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Dialogue: Barclay and Bettina, Part One

posted: 5.7.14 by Barclay Barrios

Today’s guest blogger is Bettina Caluori. Bettina  is Professor of English at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For the past four years she has served as the coordinator for English Composition I (ENG101). Before that she chaired a college-wide committee on assessment for several years. In addition to writing courses she teaches American literature and women’s literature.

Barclay: Let me start with a rather broad and general question.  What is your history as a teacher?

Bettina: My first teaching job stands out in “my history” because it gave me an enduring sense of a teacher’s responsibility to devise approaches that enable as many students as possible to learn.  [read more]

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Course Evals

posted: 3.5.14 by Barclay Barrios

At my school we call them the SPOT forms: Student Perception Of Teaching.  But no matter the acronym, the existence of the course evaluation is nearly universal.

I’ve just finished reviewing the fall SPOTs for all of our teachers.  There’s a lot of discussion in my department about course evaluations in general and more specifically about how accurately they reflect the quality of teaching. [read more]

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Changing of the Guard

posted: 8.14.13 by Barclay Barrios

I wanted to take a moment to say goodbye to my assistant for the last four years, Mike Shier, who’s off to a creative writing PhD program this fall.  I’ll take this chance to welcome my new assistant Scott Rachesky too.

Though I’m sure you’re out there, I can’t imagine a WPA running a writing program by her or himself.  [read more]

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