St Michael's College Awarded Grant

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St Michael's College Awarded Grant

Tue, 05/06/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Saint Michael's College received a grant for $116,640 from the Davis
Educational Foundation on May 5 for a program focused on helping integrate
new faculty into teaching in a liberal arts college, President Marc
vanderHeyden announced.
The grant will support a New Instructors Program, which will include a
series of one-hour seminars addressing student learning styles, classroom
management, effective pedagogy and understanding of the Saint Michael's
Liberal Studies requirement. It will also support a program linking a
faculty-teaching mentor with each new faculty member to help him or her
develop an effective teaching style.
"What's exciting is that this grant allows the college to work with
incoming faculty members as they make the complicated transition from
graduate programs at large universities to teaching at an undergraduate
liberal arts college," said Dr John Kenney, Saint Michael's Dean of the
College. "Above all it will help new faculty focus their efforts and
their disciplinary learning on effective undergraduate instruction," Dean
Kenney said.
The grant will help new faculty "transition from the discipline-focused
scholarship of the typical Ph.D.-granting university to the more
interconnected curriculum of the liberal arts college," according to the
grant proposal.
The project will extend over three years and will include some 32 new
faculty members, counting eight per year, and including those who began at
Saint Michael's during the 2002-2003 academic year.
Located in Falmouth Maine, the Davis Educational Foundation, which awarded
the grant, was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after his
retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.