Teacher-Scholar Development Cohorts 2017-18 Cohorts

The College announces 15 Faculty Teacher-Scholar Development Cohorts for 2017-18.

Total funding:  $41,295, with an average funding level of $2,753

In terms of implementing the College's Strategic Plan, the funding for Cohorts supports interdisciplinarity (10), Futures of STEM Pedagogy (4), Engaged W&L (4), Say AH! For the Arts and Humanities (5), and Sustainability (1).

Active Learning in STEM
Mitch Keller

Fostering a community of STEM faculty interested in active pedagogies and W&L.  The goals of Active Learning will be fourfold:  reading literature on active learning in STEM classes; cultivating a culture of discussion of implementation strategies; analyzing implementation attempts to make them work better and fostering deeper understanding of teaching approaches.

Center for Poetic Research - A creative writing cohort
Seth Michelson

The CPR cohort would work to devise ways to help the campus community to integrate the literary arts even more fully into students' lives and studies by helping faculty to realize opportunities to bring poetry, pets and poetics into their classrooms.

Community-Engaged Learning
Holly Picket

This cohort brings together faculty, staff and community partners to learn together from visiting experts in community-engaged learning and to imagine together, new possibilities for service-learning and community-based research courses at W&L. 

Data Science and W&L
Natalia Toporikova

The Data Science cohort will identify future educational needs for data science at W&L across the College and Williams School.

Digital Humanities Pedagogy
Sara Sprenkle

Pedagogy-focused cohort to encourage integrating DH tools and methodologies into courses.  Workshops, receptions and guest speakers.

Digital Pre-Professional Pedagogy
Mark Coddington

A cohort dedicated to discussing and developing new and innovative ways to incorporate digital technologies into teaching in pre-professional programs.

Interdisciplinary Multimedia Storytelling
Toni Locy

This cohort fosters a dialogue among faculty that explores interdisciplinary approaches to multimedia storytelling.

Interdisciplinary Poverty and Development Studies
Howard Pickett

Our meetings aim to facilitate: 1) greater understanding of the best work in our cross-disciplinary field from various disciplinary perspectives; 2) greater articulation among various Shepherd curricular and co-curricular offerings; 3) possible collaboration in research and teaching among participants. This cohort also facilitates the development of new, community-based research projects and/or service-learning courses informed by the best practices used in today's community-academic partnerships. Involves law and Commerce School faculty as well as Shepherd Program staff.

Italian Studies
Steve McCormick

This cohort aims first and foremost to bring together faculty from across disciplines with a focus on Italy to discuss research trends and share scholarship in Italian politics, history, medieval and renaissance studies, art, music and literature.

Mathematics Department Seminar
Aaron Abrams

This seminar promotes a high-level research oriented dialogue among the mathematics faculty.

Middle East/South Asia (MESA)  
Tim Lubin                    

Develop a faculty working group dedicated to the development of an interdisciplinary learning community of teacher-scholars and students with interests in the Middle East and South Asia (MESA).

Sociology-Anthropology Research Workshop
Lynn Chin

Promoting faculty research; reinforcing intradepartmental relationships, communication and understanding; and promoting learning new research and networking with colleagues at other universities.

Claudette Artwick

Facilitate discussion on sustainability and teaching, research, and service among the College and the Williams School.

Women in Math and Science (WIMS)
Elizabeth Denne

The WIMS cohort will develop new and explore existing pedagogies that will encourage women and minorities to fully participate in science and math courses along with fostering supportive relationships among women ain different fields of science and math.

Women in Poverty in Rural America
Stephanie Sandberg

Understand and present their findings about the economics, politics and living circumstances of poverty in rural America and how women are specifically and especially affected.