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A&S Express
Spring 2014

A Message from the Interim Dean

Katherine Black, Interim DeanWelcome to the inaugural issue of the A&S newsletter, aptly named A&S Express. The name was suggested by our very own Professor Roger Desmond in the School of Communication.

In the newsletter, you will find some exciting happenings in the University of Hartford's College of Arts and Sciences. As you know, the University of Hartford prides itself on high-quality teaching, research, and creative activity. The stories you will read here are just a sampling of the wonderful accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni. You’ll see themes of engagement, leadership, innovative uses of technology, cultural exploration, and real-world applications of research.

We will continue to bring you more stories in future newsletters. Please take a moment to update your information and share your stories with us.  We want to hear from you!

Best wishes,

Katherine Black
Interim Dean

Alumni Spotlight
Gara B. Field '91, M '93

Rising to the Challenge

In July 2011, A&S alumna Gara B. Field '91, M '93 left her position as assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Georgia to become principal of Pleasant View Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island, at the time one of the lowest performing elementary schools in the state. In less than three years, Field and her faculty have transformed the school culture by creating advisory and enrichment programs, allotting more preparation time for teachers, and creating “dream teams” of teachers to support one another in accomplishing the school's goals. Read more.

Faculty Spotlight Student Spotlight
Dr. Michael Clancy   Jewish Education Online

Exploring Slow Tourism

For years, “8 cities in 7 days” captured the hearts of many tourists when they considered travel to faraway destinations such as Italy, France, or Spain. Today, more travelers are opting for the appeal of “one town in 14 days,” aka "slow tourism." Michael Clancy, professor of politics and government, traveled to Italy last summer to learn why. Read more.


K-7 Jewish Education Online

Joshua Gischner '15, a Judaic Studies and history double major, spent the last year interning with the Commission on Jewish Education and Leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, helping develop a website dedicated to resources in online Jewish education. His work has resulted in him being nominated for the prestigious Jewish Communal Leadership award. Read more.

A&S News
Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom

The University of Hartford's Department of Mathematics has a long history of pioneering new pedagogical strategies and technology integration, with a goal of enhancing and improving student engagement, retention, and success in their classes. Today, this group of innovative and dedicated faculty continues to work on the frontier of mathematics education. In a 2012 survey of undergraduate Calculus I programs, the Mathematical Association of America identified the University of Hartford’s mathematics department as one of 17 of the most successful in the United States. Read more.

Did You Know?

Faculty and Staff Years of Service

Recently, Arts and Sciences faculty and staff were recognized for their years of service to the University. We extend our sincere appreciation for their commitment and dedication. Read more.

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