Logical Times - Spring 2015
Denison continues to provide us and our students with a vibrant environment in which to teach and learn. Last year, we welcomed a new President, Adam Weinberg, who has been actively pursuing ways to build upon our strengths, and raise our national profile. We are also very lucky to have Kim Coplin, who you may remember as a Physics professor, Associate Provost, or classmate (class of 1985), as our new Provost. Together, Adam and Kim will lead us through a new strategic planning process over the next several years.
Denison has instituted two new curricular initiatives in recent years. First, the new Denison Seminars are innovative, often team-taught, courses that are aimed at highly motivated sophomore and junior students addressing interdisciplinary or integrative topics that transcend traditional boundaries. Second, we have adopted a more comprehensive writing program to replace the prior FYS 101/102 model. Students now take a first year Writing Workshop and also complete two Writing Intensive Seminars. Students must also complete the writing requirements specified in their majors. The new program is intended to give students more exposure to writing pedagogy and to structure the writing experiences across the whole of the four years instead of concentrating it primarily in the first year. The Department is contributing to the new program by teaching sections of the first year Writing Workshop and also converting several classes into Writing Intensive Seminars such as Math 210 (Proofs) and CS 339 (Artificial Intelligence). The Writing Committee, which oversees the new writing program, is chaired by our very own Matt Kretchmar.
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