Learning & Teaching

Faculty in Focus No. 2: The classicist

Christian Kopff, associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is committed to teaching the importance of the ancient world and its impact on modern society. Kopff teaches Honors Program courses on the ancient world, including Greek, Latin and Hebrew, and studies the texts and traditions that emerged in the ancient world and which remain influential today.

CU-Boulder scholarships attract top Colorado students

When she was in high school, Emily Schaldach diligently studied and earned high grades with the goal of attending CU-Boulder. As a freshman at CU-Boulder, her outstanding academic achievements are recognized by being named to the Esteemed Scholars Program, a merit-based scholarship program for top Colorado freshmen.

Faculty in Focus No. 1: The dancer

When Associate Professor Erika Randall—teacher, dancer, writer, choreographer—strides in ready to teach, the quiet, empty dance studio is immediately filled with the energy, passion and artistic expression that she brings to her work.

From the Provost: Faculty student mentor program invitation

Last year the Boulder Faculty Assembly (BFA) piloted a student mentorship program in which faculty volunteers ‘adopted’ and periodically met with small groups of new freshman students during for the academic year. This pilot program helped to make a large campus smaller for many of our incoming students and received great reviews from our students and their parents alike. 

This year the BFA has expanded their student mentorship program and to-date faculty volunteers have already committed to the mentorship of more than 2,000 incoming freshman for this academic year, and the number of mentees is still increasing. To ensure that this program can meet this increased demand and fill the valuable role on this campus, we need additional faculty to engage in this important effort.

Birzer appointed as second Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy

Bradley J. Birzer has been appointed the second Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy. Birzer, a professor of history and the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College in Michigan, will begin his one-year appointment beginning in fall 2014.

Love of bodybuilding inspires scientific pursuit for Goldwater Scholar Brennan Coffey

Before there were beakers, there were barbells.

Brennan Coffey—one of three CU-Boulder undergraduates to win a coveted Goldwater Scholarship this year for high academic merit—has logged long hours at the gym. An avid bodybuilder, Coffey’s weightlifting sessions have sculpted both his body and his interest in science.

White Center program creates brighter vision for the future

“The moment I got involved in the Marshall-Brennan Project, my life changed,” said Viviana Andazola, who was a 10th grade student at York International High School in the Mapleton School District during the 2011–12 academic year, the first year of Colorado Law’s Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. “I now have a brighter vision for my future.”

Lt. Governor Garcia observes CU’s ‘Literacy Squared’ bilingual model for Literacy Week

As part of Colorado Literacy Week, on Monday afternoon Lt. Governor Joe Garcia visited a highly successful program at Godsman Elementary School in Denver that promotes not only literacy, but biliteracy in Spanish and English. In partnership with the CU-Boulder’s BUENO Center for Multicultural Education, the school has fully integrated the Literacy Squared® model. As a result, Godsman has achieved impressive reading and writing gains in both Spanish and English that have outpaced the district and the state.

Award-winning student video seeks to inspire would-be scientists

University of Colorado Boulder graduate student Emi Tokuda is trying to find effective ways to battle melanoma, a notoriously drug-resistant disease that is responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer-related deaths. She is the subject of one of a slew of videos recently produced for LabTV, and filmed by Emilie Johnson, a graduate student in journalism at CU-Boulder. The video was recently named a Finalist Award Winner by LabTV at the Tribeca Film Festival.

College and elementary school students teach each other

Professor Kris Gutiérrez has a rule about her after-school program at Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette: “If you’re not having fun, something is going wrong.”

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