Teaching and Learning

Colleges of the Fenway provides a forum for faculty to come together to discuss issues of importance related to teaching and learning. Beginning with the first Department Chair’s conference in 2000, a planning committee convenes each year to offer an annual teaching and learning conference. In 2009, COF was awarded a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to further explore shared teaching and learning offerings. This award ultimately led to a three-year program named the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. In addition, faculty are encouraged to work both formally and informally with colleagues from across the colleges to explore areas of shared interest.

2017 COF Teaching and Learning Conference

This year’s Teaching & Learning Conference will be held on November 2 at Emmanuel College and will feature the work of Dr. Linda B. Nilson.

Dr. Linda B. Nilson is director emerita of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, now in its fourth edition (Jossey-Bass, 2016).

Dr. Nilson’s career as a full-time faculty development director spanned over 25 years. Before coming to Clemson University, she directed teaching centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, Riverside and was a sociology professor at UCLA, where she entered the area of educational development. After distinguishing herself as an excellent instructor, her department selected her to establish and supervise its Teaching Assistant Training Program. In sociology, her research focused on occupations and work, social stratification, political sociology, and disaster behavior.

Dr. Nilson has held leadership positions in the POD Network, Toastmasters International, Mensa, and the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium. She was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in sociology. She completed her undergraduate work in three years at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

2016 COF Teaching and Learning Conference:
Understanding and Teaching Today’s Students

This year’s Teaching & Learning Conference was held November 18 in MassArt’s Design and Media Center.

Dr. Karen Arnold, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Boston College, provided the keynote address, and shared valuable data and information from her Big Picture Longitudinal Study. The 10 year study follows groups of students across the transitions from high school to college to career.

Following Karen’s talk, over 100 participants had the opportunity to learn from colleagues across the COF through a series of breakout sessions addressing: Gender Identity, 1st Generation Students, Social Media and Its Impact on Students, Financial Lives of Today’s Students; Implications for Faculty, Teaching Students with Disabilities, and Assisting Students in Distress. The conference concluded with a panel of COF students sharing their experiences and advice.

Click HERE for conference photos!