Teaching Technology Fellows Chosen

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Professors begin two-year program

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WORCESTER, Mass. - July 10, 2002 - The Academic Affairs Division and the Information Technology Division of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently announced the 2002-2004 Teaching Technology Fellows. Selected from a competitive pool of nominations are James Doyle, associate professor of social science and policy studies and a resident of Framingham; John Goulet, coordinator of the Master of Mathematics for Educators program who resides in Hubbardston; Peter Hansen, associate professor of history, a Worcester resident; Rajib Mallick, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering of Holden; and Kathryn Wilkens, assistant professor of management who resides in Amherst.

The Teaching Technology Fellows Program is a partnership between WPI's Academic Affairs and Information Technology divisions. It helps faculty members foster teaching innovations, effectively use technology to augment teaching and learning; increase communication and collaboration; and recognize and reward excellence. The program sponsors up to eight academic fellows each year. Recipients receive the support needed to redesign a course including

  • Bi-weekly seminars on the effective use of teaching technologies.
  • Meeting with nationally recognized speakers.
  • Laptop computer with pre-installed software.
  • Allowance for individual software selections books and supplies.
  • Stipend to attend or present at a conference that focuses on teaching and learning.

This program requires a strong commitment from the faculty member for the entire academic year. Each department nominates one full-time faculty member.

About WPI

WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education, and is recognized as one of the leading outcomes-oriented undergraduate programs preparing people for success in our technological world. Since its founding in 1865, WPI has broadened and perfected an influential curriculum that balances theory and practice.

This innovative and unique combination of educational methods, learning environment and a worldwide network of project centers is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Its main campus is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. WPI supports the academic and research pursuits of over 2,800 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 220 faculty pursuing opportunities to blend technological research and practice with societal needs, delivering meaningful real-world benefits.

For over a century, WPI has awarded advanced degrees in the sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as the management of technology and business. Our alumni include Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry; Harold Black, inventor of the principle of negative-feedback; Carl Clark, inventor of the first practical airbag safety system; Dean Kamen, inventor of the first wearable drug infusion pump; and many others who contribute to the transformation of our technological world.