St Michael’s College Awarded Grant

first_imgSaint Michael’s College received a grant for $116,640 from the DavisEducational Foundation on May 5 for a program focused on helping integratenew faculty into teaching in a liberal arts college, President MarcvanderHeyden announced.The grant will support a New Instructors Program, which will include aseries of one-hour seminars addressing student learning styles, classroommanagement, effective pedagogy and understanding of the Saint Michael’sLiberal Studies requirement. It will also support a program linking afaculty-teaching mentor with each new faculty member to help him or herdevelop an effective teaching style.”What’s exciting is that this grant allows the college to work withincoming faculty members as they make the complicated transition fromgraduate programs at large universities to teaching at an undergraduateliberal arts college,” said Dr John Kenney, Saint Michael’s Dean of theCollege. “Above all it will help new faculty focus their efforts andtheir disciplinary learning on effective undergraduate instruction,” DeanKenney said.The grant will help new faculty “transition from the discipline-focusedscholarship of the typical Ph.D.-granting university to the moreinterconnected curriculum of the liberal arts college,” according to thegrant proposal.The project will extend over three years and will include some 32 newfaculty members, counting eight per year, and including those who began atSaint Michael’s during the 2002-2003 academic year.Located in Falmouth Maine, the Davis Educational Foundation, which awardedthe grant, was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after hisretirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.last_img

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