Faculty INTEL Grants Inspire Innovative Culture

05-08-2014

Digital pedagogy and public history will be a faculty focus at Virginia Wesleyan in the coming year, as two projects involving these areas have been selected for 2014 Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) grants. This is the second year the grants have been awarded, providing up to $1,000 for projects that encourage and advance a culture of innovation and engaged learning. The first grant will provide support for the project, “Advancing Digital Pedagogy at Virginia Wesleyan College,” awarded to a multidisciplinary faculty team made up of Associate Professor of History and Director of the General Studies Program Richard Bond, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology Thomas Brown, Associate Professor of Management/Business/Economics Paul Ewell, and Assistant Professor of English Kellie Holzer. The group has designed a symposium on the research and pedagogy of the digital classroom and seeks to foster a campus-wide dialogue about digital learning. A second grant has been awarded to Assistant Professor of History Kathleen Casey for her project, “Making History Matter: Bringing Public History to Virginia Wesleyan College.” Casey’s proposal sets forth a plan for developing a public history program, affording students new opportunities for active learning by linking the theories and skills taught in the classroom to concrete, transformative experiences beyond campus. In addition to better preparing students for a wider range of careers, the program will foster meaningful relationships between VWC and neighboring institutions. For more information, contact Associate Dean of Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning Kathy Stolley at 757.233.8768 or kstolley@vwc.edu. More