their book project and are workshopping chapters for an edited volume. Up next: a Faculty Learning Community on assessing student learning for Fall 2014—more details to follow.

First-Year Writing Prize

The winner and nominees of the First Year Writing Prize will be honored at a reception on Friday April 11th in the Fisher Center. This award, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and the Center for Teaching and Learning, is designed to celebrate college-level writing among our first-year students. This year, faculty nominated 29 outstanding essays from their first-year Seminars.

Spring Grant Group

Seven faculty and staff members have received Teaching Innovation Grants this semester to work on projects across the curriculum. Associate Professor of Geoscience Tara Curtin is collaborating with a colleague at SUNY New Paltz on a project where students are gaining hands-on, field and lab-based experience investigating climate change from 20,000 years ago. Associate Professor of Education Jim MaKinster and Amy Forbes, Associate Director of the Centennial Center for Leadership, are exploring the viability of hybrid learning for EDUC 225: Educational Leadership. Assistant Professor of English Alla Invanchikova is experimenting with traditional and digital mapping for her class Geographies of Nowhere. Finally, CTL Assistant Director Ruth Shields is collaborating with Feisal Khan and Jenny Tessendorf from the Department of Economics to study the impact on student performance of weekly peer-facilitated supplemental sessions led by Teaching Fellows and Q Fellows.

Lead Teaching Fellows for 2014-15

We are very pleased to introduce the Lead Teaching Fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. Jake Powell and Kyle Zaverton  (Economics) and Melissa Mahajan (Chemistry) all have two years of experience as Teaching Fellows, while Clover Quigley (Philosophy) and Steffi Cramer (Chemistry) have been Teaching Fellows for one year. Lead Teaching Fellows help design training, carry out observations of Teaching Fellow sessions, and help Assistant Director Ruth Shields with hiring.


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