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Four Students Named Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows

June 18, 2018

Sarah Berns, Charles Carroll, Meg Caven and Brooke Osborne will teach at Wheaton College during the 2018-19 academic year. As Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows, the doctoral students will have the opportunity to hone teaching skills gained at Brown, while being introduced to faculty life at a small liberal arts college. 

“At Brown I’ve been mentored by a number of very knowledgeable and passionate educators. I’m really looking forward to applying the skills I’ve learned throughout my time at Brown with my own course at Wheaton,” says Carroll. Read more.

Through the program, advanced doctoral candidates teach a one-semester course and participate in the intellectual life of the college. The experience provides a better understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of academic life at a four-year, liberal arts college, which can differ from those at a research university such as Brown.

Carroll will teach a course titled Paris: Sacred and Profane, Imagined and Real. He’ll explore the dynamic evolution of Paris as a built environment and cultural myth throughout its more than 2,200-year history. The course concludes with a historicized look at Paris’s role in the twenty-first century, with topics including terrorism, popular culture, and anticipation of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The Fellows are also excited about having the freedom to design their own courses and develop their own teaching styles. Caven, a doctoral Sociology student, will teach a course on Schools and Social Inequality. She hopes to incorporate a community engaged scholarship approach to both teach students qualitative research skills and explore the reciprocal relationships between education and social inequality.

“I love facilitating students’ intellectual engagement with new material and approaches to understanding the world around them,” Caven says.

Osborne, a doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will teach an Environmental Geology course that introduces major concepts in physical geology and explores how they can be applied to understanding and addressing urgent environmental challenges.

“This program offers a valuable opportunity to learn from students and to develop my own style as a teacher,” says Osborne.

Up to four fellowships are offered each year. Doctoral students who are in their third, fourth or fifth year are eligible to apply, regardless of discipline.

Wheaton and the Brown Graduate School collaborate on the selection of the faculty fellows, with significant input from Wheaton academic departments.