To be recruited Fall 2012
About Barbara Walvoord, Interim Director
Barbara Walvoord has founded four centers for teaching excellence or writing across the curriculum (at Central College in Iowa, Loyola College in Maryland, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Notre Dame).
Each has won national recognition. Faculty from the liberal arts and sciences, business, social work, library science, and health sciences have been among those attending the workshops she has led at more than 400 institutions of higher education.
She has taught English and interdisciplinary humanities courses at several institutions, including private colleges, and she was named the Maryland English Teacher of the Year for Higher Education in 1987.
Dr. Walvoord has published many books and articles on teaching, writing, and assessment. As a researcher, she has studied how students learn to think and write in various disciplines, including biology, history, business management, psychology, English, and religious studies. (For more detail, please see Dr. Walvoord's curriculum vitae.)
Contact Barbara Walvoord via email or by phone at 617-521-2038 or 574-361-3857 (cell)
The search for the permanent CET Director is ongoing; more information is available here.
Patricia Elam, Associate DirectorPatricia Elam, an award-winning writer, has taught writing and conducted writing workshops for over 15 years at many institutions, including the Boston Center for Adult Education, the University of Maryland, Goucher College, The Writer's Center and Howard University where she was awarded a faculty grant to conduct research in Paris. At Howard, she also taught interdisciplinary courses and worked with faculty across the
disciplines. She has written for The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Essence magazine, among others, and has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio. Her short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies including the O.Henry Prize stories. Her novel, Breathing Room, has been taught at several colleges.
Tricia is excited to be returning to her native Boston where she was one of the first two black students to attend The Winsor School as well as where she graduated from law school (Northeastern University School of Law). She is particularly thrilled to be at Simmons as her mother, aunt and sister are alumnae and she is honored to be working with such dynamic faculty.
Brenda Scanzillo, Administrative Assistant
Brenda is excited to be part of the Center for Excellence in Teaching both as the administrative assistant and as Barbara Walvoord's intern. Brenda received her B.S. in Sociology from Northeastern University and is now working on her M.Ed. in Higher Education there.The CET is located in P113A in the Palace Road Building.
or Brenda Scanzillo via email or by phone at 617-521-2036.