CTL E-Newsletter


A Note from the Director
This edition of the CTL newsletter is all about collaboration: between faculty as they support one another through innovations in their teaching (you’ll love Patricia Mowery’s insights on Open Teaching Week!); between Writing Fellows and students as they work to become stronger writers; between different parts of the HWS community as we learn how to support students with disabilities; and between our seniors as they gather to share their academic passions at Senior Symposium.

News and Information
A busy fall at the CTL
Faculty Learning Community Updates
First-Year Writing Prize
Spring Grant Group
Lead Teaching Fellows for 2014-15

Learning to be a Student: Reflections on Open Teaching Week
By Patricia Mowery

In the fall of 2013 CTL offered an Open Teaching Week and I jumped at the chance to take other professors’ courses. I wanted to observe teaching in different departments as a way to broaden my approaches. I attended a total of four courses, where I learned subtle tricks to keep discussion moving, effective approaches for giving practice on the day’s topic, ways of moving abstract ideas to tangible understanding, and methods to involve everyone with the material. However the biggest learning I experienced was from the act of being a student again.

Supporting Innovation: Reflections on the Teaching Grant Group
By Brien Ashdown, Álvaro Llosa Sanz, Lisa Patti, Leah Shafer, and Ingrid Keenan

What do Spanish films, suitcases and digital textbooks have in common? All were the subject of innovative teaching projects supported by CTL’s Faculty Teaching Grants in Fall 2013.

Distinct Voices: A conversation with the Writing Fellows
by Ingrid Keenan

Our current Writing Fellows are a veteran bunch: since the fall of 2012 they have logged over 650 hours at CTL helping students with their writing assignments—and that’s after at least two semesters as Writing Colleagues. This year we will be sad to say goodbye to five graduating seniors (Laura Alexander, Kristyna Bronner, Bonnie Bushnell, Meghan Gaucher, and Maggie Manko), while Annabelle Everett '15 and Nellie Smith '15 will share their expertise with a new group of Writing Fellows next year.

Helping Students with Head Trauma
By David Silver

Whenever more than 2000 active young adults, many of whom participate in varsity or club sports, are concentrated in a community such as HWS, there will inevitably be injuries, and among these injuries will be various kinds of head trauma. As a society, we are learning more about the nature and treatment of head injuries as the medical expertise concerning such injuries advances and filters down. We are coming to understand the ways that such injuries can interfere with day-to-day life activities and especially those activities with a cognitive component, in this case learning and studying at the college level.

A Moment of Pride: The 6th Annual Senior Symposium
By Ingrid Keenan

How popular should a person be? How does access to information lead to market fragility? How can theater effect social change? What’s wrong with the Euro, and what do red Solo cups teach us about the body? What, precisely, is “glossolalia?” And what can we learn from Canada?

The sixth annual Senior Symposium will engage a record 129 students in a day-long, inter-disciplinary conversation about their academic passions.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.