Department of Communication

In their Words

Testimonials from past participants

“The CxC seminar was an occasion to meet with colleagues from across Arts and Sciences to talk about teaching, that activity that informs who we are and that we share as part of our communal mission, but which we don't find as much time in our daily routines to discuss as we might. To engage in a sustained conversation on the pedagogical challenges of incorporating writing and speaking into our courses was enlightening.
And to do it with colleagues from across campus was a real pleasure.” Dennis Looney, French and Italian Languages and Literatures

“As a teacher of rhetoric I have taught speaking and writing in all of my classes for as long as I can remember. Even so, the CxC seminar served as an occasion for reflection on the relationship between oral and written communication, my own strengths and weaknesses as a speaker and writer, and my ways and means in the classroom. In effect, the seminar made me a beginner once again. And that was a good thing.”  John Poulakos, Communication  

“The CxC seminar will change the way that I design all my courses and assignments. It provided me with the concentrated mental space, collective brain power, and warm atmosphere in which to resolve teaching issues with the help of the extremely knowledgeable coordinators and 14 other colleagues. Thoroughly enjoyable and useful!” Irina Livezeanu, History

“In the CxC Faculty Seminar, I learned a lot, worked hard on revising two courses, and enjoyed talking about teaching with a wonderfully wide range of colleagues.” Lisa Brush, Sociology

“The CxC seminar gave me the tools and the courage to incorporate both impromptu and planned oral presentations in my microbiology lab classes.” Melanie Popa, Biological Sciences

“The benefits of the CxC seminar were not immediately apparent. The lessons needed to percolate somewhere in my sub-consciousness for a few semesters. I find myself now teaching courses in which discussion and student participation are better integrated into the curriculum. The re-designed courses are more informative and enjoyable for me and for the students. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the CxC experience.” Laurence Glasco, History

“The seminar provided the time and collegial support that allowed me to re-focus my teaching on student's engagement, through writing, speaking, and on-line discussion. I had been teaching here for 25 years and this was the boost and the refresher I needed.” Nicholas Coles, English

“Before I participated in the CxC seminar, I could hardly imagine how similar the teaching experiences in so many different courses and fields can be. Sharing my teaching experiences with other faculty members has helped me understand what may be wrong with my teaching style and, more importantly, what I can do about it.” Soiliou Namoro, Economics

“This is a must learning experience for any new or experienced faculty member.” Cindy Skrzycki, English

“Now I feel much more confident about integrating student oral presentations into my courses and evaluating them fairly. I'm even giving students a chance to evaluate each other's presentations and learn from the experience.” Emily McEwan-Fujita, Anthropology

"To be honest, I didn't expect to learn much from this seminar. I was surprised at how many useful tools I gained -- especially the grading rubrics for analytical papers and student oral expression." David Barker, Political Science

“The CxC seminar allowed me to focus on the issue of how to incorporate more opportunities for oral and written communication in my course. I believe that the ideas for low-stakes writing and speaking activities have enhanced my course, and the students have benefited from these additions to the syllabus.” Claire Bradin Siskin, Linguistics

“The well-guided roundtable discussions in the CxC Faculty Seminar were a true treasure chest. One can hardly find a richer and more valuable feedback forum with so many colleagues from so many disciplines ... and everybody interested in one goal: perfecting the teaching and learning experience.” Dieter Waltermann, Germanic Languages and Literatures

“In the seminar, I developed a new way of thinking about communication and writing assignments in addition to learning lots of tricks of the trade that I have been able to implement in my undergraduate and graduate teaching.” Christian Schunn, Psychology

"The seminar helped me develop better teaching strategies, by calling into question some unexamined presuppositions, and focusing on the diverse dimensions of writing" Paolo, Palmieri, History and Philosophy of Science

“To share teaching experiences with other faculty is always an enlightening endeavor; to learn creative ways in which to help students communicate in all areas of study is a fundamental element of education, and one in which all faculty should explore.” Rebecca Denova, Religious Studies