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ERIC Number: EJ791299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Widening the Academic Conversation to Include Support Staff: Wabash College Extends a Common Classroom Experience to Its Entire Campus Community
Eubanks, Philip W.; Lynch, Richard A.
About Campus, v10 n3 p25-27 Jul-Aug 2005
College support staff members often have an important, if sometimes unrecognized, impact on students' lives. Regardless of their job responsibilities, these individuals generally care deeply about the academic environment and the institution in general. When these individuals demonstrate to others how much they care, they are helping to build a sense of campus community and pride. Interactions between staff and students often come in the form of intellectual engagement. While these interactions may happen serendipitously, the challenge is to intentionally create opportunities for this kind of engagement and to make clear that support staff do contribute directly to students' academic and intellectual growth. In this article, the authors highlight an initiative that has helped bring staff more actively into the academic and intellectual life of a college, and that encourages these kinds of staff-student connections. Wabash College, a small 850-student liberal arts college for men, now invites staff to become engaged at the heart of the curriculum and the campus's intellectual culture by participating in the college's core course, Cultures and Traditions (C&T), a year-long course that is required for all sophomores. Inspired by Earl Shorris's Clemente Courses in the Humanities, described in his book "Riches for the Poor," English professor Joy Castro launched an effort to offer C&T to the staff. Over the first three years, thirty-six staff members, spouses, and visiting professors accepted the invitation to become students in C&T. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A