CARPE The Center for Academic Resources and Pedagogical Excellence

The Center for Academic Resources and Pedagogical Excellence (CARPE) will be a state-of-the-art Teaching and Learning Center. It will have two primary functions: CARPE will support faculty development towards becoming ever better teachers, through workshops, experimental classrooms, presentations, practice space, and uses of new technology and techniques in teaching; and CARPE will support student learning, through tutoring expertise, a writing and communication center, executive function support, group and individual learning sessions, and uses of new technologies for learning.

CARPE arose out of the Strategic Planning process primarily in the College, Student Life, and Admissions task forces, and was given eloquent support in the University Library's own strategic plan. CARPE will be a dynamic, interactive center for conversations about how great faculty can teach most effectively and how talented students can learn with even greater achievement. It will support an increasingly diverse student body and an ever-widening array of teaching strategies and technologies. Located in Leyburn Library, CARPE will live at the very center of campus and will give a focus to our constant efforts to provide the unique W&L education in the most effective ways possible.

The CARPE Task Force is charged with:

  • discussing this concept;
  • researching various similar projects at other institutions;
  • examining best practices in this field;
  • studying how this concept would best enhance teaching and learning at W&L; and
  • producing a plan for designing and implementing the CARPE concept at W&L.

Task Force Members:

  • Co-Chair: Marc Conner, Provost
  • Co-Chair: Sidney Evans, VPSA and Dean of Students
  • David Baluarte, Associate Clinical Professor of Law
  • Rebecca Benefiel, Professor of Classics
  • Lena Hill, Dean of the College
  • Kimberly Hodge, Director of Sustainability Initiatives
  • Julie Knudson, Director of Academic Technologies
  • Lauren Kozak, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Disability Resources
  • Stephen Lind, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
  • Jeff Rahl, Professor of Geology
  • Jason Rodocker, Associate Dean of Students and Dean for First-Year Experience
  • Florinda Ruiz, Visiting Associate Professor of Writing
  • Haley Sigler, Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education
  • John Tombarge, University Librarian

Why CARPE?

CARPE in Four Videos

Members of the CARPE Task Force discuss the impact that CARPE will have on the campus, including benefits for faculty and students and changes to Leyburn Library.