Monday, June 6, 2016

Deb Swanson Named Hope's Faculty Liaison to the Virtual Center for Teaching and Learning

Deb Swanson, Professor of Sociology, has been named the college’s faculty liaison to the virtual Center for Teaching and Learning organized by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA).

Established by the GLCA with support from the Teagle Foundation, the consortial center exists not as a physical place but as a community of faculty members committed to improving teaching and learning across all of the GLCA’s colleges.  The center seeks to stimulate thinking and foster new approaches to teaching undergraduates by providing access to resources in support of effective pedagogy beyond what any single college can offer. 

As Hope’s liaison to the program, Swanson will guide communication and community building between Hope and the program and other participating institutions; advocate and encourage participation by Hope faculty in the center’s work; and coordinate campus visits and engagements involving faculty of other GLCA colleges.

Swanson’s research interests include service-learning and community development, the social construction of mothering, and teaching and learning.  Her scholarship includes articles in numerous professional journals as well as a variety of presented papers and addresses.

Swanson was president-elect of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) during the 2015-16 school year, and will be the organization’s president during 2016-17.  She has been an active member of the NCSA for more than 20 years, and served as vice president-elect and vice president during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.  Especially active in the organization’s teaching section, she has made several presentations on teaching during association meetings through the years. The NCSA presented her with its “John F. Schnabel Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award” during its annual meeting in March 2008, and she was the featured keynote speaker during the NCSA’s annual conference in 2009.

Posted 6/06/2016 04:45:00 PM

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