Learning & Teaching

Lt. Gov. Garcia commends programs aimed at increasing student success

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia visited campus on Friday to learn about University of Colorado Boulder programs that focus on student success and graduation, including the CU LEAD Alliance and CU Complete.

Faculty in Focus No. 3: The Mathematician

As a senior math instructor and avid rock climber, Bernard Gillett appreciates how mathematics relates to climbing. Both disciplines involve mental concentration, problem solving and tenacity, although an erroneous math calculation is considerably less hazardous than an error in judgment made while scaling a sheer rock wall.

University Libraries launches open access repository, CU Scholar

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries is celebrating the launch of the open access repository CU Scholar, housed online at scholar.colorado.edu. This new institutional repository will aggregate and disseminate the wealth of scholarly knowledge created under the auspices of the University of Colorado Boulder and its research units. CU Scholar welcomes materials of scholarly focus, including published journal articles, working papers, technical reports, multimedia content and datasets.

Tap and all that jazz

It’s early morning and a quiet dance studio on the CU-Boulder campus soon bursts into percussive energy as 14 students tap, slap and paradiddle their way across the wood floor. For an hour twice a week, students and instructor engage in a rhythmic conversation of music, dance and the patterns of the steps in a tap dancing class.

CU-Boulder launches free, online course targeting human gut microbes

CU-Boulder is launching a new Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, today about the many different microbial species that inhabit the human gut and how they may influence health and disease. The free course, titled Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome, is being offered through CU-Boulder and Coursera, and will be taught by CU-Boulder Associate Professor Rob Knight, Senior Research Associate Jessica Metcalf and Research Associate Katherine Amato, all of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute.

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.

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