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VIII. The Office of the Learning, Teaching, and Research Center

The Learning, Teaching, and Research Center

The Learning, Teaching and Research Center, located in room 112 of the Library (ext. 5215), connects students and faculty with one another across disciplines, recognizing that both students and teachers are involved in learning, leading, and scholarship. The center’s mission includes helping students realize their academic potential and achieve their educational goals as well as supporting faculty in their professional development. To that end, we run a thriving peer Writing Center and Center for Science and Quantitative Reasoning, sponsor student-led Supplemental Instruction sessions in math and science, design and lead faculty development seminars informed by our work with students, and encourage faculty to see how their research informs their teaching and vice versa.

The LTRC houses the Writing Center, which is staffed by peer consultants who are trained to work with students on a wide range of written work from research papers to critical essays, lab reports, or creative pieces, and at every stage of the writing process from rough draft to final revision. The Center for Science and Quantitative Reasoning offers an alternative learning site for students enrolled in courses that fulfill the Quantitative Analysis requirement. Supplemental Instruction (SI) program provides weekly peer-facilitated study sessions for specific courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The directors of both centers also work with faculty and students to meet their curricular needs across disciplines and fields. The Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist offers guidance for students in developing study skills such as reading, note taking, and time management, and is available to speak with faculty on time management issues that pertain to the balance of work and life.

The LTRC also works closely with the Office of Access and Educational Opportunity, the librarians, and Academic Computing Services on programming for both faculty and students.

The LTRC provides a variety of services for faculty, including formal and informal workshops and discussions throughout the year on topics like uses of technology in the classroom, effective grading, and fostering respect for diversity in the classroom. The LTRC also sponsors campus-wide programs and lectures.

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Faculty Teaching Development

The LTRC offers a wide range of support for faculty members. The LTRC holds discussions for faculty throughout the year on such topics as teaching a first-year writing seminar, using technology in the classroom, grading effectively, creating a teaching portfolio, and valuing diversity in the classroom. For more information, contact the Director of Faculty Teaching Development, (Prof. Peter Antelyes, ext. 5638).

Faculty teaching writing-intensive courses can request a designated peer consultant to work specifically with their students throughout a semester. Also, the Writing Center Director can meet with faculty about the design of writing assignments. For more information, contact the Writing Center Director (ext. 7683).

The LTRC staff members are available for individual consultation regarding faculty teaching development, syllabus writing, planning a research agenda, and finding a satisfying and workable balance between teaching and research.

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Faculty Research Development

The Faculty Director of Research Development offers support for all stages of a research project, including formulating the project, identifying funding sources, applying for grants, and publishing. Much of the time, these services take the form of consultations between the director and individual scholars. Occasionally, in addition, the director brings together groups of faculty with related research interests or at similar career stages to discuss issues of mutual concern. The Faculty Directors of Research and Teaching Development offer collaborative workshops to assist faculty to identify creative ways to integrate teaching and research. Together with the Committee on Research, the Grants Office, and the Director of the LTRC, the Faculty Director of Research Development facilitates the research activities of faculty at all stages in their careers. Assistance and advice provided during consultations are confidential and are not connected to College evaluation processes. Contact the Faculty Director of Research Development (Prof. Katie Hite, ext. 7661).

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