CNDLS is pleased to announce the 2010–2011 Bottlenecks and Thresholds Faculty Fellows. This group of nine faculty from across the university met for the first time as a cohort during a weeklong seminar at this year’s Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI). Historian David Pace, co-director of Indiana University’s History Learning Project and a pioneer of the “Decoding the Disciplines” approach, led the first half of the workshop, where faculty identified and addressed “bottlenecks,” or places where students find it difficult to master important concepts to learning in their undergraduate classes. In the second half of the workshop, faculty began to discuss writing bottlenecks and to develop course interventions for the coming year that addressed particular bottlenecks. Reference and Instruction librarians also led the group in a discussion of bottlenecks specific to research.
Faculty will begin to integrate their project plans in the fall, and the cohort will continue to meet through the 2010–2011 academic year. The group will also have a chance to meet with the 2009–2010 Thresholds of Writing Faculty Colloquium as they move forward, building on the first group’s foundation.
2010-2011 Bottlenecks and Thresholds Faculty Fellows
Tommaso Astarita (History)
Benjamin Bogin (Theology)
Emily Francomano (Spanish and Portuguese)
Tod Linafelt (Theology)
Nathaniel Rivers (English; also part of the planning team)
Theresa Sanders (Theology)
Kathryn Temple (English)
Ronit Yarden (Human Science)
Jen Woolard (Psychology)