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Participating Faculty, Supported Courses, and Assistants

Course-based writing and speaking assistants work closely with faculty and meet one-to-one with students on writing projects, research, oral presentations, visuals, and more.

Writing and speaking assistants will be attached to more than 50 different First-Year Seminars and Winter Semester writing-focused courses in 2013-14. Course assistants conducted more than 1,900 conferences with Bates students from across all disciplines and all class-years in 2012-13.

Winter 2014 Faculty, Courses, and Assistants

  • Krista Aronson – EDPY 262 Community-Based Research Methods (W2): Fiona Stuart ’14
  • Rebecca Corrie – AVCM 241 Art of Islam (W2): Ali Carley ’14
  • Claudia Aburto Guzman – SPAN 215 Readings in Spanish American Literature (W2): Simone Schriger ’14 and Erica Van Sciver ’15
  • Claudia Aburto Guzman – SPAN 217 Literatura en el cine (W2): Nyle Rioux ’14 and Rachel Ryan ’15
  • Anita Charles - EDUC 255 Adolescent Literacy (W2): Michael Creedon ’15
  • Danny Danforth – ANTH 101 Cultural Anthropology: Sabina Frizell ’14, Nicole Huang ’14, Izzie Koyama ’16, and Carly Peruccio ’16
  • Rob Farnsworth – ENG 264 Modern Irish Poetry (W2): Katie Ailes ’14 and Emma Timbers ’14
  • Sylvia Federico – CMEN 103 Intro to Classical and Medieval Studies (W1) & CMEN 121 Monsters, Magicians, and Medievalism (W1): Sarah Streat ’14
  • Joe Hall – ACHI 244 Native American History: Gretchen Kaija ’14; Emma Perkinson ’14, and Patt Jeffries ’14
  • Todd Kahan – PSYC 261 Research Methods (W2): Ali Millard ’14
  • Eden Osucha –  ENG 241 Fiction in the U.S. (W2): Kayla Hertz ’14, Sarah Streat ’14, and Ben Cuba ’16
  • Sonja Pieck – ENVR 205 Environment and Culture: Allie Balter ’13, Hannah Mitchell ’14, and Rachel Ryan ’15
  • Melinda Plastas – ACS 100  Intro to American Cultural Studies: Kristen Doerer ’14, Jonah Greenawalt ’16, and Jessie Jacobson ’16
  • Erica Rand – ACAV 288 Visualizing Race (W2): Grace Glasson ’14, Laurel Meyer ’16, Quincy Snellings ’15
  • Mary Rice-DeFosse – FRE 251  French Literature II (W2): Peter Mihalcik ’15
  • Jim Richter – PLTC 171 International Politics: Matt Ferren ’14
  • Sawyer Sylvester – SOC 395 Research Seminar in Criminal Policy (W2): Jill Verde ’14
  • Heidi Taylor – SOC 395 Sociology of Health Professions (W2): Erica Van Sciver ’15
  • Mara Tieken – EDUC 231 Perspectives on Education: Michael Creedon ’15, Eleanor Hough ’16, and Jaqui Veazey ’16

 

