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Cluster Class Redux

In Faculty, Teaching on January 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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By Hillary Haldane, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Nita Prasad, Assistant Professor of History

We have run the cluster course, History 112 – The West in the World / Anthropology 101 – Local Cultures, Global Issues, for four years. Our first clusterers (C1) are seniors, and we’ve just submitted the grades for the most recent batch (C4). We would like to share a few reflections from our time teaching the cluster, and clarify what we think the value of these sorts of classes have for a college moving towards a learning paradigm.

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Teaching in China

In Faculty, Teaching on January 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

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By Keith Kerr, Associate Professor of Sociology

*The following piece documents my observations teaching sociology as an affiliated professor of sociology at Ningxia University in northwest China, and relays what happened when I connected my Quinnipiac students with my Chinese students via Skype. A highly edited version of this piece has previously appeared in Change (2013 Jan/Feb edition). The full post and others like it can be found at the blog: http://onbecomingchinese.blogspot.com

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QU 101: An Approach

In Research, Teaching on January 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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By Thomas Williams, Part-Time CAS Faculty

With thanks to my colleague and project partner, Betsy Rosenblum.

There’s an unmistakable connection between critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and QU 101, yet among students there remains a popular and misguided perception that it’s a class without a purpose.

This perception gap is troubling.  A course fully devoted to improving the quality of one’s thinking is exceptional, and essential to success in today’s globalized, knowledge-based economy.

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‘Cats Love Their Coach

In Campus on January 7, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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By Mallory Robalino, as published in The Quinnipiac Chronicle

What do you get when you cross a dedicated mother, a hardworking secretary and the driving force of Quinnipiac’s two cheerleading powerhouses? The answer: Michelle Coppola.

Coppola is the head coach of both Sideline Cheerleading and the IceCats – not to mention the creative mind behind Bobcats Madness every October. To all 51 of her cheerleaders, however, she is so much more than that.

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