Who We Are
The Barbara and George Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning fosters a culture of reflection about teaching among faculty and staff at all stages of their careers who share our commitment to a learning community broadly understood. The Cromwell Center promotes excellence in teaching across the disciplines, informed by a global scholarship on the science of pedagogy and the application of that scholarship in the context of a liberal arts college of higher education. The Cromwell Center supports the instructional improvement efforts of Washington College’s teaching community, initiates programs and activities that enrich and improve teaching and learning, as well as facilitates as partners and collaborates with a broad range of groups and colleagues on campus in offering such programs. The Center seeks to cultivate an institutional climate that values, rewards, sustains and renews excellence in teaching and learning. Our events are open to all.
Teaching and Learning
These programs are designed to address the needs and interests of faculty through workshops and discussion groups. Examples are: active learning, new ways to involve students in writing, strategies for encouraging critical thinking etc.
These programs are designed to introduce faculty to technology that might be useful to them in face-to-face and other modes of communication. Examples are using Canvas and Croc-doc, creating multimedia for your own classes, using response keys (clickers in class), exploring the use of the internet for teaching purposes, using social media to attract the best prospects to your department, etc.
Washington College is firmly committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where all students, staff and faculty can enjoy a feeling of belonging. To that end, the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning co-sponsors programming with the Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Academic Skills to provide faculty and staff with a better understanding of how to more effectively reach a wider range of students.
The Cromwell Center Advisory Board
The advisory board provides guidance to the Director in program matters. The current composition of the Cromwell Center Advisory Board is:
- Dylan Poulson, Mathematics and Computer Science Department.
- Aileen Tsui, Nancy Underwood Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department.
- Adi Mayer, Economics Department
- Andrea Vassar, Director of Disability Services and Office of Academic Skills and Section 504/ADA Coordinator.
- Sharon Sledge, Chief Academic Technology Officer.
- Ruth Shoge: Dean, Library and Academic Technology
- George Spilich: John Toll Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning.