Four appointed scholarship holders from the Faculty of General Education

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — The Penn State Office for General Education announced four faculty who will serve as leaders to help elevate general education across the university.

The four new members will serve three-year terms on a team of 16 General Education Faculty Scholars.

The new faculty scholarship holders are:

  • Kira Hamman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Penn State Mont Alto

  • Molly Martin, Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography, College of the Liberal Arts, (term begins January 2023)

  • Grace Lee-Amuzie, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Coordinator of Academic Integration Courses, Penn State Abington

  • Michele Ramsey, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and women’s, gender and sexuality studies; Penn State Berk

“General Education Scholars have been an integral part of several important projects supporting teaching and learning in general education,” said Maggie Slattery, Director and Associate Dean of General Education. “Scholars helped develop the recently launched OL 1400 course, contribute rubrics used for general education assessment, and prepare to launch a website for educational engagement.”

Past and current projects undertaken by faculty fellows include creating professional development opportunities for general education teaching, supporting general education assessment efforts in conjunction with the Office of planning, evaluation and institutional research, building a community around teaching civic engagement across the University, and supporting experiential learning projects for the University.

Hamman, who was recently selected as a faculty fellow, said she will focus on the GQ (quantification) program during her tenure. She explained that general education often begins and ends with MATH 21, 22, and 26 on many Penn State campuses. These courses frustrate many students, she said, and leave them without strong quality skills.

“I would like to work with my math colleagues across the University to reduce the number of students who take courses 21, 22 and 26 in general education”, except for those who must take these courses as part of the sequence calculation, she added.

Instead, Hamman wants to see more students take “1930s” courses such as math for sustainability and math for money. His project will focus on providing logistical and pedagogical support to teachers who would like to offer these courses.

The General Education Office is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education.

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