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Teaching Resource and Research Center

Teaching Resource and Research Center

Our Mission​​

With resources from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education (Title III), the Spelman College Teaching Resource and Research Center was established in the fall of 2007 to support the continued, long-term development of the faculty to meet the demands of 21st century teaching and learning.

The first Director, Dr. Mona Phillips (Sociology), set a course for the TRRC rooted in the interconnecting threads of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and feminist scholarship on engaged pedagogy and social transformation, as well as the notion of the commons. Under her leadership many faculty developed interdisciplinary courses and course units (Free Thinking Women seminars and modules) and attended summer interdisciplinary workshops related to Toni Morrison's Beloved, food, and digital storytelling.

In fall 2015, Drs. Aditi Pai and Veta Goler (Biology and Dance, respectively) assumed leadership of the TRRC. Working with a new Advisory Board, Goler and Pai are building on the strong foundation set by Phillips and are charting a new direction focused on teaching innovation and improvement, and on shining a light on the powerful and effective teaching efforts of Spelman faculty. The new TRRC mission is: To support a campus community that promotes and disseminates innovative and effective teaching practices.

Thus, the TRRC has initiated several workshop series and conversations. These include technology and pedagogy, interdisciplinarity, writing intensive courses, contemplative pedagogy, online teaching, and using rubrics for assessment, among others. In addition, summer workshops will enable faculty to focus on metacognition and deepen their experience with online teaching.

Finally, in addition to conversations and workshops, our goal is for the TRRC website to serve as a resource for Spelman faculty, offering links to video recordings, readings, blogs and other sources to help Spelman faculty with innovation, improvement and dissemination of their teaching strategies.

The Center

Location
Giles Hall Room G16, Spelman College, 350 Spelman Ln SW, Atlanta, GA. 30314

With resources from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education (Title III), the Spelman College Teaching Resource and Research Center was established in the fall of 2007 to support the continued, long-term development of the faculty to meet the demands of 21st century teaching and learning.

TRRC has its roots in the rich tradition of Black women's commitment to the joyfulness of ideas, or what Anna Julia Cooper called, "the thumping from within unanswered by any beckoning from without." (1892)

Drawing on the interconnecting threads of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and feminist scholarship on engaged pedagogy and social transformation, TRRC is also committed to the commons, a space filled with the spirit of systematic inquiry and hope, and where private delights and dilemmas escape the classroom and are publicly shared (bell hooks, 2003; Hutchings, 2005).

Read About Our Goals.

Our Staff

Co-Directors Veta D. Goler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Dance
Aditi Pai, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology

Administrative Assistant
Natasha Brown-Jones
nbjones@spelman.edu