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Shifting Students’ Perspectives for Opportunities Post-Graduation: Reflections from a CNDLS Professional

Jennifer Lubkin Chávez, Program Manager for Technology Enhanced Learning in CNDLS, shares how her undergraduate studies in anthropology continue to inform her work in education. She suggests that recognizing anthropology as a practice, not simply a major or career field, can help students value the skills they have gained through their studies as well as broaden… Read more »

Putting Well-Being in the Lesson Plan

When students enter the classroom, they show up in their full complexity, with many layers and intersecting identities. In other words, they don’t just bring their intellects, which of course are not separable from all the other things that characterize people—background experience, hopes, concerns, physical and mental health (and/or health issues), and lots more. This… Read more »

Ignatian Pedagogy: The Meaning of Reflection

How can we make learning mean something? How can we go beyond conveying information to helping students grow in understanding and wisdom? At a Jesuit institution like Georgetown, we might turn for answers to the rich tradition of Ignatian Pedagogy. This contemplative approach to teaching is rooted in the sixteenth-century spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius—and… Read more »

Really, Though: How’s the Semester Going?

The typical greeting on campus these days involves the question “How’s the semester going?” There are common answers, too, maybe involving how fast time is going by, or how much the grading is piling up—but, beyond those habitual observations, it can be hard to be sure just exactly how class is going. Most students at… Read more »

Keeping Goals in the Picture

In the bustle (and sometimes chaos) of the semester itself, it can be easy to get lost in the day-to-day details and forget the bigger picture. But of course there is a bigger picture, and it’s the answer to this question: What do you want your students to achieve in your course? The answer to… Read more »

The Coming Storm: Snow, Emails, and Other Forces

We’re not too deep into the semester, but you may already be buried. Maybe you’re under a pile of emails—or voicemails, or requests for appointments outside your office hours. Things can get overwhelming. Hopefully you’ve already established some guidelines for your students in terms of how and when you want them to communicate with you… Read more »

Teaching Through Political Change and Tension

This week of the Presidential Inauguration is likely to be a challenging one for many students. Those who are concerned about the incoming administration may well be distracted and upset, and those who are excited about the change could well feel defensive and tense. In some classes—e.g., political science, history, sociology—these issues might come out… Read more »

Dr. Benjamin Reese and Lauren Reese (COL ‘12) Share Reflections on Higher Education and Race

On February 22, Dr. Benjamin Reese, President of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System, and his daughter, Lauren Reese (COL ‘12), shared their reflections on the complexities of race in higher education as part of the Doyle… Read more »

Why “The Digital” in High Impact Learning Practices

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On February 25, Gelardin New Media Center and the Georgetown University Writing Program hosted a workshop on the role of digital projects in high-impact educational practices (HIPs). Facilitated by Beth Godbee, Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University, this event brought together faculty and staff from across campus to share best practices and explore new… Read more »

The Engelhard Project Hosts Community of Practice Event with Provost Groves

On the wintry afternoon of February 9, twenty faculty and health professionals from across campus gathered into Copley 0G22, Professor Joan Riley’s cozy apartment, to share with one another how they each “do Engelhard.” The group, present and past Engelhard Faculty Fellows or Health Professional Fellows, were meeting as part of a semesterly Community of… Read more »