Dr. Mary Goldschmidt

 

Faculty Development Specialist

Dr. Mary Goldschmidt

My role as the faculty development specialist is to facilitate a university-wide conversation on teaching. What that will mean in concrete terms will depend largely on faculty input as I listen to the interests and needs of different departments and schools. As my position here at CTLE is new, I look forward to designing services and programs that support a variety of pedagogical practices.

One way to enhance our effectiveness as teachers is to become more aware of the scholarship of teaching and learning, and I hope to serve as a bridge to the best work being done in the field.  Just as important, I hope to offer opportunities where we can learn from one another about the excellent teaching that’s already happening on campus. 

I earned my Ph.D. in English from Emory University, and have more than 20 years of teaching experience.  For the past eight years, I served as the Director of the Writing Program at The College of New Jersey, where I worked with faculty from every department to support the design of their writing intensive courses in the college’s new “Writing in the Disciplines” curriculum. I recently completed a qualitative study of the development of writing expertise among psychology and computer science majors, work that was sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Elon University as part of its national, multi-institutional research seminar, Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer. My current research on learner autonomy examines how we can engage students to become more responsible for their own learning and play a more active, purposeful role in their educations. 

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