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The Sheridan Center Announces Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning! The Sheridan Center is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning, Jane Sokolosky (Senior Lecturer in German Studies) & Paul Phillips (Senior Lecturer in Music). 

Save the Date:  University Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 2nd
5:00-6:00 PM
Reception 4:00-5:00 PM
Pembroke Hall 305

Members of the Brown community are invited to honor the recipients of the University awards for Teaching at the Awards Ceremony. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of faculty and graduate students at this university-wide reception and ceremony.

The Sheridan Center Welcomes our new Director!!

We are pleased to share the news that Mary Wright, currently Director of Assessment and Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, will join Brown as the Director of the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Her first day at Brown will be on July 18, 2016.

As the Sheridan Center director, Dr. Wright will provide strategic leadership to enhance the teaching community at Brown through the Sheridan Center's programs. This includes consulting with faculty and academic units on pedagogical and large-scale curricular transformation, supporting graduate students and postdoctoral scholars' professional development as teachers, and collaborating with other campus units on Brown's digital teaching opportunities. In addition, she will advance components of the University's strategic plan, Building on Distinction, by overseeing the establishment of a new Learning Commons. This initiative will bring together the Writing Center, English Language Learning programs and tutoring services in a new, purpose-built facility in Brown's Science Library, all under Sheridan's direction, and which will expand support for student learning in and faculty teaching about core student competencies such as writing, reading, research, data analysis, problem solving, and communication.

Dr. Wright brings to Brown significant experience in working across disciplines to advance professional development in pedagogy for faculty and for graduate students. While at the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, she worked with several large curricular change efforts (in STEM, learning analytics, engaged learning, and interprofessional education), consulted extensively with faculty around teaching and educational grants, and developed new programs for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. Dr. Wright studied sociology at Princeton (B.A., summa cum laude), and received master's (higher education) and Ph.D. (sociology) degrees from the University of Michigan. She has published extensively on inclusive teaching, the scholarship of teaching and learning, cultures of teaching, and graduate student development. Dr. Wright is a leader in the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the premier national organization in the field of educational development, where she is President-Elect.

We thank those who participated in the selection process, including Sheridan Center Advisory Board members, teaching consultants, faculty and graduate student liaisons, staff, and, especially, the members of search committee: Chris Dennis, Rosario Dispenza '16, Diego Focanti, Chris Keith, Joel Revill, Jane Sokolosky, Kathy Spoehr, and David Targan.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Sheridan Center, who have worked unstintingly to support Brown faculty, graduate students, and postdocs in programs that inquire about, explore, and reflect upon teaching and learning as ongoing and collaborative processes.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Wright to Brown.

Sharon Swartz, Interim Director
Maud S. Mandel, Dean of the College 

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