Support for Teaching

Bridgewater State University believes in its faculty and librarians and their lifelong pursuit of excellence. Research shows that faculty development programs improve teaching and are reflected in improved student outcomes. BSU supports faculty in their teaching through the Office of Teaching and Learning and faculty initiatives Writing Across the Curriculum and Quantity Across the Curriculum.

Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL)

Faculty from every college and department use the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) -- where we transform how we teach so our students improve how they learn. Through workshops, midcourse classroom visits, an annual teaching conference, pedagogical interest groups, and generously funded internal grants, professors continually develop their teaching to meet the changing needs of students. And this then transforms how students participate, handle the workload, and use office hours and support services.

Our level of funded support stands out nationally. Our signature offering is an annual four-day Summer Teacher-Scholar Institute with options to develop teaching (for an individual or program) or scholarly writing. We also award up to 30 travel grants annually for participation in teaching conferences.

Our team includes three Teaching & Learning Faculty Fellows who personally consult to faculty by request, as well as numerous student pedagogic partners, and an active Advisory Board. By collaborating with other initiatives such as Teaching & Technology, Transformative Learning, Academic Achievement, Assessment, and Institutional Diversity, we break down silos and integrate efforts. In sum, we have earned a reputation for modeling the deep and sensitive work of developing courses and careers, and the curriculum and pedagogies of whole departments, all thanks to the people behind our every effort.

To learn more about support for teaching and learning at Bridgewater State University, please contact the OTL’s director, Dr. Roben Torosyan, at OTL@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2435.

Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum (QuAC)

Numeracy, or quantitative literacy, is the ability to confidently handle numbers in everyday situations. Yet while our world has become more number-driven, adult numeracy skills in the U.S. lag significantly behind the rest of the developed world. Because practical number skills are critical to the coursework, careers, and civic engagement of all students, regardless of major, it will take nearly all of us in higher education to share in solving this challenge.

Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum (QuAC) is a faculty-driven program supporting quantitative literacy at Bridgewater State University. QuAC's mission is to increase student and faculty engagement and success with numbers in all disciplines of higher education, in order to increase our graduates' financial security, their access to the highly-skilled workforce, and their informed citizenship. QuAC offers workshops, resources and events to support this mission.

To learn more about the QuAC initiative, please contact the QuAC coordinator, Dr. Matt Salomone, at msalomone@bridgew.edu or 508-531-2216.

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Writing is central to the ability to communicate, to learn, to engage with others, to think critically, and to achieve academic excellence. The Writing Across the Curriculum program at BSU recognizes the importance of writing to education and is motivated by a commitment to student achievement. One of the main tenets of WAC is that learning to write is a lifelong process, a process that cannot take place in a single course or a single semester but extends across a student’s academic career and beyond.

It is the mission of WAC to aid faculty and students in this process and to encourage the commitment to writing across the campus through workshops, discussion groups and co-sponsored events with other faculty development programs. WAC also offers faculty one-on-one consultations, resources, and retreats to support its mission.

To learn more about the WAC initiatives, please contact the WAC coordinators, Dr. Lisa Litterio at llitterio@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2183 or Dr. Sarah Wiggins at sarah.wiggins@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2018.