CITLS is pleased to announce that Dave Sunderlin, Associate Professor of Geology, and Chris Phillips, Professor of English, are the 2020 – 21 CITLS Distinguished Teaching Fellows. Both fellows were selected by the CITLS Faculty Advisory Board and will pursue important topics during this time of uncertainty and move to various online teaching modalities.

Dave Sunderlin will focus his fellowship period on field-based pedagogy which involves active, engaged learning experiences. During his fellowship year, he plans to showcase what fieldwork looks like across disciplines, integrate work he has already started in creating virtual field teaching resources for students, and further excellence in field-based pedagogy through the scholarship of teaching and learning. His efforts will be highly relevant during this time period as we consider various ways to engage our learners regardless of modality.

Given the increasing number of student mental health and well-being concerns prior to and during the COVID-19 crisis, and their implications on teaching and learning, CITLS will offer programming and resources on these topics in the coming year. Chris Phillip’s focus on contemplative pedagogy will align with these goals and our Lafayette values to teach the whole student. Contemplative pedagogy continues to be embraced by instructors at institutions of higher education and have positive impacts.

You will hear more from Dave and Chris in the coming year! We thank all faculty who applied to the fellowship program.