Endings and Beginnings

Congratulations on successfully shepherding your students through an unusually stressful academic year. You all, collectively, make this university a wonderful place to learn. Teaching, the work we share, is sometimes joyous and sometimes challenging; it is always important. Students don’t come to us just for course content: they come to us to grow into the people they need to be, for the future they’re going to face. Our students must build critical thinking skills and information literacy, but also—and even more importantly–courage, compassion, generosity, and curiosity. Good teaching demands these very qualities of us.

It has been a great pleasure to join your community this year, and to support the extraordinary work you do. We’ve had opportunities to meet many of you, and we hope to meet many more. We would be grateful if you could spare a moment to let us know, through this brief survey, how the Center can serve you best.

Thank you for everything you do.


We will be open over the summer, and eager to support you. We’re hosting two faculty reading groups. If you have a bit of extra time to retool your course, develop new assignments, examine your exams, or anything else, we’re happy to be of assistance. If you’d like support in interpreting and responding to student evaluations, we can help. We’ll also, as usual, be available to conduct midcourse evaluations. In the fall we’ll also have student observers, so let us know if you’d like a students’-eye window into your class.