Interested in a Summer Online Writing Fellowship?

Hampshire College Center for Teaching and Learning is excited to support faculty research through

Summer Online Writing Fellowships

This is a unique writing opportunity designed for Hampshire faculty and facilitated by Cathy Luna, an experienced local writing coach and experienced instructor of higher education. Fellowships are six weeks long (May 6- June 30) with the option to continue through July and August.

As part of this program, Fellows will:

  • Establish concrete summer writing goals
  • Write daily (ideally M-F), tracking progress online
  • Receive online guidance on the writing process from a local writing coach*
  • Interact online with a small community of committed writers
  • Attend an in-person kick-off meeting and optional consultation with the writing coach

*Please note that Cathy Luna will provide assistance with writing strategies and practices rather than read and respond to participants’ writing.

Fellows will be expected to attend the kick off workshop, “Scholarly Writing: What Works for You?” on Wednesday, May 6, 5:30pm.

Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Please contact Kristen Luschen at by Monday, April 20th to apply. Continue reading

Join the CTL in congratulating Polina and Herb!

Professors Barskova, Bernstein Win 2015 Gruber Awards

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Polina Barskova
Herbert J. Bernstein

Professors Polina Barskova and Herbert Bernstein are the 2015 winners of the Gruber Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Advising.

Established in 2011 by Hampshire College graduate David Gruber 72F, the awards highlight best practices in teaching and advising. Each winner receives $10,000 and, in the year following receipt of the award, either gives a lecture or organizes a symposium to share teaching and advising techniques with other faculty.

Russian literature professor Barskova received the award for teaching, and physics professor Bernstein won the advising award.

The award review committee, which chooses finalists based on nominations made by the Hampshire community, wrote that Barskova “is an ethereal presence in the classroom, captivating her students in way that makes learning effortless and inspiring a mentor/student relationship that often extends far past a student’s tenure in her classroom.”

“I think that working at Hampshire, to a huge extent, is about dialogue with students,” Barskova said. “It’s one of the most intense classroom processes I can imagine. It’s all about reacting to them and them reacting to you, one hundred percent of the time, because of the nature of what we do here. To hear back from them in such a beautiful and generous way was a gesture of trust.”

In four decades of advising, Bernstein has worked to build academic and personal ties with his students while adapting his approach to meet the learning differences of each of them. The committee wrote that he is “proven to go above and beyond normal expectations of both personal and academic support and guidance.”

“Advising, in a sense, is at the core of being a Hampshire professor,” Bernstein said. “It’s about taking seriously the changes that can occur with an appropriately empowered student during their time here. You have to know a lot, but you also have to realize they may be more of an expert than you are, especially on the subject of their Div III work.”

Gruber was excited to learn that Bernstein had been chosen, as he credited his former professor as an inspiration for the awards.

“It’s difficult for me to imagine having been a success at Hampshire without a strong advisor/advisee relationship like I had with Herb,” Gruber said. “He keeps on top of how your studies are going, but also how your life is going.”

When developing the award process, it was important that students make the decisions, Gruber said: “It’s intended to be recognition from the community. Who knows better than the students which faculty members are the great teachers and great advisors?”

The 2015 award committee included students Shirish Bhattarai, ilia Esrig, Rachel Garner, Isaac Marshall, Luna Goldberg, and Mike Merzel. Melissa Scheid Frantz, assistant dean of students for community advocacy, served as committee adviser.

Take a 5 C Survey on Digital Technology

Five College Digital Humanities is working to develop a portrait of how different humanists use digital technology in their research, teaching, and creative work. Our most important tool for this is the 5CollDH community assessment survey, which responds to the different ways we all use technology in our scholarly lives. We invite responses from all members of the Five College academic community– staff, faculty, students, and administrators. 

This process will only work if we get as many responses as possible. The survey takes anywhere from five to fifteen minutes to complete, depending on how much you would like to say right now. It would be so great if you could take the survey before April 20th

In recognition of everyone taking the time to complete this task, 5C Digital Humanities is raffling gift cards to a variety of Valley establishments. Anyone who takes the survey is eligible to win! 

Faculty Seminar in Public Humanities

Call for participation (.doc) in a faculty seminar next year (2015-2016) as part of the Five College/Mellon Bridging Grant in the Public Humanities.

Are you using archives, museum collections, or other kinds of public humanities resources in your teaching–either current or proposed courses? If so, join this keenly interdisciplinary group of scholars who are doing the same.

This is open to all tenured, tenure track, and contract employees with on-going appointments. Participating Fellows receive a stipend of $2000 for joining us for eight sessions over the next academic year.

For more information, contact Karen Koehler (Seminar Coordinator)
Professor of Architectural and Art History, Hampshire College
Director, Institute for Curatorial Practice

Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference

The Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference is happening September 25-27 in the Five College area! The theme is Voices and Change: Activism, Education & Public Service. Please tell your colleagues and friends about this historic conference, the first of its kind on American soil!The website for the conference is live at

The conference is hosted by Smith College, with plenary events happening at UMass, Mount Holyoke College and other venues in the Five College area.

The Call for Papers is now open through March 31, 2015.
For questions, please email Yvonne Mendez at Look for more info in the coming weeks!


The Hampshire Learning Project

HLP_TrailerThe Hampshire Learning Project (HLP) is an internally funded research project designed to determine the ways that the Hampshire experience contributes to students’ initiative, creativity, appetite for ongoing learning, and desire to contribute to society.

The Hampshire Learning Project has created a short video series to present some of our recent research findings to faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community. The series includes a two-minute overview video and four in-depth videos on important themes that have emerged: 1) advising, 2) critical reflection, 3) intellectual community, and 4) outside-of-classroom experiences.

The findings provide insights into student experiences and highlight areas that work well for students and those where students struggle.  We hope that the Hampshire community can draw upon these research findings to enhance and improve student experiences across multiple areas.

If you have practices that support students along these dimensions (e.g. creating intellectual communities through cohort advising; reflecting on learning each semester, etc.), consider making a short video on your practice to share. Contact the CTL at to schedule your video production.

Inclusive Teaching Workshop: How does ‘who we are’ affect ‘what we do”?

The UMass Center for Teaching & Faculty Development is hosting a series of diversity-related workshops this spring that are open to Five College faculty.  Please sign up for the first this spring!

What: Positionality: How Does ‘Who We Are’ Affect ‘What We Do’?
Speaker: Dr. Jesse Tauriac
Audience: All instructors
When: Thursday, January 29th from 9 AM to 11 AM
Location: UMass Amherst Campus Center (room given after registration)

DESCRIPTION: Often when educators consider starting classroom discussions about multiculturalism and bias, emphasis is placed on analyzing student viewpoints or societal perspectives about various diverse communities and forms of oppression. Much less considered but, arguably, more important is an exploration of our own personal backgrounds and identity dimensions, and recognition of the ways these shape our perceptions of and experiences with individuals from a range of backgrounds. This two-hour, interactive workshop will guide participants in examining and discussing meaningful aspects of our identities, and drawing links to the ways we engage diverse individuals and multicultural topics.

SPEAKER: Dr. Jesse Tauriac is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Lasell College. He has delivered trainings on multicultural teaching and mentoring, culturally competent management and service delivery, respectful workplace environments, and building student cross-cultural alliances. His research interests include factors promoting academic engagement and success among racially and ethnically diverse students, particularly Black American males and first generation college students.