Fall 2013  Faculty, Courses, and Assistants

  • Ali Akhtar – FYS 421  Sacred Sound: Religion and Music: Katie Ailes
  • Misty Beck – FYS 401  Reading the Wild in Film and Literature: Jonah Greenawalt
  • Aimee Bessire - FYS 381  Visualizing Identities: Sabina Frizell
  • Gerry Bigelow - FYS 324  Archeology of the Celtic World: Jackson Fleming
  • Patti Buck - FYS 300  Exploring Education through Narratives: Emily Roseman
  • Dale Chapman – FYS 393  DiY and Mash-up Culture: Pat Jeffries
  • Gene Clough - FYS 84  Anatomy of a Few Small Machines: Ahn Pan
  • Rebecca Corrie - FYS 266  Fakers, Forgers, Looters, Thieves: Ali Carley
  • David Cummiskey – FYS 362 – Biomedical Ethics: Ali Millard
  • Sylvia Federico – FYS 420 – Reading The Lord of the Rings: Sarah Streat
  • David George – FYS 404 – On the Road to Spain: Anna Whetzle
  • Meredith Greer – FYS 405 – Zombies: Can Math Help?: Harry Sudock
  • Bev Johnson – FYS 284 – Burning Our Planet: Allie Balter
  • Emily Kane – FYS 376 – Inequality, Community, Social Change: Skye Ellement
  • Jakub Kazecki – FYS 423 – Humor in Literature and Visual Media: Grace Glasson
  • Su Langdon – FYS 395 – The Sporting Life: Jaqui Veazey
  • Glen Lawson – FYS 221 – Medicine and the Civil War: Kristen Doerer
  • Gwen Lexow - FYS 271 – Into the Woods: Rewriting Walden: Dana Cohen-Kaplan
  • Kathy Mathis – FYS 389 – Psychology and Film: Fiona Stuart
  • Georgia Nigro – FYS 422 – Strangers in the House: Simone Schriger
  • Hillory Oakes – FYS 396 – Genealogy and the Art of Inquiry: Gretchen Kaija
  • George Perkins – FYS 369 – Saving Capitalism/Saving Capitalists: Aung Myint
  • Erica Rand – FYS 177 – Sex and Sexualities: Jessie Jacobson
  • Gary Rattigan - FYS 418 – Drawing as Thinking: Sam Myers
  • Stephanie Richards – FYS 424 – The Biology of Cancer: Taylor Kniffin
  • Jim Richter – FYS 425 – Politics and Memory: Matt Ferren
  • Jason Scheideman – FYS 407 – Violence and Public Order: Steph Wesson
  • Mark Semon – FYS 274 – Physics in the Twentieth Century: Joanna Moody
  • Laura Sewall – FYS 427 – Ecopsychology: The Human-Nature: Helen Lober
  • John Strong – FYS 289 – The Life of the Buddha: Josh Manson
  • Sarah Strong – FYS 277 – The Fantastic in Modern Japan: Emma Timbers
  • Denis Sweet - FYS 414 – The End of the World: Ben Cuba
  • Nick Valvo – FYS 428 – The Natural in 18th-Century Literature: Kayla Hertz
  • Lauren Vedal - FYS 416  Borders, Boundaries, Belonging: Hannah Mitchell

 

Winter 2013 Faculty, Courses, and Assistants

  • Krista Aronson – EDPY 262 Community-Based Research Methods (W2): Danya Morris ’13
  • Marcus Bruce - REL 247 The City on the Hill: Carlie Rice ’13
  • Patti Buck - EDUC 240 Gender Issues in Education (W2): Libby Egan ’13 and Ashley Brunk ’13
  • Jane Costlow – ENVR 205 Environment and Culture: Allie Balter ’13
  • David Cummiskey – PHIL 213  Biomedical Ethics (W1): Ali Millard ’14
  • Mollie Godfrey –  ENG 241 Fiction in the U.S.: Katie Ailes ’14, Mollie Kervick ’13, and Natalie Thompson ’13
  • Joe Hall - HIST 241 The Age of the American Revolution, 1763-1789: Kristen Doerer ’14 and Katie Williams ’15
  • Su Langdon – PYWS 343 Women, Culture, and Health: Elise Levesque ’13
  • Arlene MacLeod – PLTC 243 Politics and Literature: Nick Sneath ’13
  • Erica Rand – AVWS 287 Women, Gender, and Visual Culture (W2): Skye Ellement ’15, Linnea Fulton ’13, Grace Glasson ’14
  • Michael Sargent – PSYC 261 Research Methods (W2): Adrienne Jaeger ’13
  • Jason Scheideman – PLTC 225 International Security: Aung Myint ’14 and David Weinman ’15
  • Susan Stark – PHIL 256 Moral Philosophy: Dan Peach ’13
  • Sarah Strong – ASJA 125 Japanese Literature and Society (W2): Joanna Moody ’14
  • Tom Tracy - PLRE 304 The Problem of Evil: Kate Fetrow ’13

