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SPR-SUM 2017

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34 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 THE UNIVERSITY AT I try to switch it up as much as possible, so students don't get caught in a pattern," says Professor Alan Schulte, who teaches composition and creative non- fiction. "I leave a lot of room for creativity and that produces creativity and motivation from students." Schulte is conscious of the professional standard at Pierce, which puts good teaching first on an expectations list that also includes advising, scholarship and service. "If we can't help students learn how to question and use their inquiry skills and communicate their ideas," he says, "then we have failed." He also serves as director of the Wensberg Writing Center, and is currently working with Humanities colleague Zan Gonçalves on an April presentation to the Northeast Writing Centers Association, addressing how writing centers can provide assistance to students outside the confines of the center itself, through online tools and by reversing the model, bringing services directly to students. To help future Pierce students optimize their completion of class assignments, Schulte published a collection of student writing. Conversations to Composition includes examples of major assignments for Composition I and II, designed to provide future students with a model from which to work. The end goal is to prompt students to question and improve their own approaches to classwork. "I am motivated to hold my students to a higher standard," he says. "I want to push them beyond their limits." Alan Schulte: Helping Students Push Their Limits I am motivated to hold my students to a higher standard. I want to push them beyond their limits. New General and Liberal Education Curriculum adopted First graduating class to have gone through four years of University education 2011

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