Teaching and Learning
Our faculty work to transform and empower our students.
Faculty reading groups
Organized by the Associate Dean of Faculty Development, Academic Affairs regularly sponsors reading groups for faculty and staff discussions of topics relevant to teaching and working in higher education. Recent topics have included issues surrounding diversity and inclusion, a holistically approach student learning and interdisciplinarity. Faculty with ideas for future topics can approach the associate dean with their ideas.
The instructional student travel fund supports travel for students in furthering academic learning goals. Faculty use the funds – managed by the Faculty and Institutional Development Committee.– to organize field trips and take students to conferences.
Our system of holistic advising helps students articulate personal, educational and career goals, as well as make plans for accomplishing those goals. Each entering student is assigned a faculty advisor. For first-year students, this person will be the instructor in their “Introduction to Liberal Arts” course. The advisor helps the student select courses and serves as a person to talk to about all aspects of life and the transition to college life.
Support for students can be found beyond the faculty. Academic and Career Excellence is in Hewes Library. Known as the ACE, it includes the Office of Student Success & Accessibility Services, the Office of the Registrar, the Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships, and the Office of Global Engagement. Additional support for students is available through the Hewes Library staff or at our Writing Center.
While some programs have their own independent sources of funding, the Faculty and Institutional Development Committee also oversees a non-science equipment fund used to support teaching.