Fall 2012  Faculty, Courses, and Assistants

  • Jessica Anthony - FYS 413  Politics and Language: Zoe Fahy ’13
  • Rachel Austin - FYS 398  The Chemistry of Color: Joanna Moody ’14
  • Misty Beck – FYS 401  Reading the Wild in Film and Literature: Katie Williams ’15
  • Aimee Bessire - FYS 381  Visualizing Identities: Erica Van Sciver ’15
  • Gerry Bigelow - FYS 324  Archeology of the Celtic World: Helen Lober ’15
  • Dennis Browne - FYS 297  The Idea of Europe: Kayla Hertz ’14
  • Marcus Bruce - FYS 152  Religion and Civil Rights: Carlie Rice ’14
  • Patti Buck - FYS 300  Exploring Education through Narratives: Ashley Brunk ’13
  • Val Carnegie - FYS 242  Blackness/Whiteness in the Social Imagination: Brett Emmons ’15
  • Gene Clough - FYS 84  Anatomy of a Few Small Machines: Danya Morris ’13
  • Rebecca Corrie - FYS 135  Women in Art: Alanna Prince ’13
  • Francesco Duina - FYS 249  The Global Economy and Nation-State: Tori Zapack ’14
  • Xing Fan - FYS 386  Chinese Traditions, Great and Small: Nicole Huang ’15
  • Margaret Imber - FYS 320  Trials of Conscience: Jeremy Cronon ’13
  • Pallavi Jayawant - FYS 384  Seeing the World through Math: Matt Maley ’13
  • Sharon Kinsman – FYS 354  Environment as Story: Gretchen Kaija ’14
  • Su Langdon - FYS 395  The Sporting Life: Kelly Coyne ’13
  • Gwen Lexow - FYS 271  Into the Woods: Rewriting Walden: Nick Kinnon ’15
  • Hong Lin – FYS 274  Physics in the Twentieth Century: Joanna Moody ’14
  • Arlene MacLeod - FYS 330  Moral Questions and Political Choices: Stephanie Wesson ’14
  • Matteo Pangallo - FYS 415  Banned Books: Natalie Thompson ’13
  • Jim Parakilas - FYS 361  Making Music Together: Shoshana Foster ’15
  • Clarisa Perez-Armendariz - FYS 385  Power and Authority in Latin America through Film: Aung Myint ’14
  • Theri Pickens - FYS 412  Constructing the Normal: Introduction to Disabilities Studies: Quincy Snellings ’15
  • Melinda Plastas - FYS 419  Tobacco in History and Culture: Skye Ellement ’15
  • Gary Rattigan - FYS 418  Drawing as Thinking: Allie Balter ’14
  • Kirk Read - FYS 203  Family Values: Tales of Family and Kinship across Cultures:  Emma Timbers ’14
  • Mike Retelle - FYS 190  The Changing Climate of Planet Earth: Eric Barry ’13
  • Sherry Russell - FYS 408  Identity: Self and Community: Libby Egan ’13
  • Susan Stark - FYS 288  Luck and the Moral Life: Dan Peach ’13
  • Denis Sweet - FYS 414  The End of the World: Matt Bettles ’13
  • Bob Thomas - FYS 410  Genetically Modified Organisms: Carla Tilchin ’13
  • Lauren Vedal - FYS 416  Borders, Boundaries, Belonging: Mollie Kervick ’13
  • Stephen Wessler - FYS 417  Religious Intolerance in the Contemporary U.S.:  Lauren Hadiaris ’13

Faculty comments

“Working with the writing assistant to my FYS has yielded some unexpected benefits. I’ve been able to talk through assignments with her in draft form and that’s helped me to fine-tune them before sending them out to the class. Based on our discussion of the assignment and its relation to the objectives of the course, the writing assistant in turn has been able to bolster the confidence of the first-years who already have good clear ideas for their papers when they meet with her but may be unsure of themselves.

“I think the first years all welcome having an additional sounding board for their ideas who is not quite the authority figure they see their professor as. Having a writing assistant makes it a lot more manageable to stage assignments in multiple stages… Going through these various stages helps students internalize the idea that writing is an evolving, processual thing.

“Having a writing assistant to meet with students and comment on their drafts also makes students more self-conscious of writing for an audience. It’s also great to have an academically focussed senior serving as a role model for the first years.”


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