Center for Teaching Excellence Opens at Assumption
The Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College recently opened to advance the quality of teaching in higher education. Under its director, English Professor James Lang, the Center’s goal is to supply faculty with resources to enhance the rich tradition of teaching excellence at the College and to introduce new strategies to build upon that tradition.
At the Oct. 10 opening reception in the Testa Science Center Atrium, Professor Lang outlined his vision for the Center and its inaugural programs, which include new faculty orientation; individual faculty, department, and program observation and consultation; faculty teaching colloquia; annual spring lecture from a visiting scholar of higher education; a working group of faculty who are interested in writing about teaching and learning in their disciplines or in higher education more generally; funding for teams of faculty to collaborate on teaching and learning in higher education with colleagues across the country; and planning for a future on-campus national conference on teaching and learning in Catholic higher education.
“I hope that Assumption’s faculty – both full and part time – will benefit from the Center as it provides the tools to build the best teaching experience for them as well as for their students,” said
Lang, who writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education and has authored four books on the subjects. His most recent, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, was published in 2013 by Harvard University Press.
The Center held its first “Brown Bag” lunch in October, during which faculty discussed the impact of learning spaces on campus and the importance of the physical classroom as a site for teaching and learning. Other events, like on- and off-campus conferences, will provide faculty an opportunity to showcase and share new, effective teaching methods and strategies.
“The Center’s resources will help faculty learn more about the great teaching already happening at Assumption College and build collegiality among them to create the best foundation for higher education,” Lang said.
Assumption Welcomes High School Students to Campus as Part of Ernst & Young Sponsored Community Education Program
Not all students have the same opportunities when it comes to securing admission to and succeeding in college. On February 14, Assumption College, as part of a new partnership with Ernst & Young’s College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (College MAP) program, welcomed to campus a group of high school students from Boston and Providence, during which they experienced life on a college campus and discover what Assumption offers.Feb. 21, 2019
This past weekend, Assumption College’s Women’s Swimming & Diving team captured their fourth Northeast-10 Conference Championship in six years.Feb. 13, 2019
When not teaching in the college classroom, Assumption College English Professor Lucia Knoles, Ph.D., teaches autobiography writing classes for members of Worcester’s senior community. Throughout the summer, Prof. Knoles collaborated with a group of residents of the Eisenberg Assisted Living Center community in Worcester to produce Our Stories, Our Lives, Volume 3, a compilation of stories commemorating the lives of ten residents. Prof. Knoles and her fellow authors will celebrate the release of this memoir at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, at Eisenberg Assisted Living Center, 631 Salisbury St., Worcester.Feb. 12, 2019